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Learn to Swim Courses

Our American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program provides instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. The objective is to not only teach people how to swim: but to be safe in, on, and around the water. We have also combined this curriculum with all current Boy Scouts of America swimming awards. We have spent a lot of time and effort in order to cross-reference requirements from both organizations so that we may teach matching skill sets in our swim program.

All students who participate in the Learn-To-Swim courses will receive a checklist of all requirements passed while in the course, including corresponding Scouting requirements.

It is the responsibility of the student to show our skill check-off sheets to their Adult leaders in order to get their Scout handbooks signed, Scouting rules stipulate that we are NOT allowed to do this.

Here is a listing of the 4 American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim levels and their corresponding Boy Scouts of America Swimming awards for each level.

ARC Level 1: "Introduction to Water Skills"

Prerequisite: No specific class is needed before this. The child has to be able to at least be able to follow directions and to be able to hold onto the wall all by themselves. All level 1 participants will receive a scorecard at the end of classes that will give parents additional information about their child’s progress.

Purpose:Helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.

Cost:$70

Skill Learn During Level 1:

  • Water Entry and Exit
    • Safe Entry and Exit using Ladder, Steps, or Side
  • Breathe Control and Underwater Swimming
    • Breathe Control and Underwater Swimming
    • Submerge and Open eyes underwater
  • Buoyancy on Front
    • Maintain front float position (face in or out of water)
    • Recover from front float to standing position
  • Buoyancy on Back
    • Maintain back float position
    • Recover from back float to standing position
  • Changing Direction and Position
    • Change direction of travel while walking or paddling
    • Roll over from front to back
    • Roll over from back to front
  • Treading Water
    • Explore arm and hand movements
  • Swim on Front
    • Alternating arm action
    • Simultaneous arm action
    • Alternating leg action
    • Simultaneous leg action
    • Combined stroke on front (any arm and leg action)
  • Swim on Back
    • Alternating arm action
    • Simultaneous arm action
    • Alternating leg action
    • Simultaneous leg action
    • Combined stroke on back (any arm and leg action)
  • General and Personal Water Safety
    • Water safety rules
    • How to use a life jacket
    • Wearing a life jacket in the water
    • Helping Others
      • How to recognize a swimmer in distress
      • How to get help
      • BSA Safe Swim Defense Plan

ARC Level 2 - "Fundamental Aquatic Skills" and "Cub Scout Awards"

Prerequisite: Level 1 certification (or equivalent skill ability)

Purpose:Gives students success with fundamental skills. All level 2 students will also receive a scorecard at the end of classes that will give parents additional information about their child’s progress. Students will also pass the requirements for Cub Scout awards.

Cost:$70

Skill Learn During Level 2:

  • Water Entry and Exit
    • Safely Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
    • Exit water safely using ladder or side
  • Breathe Control and Underwater Swimming
    • Submerge entire head
    • Bobs
    • Open eyes underwater & pick up a submerged object
  • Buoyancy on Front
    • Maintain front float position (face in water)
    • Recover from front float to standing position
    • Front glide
    • Float in facedown position (Jellyfish float)
  • Buoyancy on Back
    • Maintain back float position
    • Recover from back float to standing position
    • Back glide
  • Changing Direction and Position
    • Change direction of travel paddling on front or back
    • Roll over from front to back
    • Roll over from back to front
  • Treading
    • Using arm and leg motions
    • Swim on Front
    • Combined arm and leg actions on front
  • Swim on Back
    • Finning arm action
    • Sculling arm action
    • Combined arm and leg actions on back
  • Swim on Side
    • Alternating leg action
    • Simultaneous leg action
  • General and Personal Water Safety
    • Water safety rules
    • How to use a life jacket
    • Move in the water while wearing a life jacket
    • BSA - Safe Swim Defense Plan
    • Helping Others
      • How to recognize a swimmer in distress
      • Reach, throw, row, go with support
      • How to get help

ARC Level 3 - "Stroke Development" and "Cub Scout awards"

Prerequisite: Level 2 certification (or equivalent skill ability)

Goal: Purpose: builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Students will also pass the requirements for the Cub Scout “Swimming Sports Pin”.

