When a swimmer reaches level 2, they are no longer considered a beginner. They are considered an intermediate swimmer. This level focuses on fundamental aquatic skills, continuing to move towards freestyle and backstroke mastery. These swimmers will also begin to learn sidestroke and elementary backstroke techniques.
Level 2 students continue to build upon their backstroke skills. While Level 1 swimmers are still learning backstroke techniques, Level 2 focuses on building strength and stamina in order to swim backstroke for longer lengths. These students work on longer back glides, and will be able to push off of the wall and float on their back for at least 2 body lengths. In order to master level 2, these swimmers must be able to swim at least 25 yards of backstroke unassisted.
Other important skills that level 2 students will begin to learn are elementary backstroke and sidestroke.These are very important safety strokes that allow swimmers to stay afloat while conserving energy. Elementary backstroke is done on your back with a breaststroke kick. Students will also begin to learn the arm movements for this stroke, moving their arms up and down within the water to propel themselves forward. Students will also begin to learn sidestroke by first practicing kicking on their side.
In order to pass Level 2, a swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards of backstroke and freestyle proficiently.They are also required to do a front float for 5 seconds, roll over to their back, and recover to standing, as well as a back float for 5 seconds, roll over to their stomach, and recover to standing. They are also required to tread water for at least 45 seconds. These students must have a firm grasp on water safety and freestyle and backstroke skills before they can move on to Level 3.