Stay Informed
e-newsletter Icon

Join our Mailing Lists to stay in the loop

The latest news and council updates delivered to your inbox. Sign up for our e-newsletters.

Facebook Icon
Twitter Icon

Loading...

Download our Pingstreet App   Construction-Map   Public Notices

Red Cross Swim Kids Swimming Lessons Red Cross Swim logo


A healthy life through swimming!


When you choose the Red Cross Swim Kids program, you are getting:

  • A program based on research
  • Proven excellence in teaching
  • Strokes and safety skills- the combination that saves lives
  • A focus on fitness and personal performance

Help your child develop a healthy lifestyle through swimming. Your child will learn to swim and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes a personal best and celebrates individual success. The 10 levels allow for solid progression. Children learn competitive and survival strokes, and build their distance and speed, while focusing on making safe decisions in, on and around the water. In each level, participants are evaluated based on performance criteria and progress to the next level once all criteria have been successfully completed.

Swim Kids Level 1-6 classes are 30 minutes with a maximum of 6 participants.

Swim Kids Level 7-10 classes are 60 minutes with a maximum of 10 participants.

Swim Kids 1 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants receive an orientation to water and the pool area and work on floats and glides. Emphasis is on building endurance by working on the 5 meter front swim. Swim Kids 1 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 2 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants work on propulsion skills to move through the water. Participants work on front swim 10 meters, front and back glides with flutter kick, side glides and a roll over glide with 5 meter kick. Emphasis is on weight transfer, calling EMS and creating awareness about deep water activities and proper use of a personal Flotation Device (PFD). Fitness activities include the flutter kick 10 meters and a distance swim 1 meter. Swim Kids Level 2 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 3 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants 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 meters continuously. Emphasis on water safety includes when and where to swim, sitting dives and surface support for 20 seconds. Endurance is achieved by building strength in the flutter kick and a 15 meter swim. Swim Kids Level 3 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 4 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants learn back swim with shoulder roll and front crawl 10 meters, work on flutter kick on back, and perform kneeling dives. Participants work on surface support (45 seconds, deep water) and develop a greater sense of self safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25 meter swim. Swim Kids Level 4 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 5 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants develop front crawl 15 meters, learn back crawl 15 meters and whip kick on back. Emphasis in on water safety skills including how to be a safe boater, cold water survival, stride entries and treading water for 1 minute. Endurance is developed through flutter kick 25 meters and a distance swim of 50 meters. Swim Kids Level 5 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 6 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants increase their distance on front and back crawl 25 meters, learn elementary back stroke 15 meters, and learn dolphin kick. Emphasis is on water safety skills including how to be a safe boater, when and where to go on ice, throwing assist without a line, head first sculling on back 10 meters, and treading water 1:30 minutes and front dives. Endurance is built through a 75 meter swim. Swim Kids Level 6 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 7 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants build skills and endurance for the front crawl 50 meters, back crawl 50 meters and elementary backstroke 25 meters and are introduced to whip kick on the front 15 meters. Participants learn about airway and breathing obstructions and participate in reaching assists with rescue equipment. Swimming endurance is increased to a 150 meter swim. Swim Kids Level 7 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 8 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants will increase their distance on front and back crawl 75 meters, and elementary back stroke 25 meters. Participants will meters learn breast stroke 15m, eggbeater/tread water, and perform feet first surface dives and standing shallow dives. Emphasis is on water safety including hypothermia and the dangers of open water. Swimming endurance is increased to 300 meters. Swim Kids Level 8 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 9 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants refine the front crawl 100 meters, back crawl 100 meters, elementary backstroke 50 meters and breaststroke 25 meters, encouraging participants to combine different strokes and kicks 3 min for fitness. Participants also learn sidestroke kick and work on head first surface dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400 meter swim. Swim Kids Level 9 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

Swim Kids 10 (5 to 12 years)

In this class for children, participants have a final assessment of the strokes for technique and distance (front crawl 100 meters, back crawl 100 meters, elementary backstroke 50 meters and breast stroke 50 meters) and introduces sidestroke. Participants learn about sun safety, rescue of others from the ice, and head first and feet first surface dives with underwater swim. Endurance is built using the dolphin kick and a 500 meter swim. Swim Kids Level 10 uses continuous evaluation for participants to progress.

To view course times and availability or to register, please visit ePlay.

Copyright © 2014 The Corporation of the City of St. Catharines