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4-12 months or older, able to hold their head up and participating with parent/caregiver Star Fish
12-24 months or older and participating with parent or caregiver Duck
24-36 months or older, and participating with parent or caregiver Sea Turtle
3-5 years of age and just starting without parent (1 to 4 Ratio) Sea Otter
3-5 years and can comfortably move and float in water, gets eyes and face wet without goggles (1 to 4 Ratio) Salamander
3-6 years and can jump into chest-deep water without help, float independently and glide on the front and back for 2m without assistance (1 to 4 Ratio) Sunfish
3-6 years and can comfortably slip into deep water, float on front and back in deep water, do surface support for 5 seconds and achieve a distance of 5m with front, back and rollover glides (1 to 4 Ratio) Crocodile
3-6 years and can float/move in deep water with assistance, breathe rhythmically 10 times, flutter, do surface support for 10 seconds and swim 10 meters (1 to 4 Ratio) Whale
6 years or older. Just starting out in swimming lessons, or have turned 6 after completing Starfish, Duck, Sea Turtle, Sea Otter or Salamander (1 to 6 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 1
6 years or older. Can float unassisted on front and back for 3 seconds, can glide with kick for 5 meters or have turned 6 after completing Sunfish (1 to 6 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 2
6 years or older. Is comfortable in deep water, can breathe rhythmically 15 times, front swim for 5 meters and swim 10 meters continuously (1 to 6 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 3
Are comfortable floating and moving independently in deep water, can swim front swim at least 10 meters while recovering arms above water, and can perform a front/side combination, exhaling on front and inhaling in the side glide position for 10 meters (1 to 6 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 4
Can tread water for 45 seconds, swim front crawl at least 10 meters with arms recovering above the water and swim 25 meters continuously (1 to 7 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 5
Can tread water for 1 minute, swim efficient front and back crawl at least 15 meters, perform the whip kick on back at least 10 meters and swim 50 meters continuously (1 to 7 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 6
Can swim front and back crawl at least 25 meters, swim coordinated elementary backstroke at least 15 meters and swim 75 meters continuously (1 to 8 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 7
Can swim front and back crawl at least 50 meters, swim elementary backstroke for 25 meters and perform whip kick on front for 15 meters and swim 150 meters continuously (1 to 8 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 8
Can swim front/back crawl at least 75 meters, swim elementary backstroke for 25 meters and breaststroke for 15 meters, and swim 300 meters continuously (1 to 8 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 9
Can swim front/back crawl at least 100 meters, swim elementary backstroke for 50 meters, breaststroke at least 25 meters and swim 400 meters continuously (1 to 8 Ratio) Red Cross Kids Level 10
Adolescents or adults interested in participating in swimming and Water Safety based on their own abilities, interests and goals. Are just starting out or are uncomfortable in the water (1 to 8 Ratio) Adult Swim Basics
Adolescents or adults interested in participating in swimming and Water Safety based on their own abilities, interests and goals. Can float and glide and are comfortable in water above their head. (1 to 8 Ratio) Adult Swim Strokes

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