Group Lessons

Children must be at least 3 years of age before entering our group lesson program. Classes for level 1-4 are 30 minutes and will have no more than four students per instructor. Classes for levels 5-7 are 45 minutes and will have no more than six students per instructor. In order to proceed to the next level, the participant must hold a certificate from the previous level or be able to successfully complete all skills from the prior level.


Level 1: Hummingbirds

  • Enter and Exit water on own, using ladder, steps, or side
  • Place mouth, nose, and eyes under water
  • Blow Bubbles in water
  • Bob up and down, five times
  • Float on front with face in water, with assistance
  • Float on back with assistance
  • (Ears and toes in water)
  • Roll from front to back, while floating
  • Assisted freestyle kick with barbell to flags
  • Assisted backstroke kick to flags
  • Assisted freestyle arm motion to flags
  • Assisted elementary backstroke to flags
  • Assisted backstroke arm motion to flags

Level 2: Goldfinch

  • Stepping or jumping into shoulder-deep water, unassisted
  • Bobs (10 times in a row)
  • Unassisted front float, face in water
  • Tuck floats
  • Unassisted back float
  • Treading water
  • Streamline push off wall
  • Unassisted freestyle kicking
  • Unassisted kick on back
  • Swim, face in, freestyle to flags
  • Swim backstroke to flags
  • Roll from front to back and back to front

Level 3: Sparrow

  • Introduce breathing to side on freestyle (rotary breathing)
  • Streamline freestyle and backstroke kick
  • Butterfly body motion
  • Treading water for at least 30 seconds
  • Sitting/kneeling dive from side of pool into deep water.
  • Changing from vertical to horizontal position
  • Introduce breaststroke kick with kickboard
  • Pushing of wall and gliding on front and back in streamline
  • Survival float

Level 4: Robins

  • Tread water with 2 different kicks
  • Freestyle technique:
    • Accurate rotary breathing
    • Body Roll
    • High Elbows, full arm pull
    • Introduce freestyle drills
  • Backstroke Technique:
    • Body Roll
    • Introduce backstroke dills
  • Butterfly technique:
    • Introduce butterfly arm motion and breathing
    • Perfecting Butterfly kick (Feet together, no flutter)
  • Breaststroke Technique:
  • Kicking evenly
  • Pull—arms not past hips
  • Introduce Flipturns
  • Introduce standing Dive



Level 5: Blue Jays

  • Freestyle
  • Body rotation, even flutter kick, smooth rotary breathing, Correct head/body placement
  • Backstroke
  • Body rotation, High hips, correct hand placement and arm movement
  • Butterfly
  • Feet together, kick supports stroke & initiates cycle
  • Breaststroke
  • Correct kick, stroke, & timing.
  • Introduce tuck and pike dives
  • Shallow-angle dive in deep water (Racing start dive)
  • Introduce backstroke flip turn
  • Practice freestyle flip turn



Level 6: Cardinals

  • Surface dive to retrieve item from bottom of pool
  • Freestyle: 200 Yards
  • Back Stroke: 200 Yards
  • Breaststroke: 100 Yards
  • Butterfly: 100 Yards
  • I.M.: 200 Yards
  • Flipturns
  • Diving from the block
  • Introduction to Paceclock
  • Introduction to swimming workouts/sets
  • Understanding pool distances
  • Basic Poolside rescue techniques
  • Boating safety
  • How to call for help

Cardinal Splash Swim School
Ralph Wright Natatorium
University of Louisville
(502) 852-6354