AGE: 6Y-12Y // FUNDAMENTALS, LEARN TO TRAIN: The Canadian Swim Patrol program provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim. Progressions accommodate 6 - 12 year olds who have completed Swimmer 6 and want to build on the basics. These programs continue to develop participant’s swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Bronze Medal awards.
The focus of Swimmer 7 is perfecting breathing, technique, and stroke timing for: Freestyle, Backstroke, and Breaststroke. Swimmers will improve starts/turns, diving, continuous endurance (400-600m) and arm action/breathing for Butterfly. Lifesaving skills such as: head-up swim, surface dives, primary assessment, calling EMS, and basic first aid are introduced. Pre-requisite: Swimmer 6 or equivalent level.
The focus of Swimmer 8 is perfecting breathing, technique, and stroke timing for: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. Swimmers will improve starts/turns, diving, sprints and continuous endurance (600-800m). Enhances capability in the water; including stride entry, object support, assisted removals, and lifesaving eggbeater kick. Rescue skills involve an increase skill level in ABC first aid basics, victim recognition, and non-contact rescues. Pre-requisite: Swimmer 7/Rookie Patrol or equivalent level.
An excellent preparation for Bronze Star or Junior Master’s, Swimmer 9 demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgement. Participants further develop lifesaving and first aid skills, refine all four competitive swim strokes and will be challenged with 800-1000m workouts. Pre-requisite: Swimmer 8/Ranger Patrol or equivalent level.