Levels

Dutch Inn Preschool Program

Placement in Red Cross Swim programs depends on many variables including age, skill  proficiency, previous experience and readiness. The following chart is a guide only. Red Cross  Swim Preschool has options for swimmers with disabilities. Please check with your facility.

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Swim  

Preschool – Starfish

Requirement to  

register 4-12 months of age,  able to hold their head  up, and participating  with a parent or  

caregiver (assisted)

Babies and their caregivers work on  getting wet, buoyancy and  movement, front, back and vertical  position in the water, and shallow  water entries and exits.

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Preschool – Sea  

Turtle

Requirement to  

register 24-36 months of age,  participating with or  without a parent or  caregiver

Toddlers and their caregivers work  on submersion, front and back  floats and glides, jumping into  chest-deep water with assistance,  kicking on front and front swim.

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Preschool – 

Salamander

Requirement to  

register 3-5 years, successful  completion of the skills  in Red Cross Swim  Preschool Sea Otter

Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted.  Kicking is added to the front and  back glide and swimmers will be  able to swim 2 meters upon  completion.

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Preschool – Crocodile

Requirement to  

register 3-6 years, successful  completion of the skills  in Red Cross Swim  Preschool Sunfish

Swimmers further develop the front  and back glide with kick, front and  back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a PFD in deep water, and  swim 10 meters continuously.

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Preschool – Duck

Requirement to  

register  12-24 months of age,  participating with a  parent or caregiver 

(assisted)

Babies and their caregivers work on  rhythmic breathing, moving forward  and backward, front and back float  with recovery, and shallow water  entries and exits.

Red Cross Swim  

Preschool – Sea Otter

Requirement to  

register 3-5 years

Swimmers work on front and back  floats and glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be  able to swim 1 meter upon  completion of this level.

Red Cross Swim  

Preschool – Sunfish

Requirement to  

register 3-6 years, successful  completion of the skills  in Red Cross Swim  Preschool Salamander

Swimmers work on kicking and can  perform glides (front and back), enter deep water safely, float in  deep water, swim with a PFD, and  swim 5 meters continuously.

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Preschool – Whale

Requirement to  

register 3-6 years, successful  completion of the skills  in Red Cross Swim  Preschool Crocodile

Swimmers increase their distance  on front and back glide with kick,  increase distance on front and back  swim, learn the sitting dive, and will  be able to swim 15 metres  continuously upon completion of the  level.

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