Red Cross Swim Kids (5 years and up)

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Kid in a pool at a Red Cross Swim Kids classRed Cross Swim Kids is a 10-level stand-alone program for five to twelve-year-old children. Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success.

The program teaches swimming and survival strokes, as well as increasing the distance and speed that each swimmer can achieve, while focusing on making safe decisions in, on and around the water.

Program Structure

The 10 levels of the program allow for solid progression of skills and knowledge.

  • The skills and water safety throughout the program are targeted to each age group, with an increased focus on staying active and safe in the water.
  • Swimming strokes are built throughout the levels, using solid, proven progressions with a focus on drills and distance.
  • The fitness activities component build endurance and promote individual success and improvement. They also encourage lifelong physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.


The program is based on a foundation of continuous evaluation, which means that the Instructor constantly monitors the progress of each child and records an item as complete when the child meets the minimum standards for that item. This allows the focus to remain on the individual child at all times instead of applying a standard test for all swimmers at the end of each level.

Red Cross Swim Kids has options for swimmers with disabilities. Please check with your facility.

Information for Parents