Cost:$70

Skill Learn During Level 1:

  • Water Entry and Exit
    • Jump into deep water from the side
    • Headfirst entry from sitting or kneeling position
  • Breathe Control and Underwater Swimming
    • Submerge and retrieve and object
    • Bobs with the head fully submerged
    • Rotary breathing
  • Buoyancy on Front
    • Front glide-kick one
    • Front glide-kick two
    • Survival float
  • Buoyancy on Back
    • Back glide-kick one
    • Back glide-kick two
    • Back float
  • Changing Direction and Position
    • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front
    • Change from vertical to horizontal position on back
  • Treading
    • Tread water
  • Swim on Front
    • Front crawl
    • Butterfly kick and body motion
  • Swim on Back
    • Back crawl
  • General and Personal Water Safety
    • General water safety rules
    • Rules for safe diving
    • Rules for safe boating
    • Enter the water wearing a life jacket
    • BSA Safe Swim Defense Plan
    • HELP position
    • Huddle position
      • Helping Others
      • Reaching assist
      • Reach, Throw, Row, Go with support

ARC Level 4 - "Stroke Improvement", Webelos Awards and 2nd Class Skills

Prerequisite: Level 2 certification (or equivalent skill ability)

Purpose:Develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills. This course will also pass Webelos swimming requirements and beginning Scouts in their 2nd class swimming requirements

Cost:$75

Skill Learn During Level 4:

  • Water Entry and Exit
    • Dive from compact or stride position
  • Breathe Control and Underwater Swimming
    • Swim underwater (no hyperventilation)
    • Feet-first surface dive
  • Buoyancy an Front
    • Survival float
  • Buoyancy on Back
    • Back float
  • Changing Direction and Position
    • Open turn on front; push off in streamlined position
    • Open turn on back; push off in streamlined position
  • Treading
    • Tread water using scissors, breaststroke or rotary kick and sculling arm motions for 1 minute
  • Swim on Front
    • Front crawl
    • Breaststroke
    • Butterfly
  • Swim on Back
    • Back crawl
    • Elementary backstroke
  • Swim on Side
    • Swim on side with scissors kick
  • General and Personal Water Safety
    • Additional rules for safe diving
    • Compact jump from height while wearing a life jacket
    • Helping Others
      • Throwing assist
      • Care for conscious choking victim
      • Reach, throw, row, go with support
    • Second Class Advancement Requirements
    • Discuss BSAs safe swim defense
    • Complete the ARC Exit Skills test #1

Swimming Merit Badge with ARC Level 5 and 1st Class Swimming Skills

Prerequisite:Level 4 certification (or equivalent skill ability).

Purpose: Students will refine the following strokes and swimming skills: front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, side-stroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. They will also learn aquatic survival skills.

Cost:$75

Bring:Students will need to bring a signed and filled out merit badge card on the first day of class

Skill Learn During Level 5:

  • Water Entry and Exit
    • Shallow dive from the side
    • Shallow dive, glide two body lengths, begin any front stroke
  • Breathe Control and Underwater Swimming
    • Swim underwater for 3 Lengths
    • Tuck surface dive
    • Pike surface dive
    • Feet first surface dive
  • Buoyancy on Front
    • Survival float for 10 minutes
  • Buoyancy on Back
    • Back float for 1 minute
  • Changing Direction and Position
    • Flip turn while swimming on front
    • Flip turn while swimming on back
  • Treading
    • Tread water-kick one
    • Tread water-kick two
  • Swim on Front
    • Front crawl 25 yards
    • Butterfly 15 yards
    • Breaststroke 25 yards
  • Swim on Back
    • Back crawl 25 yards
    • Elementary backstroke 25 yards
  • Swim on side
    • Sidestroke 25 yards
  • General and Personal Water Safety
    • Help and Huddle positions
    • Clothes inflation
    • Safe Swim Defense Bald Pals
  • Helping Others
    • Rescue breathing
    • Reaching and throwing assists
    • Reach, throw, row, go with support
  • Exit Skills
    • Exit Skill 1 or BSA Swimmers Test
    • Exit Skill 2
    • Writing Assignment Req. 10a-10d
    • First Class Advancement Requirements
    • How to plan a safe trip afloat
    • Complete the BSA Swimmers test
    • Line and Tender rescue

Lifesaving Merit Badge

Prerequisites:Swimming Merit Badge

Purpose:Become familiar with the potential hazards of water activities, To prevent accidents, How to respond if an emergency does occur.

