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The purpose of the Bemidji Community Education Aquatic Learn to Swim Program is to provide
Parent & Me Bobbers is the first of seven levels within the Bemidji Community Education Aquatics Learn to Swim Program. This level is appropriate for children and infants ranging the ages of 6 months up to 2 years old. Parents and child/infants will be introduced to the importance of wearing a lifejacket and holding and support techniques. Other skills will include entering and exiting the water safely, continued variations of support and holding techniques, and wall jumps from the gutter.
Preschool Tadpoles is the appropriate level for children who have completed the Parent & Me Bobbers level or are within the age of 3 to 5 years old. Safety skills will include children recognizing the lifeguards and an emergency, proper usage of a lifejacket, and staying safe in a water environment. Other skills in this level will cover different variations of assisted floats, glides, flip- flops, and leg and arm motions.
Level 1 Minnows
Level 1 Minnows will encourage different variations of floats, glides, flip- flops, and leg and arm motion using minimal assistance. Safety skills will continue to teach children about the importance of recognizing the lifeguards and an emergency, proper usage of lifejackets in the water, and staying safe in a water environment.
Level 2 Sunfish
Level 2 Sunfish will encourage different variations of floats, glides, flip-flops, and leg and arm motion using no assistance. Children will also be introduced to safely jumping into chest deep water and returning to the wall, and amplified swimming underwater. Safety skills will be continued of children staying safe in aquatic environments and recognizing an emergency; children will also be introduced to moving while wearing a lifejacket in water, and the reach and throw assist.
Level 3 Walleye
Level 3 Walleye will introduce children to the techniques of front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke, in addition to four kicking techniques. Four variations of floating will be performed by each child for 30 seconds. Cold water and ice safety skills will be supplemented to the reach and throw assist, and safely jumping from the side of the pool to enter deep water.
Level 4 Bass
Level 4 Bass will introduce feet first into deep water entry, and front and back crawl flip turns. Techniques of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, and kicking with a kickboard will be performed at the appropriate yard measurements. Safety skills will primarily focus on the rules for safe water entries.
Level 5 Pike
Level 5 Pike is the last of the seven levels within the Bemidji Community Education Aquatics Learn to Swim Program. This level will emphasize that children can perform six stroke techniques and four different variations of kicking with a kick board at the appropriate yard measurements. Children will also be introduced to the tuck and pike surface dives, in addition to the butterfly and breaststroke open turn. Safety skills will include the importance of calling for help, first aid and CPR, water illnesses, and boat safety.
From here, students that show a continued interest in water advancement can proceed into lifeguarding and/or the Bemidji Area Super Swimmers (BASS) club.