Learn to Swim Progressive Swimming Courses

Learn to Swim Progressive Swimming Courses

The Learn to Swim Program offers certified lessons for beginners through lifeguard readiness (starting at age 3 through adult).

Lessons are taught at the City of Stillwater Municipal Pool when it's open during the summer months.

Participant must be able to complete all skills listed in each level to progress to the next level.

3 & 4 YEAR OLDS (4-5 Students per Instructor)

  1. Become oriented to aquatic environment & move comfortably through water.

  2. Fully submerge face.

  3. Experience buoyancy & demonstrate basic breath control.

  4. Demonstrate supported floating & kicking on front and back.

  5. Enter and exit water independently.

  6. Become familiar with alternating arm action.

  7. Learn basic water safety rules & become familiar with ways to get help.

  8. Demonstrate reaching assists without equipment.

  9. Learn how to release a cramp.

  10. Become familiar with the fundamentals of using a life jacket.

LEVEL 1: BEGINNERS (Level 1 thru 6: 10-15 Students per Instructor)

  1. Fully submerge head and retrieve underwater objects.

  2. Explore deep water with support.

  3. Demonstrate unsupported front & back float.

  4. Level off from a vertical position.

  5. Demonstrate rhythmic breathing.

  6. Demonstrate step-in entry and side exit.

  7. Perform flutter kick on front and back.

  8. Demonstrate finning on back.

  9. Perform combined stroke on front and back.

  10. Demonstrate turning over, back to front and front to back.

  11. Float in life jacket with face out of water.

  12. Perform reaching & extension assists from deck.

  13. Assist non-swimmer to feet.

  14. Become familiar with rescue breathing.


  1. Retrieve object, unsupported with eyes open.

  2. Demonstrate bobbing.

  3. Jump into deep water from side of pool with life jacket on.

  4. Learn the basic rules of safe diving.

  5. Dive from the side of pool in kneeling and compact positions.

  6. Demonstrate gliding push-off.

  7. Coordinate in the components of the front crawl and back crawl.

  8. Demonstrate the fundamentals of elementary backstroke and treading water.

  9. Reverse direction while swimming on front and back.

  10. Become familiar with H.E.L.P. and huddle positions.

  11. Learn how to open airway for rescue breathing.


  1. Demonstrate deep-water bobbing.

  2. Demonstrate rotary breathing.

  3. Dive from side of pool from stride and standing positions.

  4. Build endurance by swimming elementary backstroke, front & back crawl for increased distances.

  5. Learn the basics of breaststroke, sidestroke and turning at the wall.

  6. Learn alternate kicks for treading water.

  7. Learn rescue breathing techniques.

  8. Become familiar with CPR.


  1. Demonstrate alternate breathing.

  2. Dive from diving board.

  3. Demonstrate stride jump entry.

  4. Demonstrate long shallow dive.

  5. Perform front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke for increased distances.

  6. Perform sidestroke, breaststroke and swim underwater.

  7. Perform open turn on front and back.

  8. Learn basic safety rules for diving board.

  9. Recognize signs of spinal injury.

  10. Perform feet-first surface dive.

  11. Learn the dolphin kick.

  12. Increase endurance and skill in treading water.


  1. Demonstrate approach and hurdle on diving board.

  2. Demonstrate jump tuck from diving board.

  3. Enhance ability to perform strokes introduced ant previous levels.

  4. Perform approach stroke.

  5. Demonstrate breaststroke and sidestroke turns, speed turn and pull-out for breaststroke & flip turn for front crawl.

  6. Perform tuck and pike surface dives.

  7. Learn alternate kicks for treading water.

  8. Demonstrate a throwing rescue.

  9. Roll spinal injury victim face up.


  1. Incorporate Learn to Swim skills and activities into lifetime fitness habits.

  2. Perform springboard dives in tuck and pike positions.

  3. Swim continuously 500 yards using any combination of strokes.

  4. Perform backstroke flip turn.

  5. Perform in-water rescue using equipment.

  6. Become aware of conditioning principles.

  7. Check heart rate.

  8. Retrieve diving brick from 8 – 10 feet water.

  9. Review Basic Water Safety skills.

  10. Tread water for 5 minutes.

  11. Assist with backboard rescue.

  12. Explore alternative aquatic activities.