In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. This class is intended for those completing STAGE 2 or have at least 3 years of organized lessons other than parent-child classes and with a visible level of comfort in the water while being assisted.
Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. This class is intended for those completing STAGE 3 or having full independence is any depth of water unassisted and with proper freestyle stroke technique.
Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. This class is intended for those completing STAGE 4.