Cost:$80

Bring:Students will need to bring a signed and filled out merit badge card on the first day of class

This course does not qualify a participant to be a lifeguard. However, it will serve as a foundation for further training in Lifeguarding, and it is a pre-requisite to the BSA Lifeguard course. Participants will need to provide their own Lifesaving Merit Badge Book.

Skill Learn During Life Saving Merit Badge:

  • Requiremnet 1a: Swimming Merit Badge
  • Requirement 1b: Swim 400 yards
  • Requirement 2a-e: Eight Point Safe Swim Defense Plan
  • Requirement 2a-e: Safety Afloat
  • Requirement 2a-e: The Order of Methods in Lifesaving
  • Requirement 3: Reaching Rescues
  • Requirement 4: Throwing Rescues
  • Requirement 5: Boating Rescues
  • Requirement 6: Non-contact Rescue Aids
  • Requirement 7a-b: Rescue Tube with Active Victim
  • Requirement 7c-d: Buoyant aid with Active Victim
  • Requirement 7e: Disrobing in 20 seconds or less
  • Requirement 8: Lead and Wait Tactics
  • Requirement 9a-c: Tired Swimmer Assists
  • Requirement 9b: Single Armpit Tow
  • Requirement 9c: Cross Chest Carry
  • Requirement 10: Wrist Grip Escape
  • Requirement 10: Front Head Hold Escape
  • Requirement 10: Rear Head Hold Escape
  • Requirement 11: Stride Jump Entry
  • Requirement 11: Compact Jump
  • Requirement 11: Removing a victim from the water
  • Requirement 11b: Wrist Tow
  • Requirement 11c: Double Armpit Tow
  • Requirement 12a: Feet first surface dives in 8-10 ft. of water
  • Requirement 12b: Headfirst surface dives in 8-10 ft. of water
  • Requirement 13: Adult CPR
  • Requirement 14: Head Splint
  • Requirement 14: Head and Chin Support
  • Requirement 14: Backboarding Exercise
  • Requirement 15: Swimming Based First Aid
  • Written Test

Adult Learn to Swim

Prerequisite:21 years old or older

Goal:For adults ranging from frightened to go in to the water to adults who are comfortable in the water, but cannot swim. All done in a safe environment.

Cost:$70

Snorkeling BSA

Prerequisites:Youth participant must have obtained the Swimming merit badge.

All participants must successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: January 5th 10am -11am

  • Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl
  • Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke (Elementary Backstroke).
  • The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  • After completing the swim, rest by floating.

Purpose:The Snorkeling BSA requirements introduce Scout-age youth and adult leaders to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling. This course will encourage the development of aquatics skills that promote fitness and recreation, and provide a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity. Each session is one hour and the student must provide their own equipment. (Mask, Snorkel, and Fins.)

Cost:$75

Skills Learned Snorkeling BSA:

