Preschool Aquatics

Red Cross Preschool Aquatics is designed to give young children a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience. Preschool Aquatics is designed to orient young preschool children to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills at the most rudimentary levels. It also helps children develop comfort in, on and around water.

If this sounds like your child, he/she will experience fun lessons that emphasize water safety/survival and fundamental swimming concepts. Children must be comfortable with separation from parent.


  • No skill prerequistes
  • Children should be approximately 4 year or older


  • Familiarize children approximately 4 and 5 years old to the aquatic environment and help them acquire rudimentary basic aquatic skills
  • Help participant begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water
  • reinforce water safety concepts and skill introduced in earlier levels and introduce additional water safety topics. 


During this class the child will learn:

  • Correct entry and exit techniques
  • Bobbing and opening eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back floats and glides, with recovery to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front - Combining arm and leg actions. Finning arm actions on back
  • Changing from front to back 
  • Proper freestyle kicks
  • Swimming from the wall to the instructor and to his/her Safety Zone
  • Diving for toys and going to child’s Safety Zone - Water fun!
  • Importance of wearing a life jacket and basic safety rules
  • Staying safe around the aquatic environments, recognizing the lifeguards, how to call for help and sun safety