Preschool Lessons (age 3-6)

The City of Port Coquitlam offers the Red Cross Preschool Program. Features of this program include a progress book so participants can easily track their success, stickers for level completion, and a smoother transition into the Red Cross Swim Kids Program. This exciting program has 8 levels of swim progressions for children aged 4 months through to 6 years.

Parent Participation Levels

These are classes for young children accompanied by their parent or caregivers, aged 16 & over.

Starfish
(4 to 12 months)

Babies and their caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical positions in the water, and shallow water entries and exits.

Duck
(12 to 24 months)

Babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward 
backward, front and back float and recovery, and shallow water entries and exits.

Sea Turtle
(24 to 36 months)

Toddlers and their caregivers work on submersion, front and back floats and 
glides,jumping into chest-deep water with assistance, kicking on front, and front swim.

Non-Parented Level

These classes are typically non parented and geared for children to try on their own, with an instructor. Parents are permitted to assist their child for the first few classes if required.

Sea Otter
(2 years)

Swimmers work on front, back floats and glides, kicking on front with buoyant objects, 
and will be able to swim 1 metre upon completion of this level. This program is geared for those who have completed Sea Turtle and are under 3 years of age.

Sea Otter
(3 to 5 years)

Swimmers work on front and back floats, and glides, kicking on front with buoyant 
object and will be able to swim 1 meter upon completion of this level.

Salamander
(3 to 6 years)

Swimmers work on improving their front and back floats and jumping into chest-deep water un-assisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2 metres upon completion.

Sunfish
(3 to 6 years)

Swimmers work on kicking and can perform glides (front and back), enter deep water safely, float in deep water, swim with a Person Flotation Device (PFD), and swim 5 meters continuously.

Crocodile
(3 to 6 years)

Swimmers further develop the front and back glide with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in deep water, and swim 10 meters continuously.

Whale
(3 to 6 years)

Swimmers increase their distance on the front and back glide with kick, increase 
distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and will be able to swim 
15 metres continuously upon completion of the level.

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