  • Discuss the importance of using the buddy system at all times while snorkeling and list duties of a buddy, beginning with equipment checks.
  • Explain the function, fit, and selection of mask, fins, and snorkel. Discuss the use of inflatable flotation vests and PFDs when snorkeling in open water.
  • In confined, shallow water (about waist deep), demonstrate use of mask and snorkel:
    • Show how to prevent the mask from fogging and how to equalize pressure in mask, ears, and sinus cavities. With your head underwater, flood the mask, observe the effect on your vision, surface, and drain the water from the mask.
    • With your face in the water, breathe through the snorkel. Then submerge, surface, clear water from the snorkel, and resume free breathing without removing the snorkel from your mouth.
  • In confined, shallow water, demonstrate the use of swim fins: Do first using only fins, and then repeat with a mask and snorkel.
    • Fit and adjust fins to feet.
    • Walk with fins as if entering from a beach.
    • Swim at the surface (10 yards) and underwater (three yards) using the flutter kick.
    • Control direction without using hands while swimming with fins at the surface and underwater.
  • In confined, deep water (six to 12 feet), demonstrate:
    • Proper techniques for entering and exiting the water with snorkeling equipment from a dock or boat.
    • Headfirst and feetfirst surface dives, including proper body position for safe ascent and descent.
  • Show knowledge of snorkeling signals:
    • Demonstrate divers’ signs and signals, both audible and visual, for use at the surface and underwater.
    • Set out a diver down flag and explain its function.
  • In clear, confined water eight to 12 feet deep that has a firm bottom, while swimming with a buddy, use mask, fins, and snorkel to locate and recover an object from the bottom.
  • Demonstrate basic survival skills:
    • Float facedown for five minutes while breathing through a snorkel with a minimum of movement.
    • Demonstrate survival floating for five minutes without use of a snorkel.
    • Using fins, show how to tow an exhausted or unconscious buddy to safety.
  • Review and explain the eight points of Safe Swim Defense and BSA Snorkeling Safety. Explain training, preparations, and precautions required for snorkeling in open water. Explain environmental factors that affect snorkeling and discuss special precautions needed for oceans, streams, and lakes.
  • Explain pressure, buoyancy, and submerged optics and acoustics related to snorkel swimming and diving.
  • Discuss the effects of submersion on the body and how to handle potentially dangerous situations:
    • What is hyperventilation and how is it avoided?
    • What are the symptoms and consequences of hypothermia?
    • Why is CPR training recommended for those participating in swimming and snorkeling activities?

LIFEGUARDING MODULES - Combined BSA Lifeguard and ARC Lifeguard

BSA Lifeguard

Age Requirement: 15 years or older by the last day of class

On the first day of class, participants must be at least 14 years of age, swim 400 yards continuously using the front crawl, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and breaststroke and recover a 10 pound brick in 9 feet of water.

Prerequisite:Swimming, Lifesaving, Rowing, and Canoeing Merit Badges

  • Swim 400 yards using a combination of strokes
    • 50 yards elementary backstroke
    • 50 yards breaststroke
    • 50 yards front crawl
    • 50 yards sidestroke
  • Surface dive in 8-10 ft of water to retrieve 10 lb weight
  • Float - Demonstrate ability to rest
  • Dive - Perform long, shallow dive
  • Show evidence of Rowing Merit Badge
  • Purpose: This is a Boy Scout course designed to provide units with certified members who can give leadership for activities on or around the water. This course will satisfy almost all of the requirements except for some boating skills that we cannot satisfy in a pool. Boating requirements can be completed in minimal time at summer camp. First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer are a required part of the course and are inluded in the course fee. All water sessions will take place at Centennial High School Pool from 11:00am - 5:45pm. All sessions must be attended and absences will not be made up. Maximum of 10 participants.

    Cost:$110 - for both BSA Lifeguard and ARC Lifeguard

    Aquatic Skills:

    • Long shallow dive into deep water; swim 25 yards in 20 sec. or less
    • Throw a line for accuracy 10 yards, three times in one minute
    • Rescue a swimmer using a rowboat
    • Demonstrate front approach rescues using a rescue tube
    • Unconscious rescue using front approach
    • Rescue using rear approach - tow
    • Rescue using rear approach - cross chest carry
    • Demonstrate four different defenses and escapes
    • Demonstrate four different techniques to remove a victim from water
    • Rescue simulating a spinal injury - shallow
    • Rescue simulating a spinal injury - deep water
    • Participate in Backboarding in shallow water
    • Perform all requirements of BSA Snorkeling Award

    First Aid and CPR

    • Show evidence of skill required for First Aid Merit Badge
    • Demonstrate skills to treat near drowning; how to protect against bloodborne pathogens and other related first aid items
    • Current CPR certification from American Red Cross, National Safety Council, or American Heart Association.

