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Pre-School Lessons

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Children who are 6 years old or older are ready for the appropriate level of Swim Kids.

Pre-School Lessons Ages 6 months to 3 years

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Starfish (parented) 6 - 12 months
*Pre-requisite : Age
You and your child will participate in a variety of fun activities that focus on water orientation and safety. You will review basic safety guidelines for supervising children in and near water. You will learn techniques to help your child have fun in the water. Your child will learn a variety of movement skills in the water by participating in fun activitites with you. You and your child will participate in games and songs designed to make learning fun.

Duck (parented) 1 year olds
*Pre-requisite : Age
In this level you will learn: techniques to help your child become comfortable in the water, games and songs designed to make learning fun, recognizing and responding to a choking incident, helping your child to use floating objects for support, helping your child become comfortable floating on the water's surface, personal flotation devices and how they should fit your child. 

Sea Turtle (parented) 2 year olds
*Pre-requisite : Age
In this level we will cover orientation to water for toddlers and their parent/caregiver. Swimmers learn, through fun games and songs, how to combine skills, how to kick with a buoyant object and how to perform basic floats, glides, and kicks.

Sea Otter (parented) 3 year olds
*Pre-requisite : Age
This is a transitional level that transfers the preschooler to the care of the instructor. All skills are assisted by the instructor. Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, and swim 1 metre. They also learn age-appropriate water safety skills. 

Salamander (un-parented) 4 and 5 year olds
*Pre-requisite : Age
Swimming a distance of two metres; staying afloat for five seconds; learning to jump into chest-deep water safely - after getting permission from a parent or instructor; opening his or her eyes underwater - a necessary skill for finding the way to the surface; floating on his or her front and back without assistance; performing front, back and rollover glides; learning how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Your child must master each of the Salamander skills before moving to Sunfish.

Sunfish (un-parented) 4 and 5 year olds
*Pre-requisite : Completion of Salamander
Swimming a distance of five metres; Stop! Look! Ask! an adult before entering the water - an important safety lesson; jumping into chest-deep water and maintaining surftace support for five seconds - an essential skill for entering deep water; floating on his or her front and back in deep water; performing front, back and rollover glides with kicking; how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Your child must master each of the Sunfish skills before moving to Crocodile/Whale.

Crocodile/Whale (un-parented) 4 and 5 year olds
*Pre-requisite : Completion of Sunfish
Swimming five metres on front and back; beginning use of rhythmic breathing as an important skill for the front crawl; how to help a distressed swimmer using the Stop! Call for help! method; front, back and rollover glides with kicking for longer distances; recognizing swimming skills as essential to water sports; dolphin kick - a movement that increases kicking strength; how to stay safe in, on and around the water.
Swimming a greater distance - ten metres; jumping into chest-deep water and staying safe at the surface for 20 seconds - an important self-rescue skill; Stop! Throw! Call for help! to aid a distressed swimmer; front crawl using appropriate techniques for seven metres; back swim using appropriate technique for seven metres; learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Your child must master each of the Crocodile/Whale skills in order to successfully complete Crocodile/Whale.