What level is my child?

At the Eston Lions Pool, swimming lessons are taught in the Lifesaving Society method. You will need to know which level your child is in prior to registering them for lessons. If you are still unsure after reading the breakdown below, please contact the pool manager Nicole Anderson at 306-962-4444 or pool@eston.ca. 

Coming from Red Cross lessons? Scroll down to see the Lifesaving Society equivalent.

Parent & Tot 1, 2, 3

  • These levels inclusively provide parents the opportunity to spend time with their children in the water and help them become more comfortable with basic floats and glides when swimming.

Preschool 1

  • This level is recommended for children who have finished all three Parent & Tot levels, or are at the age of 4 and new to swimming. In this level children will be assisted by the instructor to learn basic swimming strokes and continue building confidence in the water.
  • Recommended for age 4

Preschool 2

  • This level is recommended for children who are independent in the water but are still learning. Here children will be taught to swim independently by practising submersion, floats, glides, and kicking.  An instructor will always by their side to supervise and provide encouragement.
  • Recommended for age 5 or advanced 4 year old

Preschool 3

  • This level is recommended for children who are independent in the water and are skilled in basic floats, glides, kicking, and submersion. At this level they will master these skills and begin swimming in the deep end using a lifejacket or PFD.
  • Recommended for age 5 or advanced 4 year old

Preschool 4

  • This level is recommended for children who are independent in the water, beginning to learn more advanced skills, and not old enough to take part in the Swimmer 1-6. Children will begin learning front crawl as well as practicing surface support in deep water.
  • Recommended for age 5 & 6

Preschool 5

  • This level is recommended for children who are independent in the water, beginning to learn more advanced skills, and not old enough to take part in the Swimmer 1-6. Here children will swim short distances and even begin to learn whip kick, a more complex lifesaving kick.
  • Recommended for age 5 & 6

Swimmer 1

  • This level is recommended for children who are being exposed to swimming for the first time and are at least 6 years old. Children will be learn basic kicking, floats, and glides, and be able to perform them independently by the end of the lesson set.

Swimmer 2

  • This level is recommended for children who have been exposed to swimming and are comfortable in the water, but have an elementary skill level. Children will perfect their floats, glides, and work on basic front and back crawl techniques.  In this level swimmers will also be expected to swim a distance of 10m and begin learning whip kick. 

Swimmer 3

  • This level is recommended for children who have been exposed to swimming and comfortable swimming in deeper water with an instructor supervising and/or an aid. Children will be expected to advance their swimming skills by practicing more complex strokes including front crawl, back crawl, and whip kick.
  • This level is recommended for children who are 6 years old and have completed Preschool 3.

Swimmer 4

  • This level is recommended for children who are becoming quite advanced in their skill set and are strong enough to swim more significant distances (50m). In this level swimmers will continue working on front crawl and back crawl, and they will be introduced to some basic breaststroke techniques.

Swimmer 5

  • This level is recommended for children who are continually improving their front crawl, back crawl, and are quickly developing their breast stroke. These swimmers will be introduced to eggbeater kick, a lifesaving kick used for treading water, and will swim distances to further improve their strokes.

Swimmer 6

  • This level is recommended for children who have mastered their strokes and are preparing to enter into the Swim Patrol levels. Here they will swim distances using their strokes and master any stroke skills they need to.

Canadian Swim Patrol

  • Rookie Patrol, Ranger Patrol, Star Patrol
  • The next steps after the Swim for Life program, these levels swimmers further build on swimming strokes and learn rescue skills for both water and land. This is a great opportunity for swimmers to prepare for Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross in the future.

Coming from Red Cross lessons?

If you are registering your child in swimming lessons and are transferring from the Red Cross Swim Program, please follow this simple guide to help ease your switch to the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life Program.

If you have further questions please contact Summer Programs Manager Nicole Anderson at pool@eston.ca or call 306-962-4444.

Coming from Red Cross . . .

Please Register your child in this level for the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Program. . .

Starfish

Parent & Tot 1

Duck

Parent & Tot 2

Sea Turtle

Parent & Tot 3

Sea Otter

Preschool 1

Salamander

Preschool 2

Sunfish

Preschool 3

Crocodile

Preschool 4

Whale

Preschool 5

Level 1

Swimmer 1

Level 2

Swimmer 2

Level 3

Swimmer 3

Level 4

Swimmer 4

Level 5

Swimmer 4

Level 6

Swimmer 5

Level 7

Swimmer 6

Level 8

Rookie Patrol

Level 9

Ranger Patrol

Level 10

Star Patrol