Completion Requirements for Preschool Level 6

  1. Swim underwater, 3 body lengths
    • Students must swim at least 3 body lengths completely underwater. (~12 feet)
  2. Pike or tuck surface dive
    • Students should gain momentum prior to starting the dive.
    • For the tuck the body should roll into a tuck position as it rotates forward and then kick straight up when the hands are pointed to the bottom.
    • The student should bend at the hips with straight legs as they reach for the bottom and then fling their legs in to the air driving them down.
    • For both surface dives, the head should be squeezed between the arms as they submerge.
  3. Survival float, 1 minute
    • Students will begin with a jellyfish float.
    • In order to take breath, student will slowly lift arms to about shoulder height and prepare to scissors kick.
    • After pressing back with arms and kicking he/she will take a breath and then return to the jellyfish float.
    • Note: Remind students to only use this in warm water.
  4. Front crawl, 25 yards
    • The body must be 15 degrees or less in angle with only an occasional side to side motion of trunk and legs.
    • The arms must recover above the water.
    • The hands must enter above the head with the fingertips first.
    • The arms must bend during the power phase.
    • The arms must finish at the hips.
    • The flutter kick must be continuous and a moderate splash is acceptable.
    • Students must blow bubbles and breathe to the side. No looking straight forward.
  5. Breaststroke, 15 yards
    • The body must be 30 degrees or less during the glide.
    • The hands may pull outside the shoulder and can go past the shoulder but not the waist.
    • The legs must bend simultaneously but the knees may extend outside the hips and toes.
    • The ankles may bend a little during the power phase.
    • An occasional scissors or flutter kick is acceptable.
    • The stroke must have the basic form of pull, breath, kick and glide.
  6. Butterfly, 15 yards
    • The body may be up to 15 degrees from the surface.
    • The arms must recover above the water with straight arms that enter at shoulder width.
    • The arms should trace out a basic “keyhole” pattern during the mid-pull.
    • The arms should finish down by 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, 25 yards
    • The body must be 15 degrees or less in angle with only an occasional side to side motion of trunk and legs.
    • The arms must recover above the water.
    • The hands must enter above the head with the little finger first.
    • The arms must bend during the power phase.
    • The arms must finish at the hips.
    • The flutter kick must be continuous and a moderate splash is acceptable.
  8. Elementary backstroke, 15 yards
    • The body must be 30 degrees.
    • The body may be bent at the hip, the chin tucked, and ears out of the water.
    • The hands may break the surface during recovery.
    • The arms can extend above or below the shoulder.
    • The power phase may end at waist level.
    • The legs must bend simultaneously but the knees may extend outside the hips and toes.
    • The ankles may bend a little during the power phase.
    • An occasional scissors or flutter kick is acceptable.
    • Occasional breath holding is acceptable.
    • There needs to be at least a minimal glide.
  9. Swim on side with scissors kick, 15 yards
    • The body must be 30 degrees or less from the surface.
    • Both arms may occasionally break the surface.
    • The lead arm elbow may be straight during the catch phase.
    • The trailing arm elbow must stay close to the body throughout the stroke.
    • Must have a rudimentary scissors kick.
    • Any type of breathing pattern is acceptable.
  10. Compact or stride dive
    • Students should enter the water at a 45 degree angle with their head pressed between their arms and their body extended.
  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. Tread water 1 of 3 kicks, 1 minute
    • Students may use a modified scissors, breaststroke, or rotary whip kick and sculling arms. The head above the water.
  14. Review rules for safe diving
    • Discuss AHAC diving board rules.
  15. Care of conscious choking victim
    • Students will CHECK the scene and the victim to see if it is safe.
    • Students will send someone to CALL 911.
    • Students will offer to help and will provide care by giving abdominal thrusts on children their size.

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