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Completion Requirements for Preschool Level 5

  1. Swim underwater, 6 feet
    • Student must fully submerge and then swim underwater 6 feet.
    • The student may not surface within those 6 feet.
  2. Feet first surface dive
    • Student starts off by treading water and then uses a strong scissors or breaststroke kick to rise out of the water.
    • Student should remain in a streamline position until they begin to slow down. Then he/she should press up to continue their descent.
  3. Survival float, 30 seconds
    • Students must float with face in the water and bubbles.
    • Student’s arms should press down to lift their head in the water and then immediately go relaxed again.
  4. Front crawl, 10 yards
    • The student’s body must be at less then 30 degree angle with some rudimentary body roll.
    • Students may have some side to side motion in the trunk and legs.
    • The student’s arms should come out of the water.
    • Students may have straight arm recovery.
    • Students should have a good flutter kick. An occasional bicycle kick is acceptable.
    • The student’s face must be in the water unless taking a breath.
    • Students may breathe to the front or the side as needed.
  5. Breaststroke kick with support, 5 yards
    • The kick must provide good propulsion.
    • The feet must go outside of the knees prior to the power phase.
  6. Butterfly, 10 feet
    • The body may be up to 30 degrees from the surface but the face must be in the water.
    • The arms must recover above the water but may exit the water above the waist.
    • The legs may bend at the knees during up beat and the feet may break the surface occasionally.
    • The stroke must have the basic form.
  7. Back Crawl, 10 yards
    • The student’s body must be at less then 30 degree angle with some rudimentary body roll.
    • The student’s ears may be out of the water, their chin on their chest, and their bodies may be bent at the hip.
    • Students may have some side to side motion in their trunk and legs.
    • The student’s arms should come out of the water.
    • Arms may be straight during the power phase.
    • Students should have a good flutter kick. An occasional bicycle kick is acceptable.
    • Students may occasionally hold their breath.
  8. Elementary backstroke kick with support, 5 yards
    • The kick must provide good propulsion.
    • The feet must go outside of the knees prior to the power phase.
  9. Scissors kick on side with support, 5 feet
    • The body must be on its side.
    • The bottom arm must extend over head with the top arm against the side. There is no arm stroke.
    • Must have a rudimentary scissors kick.
    • Any type of breathing pattern is acceptable.
  10. Sitting or kneeling dive
    • Student must enter the water with their head between their arms.
    • Student must enter the water head first.
  11. Open turn on front
    • Student must demonstrate using any stroke on the front, turn at the wall, and then glide two body lengths before stroking.
  12. Open turn on back
    • Student must demonstrate using any stroke on the back, turn at the wall, and then glide two body lengths before stroking.
  13. Discuss rules for safe diving
    • Discuss “Learn to dive properly from a qualified instructor.”
    • Discuss “Obey all posted rules and no diving signs.”
    • Discuss “Never dive in shallow water or into above-ground pools.”
  14. PFD: Compact jump from a height
    • Student should cross arms and hold the neck of their PFD as they enter the water.
    • Student should cross their legs as they enter the water.
  15. Reaching assist
    • Student need to brace themselves on the deck and reach out with an arm to grasp the victim. Then they need to pull them to safety.
    • Discuss how to use equipment.
  16. Throwing assist
    • The student must demonstrate a throwing assist.
    • Discuss how to use equipment
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