The YMCA of Canada uses its own system of levels for swimming lessons. YMCA Canada, The Canadian Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society have worked together to produce the chart below which converts Red Cross and Lifesaving Society levels to the YMCA’s program.

This chart will be used as a tool to assist the aquatic staff to determine a swimmer’s readiness for participation in a particular level of our programs. Please remember, the chart should be used simply as a general guide, since individual differences and situations will occur.

Infants-2 yrs
accompanied with adult
StarfishParent and Tot 1Splashers
DuckParent and Tot 2Bubblers
Sea TurtleParent and Tot 3Bubblers
3-5 years
on their own or
accompanied by an adult
Sea OtterPreschool ABobbers
SalamanderPreschool AFloaters
SalamanderPreschool BGliders
SunfishPreschool BDivers
CrocodilePreschool CSurfers
WhalePreschool DDipper
WhalePreschool DDipper
6-12 years
on their own
Swim Kids 1Swimmer 1Otter
Swim Kids 2Swimmer 2Seal
Swim Kids 2/3Swimmer 3Dolphin
Swim Kids 4/5Swimmer 4Swimmer
Swim Kids 6Swimmer 5Swimmer
Swim Kids 7Swimmer 6Star 1
Swim Kids 8CSP- RookieStar 2/3
Swim Kids 9CSP- RangerStar 3/4
Swim Kids 10CSP- StarStar 5/6
Swim Kids 10Bronze StarStar 7