Give your child a head start on
learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool Program develops
an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids
get in too deep.
In our basic aquatic progressions we
work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and
have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We
incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.
We've organized the content of each level like this:
- Entries and exits
- Surface support
- Underwater skills
- Swim to Survive® skills
- Movement / Swimming skills
As an integral part of the Swim for Life® program, Water Smart education provides
information and experiences that helps participants make smart
decisions when in, on and around water and ice.
Preschool 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Preschool 1: We
encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them
know they can do it themselves (thank you very much). These
preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water.
We'll help them jump into chest deep water. They'll try floats on
their front and back, and glides on their side.
Preschool 2: These
preschoolers learn to jump into chest deep water by themselves, and
get in and get out wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They'll
submerge and exhale underwater. While wearing a Personal Flotation
Device they'll glide on their front and back.
Preschool 3: These
youngsters will try both jumping and a side roll into deep water
while wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They'll recover objects
from the bottom in waist-deep water. They'll work on kicking and
gliding through the water on their front and back.
Preschool 4: Advanced
preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get
out by themselves. They'll do side roll entries and open their eyes
underwater. They'll master a short (3-5 m) swim on their front and
gliding and kicking on their side.
Preschool 5: These
youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing
a PFD and holding their breath underwater for up to 10 sec. They'll
work on longer front and back crawl swims, interval training and
get a giggle out of whip kick.