Swim Levels

Let’s get into the swim of things!

It’s never too early to spread your fins and learn to swim. From blowing bubbles to butterfly kicks, Wisconsin Swim Academy has developed an expertly-crafted, yet simple chart to help us find the best class to build our kiddos trust, confidence and swim skills. Let’s dive in and see what cool school fits your swimmer best!


Swim Skills

We’d like to see each swimmer confidently achieve each skill to move onto the next level.

Jellyfish 1

LEVEL 1: Keep blowing those bubbles… you’re almost there!

  • Go underwater wearing goggles with help
  • Blow bubbles for 5 seconds
  • Kick assisted with noodle for 10 ft
  • Reach arms & kick legs for 10 ft with help
  • Back glide 2 hand hold with ears in the water
  • Backstroke arms assisted (or full assist) with head back and a little help
  • Slide or jump in with a 1 or 2 hand hold to wall

Jellyfish 2

LEVEL 2: You’re ready to jump in on your own!

  • Swim 5 feet independently to and from step
  • Kick with noodle and a little help
  • Reaching-Kicking-Blowing Bubbles with face in water for 5 seconds with help
  • Back glide with ears in water with 1 hand hold
  • Jump in with a little help getting to wall
  • Tread with noodle for 10 seconds
  • Back float for 5 to 10 seconds


LEVEL 3: You’re doing it… with no helping hands!

  • Do pizza arms with breath and a little help
  • Do 4 strokes with breath assisted
  • Swim 10 ft with no help
  • Roll over unassisted
  • Back glide & backstroke mostly independent
  • Jump in and swim to the wall with no help
  • Tread water for 15 seconds
  • Back float for 5 to 10 seconds


LEVEL 4: You’re getting pretty good at this swimming thing.

  • Front glide 25 ft with no help or breath
  • 4 strokes (25 ft) with no help or breath
  • Backstroke with arms and legs
  • Back glide 5 to 10 ft on your own
  • Tread 30 seconds without goggles
  • Breaststroke 15 ft with a little help
  • Front glide 25 ft with no goggles


LEVEL 5: Keep going… you’re making waves.

  •  Swim 100 ft freestyle independent
  • Swim 50 ft backstroke independent
  • Swim 50 ft breaststroke independent
  • Swim 25 ft butterfly independent
  • Tread 1 minute with ears out of water


LEVEL 6: You’re now swimming like a PRO!

  • Front glide 2 lengths of the pool independently
  • 4 strokes 2 lengths of the pool independently
  • Streamline 2 lengths of the pool independently
  • Backstroke 1 length of the pool independently
  • Proficient breaststroke arms and legs 1 length of the pool
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Butterfly kick for 50 ft

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