PARENT & TOT PROGRAMS
These programs are designed for children 6 months to 2 years of age who are accompanied by a parent. These programs focus on in-water interaction between a parent and child and on the importance of play, safety and skill development in and around the water. Children closer to the age of three will move from a parented to an un-parented setting throughout a session to prepare them for lessons on their own.
PreSwim Level 1 - This beginner level is an introduction to the water. The focus is on getting in the water, learning how to blow bubbles and an attempt to get your eyes wet. Students are introduced to front and back floats, front and back glides and jumping in. All skills are assisted.
PreSwim Level 2- This beginner level focuses on submersion. We work on exhaling underwater and getting our eyes wet. Students work on front and back floats, front and back glides and continue to work on jumps. All skills are assisted.
PreSwim Level 3- These swimmers are comfortable getting their face wet and with full submersion. The focus is on mastering front floats, glide and front swim without help. Back floats and kick are still assisted. We introduce treading water and increase our comfort with jumping in.
PreSwim Level 4 - These advanced beginner swimmers can float on both the front and back by themselves and jump in without help. The focus is now on swimming 3-5 metres on both the front and the back without any assistance. Swimmers are also introduced to side glide.
PreSwim Level 5 - These swimmers are swimming fully unassisted for a minimum of 5 metres on both the front and the back. They can roll from the front to the back. Swimmers continue to develop side glide. These swimmers transition all skills to deeper water.
PreSwim Level 6 - These swimmers can swim for a minimum of 7 or more metres on both the front and the back. The focus is now on front crawl development with a side breath bilaterally. These swimmers can tread water and are introduced to diving.
PreSwim Level 7- Front and back crawl technique development and increased distance is the focus for this level. These swimmers are introduced to sculling and dolphin kick.
PreSwim Level 8- These swimmers can swim 15 metres or more of front and back crawl. They can dive and tread water for at least 15 seconds. These swimmers are introduced to whip kick on the back.
PreSwim Level 9- These swimmers can swim 20 metres or more of front and back crawl. They can dive and tread water for at least 30 seconds. These swimmers are introduced to whip kick on the front and cntinue to work on whip kick on the back.
PreSwim Level 10- These swimmers can swim 25 metres or more of front and back crawl. They can dive and tread water for at least 45 seconds. These swimmers are introduced to butterfly and continue to work on whip kick on front and back. They are now ready for the next level of programs.
Swimmer 1: These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They'll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They'll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.
Swimmer 2: These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They'll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m).
Swimmer 3: These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They'll work on 15 m of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 m.
Swimmer 4: These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They'll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training.
Swimmer 5: These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They'll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they'll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.
Swimmer 6: These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick. They'll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They'll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they'll complain about the 300 m workout.