Will my child be required to open their eyes underwater?

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Swimmers will not be required to open their eyes underwater in order to pass a level, however; they will be encouraged to at least try to open their eyes while their face and/or head are submerged. Learning to open the eyes underwater is a basic skill that helps swimmers swim safely. By opening the eyes underwater, swimmers learn to watch where they are going, watch out for other swimmers, and watch for any dangerous elements they could encounter.