Preschool Swim For Life Program

Preschool Swim For Life Program

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep.

 

In our basic aquatic progressions we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.

 

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Swimming lesson availability is subject to change based on staffing and classes will be adjusted accordingly. Additional swimming lesson offerings may be available closer to our registration date. Click here to view our online registration system for the most up-to-date information.

PRESCHOOL 1

Preschool 1 (3 year olds) is a beginner swimming level where participants will be assisted while learning to enter and exit water safely, jump into chest deep water and put their faces in the water to blow bubbles. Becoming comfortable with floats, glides and moving safely in shallow water while wearing lifejackets will be a focus and help them gain confidence with their water skills. Participants are allowed to have an adult accompany them in the water in order to build confidence but adults are asked to limit time in the water to the first few classes. This is to encourage participants to work independently with their instructor/class by the end of the session.

Prerequisites:Red Cross Sea Otter (Complete OR Incomplete)Red Cross Salamander (Incomplete)Swim For Life Preschool 1 (Incomplete)To prepare your little one for this level, they should:- Be curious in and around water- Have an interest in learning to swim- Be able to work independently from their caregivers- Be able to engage with an instructor in a small class size

*Please note that not all participants are ready to take swimming lessons even if they meet the age requirement to be registered.

Age requirements: 3-5 years old

PRESCHOOL 2

Preschool 2 is for those who are beginning to feel confident in water without a floatation aide OR limited help from an instructor. The lessons focus is on becoming more independent with their water skills. These skills include jumping into chest deep water unassisted, submerging their body AND head while exhaling underwater, and floating/gliding on their fronts and backs. They will be introduced to lateral rollovers and practice their flutter kick on their backs.

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following):

  • Red Cross Salamander (Completed)
  • Red Cross Sunfish (Incompleted)
  • Swim For Life Preschool 1 (Completed)
  • Swim For Life Preschool 2 (Incompleted)

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant must:- Have an interest in learning to swim- Be comfortable submerging their face and blowing bubbles (without goggles).- Be comfortable floating on their front AND back for 5 seconds (assisted).- Be comfortable swimming on their front AND back for 3m (assisted).- Be comfortable jumping into chest-deep water (assisted).

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Preschool 1 for the next session. *

 

Age Requirement: 3 to 5 years old

PRESCHOOL 3

Preschool 3 is an intermediate swimming level where participants will kick and glide their way through the water on their fronts and backs with minimal to no help from a floatation aide or an instructor. They will work on retrieving objects from the bottom in waist deep water and mastering floats, rollovers, glides, and kicks. Working their way into deeper water for side entries and jumping in with lifejackets on will also be a focus.

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following):

  • Red Cross Sunfish (Complete)
  • Red Cross Crocodile (Incomplete)
  • Swim For Life Preschool 2 (Complete)
  • Swim For Life Preschool 3 (Incomplete)

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant should be able to:

  • Submerge their entire bodies and blow bubbles while underwater (without goggles).
  • Jump into chest-deep water with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide.
  • Float on their front AND back for 5 seconds with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide.
  • Glide while kicking on their front AND backs for 3m while holding a floatation aide.

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Preschool 2 or Preschool 1 for the next session. *

Age requirement: 3 to 5 years old

PRESCHOOL 4

Preschool 4 (4-5 year olds) is an advanced swimming level for participants that are between the ages of 4-5 years old. This level will teach independence by jumping into deep water (including getting out by themselves), sideways entries, and opening their eyes underwater. These swimmers in training will work on completing 5 meters of front crawl with little to no help from instructors and on their ability to tread water.

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following):

  • Red Cross Crocodile (Complete)
  • Swim For Life Preschool 3 (Complete)
  • Swim For Life Preschool 4 (Incomplete)

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant should be able to:

  • Submerge their entire bodies, open their eyes and blow bubbles while underwater (without goggles).
  • Float on their front AND back for 10 seconds with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide .
  • Glide while kicking on their front AND backs for 5m with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide.
  • Roll laterally front to back AND back to front with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide.

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Preschool 3 or lower for the next session. *

Age requirement: 4 to 5 years old

PRESCHOOL 5

Preschool 5 is an advanced swimming level for participants that are between the ages of 4-5 years. This class will teach participants to be able to support themselves treading in deep water for 10 seconds (unassisted) and complete 5 meter swims with front crawl and back crawl (unassisted). Wearing a lifejacket, they will practice forward roll entries into deep water, learn to whip kick in a vertical position, and be introduced to interval training.

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following):

  • Red Cross Whale (Complete OR Incomplete)
  • Swim For Life Preschool 4 (Complete)
  • Swim For Life Preschool 5 (Incomplete)

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant should be able to:

  • Submerge their entire bodies, open their eyes and blow bubbles while underwater (without goggles).
  • Submerge their entire bodies, open their eyes, blow bubbles and retrieve a sunken object from the pool bottom.
  • Float on their front AND back for 10 seconds with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide.
  • Glide while kicking on their front and backs for 7m and glide on their side for 5m, with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide.
  • Roll laterally front to back AND back to front with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide
  • Jump into deep water, return to wall and exit the pool with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide.
  • Perform Front crawl and Back crawl with some assistance from a floatation aide or instructor.

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Preschool 4 or lower for the next session. *

Age requirement: 4 to 5 years old