Students from six years through adulthood follow the Red Cross Learn to Swim program. An initial assessment is performed in the first lesson to evaluate the student's current skills, and lessons begin from the appropriate level in the program.
As students move through the levels, they will learn such skills as basic propulsion through the water, breath control, buoyancy, treading, floating, swimming on front, side and back, water safety and stroke refinement.
In order to give students more individual time with the instructor, resulting in acquiring the skills faster, lessons are provided on either a private or semi-private (two students) basis. This also keeps lessons safer, as a small group of unskilled swimmers will not be left on the side of the pool while the instructor is working in the middle of the pool with an individual.