The Lifesaving Society Swimmer program makes sure children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Progressions accomodate 5 to 12-year-olds inncluding beginners and swimmers who want to build on the basics. Lots of in-water practice develops solid swimming strokes and skills. Targeted Water Smart® drowning prevention messages are an integram part of the Swim for Life® program. These messages are delivered in all Swimmer levels. 

Swimmer Levels

Swimmer 1

These beginning swimmers will work on safe entries, exits and moving through the water. When ready they'll do floats, glides and kicking on their front and back without assistance. They'll even explore jumping into deep water and treading water with their lifejackets on.

Swimmer 2

These children will be able to jump or side roll into deep water, tread water, and swim (10 m) using either front crawl or back crawl. They'll try ‘vertical' whip kick and begin to work on their endurance level by stepping into the world of fitness interval training.

Swimmer 3

These swimmers will dive and do forward rolls into deep water. Watch them learn handstands and front somersaults underwater. They'll work on their front crawl, back crawl and whip kick over short distances and add some interval fitness training to their practice. 

Swimmer 4

These swimmers will swim further with their front crawl and back crawl. They'll get introduced to breaststroke arms drills, underwater swims and front crawl sprints. Interval training will add to their fitness level.By the end they'll be able to meet the Swim to Survive standard: Roll into deep water, tread water (1 min.) and swim (50 m).

Swimmer 5

These swimmers will try eggbeater kick, head up front crawl, and shallow dives, as well as ‘tuck' jumps and underwater back somersaults. They'll easily go the distance with a strong front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.

Swimmer 6

These swimmers will master eggbeater and scissor kicks, front crawl, breaststroke and back crawl. With the interval training and sprint racing drills they'll be ready to make the 300 m endurance workout. And just for fun they'll try stride jumps and compact jumps.