School-aged Lessons (age 5-14)

Hyde Creek Recreation Centre features the Canadian Red Cross Swim Kids program for children five years of age and up, with the goal of program completion between the ages of twelve and fourteen years. This ten level progressive program combines Swimming Skills, Water Safety, and Fitness Activities into each lesson. This means that program participants will not only master all stroke components, but also learn life skills to stay fit and be safe in and around an aquatic environment.

Upon successful completion of each level, participants will be able to perform the following skills:

Swim Kids Level 1

Swimmers develop front and back floats, front and back glides, flutter kick, shallow water entries and exits and can swim at least 5 metres

Swim Kids Level 2

Swimmers learn front and back glides with flutter kick, develop front swim, complete deep water activities (assisted) and swim 10 metres.

Swim Kids Level 3

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glides with flutter kick, perform flutter kick unassisted, wear a portable floatation device (PFD) in deep water, float in deep water, and swim 15 metres continuously.

Swim Kids Level 4

Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dives, introduction to sculling and swim 25 metres continuously.

Swim Kids Level 5

Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn stride dives and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and swim 50 metres continuously.

Swim Kids Level 6

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m), learn elementary back stroke (15m), learn dolphin kick, tread water in deep water, perform front dives, and swim 75 metres continuously.

Swim Kids Level 7

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn front scull, perform whip kick on front and dolphin kick, learn stride entries and swim 150 metres continuously.

Swim Kids Level 8

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (75m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn breast stroke (15m), learn eggbeater/tread water, perform feet-first surface dives and standing shallow dives, and swim 300 metres continously.

Swim Kids Level 9

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (25m), learn sidestroke kick, perform head-first surface dives, and swim 400 metres continuously.

Swim Kids Level 10

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (50m), learn sidestroke (25m), perform dolphin kick (vertical), learn feet first and head first surface dives with underwater swim, and swim 500 metres continuously.