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Preschool Swim Lessons (About 4 – 5 years old)

American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics puts the FUN in fundamentals by age appropriate learning through games, songs, and positive experiences.   Developmental readiness, maturity level, and age will help determine which level your child is ready to participate in, and every child is ready at different times. Children will be exposed to both fundamental swimming skills and water safety concepts.


 GOLDFISH: Preschool Level 1    
(Ages mature 3 - 5 years)
Purpose: Introduction to Water Skills ~  Young children will be oriented to the aquatic environment and gain basic skills (floats, glides, breath control) through games, songs, exploration, and positive experiences.   Children are supported in skill acquisition and will start to develop safe water practices.  

Entry skill: Mature 3 year old who can listen, follow directions, and be comfortable away from the parent.

Goldfish Level 1 - (Parent Flyer) [PDF]

  • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float and recover to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread with arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
  • Experience wearing a life jacket in the water
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety.

ANGELFISH: Preschool Level 2     
(Ages mature 3 - 5 years)
Purpose: Fundamental Aquatic Skills  ~ Through instructor assistance, children will build on the basics from Goldfish and gain greater independence in skills and more comfort in water.  They will start aquatic locomotion and add self help and basic rescue skills to water safety concepts.  Students will work towards skills performed with minimal assistance.  

Entry skill: Children need to have comfortable, under water breath control for 3 seconds.

Angelfish Level 2 - (Parent Flyer) [PDF]

  • Enter water by stepping in
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back floats and glides
  • Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back or back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety.
STARFISH: Preschool Level 3    
(Ages 4 - 5 years)
Purpose: Stroke Development ~  Children will start to work on fundamental skills independently and gain basic swimming propulsive skills.  They will improve arm and leg coordination for combined swimming and learn additional water safety concepts. Students will work towards skills performed independently.  

Entry skill: Combined swim for 3 body lengths - roll to back float (with minimal assistance). 

Starfish Level 3 - (Parent Flyer) [PDF]  

  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Back float and glide
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety  

SEAHORSEPreschool Level 4
(Ages 4 - 5 years)
Stroke Development Plus: There is now an answer for children who have passed Starfish and a pre-school setting class is still more appropriate for their learning acquisition.  Swimmers will continue to gain front and back swimming skills while improving strength and endurance for longer swim distances.  

Entry Skill: Graduation from a Starfish class.

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