Completion Requirements for Youth Level 4
- Compact and Stride Dive
- Students enter the water at a 45 degree angle with their head
pressed between their arms and their body extended.
- Swim Underwater
- Students must swim at least 3 body lengths
- Feet First Surface Dive
- Students start off by treading water, and then uses a strong
scissors or breaststroke kick to rise out of the water.
- Students should remain in a streamline position until they begin
to slow down. Then he/she should press up to continue their descent.
- Survival Swimming - 30 Seconds
- Students will float as long as possible, then will lift their
head up, take a breath, do a simple scissors kick followed by a
large arm pull, then float again.
- The students must demonstrate their ability to do this skill
- Students need to understand this skill should only be performed
in warm water.
- Open Turn on Front
- Students must demonstrate using any stroke on front, turn at the
wall, then glide two body lengths before stroking.
- Open Turn on Back
- Students must demonstrate using any stroke on the back, turn at
the wall, and then glide two body lengths before stroking.
- Treading Water with 2 Kicks - 2 Minutes
- Students may use either a modified scissors, breaststroke, or
rotary kick and sculling arms.
- The head must stay above the water.
- 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.
- Students must have an above water recovery with arms bent at the
- The hands must enter above the head with fingertips first.
- The arms must bend during the power phase.
- The arms must finish beyond the hips.
- The flutter kick must be continuous and a moderate splash is
- Students must blow bubbles and breathe to the side. No
looking straight forward.
- Breaststroke 15 Yards
- The body must be 30 degrees or less during the glide.
- The hands must pull outside the shoulder and can go past the
shoulder but not the waist.
- The legs must bend simultaneously at the knees 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, breathe, kick and
- Butterfly 15 Yards
- 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.
- Back Glide with 2 Kicks - 3-5 Body Lengths
- Students must be in a streamlined position on their back.
- Students do this exercise twice using a flutter kick and a
- Elementary Backstroke - 25 Yards
- The body must be 15 degrees or less from the surface.
- The chin should have a slight tuck and the ears should be at or
beneath the surface.
- The hands remain underwater through the stroke.
- The arms extend at roughly 3 and 9 o'clock.
- The power phase ends at hip level.
- The legs must bend simultaneously and the knees do not separate
beyond the width of the hips.
- The toes must flex up and out.
- The breathing must be in a relaxed rhythmic pattern.
- There needs to be at least a minimal glide.
- Back Crawl - 15 Yards
- The student's body must be at less than a 30 degree angle with
some rudimentary body roll.
- The student's ears may be out of the water, the chin on their
chest, and their hips may be bent.
- Students may have some side to side motion in their trunk.
- 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.
- Sidestroke - 15 Yards
- The body must be 30 degrees or less from the surface.
- Both arms may occasionally break the surface.
- Lead arm elbow may be straight during the catch phase.
- The trailing arm elbow must stay close to the body throughout
- Must have a rudimentary scissors kick.
- Water Safety Topics
- Reach or Throw, Don't Go - Demonstrate reaching and throwing
- Discuss Recreational Water Illness
- Think So You Don't Sink - Demonstrate
- Look Before You Leap
- Exit Skill I
- Students must perform a feet-first entry into deep water, swim
front crawl 25 yards and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
- Exit Skill II
- Students must swim breaststroke 15 yards and swim back crawl for