    Practical Experience

    • Explain how to guard the following activities:
      • Recreational swim
      • Unit Swim
      • Instructional Swim
      • Boating Activity Special Event
    • Serve as a lifeguard in a supervised setting for at least two activities totaling 2-3 hours

    Examination

  • Score 80 or better on the BSA Lifeguard written or oral exam.
  • ARC Life Guard

    Age Requirement: 15 years

    On the last day of class, participants must be at least 15 years of age.

    Prerequisite:

    • BSA Lifeguarding certification (Not Required)
    • Swim 500 yards continuously using each of the following strokes for at least 100 yards each: front crawl, breaststroke, and side stroke.
    • Surface dive to a minimum depth of 7 feet and bring a 10 pound diving brick to the surface
    • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only

    Goal: This course is designed to provide the necessary skills for a person to qualify to serve as a professional non-surf lifeguard.

    Cost:$110 - for both BSA Lifeguard and ARC Lifeguard

    Materials included in price:

    • CPR barrier mask & gloves
    • “Lifeguarding Today” Booklet
    • All CPR and First Aid classes
    • If time permits, instruction in AED training

    Skills Learned During ARC Lifeguarding:

    • Non-Swimming Assists: Reaching
    • Non-Swimming Assists: Equipment Extension
    • Non-Swimming Assists: Throwing
    • Entry: Stride Jump
    • Entry: Feet-first
    • Entry: Ease-in
    • Entry: Shallow Dive
    • Rescue Skills: Approach Strokes
    • Rescue Skills: Ready Position
    • Rescue Skills: Rescue Kicks
    • Surface Dives: Feet-first
    • Surface Dives: Pike
    • Surface Dives: Quick
    • Approaches: Swim or Dive to Rear
    • Approaches: Front Surface
    • Approaches: Rear
    • Assists: On Front/Back
    • Assists: By Two Lifeguards
    • Rescue Breathing: Shallow Water
    • Rescue Breathing: Deep Water
    • Rescue Equipment: Rescue Tube-Throwing Assist
    • Rescue Equipment: Rescue Tube-Stride Jump Entry
    • Rescue Equipment: Rescue Tube-Beach Entry
    • Rescue Equipment: Rescue Buoy-Stride Jump Entry
    • Rescue Equipment: Rescue Buoy-Beach Entry
    • Rescue Equipment: Rescue Buoy-Tired Victim
    • Rescue Equipment: Rescue Buoy-Panicky Victim
    • Rescue Equipment/Breathing Rescue: Rescue Tube-Front Surface
    • Rescue Equipment/Breathing Rescue: Rescue Tube-Block and Turn
    • Rescue Equipment/Breathing Rescue: Rescue Tube-Rear Approach
    • Rescue Equipment/Breathing Rescue: Rescue Tube-Straddle
    • Rescue Equipment/Breathing Rescue: Rescue Buoy-Front Surface, Buoy to Back
    • Rescue Equipment/Breathing Rescue: Rescue Buoy-Front Surface, Buoy to Side
    • Rescue Equipment/Breathing Rescue: Rescue Buoy-Rear Approach
    • Rescue Equipment/Breathing Rescue: Rescue Board
    • Final Skills: Stride Jump-Wrist Tow
    • Final Skills: Dive to Rear, Armpit Tow
    • Final Skills: Rear Approach, Cross-chest Carry
    • Final Skills: Treading Water Holding Brick
    • Final Skills: 1 and 2 hand block
    • Final Skills: Wrist Grip Escape
    • Final Skills: Rear Head Hold Escape
    • Final Skills: Front Head Hold Escape
    • Final Skills: Shallow Dive, 25 yd. Approach - 18 Sec.
    • Final Skills: Spinal, Shallow Water (Turn and Support Victim)
    • Final Skills: Shallow Dive (10 yd approach, 9 ft. Surface Dive, Get Brick, Return 11 sec)
    • Final Skills: Rescue Tube (20 yd., tow to safety, Rescue Breathing)
    • Final Skills: Shallow Dive (25 yd Sprint, get brick, Return - 70 sec.)
    • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
    • Community First Aid