16 Manor Parkway
Salem, NH 03079
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M-W: 4:30am – 10pm;
T&F: 4:30am – 9pm;
S&S: 6am – 5pm
Join us for SAFETY de MAYO on May 5th 10am-2pm
Kidz Fitness Challenge, SFD Safety Trailer, Childseat Check, Food, Fun, Games & more!

Phone: (603) 893-8612
Fax: (603) 898-6211
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American Red Cross Parent and Childs Aquatics familiarizes young children (from ages 6 months to about 3 years) to the water and prepares them to learn to swim in the American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics or Learn-to-Swim courses. It is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own. Parent and Child Aquatics gives parents safety information and teaches techniques to help orient their children to the water. It also provides direction regarding how to supervise water activities in a responsible manner. These courses are a bonding experience that will fill instructors, parents and children with wonderful lifelong memories.

Parent and Child Aquatics Level 1

Level 1 introduces basic skills to parents and children. Parents are taught to work safely with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills. Children are introduced to basic skills that lay a foundation to help them learn to swim. Several water safety topics also are introduced that are directed to parents.

Parent and Child Aquatics Level 2

Level 2 builds on the skills in Level 1. Participants improve on these skills and learn more advanced skills in Level 2.

Preschool Aquatics (30 Minute Class)

American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics, consisting of three levels is an integral part of the overall Red Cross instructional aquatic and water safety program.  The primary objective of the Preschool Aquatics is to promote the developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills by young children about 4 and 5 years of age.  Skills are grouped into aquatic and water safety categories in the following way:

  • • Water Entry and Exit
  • • Breath Control and Submerging
  • • Buoyancy
  • • Changing direction and Position
  • • Treading
  • • Swim on Front and Back
  • • Water Safety

Preschool Aquatics Level 1

Skills Presented: Enter/Exit water, blow bubbles 3 seconds. Submerge mouth, nose & eyes. Front/back glides. Front/back floats. Combined arm and leg actions front/back, for 2 body lengths. Discussion of safety topics. (All skills are demonstrated with assistance)

Preschool Aquatics Level 2

Skills Presented: Enter/exit water. Bobbing 3 times. Open eyes & retrieve submerges objects. Recover from front/back glide to a vertical position. Back float 5 sec. Front float 3 sec. Roll front to back and back to front. Treading water 5 sec. in shoulder deep water. Finning arm action on back 3 body lengths. Combines arm & leg actions on back 3 body lengths. Discussion of safety topics. (All skills demonstrated with assistance)

Preschool Aquatics Level 3

Skills Presented: Enter by jumping into the pool. Fully submerge/holding breath, 5 sec. Bobbing 5 times. Front/back floats 5 sec. each. Jellyfish/tuck floats 5 sec. Recover from front/back float or glide to a vertical position. Back float 15 sec. Change direction of travel while on back/front. Combined arm and leg actions on back/front 5 body lengths. Discussion of safety topics