Basic Water Safety

Level: 1


  • Enter and exit the water un-assisted. The point is to teach how to get in and out of a pool without assistance and safely.
  • While holding your breath, fully submerge your face under water for five seconds.
  • Alternately inhale through the mouth above the surface and blow bubbles through the mouth/nose, with face completely submerged, seven time rhythmically and continuously.
  • Open your eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects two times.
  • Front float for five seconds.
  • Front glide for two body lengths.
  • Back float for fifteen seconds.
  • Holding on to the side of the pool, kick with your feet for twenty seconds.
  • Using arm and leg motion, swim five body lengths.
  • Learn to put on a Life Jacket and float for thirty seconds.
  • Demonstrate water safety by:
    • How to call for help in case of an emergency.
    • Learn how to release a cramp.
    • Demonstrate reaching assist.
    • Learn at least ten safety rules when around water.

Note: these requirements can be done in a backyard pool (2-3 feet deep) with adult supervision. They do not require a lifeguard or water safety instructor.

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