Swimming Lesson Level Finder

Gain important life skills with Vecova's swimming lessons.

Starting in September 2022, Vecova’s Aquatics Health and Fitness will be offering Swim for Life swimming lessons from the Lifesaving Society! 

 

The Swim for Life program stresses lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate valuable Water Smart® education that will last a lifetime.

Before registration, please ensure you view both the conversion chart and our skill level map.

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Which Swim for Life class is best for my swimmer?

Vecova offers 3 modules in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® program:

  • Parent & Tot for parents and children up to 3 years of age
  • Preschool for children 3-5 years
  • Swimmer for children 5 years and older

Select which age range your child fits in below to view our skill level flow chart. Know which Red Cross Level they were in? View our Swim For Life Conversion chart on the right.

Your Swimmer is: 4 months to 3 years old

We recommend Swim For Life – Parent and Tot classes for your swimmer.

Parent & Tot 1: Designed for the 4 to 12-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.

Parent & Tot 2: Designed for the 12 to 24-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.

Parent & Tot 3: Designed for the 2 to 3-year-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.

Click here to view the Lifesaving Society’s skills screening for children who are 4 months to 5 years old.

Your Swimmer is: 3 years old to 5 years old

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We recommend Swim For Life – Preschool up to Swimmer 2 classes for your swimmer. Read the class description to make the best choice!

Preschool 1: We encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them know they can do it themselves (thank you very much). These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water. We’ll help them jump into chest deep water. They’ll float and glide on their front and back and learn to get their faces wet and blow bubbles underwater.

Preschool 2: These preschoolers learn to jump into chest-deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a lifejacket. They’ll submerge and exhale underwater. Wearing a lifejacket they’ll glide on their front and back.

Preschool 3: These youngsters will try both jumping and a sideways entry into deep water while wearing a lifejacket. They’ll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They’ll work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back.

Preschool 4: Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves. They’ll do sideways entries and open their eyes underwater. They’ll master a short swim on their front wearing a lifejacket and gliding and kicking on their side.

Preschool 5: These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a lifejacket and treading water for 10 sec. They’ll work on front and back crawl swims for 5 m, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick.

Click here to view the Lifesaving Society’s skills screening for children who are 4 months to 5 years old.

Your Swimmer is: 6 years old to 12 years old

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We recommend Swim For Life – Swimmer 1 to Swimmer 5 classes for your swimmer. Read the class description to make the best choice!

Swimmer 1

These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They’ll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.

Swimmer 2

These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They’ll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m).

Swimmer 3

These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They’ll work on 15 m of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 m.

Swimmer 4

These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They’ll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training.

Swimmer 5

These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They’ll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they’ll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.

Click here to view the Lifesaving Society’s skills screening for children 6-12 years old.