For the Starfish, Duck and Sea Turtle levels parents are required to actively participate in the classes.
For the Sea Otter, Salamander, Sunfish, Whale/Crocodile levels, new Covid-19 regulations require that parent accompany their child in the water to assist the teacher.

Starfish

For children ages 6 – 24 months.

To enter this level, babies must be able to hold their head up. The goals are to help babies experience buoyancy and movement through songs and play in the water and to teach the parent/caregiver age specific water safety.

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Duck

For children ages 6 to 36 months.

Age is the only condition for entering this level. Swimmers learn how to use floating objects for support and explore different water movements through games, songs and active water play. The parent/caregiver also learns age-specific water safety.

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Sea Turtle

For children ages 12 to 36 months.

Age is the only condition for entering this level. Swimmers learn, through fun games and songs, how to combine skills, how to kick with a buoyant object and how to perform basic floats, glides and kicks.

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Sea Otter

For children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Transitional level that transfers the preschooler to the care of the Instructor. All skills are assisted by the Instructor. Swimmers enter this level when they are 3 years of age. Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, and swim 1 metre. They also learn age-appropriate water safety skills.

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Salamander

For children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 2 metres, further develop basic floats and increase their distance on front and back glide. Front swim and roll-over glide are also included, and swimmers learn appropriate water safety skills such as how to jump into chest-deep water and how to use a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Prerequisites: Can function in a group setting without parental guidance.

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Sunfish

For children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 metres, increase their distance using buoyant objects, increase their front and back glide with kick, and develop their roll-over glide, side glide and front swim. Safety skills include deep-water skills and use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Prerequisites: Can complete a front glide (face in the water) for 3 seconds; both front and back floats for 3 seconds; jump into chest deep water, recover and swim 2 metres all unassisted.

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Crocodile

For children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Through games and other fun activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 metres on their front and back, perform a dolphin kick and begin using rhythmic breathing. They also progress with kicking drills and increase their swimming distance to 10 metres. Prerequisites: Can complete front/back glides and front/back floats unassisted for 5 seconds; jump into chest-deep water, recover and swim for 5 metres all unassisted.

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Whale

For children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Through fun activities, swimmers perform a front and back swim for 10 metres. Swimmers work on developing their flutter kick and perform a distance swim of 15 metres. Prerequisites: Can complete front/back float; exhale through mouth and nose; flutter kick while gliding on front/back and side; swim 10 metres continuously all unassisted.

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