The Red Cross preschool aquatics program aims to promote the developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills by young children. Students participating in this program will be presented with both aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression through three levels of courses. Each class focuses on safety skills, which can be presented through dry land activities. Safety topics include: swimming by a lifeguard chair, swimming with a buddy, knowing pool rules, “reach, throw, don’t go”, wearing a lifejacket, and sun safety. These topics are taught in a fun and engaging way!
The three levels in the Preschool Aquatics Program mirror the first three levels in the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. The main difference between the two sets of programming is found in the techniques that are used to teach the various classes. The preschoolers will be taught using games and toys, rather than straight instruction. All of the levels in the Preschool Program are designed to streamline the advancement between preschool and the Learn to Swim Program (Ages 6 and up. Lessons are approximately 40 minutes per day and campers will have a rec swim in the afternoon to practice their skills and have fun in the water.
Level 1—Introduction to Water Skills
Level 2—Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Level 3—Stroke Development