Level 1 (5 – 12 years)

Swimmers receive an orientation to water and the pool area and work on floats, glides and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5m front swim. Prerequisites: Can comfortably move and float with assistance; and can function in a group without parental assistance.

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Level 2 (5 – 12 years)

Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and to remain at the surface. Swimmers work on the front swim (5m) and learn about deepwater activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Fitness activities include the 10m flutter kick and a 10m distance swim. Prerequisites: Can front/back float, exhale through mouth and nose; flutter kick while gliding on front and back; swim 5 metres continuously.

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Level 3 (5 – 12 years)

This level provides an introduction to diving and teaches swimmers how to make wise choices about where and when to swim. Endurance is achieved by building strength in the flutter kick and a 15m swim. Prerequisites: At ease in deep water; can breathe rhythmically 10 times; glides front/back with kick for 5 metres, and swim 10 metres continuously.

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Level 4 (5 – 12 years)

This level introduces the front crawl (10m) and back swim with shoulder roll (15m). Swimmers work on kneeling dives, surface support (45 seconds, deep water) and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25m swim. Prerequisites: Can swim front crawl at least 5 metres, arms recovering above water; glides front/back with kick for 10 metres and swim 15 metres continuously.

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Level 5 (5 – 12 years)

This level introduces the back crawl (15m), sculling skills, whip kick on the back, stride dives and treading water. Front crawl increases to 15m. An introduction to safe boating skills is also included. Endurance is developed through a 50m swim. Prerequisites: Can surface support 45 seconds; swim front crawl at least 10 metres; swim on back with kick 10 metres; swim 25 metres continuously.

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