Swim America follows an 11 level system designed to take children from non-swimming to competition ready.  Below is a synopsis of each level and the key skills taught in each particular section.

Levels Descriptions

Level 1 - Bubbles

  • Gradual Water Adaptation
  • Breath Holding and Release
  • Opening Eyes Underwater
  • Bobbing w/ Bubbles and Air Exchange
  • Movement in the Water
  • Submersion of the Face
  • Blowing Bubbles
  • 10 Relaxed Bobs
Level 2 - Floats and Glides
  • Front Float, glide and Recover - 5 Seconds
  • Back Float, glide and Recover - 5 Seconds
Level 3 - Kicking
  • Porpoising
  • Back Kick - 15 Feet
  • Front Kick - 15 Feet
  • Dolphin Kick - 15 Feet
Level 4 - Front Crawl
  • Rollover -- front to back, back to front
  • Finning and sculling
  • Crawl Stroke, 20 ft. (no breathing)
  • Side-glide-kick, 20 ft.
  • Crawl arm stroke
Level 5 - Freestyle
  • Crawl stroke with breathing (30 feet, minimum of 4 breaths)
  • Back crawl stroke
Level 6 - Backstroke
  • Swim freestyle 25 yrds.
  • Jump in and tread water for 1 minute
  • Kneeling dive
  • Swim backstroke 30 ft.
  • Sitting Dive
  • Standing Dive
Level 7 - Breaststroke & Butterfly
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Breastroke Swim
  • Butterfly arms
  • Butterfly swim
  • Swim freestyle 50 yrds
  • Swim backstroke 25 yrds
  • Kick breaststroke 20 ft.
Level 8 - Turns
  • Freestyle with bi-lateral breathing
  • Swim freestyle for 100 yrds (using bi-lateral breathing for 25 yrds of the swim)
  • Swim 25 yrds Breaststroke
  • Swim 30 ft. Butterfly
Level 9 - Lifetime Strokes
  • Swim 200 yrds Freestyle, bi-lateral breathe for 50 yrds
  • Sidestroke swim
  • Swim 25 yrds Butterfly
  • Swim 50 yrds Elementary backstroke
  • Elementary Backstroke
  • Swim 50 yrds Breaststroke
  • Swim 50 yrds Sidestroke
Level 10 - Individual Medley/Graduation
  • Extended swimming and
  • Swim 300 yrds Freestyle
  • Swim 100 yrds Individual Individual Medley
  • Swim 100 yrds Backstroke
  • Swim 100 yrds Individual Medley
Level 11 - Stroke Refinement
  • Students who have the above skills and wish to work on stroke refinement