Skill Levels

Use the Skills Level table below to determine what level you or your child swims at currently.  The Skills Needed for Class are the skills that the class participant should have for a certain class. If in doubt, we suggest you choose a lower level.  The Goals for Class are the goals that Coach Sally strives for in a class for that level of student. In classes, some students may move forward 1 to 2, or more, skill levels in a single week.

Class

Skills Needed for Class

Goals for Class

Level 1

No skill in water.

Anyone who will not put head under the water (any age).

Comfortable entering and moving around in water.

Willingly puts face in water.

Holds breath for 5 seconds.

Level 2

Will submerge head in the water

With head under water, will hold breath for 5 seconds.

Submerges head and holds breath for minimum for 10 seconds.

With assistance will go under water and push off bottom then take a breath once surfaced (bobs).

Performs front float with assistance.

Comfortable lying on back and putting ears in the water.

Level 3

Will submerge head in the water and hold breath for a minimum of 10 seconds.

Will perform a front float without assistance.

Comfortable under water and retrieving items from bottom of pool.

Swim independently more than 5 feet on top of water.

Performs back float with assistance.

Will go under water and push off bottom with assistance.

Takes a breath when surfacing, repeating 5 times consecutively (bobs).

Level 4

Swims independently a distance of 5 feet on top of water.

Performs back float with assistance.

With assistance, will put head under water and push off bottom, taking a breath when surfacing, repeating 5 times consecutively.

 

Swims width of pool, taking a breath.

Swims width of pool in deep water.

Performs back float without assistance.

Perform consecutive rhythmic breathing (bobs) without assistance.

Treads water briefly.

Level 5

Can take a breath when swimming independently more than 15 feet.

Floats on back independently.

Performs comfortable rhythmic breathing (bobs) without assistance.  

Treads water for 5 seconds.

Turns over from front to back float.

Floats on back for 10 seconds.

Swims independently on front, 20-30 feet with coordination of arms/leg (Freestyle stroke), taking breaths appropriately.

Swims on back for 10 feet.

Jumps into deep water, comes to surface, then swims to side of pool.

Treads water for 10 seconds.

Level 6

Swims independently 30 feet with coordination of arm stroke and flutter kick (freestyle stroke) on front while taking breaths appropriately.

Swims on back independently a minimum of 10 feet.

Jumps into deep water from side of pool, surfaces, and swims back to side of pool.  

Treads water for 15 seconds.

Swims 60 feet performing freestyle stroke.

Develops freestyle stroke coordination with breathing to side.

Jumps off diving board and swims to side of pool.

Treads water for 30 seconds.

Performs backstroke with coordinated arms and legs.

Level 7

Swims freestyle stroke with coordinated breathing to side for 30 feet.

Will perform a head-first entry into pool or dive into water from side of pool.

Treads water for minimum of 30 seconds.

Performs a backstroke with coordinated movements of arms and legs for 30 feet.

 

Exhibits stroke refinement on frontstroke and backstrokes.

Treads water for 1 minute.

Begins diving from board.

Ability to touch bottom of pool in deep water.

Learning basics of elementary back stroke. 

Level 8

Performs freestyle stroke for 60 feet.

Treads water for more than 5 minutes.

Performs backstroke for 30 feet.  

Performs elementary backstroke for 30 feet. 

Performs head-first dives from diving board using good form.

Practices skills used in swim team competition.

Demonstrates stroke refinement and breathing to the side.

Performs racing starts.

Demonstrates endurance and finishing skills.