Completion Requirements for Youth Level 4

  1. Compact and Stride Dive
    • Students enter the water at a 45 degree angle with their head pressed between their arms and their body extended.
  2. Swim Underwater
    • Students must swim at least 3 body lengths
  3. Feet First Surface Dive
    • Students start off by treading water, and then uses a strong scissors or breaststroke kick to rise out of the water.
    • Students should remain in a streamline position until they begin to slow down. Then he/she should press up to continue their descent.
  4. Survival Swimming – 30 Seconds
    • Students will float as long as possible, then will lift their head up, take a breath, do a simple scissors kick followed by a large arm pull, then float again.
    • The students must demonstrate their ability to do this skill with ease.
    • Students need to understand this skill should only be performed in warm water.
  5. Open Turn on Front
    • Students must demonstrate using any stroke on front, turn at the wall, then glide two body lengths before stroking.
  6. Open Turn on Back
    • Students must demonstrate using any stroke on the back, turn at the wall, and then glide two body lengths before stroking.
  7. Treading Water with 2 Kicks – 2 Minutes
    • Students may use either a modified scissors, breaststroke, or rotary kick and sculling arms.
    • The head must stay above the water.
  8. Front Crawl 25 Yards
    • The body must be 15 degrees or less in angle with only an occasional side to side motion of trunk and legs.
    • Students must have an above water recovery with arms bent at the elbow.
    • The hands must enter above the head with fingertips first.
    • The arms must bend during the power phase.
    • The arms must finish beyond the hips.
    • The flutter kick must be continuous and a moderate splash is acceptable.
    • Students must blow bubbles and breathe to the side.  No looking straight forward.
  9. Breaststroke 15 Yards
    • The body must be 30 degrees or less during the glide.
    • The hands must pull outside the shoulder and can go past the shoulder but not the waist.
    • The legs must bend simultaneously at the knees but the knees may extend outside the hips and toes.
    • The ankles may bend a little during the power phase.
    • An occasional scissors or flutter kick is acceptable.
    • The stroke must have the basic form of pull, breathe, kick and glide.
  10. Butterfly 15 Yards
    • The body may be up to 30 degrees from the surface but the face must be in the water.
    • The arms must recover above the water but may exit the water above the waist.
    • The legs may bend at the knees during up beat and the feet may break the surface occasionally.
    • The stroke must have the basic form.
  11. Back Glide with 2 Kicks – 3-5 Body Lengths
    • Students must be in a streamlined position on their back.
    • Students do this exercise twice using a flutter kick and a dolphin kick.
  12. Elementary Backstroke – 25 Yards
    • The body must be 15 degrees or less from the surface.
    • The chin should have a slight tuck and the ears should be at or beneath the surface.
    • The hands remain underwater through the stroke.
    • The arms extend at roughly 3 and 9 o’clock.
    • The power phase ends at hip level.
    • The legs must bend simultaneously and the knees do not separate beyond the width of the hips.
    • The toes must flex up and out.
    • The breathing must be in a relaxed rhythmic pattern.
    • There needs to be at least a minimal glide.
  13. Back Crawl – 15 Yards
    • The student’s body must be at less than a 30 degree angle with some rudimentary body roll.
    • The student’s ears may be out of the water, the chin on their chest, and their hips may be bent.
    • Students may have some side to side motion in their trunk.
    • The student’s arms should come out of the water.
    • Arms may be straight during the power phase.
    • Students should have a good flutter kick.  An occasional bicycle kick is acceptable.
    • Students may occasionally hold their breath.
  14. Sidestroke – 15 Yards
    • The body must be 30 degrees or less from the surface.
    • Both arms may occasionally break the surface.
    • Lead arm elbow may be straight during the catch phase.
    • The trailing arm elbow must stay close to the body throughout the stroke.
    • Must have a rudimentary scissors kick.
  15. Water Safety Topics
    • Reach or Throw, Don’t Go – Demonstrate reaching and throwing assists.
    • Discuss Recreational Water Illness
    • Think So You Don’t Sink – Demonstrate
    • Look Before You Leap
  16. Exit Skill I
    • Students must perform a feet-first entry into deep water, swim front crawl 25 yards and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
  17. Exit Skill II
    • Students must swim breaststroke 15 yards and swim back crawl for 15 yards.