Registration Guidelines
St. Clair College Aquatics

Please use the following guide to determine the level in which your child should be registered. If your child is between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, register them in the RED CROSS SWIM PRESCHOOL Programs. If your child is 6 years or older, register them in the RED CROSS SWIM KIDS Programs.

LevelParticipant requirement to registerIn this level
Red Cross Swim Preschool – Starfish 4-12 months of age, able to hold their head up, and participating with a parent or caregiver (assisted) Babies and their caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries and exits.
Red Cross Swim Preschool - Duck 12-24 months of age, participating with a parent or caregiver (assisted) Babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back float with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits.
Red Cross Swim Preschool - SeaTurtle A 24-36 months of age, participating with a parent or caregiver (assisted) Toddlers and their caregivers work on submersion, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest-deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim.
Red Cross Swim Preschool - SeaTurtle B 3-4 years, participating with a parent or caregiver (assisted) A transitional level where a parent or caregiver participates in the first few lessons building confidence in the student to swim alone with the instructor for the remaining lessons.
Red Cross Swim Preschool - SeaOtter 3-5 years Swimmers work on front and back floats and glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim 1m upon completion of this level.
Red Cross Swim Preschool - Salamander 3-5 years, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Preschool Sea Otter Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2m upon completion.
Red Cross Swim Preschool - Sunfish 3-6 years, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Preschool Salamander Swimmers work on kicking and can perform glides (front and back), enter deep water safely, float in deep water, swim with a PFD, and swim 5m continuously.
Red Cross Swim Preschool - Crocodile 3-6 years, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Preschool Sunfish Swimmers further develop the front and back glide with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a PFD in deep water, and swim 10m continuously.
Red Cross Swim Preschool – Whale 3-6 years, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Preschool Crocodile Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and will be able to swim 15m continuously upon completion of the level.
Red Cross Swim Kids - Level 1 At least 5 years of age, no previous swimming experience required Swimmers develop front and back float, front and back glide, flutter kick (assisted), shallow water entries and exits, and swim 5m.
Red Cross Swim Kids - Level 2 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 1 Swimmers learn front and back glide with flutter kick, develop front swim, complete deep-water activities (assisted) and swim 10m continuously.
Red Cross Swim Kids - Level 3 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 2 OR Preschool Whale Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with flutter kick, perform flutter kick unassisted, wear a PFD in deep water, float in deep water, and swim 15m continuously.
Red Cross Swim Kids - Level 4 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 3 Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dive, introduction to sculling and swim 25m continuously.
Red Cross Swim Kids - Level 5 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 4 Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn stride dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and swim 50m continuously.
Red Cross Swim Kids - Level 6 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 5 Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m), learn elementary back stroke (15m), learn dolphin kick, tread water in deep water, perform front dive, and swim 75m continuously.
Red Cross Youth - Swim Kids Level 7 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 6 Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn front scull, perform whip kick on front and dolphin kick, learn stride entry and swim 150m continuously.
Red Cross Youth - Swim Kids Level 8 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 7 Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (75m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn breast stroke (15m), learn eggbeater/tread water, perform feet-first surface dive and standing shallow dive, and swim 300m continuously.
Red Cross Youth - Swim Kids Level 9 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 8 Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (25m), learn sidestroke kick, perform head-first surface dive, and swim 400m continuously.
Red Cross Youth - Swim Kids Level 10 At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Swim Kids Level 9 Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (50m), learn sidestroke (25m), perform dolphin kick (vertical), learn feet- and head-first surface dives with underwater swim, and swim 500m continuously.
Red Cross Adult & Teen Swim Basics 1 No previous swimming experience required. Swimmers learn front and back float, front and back glide with kick, front swim for 10m, shallow water entries and exits, and deep-water activities (assisted).
Red Cross Adult & Teen Swim Basics 2 Some swimming experience and can perform front swim 10m comfortably. Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll, front and back crawl (15m), sitting dive, kneeling dive, stride dive and front dive, treading water, and swim a minimum distance of 25m.
Red Cross Adult & Teen Swim Strokes Able to swim front crawl at least 15m continuously, back crawl 15m and is comfortable swimming in deep water. Swimmers choose the stroke(s) they wish to focus on. Participation-based program with individual goals.
Red Cross Adult & Teen Swim Sports Is interested in participating in sports modules and is comfortable moving/swimming in shallow water. If participant cannot swim, is comfortable using flotation support such as a PFD. Swimmers participate in two lessons per sport activity and learn the fundamental skills and techniques of each.
If they took Red Cross Swim Preschool: And the level was marked: Then enroll them in Red Cross Swim Kids:
Starfish Level Complete or incomplete 1
Duck Level Complete or incomplete 1
Sea Turtle Level Complete or incomplete 1
Sea Otter Level Complete or incomplete 1
Salamander Level Complete or incomplete 1
Sunfish Level Incomplete 1
Sunfish Level Complete 2
Crocodile Level Incomplete 2
Crocodile Level Complete 2
Whale Level Incomplete 3
Whale Level Complete 3

SWIM ASSESSMENTS:

Anyone who is still unsure of what level to register in can be provided with a free swimming assessment during any of our recreational swim times. Please see our public swim times or contact the Lower Deck at 519-972-2715 for additional information.

