Listed below are several skill levels that will be taught in each level and need to be
mastered before passing on to the next level.
Level 0: FISH (Ages 3-6) WATER ADJUSTMENT
Helps participants become more comfortable in the water.
Fully submerge face for 3 seconds
Supported front and back float
Supported kicking on the front and back
Level 1: (Ages 4-8) INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS
Helps participants continue to feel comfortable in the water and begin to move on their
Fully submerged face for 3 – 5 seconds, blowing bubbles through mouth.
Open eyes under the water and retrieve submerged objects.
Front and back glides. Front and back floats.
Recover to a vertical position from a front float or glide
Roll from front to back and back to front
Finning arm action on back
Flutter kick on front or back
Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
Explore deep water with support
Level 2: (Ages 5-10) FUNDAMENTALS AQUATIC SKILLS
Gives participants success with fundamental skills.
Bobbing while moving toward safety
Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
Front and back glides and back floats
Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
Dive from side of pool in kneeling or compact position
Demonstrate prone glide and back glide with push-off
Front crawl and back crawl with good techniques for at least 10 yards
Elementary backstroke kick 10 yards
Level 3: (Ages 5-12) STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Builds on skills in Level 2 through additional practice in deeper water.
Standing front dive
Elementary backstroke 10 yards
Front crawl 25 yards with rotary breathing
Back crawl 25 yards
Breaststroke kick 10 yards
Scissors kick 10 yards
Tread water 2 minutes
Level 4: (Ages 7-14) STROKE IMPROVEMENT
Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.
Standing dive from a spring board
Demonstrate a long shallow dive
Front crawl 50 yards with rotary breathing
Back crawl 50 yards
Elementary backstroke 25 yards
Butterfly-dolphin kick 10 yards
Sidestroke 10 yards
Breaststroke 10 yards
Front crawl and backstroke open turns
Tread water 2 minutes using 2 different kicks
Level 5: (Ages 8-17) STROKE REFINEMENT
Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.
100 yards front crawl
100 yards back crawl
25 yards breaststroke
25 yards sidestroke
10 yards butterfly
Demonstrate breaststroke with pull-out
Demonstrate dive off board with approach hurdle
Tread water 3 minutes, 1 minute without hands
If the instructor feels the student is not in the appropriate class,
they may be moved to a different level to accommodate their ability.
If you have any questions, please contact Bob Emelander: FHPA.email@example.com