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Messiah College Swim School

Skill Level Requirements

Please read the descriptions of each level before registering your child for swim school. Students must pass all skills in a given level before advancing to the next level.

Parent/Child Aquatics:  Builds basic water safety skills for both parents and children, helping young children become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water and demonstrating breath control, including blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging under water. Children must be at least 3 years of age and out of diapers.

Preschool: This is the entry level for most children 3-5 years of age. Gives young children a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival and foundational swimming concepts.

• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
• Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose
• Submerging mouth, nose and eyes
• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
• Front glide and recover to a vertical position
• Back float and recover to a vertical position
• Back glide
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Treading with arm and hand actions
• 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

SKILLS REQUIRED TO PASS LEVELS 1-6

Level 1: This is the entry level class for most children 6 years of age and older.

• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
• Bobbing
• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
• Front and back glides and back float
• Recover to vertical position from a front glide and back float or glide
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Tread water using arm and hand actions
• 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

Level 2:

• Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
• Exit water using ladder, steps or 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 back float
• Recover from a front and back float or glide to a 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 on back
• Staying safe around aquatic environments

Level 3:

Enter water by jumping from the side

• Headfirst entry from the side in sitting and kneeling positions(9 ft. of water)

• Bobbing while moving toward safety

• Rotary breathing

• Survival float

• Back float

• Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back

• Tread water

• Push off in a streamlined position then begin flutter and dolphin kicks on front

• Front crawl and elementary backstroke 15 yards each

• Scissors kick 10 yards

Level 4:

• Headfirst entry from the side in compact and stride positions
• Swim under water
• Feetfirst surface dive
• Survival swimming
• Front crawl and backstroke open turns
• Tread water using 2 different kicks

• Front(25 yds)and back crawl(15 yds), elementary backstroke(25 yds), breaststroke(15 yds), sidestroke(15 yds)and butterfly(yds)
• Push off in a streamlined position then begin flutter and dolphin kicks on back

Level 5: • Shallow-angle dive from the side
• Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke
• Tuck and pike surface dives
• Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
• Tread water 2 minutes
• Front(50 yds)and back crawl(25 yds), elementary backstroke(50 yds), breaststroke(25 yds), sidestroke(25 yds) and butterfly(25 yds)
• Standard scull 30 seconds

Level 6:

_ Front crawl, 100 yards
_ Elementary backstroke 100 yards, Back crawl 50 yards
_ Breaststroke 50 yards, Sidestroke 50 yards, Butterfly 50 yards
_ Front crawl open turn while swimming
_ Backstroke open turn while swimming
_ Front flip turn while swimming
_ Backstroke flip turn while swimming
_ Sidestroke turn while swimming
_ Butterfly turn while swimming
_ Breaststroke turn while swimming
_ Circle swimming
_ Using a pace clock
_ Using a pull buoy while swimming 25 yards
_ Using fins while swimming 25 yards
_ Using paddles while swimming 25 yards
_ Describe the principles of setting up an exercise program
_ Demonstrate various training techniques
_ Calculate target heart rate
_ Aquatic exercise

Exit Skill Assessment
_ Swim 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes of your
choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke.
_ Perform the Cooper 12-minute swim test, and compare results
with the preassessment results.