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HARVARD PARKS AND RECREATION
Swim Lessons

 

Summer Swimming/Boating Lessons


The Harvard Town Beach follows the American Red Cross Learn To Swim program. The program includes six swimming levels, Level 6- Personal Water Safety and Level 6- Lifeguard Readiness/Guard Start, Water Safety Aides class (instructor preparation)and Lifeguarding instruction.  Instructors are available at the beach each day from 11am to 5pm to test swimmers for the appropriate level. A swimmer′s level will be adjusted by the instructor during the first week of lessons, if necessary.

 

 For specific information on sessions please see the registration system as offerings and dates change each year.
 
 
 
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Level

Description/Requirements

Water Tots 1 (ages 0 - 2)

    Fun and games in the water with focus on gaining confidence and  
    comfort in the water

Water Tots 2 (ages 3 - 4)

    Introduce front float, back float, kicking to basic stroke

Level 1

Be at least 4 years old

Level 2

Be able to fully submerge face for 3 seconds

Be comfortable in chest deep water

Be able to float on front and back (partially supported)

Be able to blow bubbles and kick on front and back

Level 3

Be able to hold breath and fully submerge head

Be able to submerge and retrieve objects in chest deep water

Be able to explore deep water

Float on front and back unsupported

Kick on front and back

Be able to turn over from front to back and back to front

Back and Front crawl arm action with rhythmic breathing

Level 4

Be able to swim at least 15 yards of the following: Front Crawl (w. rhythmic breathing), Back Crawl, Butterfly (kick) and Elementary Backstroke

Be able to perform a front dive

Be able to front float, back float, and survival float for at least 2 minutes

Level 5

Be able to swim at least 25 yards of the following: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, and Elementary Backstroke and 15 yards of Butterfly.

Be able to perform the sidestroke and breaststroke kicks for at least 25 yards

Be able to perform a standing front dive

Be able to survival float and tread water for at least 2 minutes

Level 6- Fitness Swimmer

Be able to swim at least 50 yards of the following: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Sidestroke

Be able to swim at least 25 yards of the Butterfly

Be able to perform a standing front dive

Be able to tread water and survival float for at least 3 minutes

Level 6-Personal Water Safety
Level 6- Lifeguard Readiness/Guard Start

Be able to swim at least 50 yards of the following: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke(both sides) and Butterfly

Be able to perform a front dive

Be able to tread water and survival float for at least 3 minutes

Be able to swim continuously for at least ½ hour

Water Safety Aides

Have completed all Level 6s (includes classes formally Guard Start and Level 6)

Have a willingness to volunteer at the Town Beach