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Make Waves in Red Cross Preschool Swim

Children aged 4 months to 36 months can register in our Parent and Tot programs, where young swimmers learn to control their breathing and become comfortable in the pool.

Children aged 36 months to 6 years can register in our 5-level Preschool Program. Preschool levels range from just getting comfortable in the water to swimming in deep water and completing 10-metre swims with no assistance of any kind. Please consult the chart below to help determine what level is right for your child.

Which Preschool Level is Right for My Child?
If your child is 3 - 6 years old and consistently...
  • Is nervous of the water, or is nervous of going in with an instructor.
  • Cannot or does not fully submerge their entire face and head under water without hesitation when asked to do so.
  • Cannot completely relax their whole bodies in a “starfish float” on both their front (face in) and back (ears in) when being held by an instructor.
  • Cannot completely relax in order to swim 1 metre of kicking on their front and back with instructor assistance.
  • Completely relaxed means no hesitation, no tension in the neck, back, stomach, arms, or legs, and no clutching at the person holding them.
...register in Sea Otter
If your child is 3 - 6 years old and consistently...
  • Is comfortable moving in shallow water in a variety of ways, such as walking or hopping
  • Is comfortable fully submerging their entire face and head when asked to do so by parents and instructors
  • Can completely relax to do “starfish” floats on their front (face in) and back (ears in) with the assistance of an instructor holding them
  • Can completely relax to swim 1 metre (3.3 feet) on their front and back with instructor assistance.
  • Completely relaxed means no hesitation, no tension in the neck, back, stomach, arms, or legs, and no clutching at the person holding them.
...register in Salamander
If your child is 3 - 6 years old and consistently...
  • Can complete a front and back floats, all by him/herself, (no noodles, lifejackets, flutterboard, or goggles) and recover from the floats without instructor assistance.
  • Can swim, all by him/herself, (no noodles, lifejackets, flutterboards, etc) for 2 metres (about 6.5 feet) on their front and back, and recover to standing with no instructor assistance.
...register in Sunfish
If your child is 3 - 6 years old and consistently...
  • Can complete front and back floats in deep water and swim back to the side afterwards all by him/herself (no noodles, lifejackets, flutterboard, or goggles) without instructor assistance
  • Can jump into chest deep water with no goggles, recover to the surface, and keep their face above water for 5 seconds, then swim to the side all by him/herself (no noodles, lifejackets, flutterboards, or goggles) with no instructor assistance.
  • Can kick on their front and back in a glide position, for at least 5 metres (about 16.5 feet) all by him/herself (no noodles, lifejackets, flutterboards, etc). The instructor may provide minimal assistance to get your child into the gliding position before the 5 metre swim.
...register in Crocodile
If your child is 3 - 6 years old and consistently...
  • Can jump into deep water, recover to the surface, keep their face out for 10 seconds, and swim back to the side safely (no noodles, lifejackets, flutterboard, or goggles) without instructor assistance
  • Can swim on their front and back all by him/herself (no noodles, lifejackets, flutterboards) for 7 metres (about 23 feet) without instructor assistance.
  • Can swim on their side for 5 metres (about 16.5 feet) all by him/herself (no noodles, lifejackets, flutterboards, etc) without instructor assistance.
...register in Whale

Contact
Tara Colby
Program Coordinator
416-699-7167 x 268
tcolby@varietyvillage.on.ca

Want to enroll your child in a Red Cross Preschool swim program? Learn more about registration here.

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