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To pass Level 1, students must demonstrate five feet of independent, forward progression using a rough form of arm and kicking coordination that is done while the face is submerged.

To pass 2A, students must swim 10 feet of front crawl comfortably and consistently unassisted, using arm and kick coordination and must also be able to demonstrate 10 feet of kicking on their back unassisted with or without fining arms.

To pass level 2B, students must consistently swim 25 feet of front crawl unassisted and demonstrate the pop up for a breath and recovery while doing so. In addition students must consistently demonstrate 25 feet of back crawl unassisted.

To pass level 3, students must swim 50 feet of front crawl using a rotary breathing pattern; unassisted, with no struggle, and must demonstrate this consistently. Students must also swim 50 feet of back crawl, back float for 30 seconds,  and perform a kneeling dive.

To pass level 4A, students must be able to swim according to stroke performance criteria 100 feet of front crawl and back crawl with an allowable 30 second rest. Students must also be able to perform butterfly stroke for 50ft. with streamline and two hand touch.  Students must also be able to perform a kneeling dive with streamline and tread water for 1 minute.

To pass level 4B, students must be able swim according to stroke performance criteria 100 feet of both the front crawl and the back crawl continuously while using an open turn. Students must swim according to stroke performance criteria 50 feet of breaststroke and 100 feet of butterfly. In addition, students must be able to tread water for 2 minutes and perform a standing dive with streamline and glide.

To pass Level 5 students must be demonstrating proficiency and efficiency in performing all strokes as required in the stroke performance criteria for this level while attaining the following distances for each: front crawl and back crawl 150 feet and breaststroke and butterfly 100 feet. Students must be able to do a stationary flip turn, surface dive with ring retrieval, and tread water for 3 minutes.

To pass Level 6, students must be able to swim demonstrating the highest level of proficiency and efficiency in performing all strokes according to the stroke performance criteria for this level. Students must demonstrate endurance in swimming the following distances: front crawl and back crawl for 200 feet, and breaststroke and butterfly for 150 feet. Students must be able to perform a standing dive with streamline and 100ft IM, tread water for 5 minutes and surface dive with a 5lb. brick retrieval.

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Nutrition plays an important role in the life of a child because of the impact it can have on growth, development and the ability to learn. A child who does not receive proper nutrition will not achieve maximum physical and mental potential. Most individuals establish their food and exercise habits in their first 10 to 15 years of life, so it is important to introduce positive nutritional messages early. A child’s ability to choose a nutritious diet is not instinctive, but a skill that is learned from experience and their surrounding environment. Proper education and role models are critical.