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Kids Can Swim (3 – 13 years)

Whether your toddler just graduated from the Babies Can Swim program or your child is 3-13 years old and new to Kids Can Swim, we welcome all skill levels!

Children enrolled in the Kids Can Swim program will have the opportunity to advance through 12 levels based on their skill, rather than their age.

The Kids Can Swim program focuses on:

  • Providing your kids with both technique and real-life experience (your kids will be as ready to join the swim team as they are for a pool party or weekend at the lake)
  • Proper freestyle and backstroke technique, breathing and race starts
  • The fundamentals of breaststroke and butterfly
  • Endurance, helping to rescue a friend, extended practice floating and the three core life-saving strokes (elementary backstroke, back scull, and inverted kick breaststroke)

Find your child’s KCS level now by using our KCS Level Finder.

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Lessons Available Now & Pricing

The Kids Can Swim program has 12 levels split into three areas of focus:


This stage is intended to get kids familiar with water, understand the basics of kicking and paddling, and learn basic rescue techniques for themselves and their friends.

Level K1

Technique: Enjoying the water, starting to kick, starting to glide
Real-Life: Safe entry and cling to the side of the pool

Level K2

Technique: Start to float, push and glide, kick farther
Real-Life: Kick to the edge and safe exit

Level K3

Technique: Kick and glide with power, paddle hands, kick on my back
Real-Life: Deep section (4 ft) fall and turn with cling to the side of the pool

Level K4

Technique: Dive underwater, start freestyle arms, start sculling
Real-Life: Short back floating and kick to the edge


Now that kids are comfortable in the water, kicking, paddling and floating, we’re starting to introduce more refined techniques and breathing positions as well as how to help rescue a friend. Learning swimming techniques is all about repetition and building on details.

Level K5

Technique: Freestyle breathing intro, back glide, backstroke without floatie
Real-Life: Helping a friend, aided long back float, call for help

Level K6

Technique: Dolphin kicks, freestyle progress, glide underwater
Real-Life: Search and retrieve toys, unaided long back float

Level K7

Technique: Treading water, backstroke arms
Real-Life: Dolphin kicks underwater, tread water and call for help

Level K8

Technique: Back glides, freestyle body position, treading water longer
Real-Life: Partner rescue and challenge course


We’ve got the basics of freestyle and backstroke down! Now it’s time to introduce breaststroke and life-saving backstroke while perfecting our breathing technique. We are now focusing on endurance to ensure our kids are strong, mentally and physically.

Level K9

Technique: Freestyle lateral kicks, freestyle and backstroke distance
Real-Life: Partner rescue with noodle, safe entry with distance swim

Level K10

Technique: Breaststroke kick, freestyle race starts
Real-Life: Safe entry with longer swim, life-saving backstroke

Level K11

Technique: Backstroke race start, freestyle breathing, freestyle distance
Real-Life: Extended freestyle swim, 3 survival strokes

Level K12

Technique: 50m freestyle, breaststroke timing, basic butterfly
Real-Life: Partner rescue drill, tread water for 60 seconds

Monthly Assessments

Our full and complete swimming education program includes monthly assessments of each child’s technical and practical progress. Children have the freedom to learn at their own pace and graduate to the next level when they are ready. No one fails and no one gets left behind.

Safety Week

In addition to our real-life focus, every month includes Safety Week training, where we work on core survival skills. Kids will learn what it’s like to swim with their clothes on, how to call for and receive help, how to tread water, and more.

Learning Guarantee

We know our product works and that if kids attend their weekly lessons regularly, they will progress through our program and become confident and safe swimmers for life.

To that end, we offer a learning guarantee to all our swimmers who are 3 years old and above that states if your child has met the below criteria and still not passed their level, their lessons are free until they do:

  1. Has attended 20 swimming lessons where they got into the water;
  2. Has not had a break in their enrolment (eg. did not take a break from lessons for 2 weeks or more);
  3. Has been assessed by our team members on a regular basis; and,
  4. Has maintained 90% attendance in their classes.

After your child has initially qualified for the learning guarantee, to retain the free lessons, they must maintain a 90% attendance rate in their classes and must not take a break from monthly lessons – otherwise the learning guarantee will be removed.

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