Learn to swim

Learn to swim in a safe and encouraging environment with our qualified aquatic instructors. Whether you are new to swimming or want to improve your swimming techniques, there are programs for all ages and abilities.

If you are uncertain of the swimming level to register in, attend any of our public swims and ask a lifeguard for a swimming level assessment. We also recommend an assessment for those who have never taken formal swimming lessons or have been absent from swimming for more than one year.

Low Ratio Classes have half the participants of our regular classes allowing for more individual attention.

Private Swimming Lessons are designed to assist you to overcome a fear of the water or master a skill on a one to one basis. Book these lessons at the pool of your choice.

Contact your local pool for more information, check the Learn to Swim section of the online Recreation Guide, or register and search for swimming programs.

Red Cross Swim Program Guide

Preschool – Parented

Starfish (4 to 12 months)

Babies and their caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries and exits.

Duck (12 to 24 months)

Babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back float with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits.

Sea Turtles (24 to 36 months)

Toddlers and their caregivers work on submersions, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim.

Preschool – 3 to 5 years

Sea Otter

Swimmers work on front and back floats and glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim 1 metre upon completion of this level.

Salamander

Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2 metres upon completion.

Sunfish

Swimmers work on kicking and can perform glides (front and back), enter deep water safely, float in deep water, swim with a PFD, and swim 5 metres continuously.

Crocodile

Swimmers further develop the front and back glide with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a PFD in deep water, and swim 10 metres continuously.

Whale

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and will be able to swim 15 metres continuously upon completion of the level.

 

School Age – 6 to 12 years

Swim Kids 1

Swimmers develop front and back float, front and back glide, flutter kick (assisted), shallow water entries and exits, and swim 5 metres.

Swim Kids 2

Swimmers learn front and back glide with flutter kick, develop front swim, complete deep-water activities (assisted) and swim 10 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 3

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with flutter kick, perform flutter kick unassisted, wear a PFD in deep water, float in deep water, and swim 15 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 4

Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dive, introduction to sculling and swimming 25 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 5

Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn strike dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and swim 50 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 6

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m), learn elementary back stroke (15m), learn dolphin kick, tread water in deep water, perform front dive, and swim 75 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 7

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m), learn front scull, perform whip kick on front and dolphin kick, learn stride entry and swim 150 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 8

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (75m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn breast stroke (15m), learn eggbeater/thread water, perform feet-fist surface dive and standing shallow dive, and swim 300 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 9

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (25m), learn sidestroke kick, perform head-first surface dive, and swim 400 metres.

Swim Kids 10

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (50m), learn sidestroke (25m), perform dolphin kick (vertically), learn feet- and head-first surface dives with underwater swim, and swim 500 metres continuously.

Teen and Adult Swim Program Guide

Level

Participant requirement to register

In this level

Red Cross Swim Basics 1

No previous swimming experience required.

Swimmers learn front and back float, front and back glide with kick, front swim for 10 metres, shallow water entries and exits, and deep-water activities (assisted).

Red Cross Swim Basics 2

Some swimming experience and can perform front swim 10 metres comfortably.

Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll, front and back crawl (15m), sitting dive, kneeling dive, stride dive and front dive, treading water, and swim a minimum distance of 25 metres.

Red Cross Swim Strokes

Able to swim front crawl at least 15 metres continuously, back crawl 15 metres and is comfortable swimming in deep water.

Swimmers choose the stroke(s) they wish to focus on. Participation-based program with individual goals.