Course: Learn-to-Swim Level 6: Personal Safety

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Course Code: 34906S

Purpose:

  • To refine strokes so students swim them with more ease efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.

  • To teach students how to prevent aquatic emergencies in open water enviornments

  • To introduce and practice self-resuce techniques

 

Prerequisites

  • American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 5: Stroke Refinement certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements in Level 5

 

Learning Objectives

 

  • Increase endurance while performing the following strokes:
    -- Front crawl -- 100 yards
    -- Back crawl -- 100 yards
    -- Butterfly -- 50 yards
    -- Elementary backstroke -- 50 yards
    -- Breaststroke -- 50 yards
    -- Sidestroke -- 50 yards

  • Demonstrate the following turns while swimming:
    -- Front crawl open turn
    -- Backstroke open turn
    -- Sidestroke open turn
    -- Front flip turn
    -- Backstroke flip turn
    -- Butterfly Turn
    -- Breaststroke Turn

  • Tread water with hands, in deep water (5 minutes)

  • Tread water, kicking only, in deep water (2 minutes)

  • Demonstrate a feet-first surface dive and retrieve and object from a depth of 7 feet

  • Demonstrate the H.E.L.P position ( 2 minutes)

  • Demonstrate the huddle position (2 minutes)

  • Demonstrate a survival float in deep water (5 minutes)

  • Demonstrate a back float in deep water (5 minutes)

  • Demonstrate survival swimming (10 minutes)

  • Swim while clothed, using any type of stroke (50 yards)

  • Demonstrate self-self-rescue techniques while clothed

  • Discuss basic safety rules for open water environment

  • Discuss basic safety rules for boating.

 

Length

  • No minimum number of hours suggested (required?)

 

Instructor

  • Currently authorized Water Safety (r.04) instructor.

 

Certification Requirements

  • Successfully complete the following skills assessment:
    1. Swim 500 yards continuously using strokes in the following order:   front crawl, 100 yards; back crawl 100 yards, breaststroke, 50 yards; elementary backstroke, 50 yards; sidestroke, 50 yards; butterfly, 50 yards; and choice of stroke 100 yards.

    2. Swim 20 yards using a front crawl or breaststroke to a depth of 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back or side to the starting point with object (Student must hold object with both hands and keep his or her face out of the water.)

    3. Demonstrate a feet-first surface dive and retieve and object from a depth of 7 feet, return to the surface and retun to the starting point.

     

    Certificate Issued and Validity Period

  • Learn-to-Swim Level 6: Personal Safety

 

Participant Materials

  • American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Manual ( StayWell Stock No. 651300) ( Recommended but not required.)