What level is my child?

Millard North Swim Lesson Guide

Which Level is right for my child?


Level 1 is for beginners with little or no experience in the water. To enroll into Levels 2-6, students must have completed or at least be able to confidently demonstrate the skills listed in the previous level, including the exit skill requirements


LEVEL 1: Introduction to Water Skills ages 4 & up

Purpose: Helps students develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices around the water. Level 1 participant learns to:

  • Enter and exit water safely
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Recover to vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
  • 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


Level 1 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Enter unassisted, move 3 body lengths,
  2. Bob 3 times then safety exit water;
  3. Glide on front 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds.



LEVEL 2: Fundamental Aquatics Skills

Purpose: Give students success with fundamental skills. Learn to float and recover to a vertical position.

Level 2 participants learn to:

  • Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Front and back glides and fronts
  • Recover to vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action
  • Safety skills – recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help, pool rules

Level 2 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Step from side into water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll over to a back float for 5 seconds then return to vertical position.
  2. Push off & swim using a combination of arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths.
  3. Combined arm and leg action on back, 5 body lengths.



LEVEL 3: Stroke Development

Purpose: Builds on skills from Level 2 & develops strokes through additional guided practice in deeper water. Level 3 participants learn:

  • Jump into deep water from the side
  • Dive from sitting and kneeling positions, in water at least 9 feet deep
  • Bobbing
  • Rotary breathing
  • Survival float
  • Back float
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water
  • Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to water emergencies

Level 3 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Jump into the water and recover to a back float position for 30 Seconds.
  2. Jump into the water and tread water for 30 seconds
  3. Jump into deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 1 width of pool (approx. 15 yards) with face in the water and rhythmic breathing pattern (to side), and maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds, back crawl for 1 width or 15 yards.



LEVEL 4: Stroke Improvement

Purpose: Develops confidence and strength to improve skills learned and introduces new aquatic skills.

Level 4 participants learn to:

  • Diving entry from the size in compact and stride positions in at least 9 feet of water
  • Swim underwater
  • Perform feet first surface dive
  • Survival swimming
  • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
  • Use safe diving rules, water safety rules, perform throwing assists
  • Perform compact jump a height while wearing a life jacket
  • Perform the following:
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke, 25 yards
  • Breaststroke & back crawl, 15 yards
  • Butterfly and side sidestroke

Level 4 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Perform a feet-first entry into water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction maintain position on floating on back or treading water for 1 minute in deep water - and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.
  2. Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and swim back crawl for 15 yards.



LEVEL 5: Stroke Refinement

Purpose: Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes, swimming further distances.

Level 5 participants learn to:

  • Shallow-angle dive from the size then glide and begin a front stroke
  • Tread water w/ two different kicks, 2 minutes
  • Learn survival swimming, 2 minutes
  • Survival floating, 2 minutes
  • Sculling
  • Water safety, non-swimming assists, calling for help, helping others
  • Perform the following:
  • Standing dive, Shallow dive, glide two body lengths and begin any front stroke
  • Sidestroke, elementary backstroke 25 yards
  • Surface dive
  • Front and back flip turns
  • Front and elementary backstroke, 50 yards
  • Breaststroke and back crawl 25 yards
  • Butterfly 15 yards

Level 5 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Perform a shallow dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards change direction and tread water and or float for 2 minutes  then swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards.
  2. Swim breaststroke for 25 yards and swim backstroke for 25 yards.



LEVEL 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Purpose: Refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.

  • Front and back crawl, 100 yards
  • Breaststroke, 50 yards
  • Sidestroke and butterfly, 50 yards
  • Elementary backstroke, 50 yards
  • Standing shallow entry dive 
  • All open turns and flip turns while using swimming strokes

Level 5 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Successful completion of all listed skills.