American Red Cross Swim Lessons


Safe Swim is a proud provider of American Red Cross swim lessons and water safety programs. American Red Cross Swim Lessons help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. Swimmers work through age-appropriate levels as they master basic through advanced skills.

All Safe Swim Instructors are certified by the American Red Cross in Water Safety Instruction, Lifeguard Training with First-Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.


Swim Lessons for Children

Learn To Swim Lessons: Designed to help swimmers achieve maximum success, lessons are based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers of varying ages and abilities develop their water safety, survival and swim skills.

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Swim Levels

The ages listed with each level is to provide guidance however each swimmer is different and we encourage all swimmers to develop their skills at their own pace and comfort.

If you need assistance selecting the appropriate level please contact our office at 949-420-0804.

[accordion_toggle title=”Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills – Age: 3-4+”]
For the beginner who is comfortable in the water.
Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going under water, supported front and back floating, supported rolling over from front to back and back to front, supported gliding , supported flutter kick, supported front crawl arms and jumping in.

[accordion_toggle title=”Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills – Age: 4-5+”]

Swimmers should already be able to float on front and back and put head under water.
Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating , independent rolling over from front to back and back to front, independent front and back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.

[accordion_toggle title=”Level 3 – Stroke Development – Age: 5-6+”]

Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming front stroke and swimming on their back.
Swimmers will work on: gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breast stroke and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deeper water, treading water, jumping into deep water and compact dives.

[accordion_toggle title=”Level 4 – Stroke Improvement – Age: 7+”]

Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 25 yards.
Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and sidestroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to turning at wall, treading water with modified scissors, and diving in kneeling position.

[accordion_toggle title=”Level 5 – Stroke Refinement – Age: 8+”]

Swimmers should already be able to: swim freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke 25 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, treading water, and dive.
Swimmers will work on: alternate breathing, stride jump, refinement of: freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, dolphin kick and butterfly, open turn on front and back, feet-first surface dive, and treading water.

[accordion_toggle title=”Level 6 – Swimming & Skill Proficiency – Ages: 9-11+”]

Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 50 yds, elementary backstroke 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, butterfly 25 yards, sidestroke 10 yards, tread water for 3 minutes, and dive. Swimmers will work on: All six strokes, front and back crawl flip turn, breaststroke turn, breaststroke speed turn and pullout, butterfly turn, sidestroke turn, pike and tuck surface dive, pike and tuck dive from board, tread water for five minutes, and basic water rescue.


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