Guppy Level (no bubble blowing in this level)

  • Comfortably holds breath underwater
  • Starfish Front & Back Float
  • Beginner Stroke (kicks & digs) with head & face fully submerged 3-4 feet
  • Back float swim with kicks 4-5 feet
  • Treading water with fins 3-5 seconds
  • Consistently jumps in and returns to the wall

Level 1 – Beginner 

  • Treading water 20 seconds without fins
  • Roll over swim using back float swimming
  • Back float 1 minute
  • Back float swimming 40 feet (1 length)
  • Elementary backstroke 20 feet
  • Swim without goggles 20 feet
  • Swim a nonstop roll over swim using back float swimming or dog paddle 80 feet (2 lengths)
  • Comfortable swimming in deep water (main pool)

Level 2 – Advanced Beginner

  • Swim Freestyle using rhythmic breathing and bubbles
  • Treading Water 1 minute
  • Swim a non-stop Backstroke 80 feet (2 lengths)
  • Swim a non-stop Elementary Backstroke 120 feet (3 lengths)
  • Swim a non-stop Long distance Freestyle 120 feet (3 lengths)
  • Swim without goggles 20 feet
  • Jump in the water fully clothed with sweat pant, sweatshirt or lightweight jacket. This skill is performed to reassure the student that they could comfortably get to a form of safety should they fall in the water with their clothes on.

Level 3 – Intermediate

  • Treading Water 5 minutes
  • Competitive Freestyle 80 feet (2 lengths)
  • Breaststroke 2 lengths 80 feet (2 lengths)
  • Long Distance Freestyle 200 feet (5 lengths)
  • Elementary Backstroke 200 feet (5 lengths)
  • Backstroke 200 feet (5 lengths)
  • Sidestroke 200 feet (5 lengths)
  • 5-minute non-stop long distance swim using all strokes

Level 4 – Swimmer

  • Treading Water 10 minutes
  • Underwater Swim 40 feet (1 length)
  • Introduction to Butterfly w/dolphin kick 2 lengths
  • Competitive Freestyle 200 feet (5 lengths) with flip turns
  • Backstroke 200 feet (5 lengths)
  • Breaststroke 200 feet (5 lengths)
  • Elementary Backstroke 400 feet (10 lengths)
  • Sidestroke 400 feet (10 lengths)
  • Long Distance Freestyle 400 feet (10 lengths)
  • 10-minute non-stop long distance swim using all strokes

We teach two different styles of freestyle. Recreational freestyle and a competitive freestyle. Our students will be taught that the recreational freestyle stroke should be used in lakes, rivers, and oceans and competitive freestyle would be used if they were in a swim race at a pool. A good example we like to share with our students is comparing the style and speed of a long distance runner to that of a 50-yard sprinter runner. A long distant runner could never run at sprinter’s speed before tiring him or herself out and vice versa. We feel that it is important for us to teach our students why and when they will need to choose the correct stroke for different swimming situations.