Prerequisite skills are performed on the first day of class before instruction begins.  Candidates who do not complete all 3 phases of the prerequisite skills to the instructor's satisfaction will not be eligible to participate in the remainder of the course, and will not be given a refund. Bathing suits must be worn.

Phase 1

  • Tread water for 2 min.
  • Swim 100 Yards front crawl

Phase 2

  • Swim 50 Yards each of:
  • Front crawl
  • Sidestroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Breaststroke with head up
  • Elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest/stomach
  • Perform a feet first surface dive in 8 - 10 feet of water, and then swim underwater for 15 feet.

Phase 3

  • Sprint for a distance of 60 feet then perform an arm - over - arm surface dive in 8 - 10 feet of water.
  • Pick up an object from the bottom of the pool, surface and tread water for 1 min using legs only, and then replace the object back on the pool bottom where it was found.
  • Surface and swim the remaining length of the pool and hoist yourself out of the water without using a ladder or other assistance.
  • Immediately begin compressions on an adult manikin for 1 min or 100 compressions; stand and listen to directions from the instructor.