American Red Cross Levels

American Red Cross Swim Lesson Levels


Level 1: Water Exploration
♦ Fully submerge face in water
♦ Front and back float with support
♦ Kicking on front and back with support
♦ Enter and exit the water independently


Level II: Primary Skills
♦ Float on front and back unsupported for 5 seconds
♦ Swim on front 5 yards without assistance
♦ Swim on back 5 yards without assistance
♦ Retrieve objects under water chest deep


Level III: Stroke Readiness
♦ Swim the front crawl for 10 yards
♦ Swim the back crawl for 10 yards
♦ Jump into deep water
♦ Bobs in water over the child’s head


Level IV: Stroke Development
♦ Deep water bobs
♦ Standing dive from side of pool
♦ Elementary backstroke for 10 yards
♦ Front & back crawl 25 yards (entire length of pool)
♦ Breastroke & Sidestroke kick with kickboard


Level V: Stroke Refinement
♦ Front & back crawl for 50 yards
♦ Breastroke & sidestroke for 10 yards
♦ Elementary backstroke for 25 yards


Level VI: Skill Proficiency
♦ Front & back crawl 100 yards
♦ Breastroke & sidestroke 25 yards
♦ Swim the butterfly 10 yards
♦ Flip turn


Level VI: Advanced Skills
♦ Swim continuously 500 yards using any strokes
♦ Backstroke flip turn
♦ Tread water for 5 minutes