The YMCA of Canada uses its own system of levels for swimming lessons. YMCA Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society have worked together to produce the chart below which converts Red Cross and Lifesaving Society levels to the YMCA’s program.

This chart will be used as a tool to assist the aquatic staff to determine a swimmer’s readiness for participation in a particular level of our programs. Please remember, the chart should be used simply as a general guide, since individual differences and situations will occur.

AGE GROUP
YMCA
LIFESAVING SOCIETY
RED CROSS
Infants to 2 years
accompanied with adult
L'il Dippers 1
Parent and Tot 1
Starfish
L'il Dippers 1
Parent and Tot 2
Duck
L'il Dippers 1
Parent and Tot 3
Sea Turtle
3 to 5 years
on their own or
accompanied by an adult
Bobbers
Preschool A
Sea Otter
Floaters
Preschool A
Salamander
Gliders
Preschool B
Salamander
Divers
Preschool B
Sunfish
Surfers
Preschool C
Crocodile
Dippers
Preschool D
Whale
6 to 12 years
on their own
Otter
Swimmer 1
Swim Kids 1
Seal
Swimmer 2
Swim Kids 2
Dolphin
Swimmer 3
Swim Kids 2/3
Swimmer
Swimmer 4
Swim Kids 4/5
Swimmer
Swimmer 5
Swim Kids 6
Star 1
Swimmer 6
Swim Kids 7
Star 2/3
CSP - Rookie
Swim Kids 8
Star 3/4
CSP - Ranger
Swim Kids 9
Star 5/6
CSP - Star
Swim Kids 10
Star 7
Bronze Star
Swim Kids 10