Level 6 (5 – 12 years)

This level refines front crawl with a focus on hand entry and breathing (25m), back crawl with a focus on arm positions and body roll (25m), and introduces elementary backstroke (15m), safety on ice, and rescue of others with throwing assists. Swimmers demonstrate the front dive and their ability to tread water in deep water for 1½ minutes. Endurance is built through dolphin kick and a 75m swim. Prerequisites: Can swim front and back crawl at least 15 metres; perform the whip kick on back at least 5 metres; perform kneeling dive; and swim 50 metres continuously.

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Level 7 (5 – 12 years)

This level builds skills and endurance for the front crawl (50m), back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m) and introduces whip kick on the front. Swimmers learn about airway and breathing obstructions, reach assists and stride entry. Swimming endurance is increased to a 150m swim. Prerequisites: Can swim front crawl and back crawl at least 25 metres; swim coordinated elementary backstroke at least 15 metres, and swim 75 metres continuously.

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Level 8 (5 – 12 years)

This level is an introduction to breast stroke (15m) and feet-first surface dives. Swimmers learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults, and standing shallow dives. Swimmers participate in timed treading water activities using the eggbeater skill for 3 minutes to improve their ability to remain at the surface in the event of an unexpected fall into water. Endurance is built on a 300m swim. Front crawl and back crawl distances are increased to 75m each. Prerequisites: Can swim front crawl and back crawl at least 50 metres, swim elementary backstroke 25 metres; whip kick on front 15 metres; and swim 75 metres continuously.

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Level 9 (5 – 12 years)

This level refines the front crawl (100m), back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (25m), and encourages swimmers to combine different kicks for fitness (3 mins). They also work on head-first surface dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400m swim. Prerequisites: Can swim front crawl and back crawl at least 75 metres; swim elementary backstroke and breaststroke at least 25 metres; swim head first sculling on back 10 metres; perform a stride jump; swim 300 metres continuously.

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Level 10 (5 – 12 years)

This level is a final assessment of the strokes for technique and distance (front crawl 100m, back crawl 100m, elementary back stroke 50m, breast stroke 50m and sidestroke 25m). Swimmers learn about sun safety, rescue of others from ice, and headfirst and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is built using the dolphin kick (vertical) and a 500m swim. Prerequisites: Can swim front crawl and back crawl at least 100 metres; swim elementary backstroke and breaststroke 25 metres; swim 400 metres continuously.

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For more information contact the front desk: 514-737-6551 or email aquatics@ymywha.com.