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Youth Level Information
Updated 5/5/14

Youth Level Information

Youth Level 1

  • Enter and exit using the ladder, steps, or side independently
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose, 3 seconds
  • Bob 3 times
  • Front/Back Glide (with support, 2 body lengths)
  • Recover from a front/back glide to a vertical position (with support)
  • Back Float, with assistance, 3 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front (with support)
  • Tread, using arm and hand actions in chest deep water
  • Alternating/Simultaneous leg and arm action on front and back (with support, 2 body lengths)

Youth Level 2

  • Bob 5 times
  • Float on tummy independently for 5 seconds
  • Back float for 15 seconds
  • Front glide and back glide
  • Roll over from front to back and back to front
  • Combined arm and leg action on front for 5 body lengths (is not specific to front crawl or breaststroke, just says the child has to be able to put arms and legs together)
  • Combined arm and leg action on back for 5 body lengths (is not specific to back crawl or elementary backstroke, just says the child has to be able to put arms and legs together)

Youth Level 3

  • Front crawl
  • Back crawl
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Treading water
  • Dolphin kick for butterfly
  • Rotary breathing (breathing to the side like in front crawl)
  • Diving
  • Scissors kick for sidestroke

Youth Level 4

  • Headfirst entry from the side in a compact and stride position
  • Swim underwater, 3–5 body lengths
  • Feet-first surface dive
  • Front crawl/Backstroke open turns
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks, 2 minutes
  • Front Crawl/Elementary Backstroke, 25 yards
  • Back Crawl/Breaststroke/Butterfly/Sidestroke, 15 yards
  • Push off in a streamlined position, flutter/dolphin kick, 3–5 body lengths

Youth Level 5

  • Shallow-angle dive from the side, then glide 2 body lengths and begin any front stroke
  • Tuck/Surface dive, submerging completely
  • Tread water, 5 minutes
  • Front Crawl/Elementary Backstroke, 50 yards
  • Breaststroke/Butterfly/Back Crawl/Side Stroke, 25 yards
  • Sculling, 30 seconds