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PROGRAM STRUCTURE


At Aqua Kids our positive learning environment enables our students to succeed throughout the Red Cross Swim programs. We aim to get even our youngest swimmers swimming independently. Our Instructors and Supervisors strive to ensure each student receives the necessary corrections and encouragement to succeed throughout the sessions. The Red Cross Swim Program is a great way to get your child used to water or improve their swim skills. Kids love our pools and fun classes! Contact us to inquire about the program that’s right for your child.

Student to Instructor Ratio: 3:1
Class Duration:  45 minutes
Cost per Session: $150.00 (4-class sessions – weekday & Sundays at Stouffville Outdoor Pool); $300.00 (8-class sessions Mondays & Tuesdays at Tangreen Pool)

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RED CROSS PRESCHOOL SWIM PROGRAM

In this program, children 4 months to 6 years discover the joys of swimming in a safe, caring and professional environment. Red Cross Preschool Swim is specifically designed for our youngest students beginning with our parent and tot levels.

The first three levels (Starfish, Duck, Sea Turtle) focus on water orientation and safety for parents and their children. Swimmers progress through the lower levels based on age and ability. The main focus is on the first skills that are necessary to begin swimming, including bubbles, floats, jumps and even swimming independently!

Preschoolers ages 3 to 6 years move through the upper levels based on evaluation of skill. Levels 4-8 (Sea Otter, Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile, Whale) build swim skills and age-specific water safety. The upper levels are geared to the advanced preschooler who is too young for the next program, but who has developed swimming skills beyond most preschool programs.

Each of the 8 levels is represented by an animal mascot that is incorporated into the content, making the lessons fun and engaging through songs and activities. Placement in Red Cross Swim programs depends on many variables including age, skill ability, experience and readiness. The following is a guide only. Click here to inquire about the right level for your child or call (905) 886-2322.

LEVEL 1 – STARFISH
4-12 months

Starfish is an assisted level where babies and their parents or caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy, movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries and exits. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Starfish..

LEVEL 2 – DUCK
12-24 months

Duck is an assisted level where babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back float with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Duck..

LEVEL 3 – SEA TURTLE
24-36 months

In this level, your child can swim assisted or unassisted. The focus is on water submersion, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest-deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Sea Turtle..

LEVEL 4 – SEA OTTER
3-5 years

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. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Sea Otter..

LEVEL 5 – SALAMANDER
3-5 years (with successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Preschool Sea Otter level)

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. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Salamander..

LEVEL 6 – SUNFISH
3-6 years (with successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Preschool Salamander)

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. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Sunfish..

LEVEL 7 – Crocodile
3-6 years (with successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Preschool Sunfish)

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. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Crocodile..

LEVEL 8 – WHALE
3-6 years (with successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Preschool 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. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Whale.

RED CROSS SWIM KIDS PROGRAM

Red Cross Swim Kids is a 10-level program designed for children 6 and older (majority of the swimmers complete all levels by age 12, depending on the frequency of enrolment).  Continuous evaluation is used for swimmers to progress through the levels and help swimmers develop all six swim strokes (front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly and sidestroke). Swim strokes are built throughout the levels, using solid, proven progressions with a focus on drills and distance. Swimmers will learn how to be safe around the water, and increase their fitness levels and endurance through fun activities. Children will be challenged to achieve personal bests in distance and time, which will be a strong motivator through all 10 levels. Skills and water safety throughout the program are targeted to each age group, with an increased focus on staying active and in the water.

Aqua Kids instructors are taught to use an individualized approach to teaching, which means they target feedback and practice opportunities to the individuals’ learning needs. Instructors also use progressive learning in their lesson planning which focuses on how each swimmer will learn at a different rate and through different techniques. If you are unsure which level is right for your child, Click here to inquire or call (905) 886-2322.


LEVEL 1

No previous swim experience required. Children must be at least 6 years old. This level provides an orientation to water and the pool area. Swimmers are introduced to floats, glides, flutter kick (assisted) and shallow water entries/exits. Children will build their endurance by improving distance, and can swim 5 metres upon completion of this level. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 1.


LEVEL 2

This level builds on previous skills in front and back swimming. Children are introduced to deep water activities and proper use of a PFD. Endurance is built on flutter kicking with assisted glides. Swimmers learn front and back glide with flutter kick, develop front swim, complete deep-water activities (assisted) and swim 10 metres continuously. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 2.


LEVEL 3

The level provides an introduction to front crawl as well the foundation for making wise choices about where and when to swim. Diving is introduced and children will work on floats and changing direction. Swimmers increase their endurance and 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. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 3.


LEVEL 4

Swimmers further develop the front crawl, back glide and shoulder roll for back crawl. Children work on kneeling dives, surface support and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25 meter swim.Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 4.


LEVEL 5

Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn stride dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and develop endurance through dolphin kick and a 50 metre continuous swim. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 5.


LEVEL 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. Children are also introduced to safety on ice, elementary rescue of others with throwing assists. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 6.


LEVEL 7

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn front scull, perform whip kick on front and dolphin kick, learn stride entry and swim 150 metres continuously. Children also learn about airway and breathing obstructions and participate in timed treading water to increase endurance. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 7.


LEVEL 8

Swimmers are introduced to breast stroke (15m), increase their distance on front and back crawl (75m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn eggbeater/tread water, as well as perform feet-first surface dive and standing shallow dive. Endurance and distance is built through dolphin kick and 300 metre continuous swim. Children also learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 8.


LEVEL 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 continuously. Students also learn about making safe and smart decisions around water and ice, as well as self-rescue. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 9.


LEVEL 10

Swimmers learn sidestroke (25m), feet- and head-first surface dives, butterfly and scissor kick. Previously learned strokes are refined. Endurance is built through an increase in distance on front/back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (50m). Swimmers also perform dolphin kick (vertical) and swim 500 metres continuously upon completion of this level. Furthermore, children learn about sun safety and rescuing others from ice. Click here to view our schedules. Register for Level 10.