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Preschool

At-a-glance

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool Program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep.

In our basic aquatic progressions we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.

We've organized the content of each level like this:

  • Entries and exits
  • Surface support
  • Underwater skills
  • Swim to Survive® skills
  • Movement / Swimming skills
  • Fitness

As an integral part of the Swim for Life® program, Water Smart education provides information and experiences that helps participants make smart decisions when in, on and around water and ice.

Preschool 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Preschool 1: We encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them know they can do it themselves (thank you very much). These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water. We'll help them jump into chest deep water. They'll try floats on their front and back, and glides on their side.

Preschool 2: These preschoolers learn to jump into chest deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They'll submerge and exhale underwater. While wearing a Personal Flotation Device they'll glide on their front and back.

Preschool 3: These youngsters will try both jumping and a side roll into deep water while wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They'll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They'll work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back.

Preschool 4: Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves. They'll do side roll entries and open their eyes underwater. They'll master a short (3-5 m) swim on their front and gliding and kicking on their side.

Preschool 5: These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a PFD and holding their breath underwater for up to 10 sec. They'll work on longer front and back crawl swims, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick.