Level 3

Stroke Development
In Learn-to-Swim Level 3, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and to build on previously learned skills. Your child learns to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary levels, is introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks, learns the survival float and increases the time duration for treading water. Your child also learns the rules for headfirst entries and begins to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside (if the water is 9 feet deep or deeper). Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim and help your child develop water competency.

Stroke development
Class will build on skill refinement by combining skills and introducing swimming strokes


  • Successful demonstration of the Learn-to-Swim Level 2 exit skills assessment


  • Build on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 to help participants achieve basic water competency in a pool environment


During this class the child will learn: 
  • Builds on Level 2 skills plus;

  • Bobbing while moving toward safety, head fully submerged
  • Rotary breathing (side breathing), survival and back floats, treading water
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Push off in a streamlined position then begin to flutter and dolphin kick on front
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke, scissors kick
  • Push off in a streamlined position and then begin flutter and dolphin kicks on back
  • Intro to Front crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, regular backstroke and butterfly
  • Reach or throw, don’t go, think twice before going near cold water or ice, look before you leap