Participation Requirements I Can Swim Stage
If your child . . .
  • Is about to embark on their first swimming lesson experience
  • Is able to do floats and glides comfortably in the water assisted or unassisted
  • Is able to swim on their own or assisted (5m)
  • Can only do front paddle
Stage 1 – ORIENTATION TO WATER
If your child . . .
  • Is able to swim in deep water comfortably
  • Can adequately perform half a length of freestyle with breathing to the side
  • Can do a kneeling or crouched dive
  • Has some breaststroke skills
Stage 2 – SKILL DEVELOPMENT
If your child . . .
  • Has been taught freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke
  • Can complete 2 lengths (50m) of the pool without stopping
  • Is able to scull in both the forward and backward position
Stage 3 – SKILL IMPROVEMENT
If your child . . .
  • Is competent in all 4 swimming strokes; freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
  • Can swim 8 lengths (200m) of the pool without stopping
  • Has completed other swimming lesson and is not sure where to go next because of their age
SPORT MODULE #1
I CAN SWIM FAST Stage 4 – SKILL REFINEMENT
WHEN YOU COME TO A GUIDELINE THAT YOUR CHILD CANNOT COMPLETE, THIS IS THE STAGE YOU SHOULD REGISTER FOR.

MOVING FROM RED CROSS TO SEARS I CAN SWIM

Age: Previous Participation Program: I Can Swim Stage:
6 – 12 years Red Cross Swim Kids 1, 2, 3, 4 Stage 1 - ORIENTATION
6 – 14 years Red Cross Swim Kids 5, 6, 7 Stage 2 - SKILL DEVELOPMENT
6 – 16 yrs Red Cross Swim Kids 8, 9 Stage 3 - SKILL IMPROVEMENT
8 – 17 yrs Red Cross Swim Kids 10 or Higher Stage 4 - SPORT MODULE
Age SEARS I Can Swim Red Cross Swim Kids Life Saving Society Y.M.C.A.
Parented
3mth - 1yr Ducklings Starfish Parent and Tot 1 (4-12 months) Splashers
1-3 years Dinos Duck Parent and Tot 2 (12-24 months) Bubblers
    Sea Turtle A Parent and Tot 3 (2-3 years) Bobbers
Preschool
3-5 years Dolphins 1 Sea Turtle B Preschool A Bobbers
    Salamander Preschool B Bobbers/Floaters
3-5 years Dolphins 2 Sunfish Preschool C Floaters/Divers
    Crocodile Preschool D Divers/Surfers
3-5 years Dolphins 3 Whale Preschool E Surfers/Dippers
      Swimmer 1 or 2 Dippers
School Aged
6 years + Stage 1 Swim Kids 1 Swimmer 1 Otter
  Stage 1 Swim Kids 1 Swimmer 1  
  Stage 1 Swim Kids 2 Swimmer 2 Otter
  Stage 1 Swim Kids 2 Swimmer 2 Seal
  Stage 1 Swim Kids 3 Swimmer 2  
  Stage 2 Swim Kids 3 Swimmer 3 Seal
  Stage 2 Swim Kids 4 Swimmer 3 Dolphin
  Stage 2 Swim Kids 5 Swimmer 4 Swimmer
  Stage 2 Swim Kids 6 Swimmer 4  
  Stage 3 Swim Kids 7 Swimmer 5 Star 1
  Stage 3   Swimmer 5  
  Stage 3 Swim Kids 8 Swimmer 6 Star 2
  Stage 3   Swimmer 6  
  Stage 4: I Can Swim FAST Swim Kids 9 Rookie Patrol Star 3
  Stage 4: I Can Dive Swim Kids 10 Ranger Patrol Star 4
  Stage 4: I Can Synchro Swim Kids 10 Star Patrol Star 5/Star 6
12 years + Stage 4: I Can Water Polo   Bronze Star BFA/CPR A Masters
  Stage 4: I Can Triathlon      
13 years + Stage 4: I Can Teach   Bronze Medallion EFA/CPR B  
      Bronze Cross SFA/CPR C  
15 years +   Water Safety Instructor Assistant Water Safety Instructor    
16 years + I Can Swim Instructor   National Lifeguard Service Lifesaving Instructors  

REGISTRATION POLICIES:

THE POOL MAY CLOSE AT INOPPORTUNE TIMES DUE TO A FOULING, POWER FAILURE, OR MECHANICAL PROBLEM. WHEN THIS OCCURS, INSTRUCTORS WILL USE THE TIME TO FOCUS ON WATER SAFETY COMPONENTS OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS. CANCELLED LESSONS CANNOT BE MADE UP.

Late Registration

May be done up to and including the 2nd class of the course. There are no discounts for late registration.

Appropriate Levels

Your child's instructor may recommend a change in levels if they feel your child is registered in an inappropriate level. Staff reserve the right to move a child if circumstances dictate.

Transfers

Please note that for safety and consistency reasons we DO NOT transfer swimmers after the 2nd class.

We are not able to make up lessons due to vacations or illness.

Refunds

Are accepted on the first week of lessons ONLY with proper documentation.

St. Clair College
Aquatic Services:

2000 Talbot Road West, Windsor, Ontario
Phone: (519) 972-2727 x. 4303
Toll Free: 1-800-387-0524
or email: jmcewan@stclaircollege.ca

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