Level 4

The objectives for Level 4 are to develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills.  Participants improve their skills and increase their endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances.


Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 3: Stroke Development certificate


Successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 3

Learning Objectives

  • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
  • Swim under water
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Survival swimming
  • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them