Learn to Swim 6 and Up

Swim lessons at camp! As part of your camper's programming in grades 1st-3rd, campers will receive group swim lessons at camp taught in a fun, engaging way!

The Camp Coconuts swim lesson program is based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program.
 Each child will be assessed and placed into one of the six comprehensive levels. Our trained and caring instructors will guide each student to reach their goals encouraging them to push themselves to their fullest potential.

This program aims to teach swimmers how to be comfortable in the water and to swim skillfully and safely.  Each level of the Learn-to-Swim program includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency. Each level improves on skills taught in the previous levels through additional guided practice.  

Level 1—Introduction to Water Skills

  • Enter and exit the water safely
  •  Submerge mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Exhale underwater through mouth and nose
  • Open eyes underwater, pick up submerged object
  • Change direction while walking or paddling
  • Roll over from front to back and back to front with support
  • Explore floating on front and back with support
  • Explore swimming on front and back using arm and leg actions with support
  • Use a life jacket

Level 2—Fundamental Aquatic Skills

  • Submerge entire head
  • Blow bubbles submerging the head in a rhythmic pattern (bobbing)
  • Open your eyes underwater, pick up a submerged object in shallow water
  • Float on front and back
  • Perform front and back glide
  • Change the direction of travel paddling on the front or back
  • Roll over from front to back, back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg motions (chest-deep water)
  • Swim on the front, back, and side using combined arm and leg actions
  • Move in the water while wearing a life jacket

Level 3—Stroke Development

  • Jump into deep water from the side
  • Dive from kneeling or standing position
  • Submerge and retrieve an object in chest-deep water
  • Bob, with the head fully submerged
  • Rotary breathing in a horizontal position
  • Perform front and back glide using two different kicks
  • Float on front and back in deep water
  • Change from horizontal to vertical position on front and back
  • Tread water using hand and leg movements
  • Perform front and back crawl
  • Butterfly—kick and body motion
  • Perform the HELP and Huddle position

 Level 4—Stroke Improvement

  • Perform a dive from a sitting or standing position
  • Swim underwater
  • Perform feet-first surface dive
  • Perform open turns on the front and back
  • Tread water using sculling arm motions and with different kicks
  • Perform the following: Front and back crawl~ Breaststroke ~ Butterfly ~Elementary backstroke
  • Swim on the side using a scissors-like kick
  • Perform a compact jump into the water from a height while wearing a life jacket

Level 5—Stroke Refinement       

  • Standing dive
  • Shallow dive, glide two body lengths, and begin any front stroke
  • Tuck surface dive
  • Pike surface dive
  • Front flip turn
  • Backstroke flip turn
  • Front and back crawl
  • Butterfly
  • Breaststroke
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Sidestroke
  • Tread water with two different kicks
  • Learn survival swimming

Level 6—Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Refines the strokes so students swim with ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options that each focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, including the Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training courses. These options include Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, Lifeguard Readiness, or Fitness Swimmer.

Note for parents: Please remember that every child progresses at their own pace. Instructors are trained to recognize which students are ready for the next level and will do everything in their power to make each student successful. Repeating a level or program is not necessarily a bad thing. Most students have to repeat levels at least once before moving forward.

Give your swimmer a head start! Enroll your swimmer in year-round swim lessons with our proud partner, the KidFit Swim AcademyClick here to learn more.