Level Six: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Purpose
This level refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with menu options that each focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, including the Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training courses. These options include:
  • Personal Water Safety
  • Fundamentals of Diving
  • Lifeguard Readiness
  • Fitness Swimmer
American Red Cross Water Safety Today
Designed to help increase safety wherever and whenever water sports are enjoyed, American Red Cross Water Safety Today teaches easy-to-remember safety tips for pools, spas, water parks, lakes, rivers, oceans and more. This course is ideal for parents, the general public, youth in grades 4-12 or youth organizations, and people who participate in activities in and around the water, such as camp staff and campers. Participants receive a Water Safety Handbook.

American Red Cross Longfellow's WHALE Tales
This class provides easy-to-follow information to help children learn safe behavior in, on and around the water. Taught in a classroom session, WHALE Tales makes water safety fun and easy to learn. Each lesson is reinforced with color posters, worksheets, activities and a video that features Longfellow, the animated whale. Longfellow's WHALE Tales includes 8 basic lessons:
  • Swim with a buddy in a supervised area
  • Be cool, follow the rule - the reasons behind water safety rules
  • Look before you leap - choose safe places to swim and dive
  • Think so you don't sink - what to do when things go wrong
  • Reach or throw, don't go - safe ways to rescue a swimmer in trouble
  • Don't just pack it, wear your jacket - the importance of wearing a life jacket
  • Cold can kill - knowing the hazards
  • Learn about boating before you go floating