learn to swim

From around three years and above the children go into their swimming classes on their own, without their parents.

Our Learn to Swim programs provide great opportunities for children to develop life-saving water safety and survival skills and become competent swimmers in a fun and exciting environment.

Beginner 1

Class Size:          Maximum of 4
Class Duration: 30 minutes

For new swimmers, this class encourages water confidence and independent swimming. The main goals include an unassisted push and glide from the side of the pool and a relaxed back float. Safe pool entries and exits are encouraged.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Can safely enter and exit the water.
  2. Fully submerge and blow bubbles.
  3. Kick unassisted with floatation aid on front and on back.
  4. Jump into the pool from the side to teacher in  deep water.

 

Beginner 1 – 2

Class Size:          Maximum of 4
Class Duration: 30 minutes

A great transition class for those students who are a little older but are just beginners, or those that are beginners but are already confident in the water.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Fully submerge and blow bubbles.
  2. Push and glide unaided.
  3. Float on back unaided.

 

Beginner 2

Class Size:          Maximum of 4
Class Duration: 30 minutes

This class is for children who are confident on the water but have a limited swimming ability. Our aim is to begin streamlining the swimmer and developing a strong freestyle kick this is often referred to as a “torpedo”. For safety the students are taught to float on their back without assistance, and recover confidently to an upright position.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Can safely enter and exit deep and shallow water unassisted.
  2.  Flutter kick with floatation aid on front and back.
  3.  Float on back with no assistance.
  4.  Jump into the pool and return to the side unaided.

Level 1

Class Size:          Maximum of 4
Class Duration: 30 minutes

At this level, students will start freestyle arms and work on independent streamlined kicking on their back. Pop up breathing is encouraged with emphasis on body positioning and co-ordination.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Torpedo with a streamlined body position.
  2.  Swim freestyle using an effective freestyle arm action.
  3.  Swim on back unassisted and unaided with flutter kick.
  4.  Jump into deep water, breath and swim back to the side.

 

LEVEL 1/2

Class Size:          Maximum of 4
Class Duration: 30 minutes

The students will be introduced to side breathing in freestyle and start back stroke arms. The aim here is for the student to confidently swim 10 metres continuously on front and back. The water safety component at this level will introduce the student to survival backstroke.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Torpedo on front and back in streamlined position for 15 metres.
  2.  Swim freestyle with correct side breathing for 15 metres.
  3.  Swim backstroke for 15 metres.
  4.  Retrieve an object in deep water.

 

LEVEL 2

Class Size:          Maximum of 4
Class Duration: 30 minutes

The main focus here is perfecting side breathing for freestyle and the introduction of a breaststroke kick. Students will be assessed on their ability to swim 12.5-15m continuous freestyle with side breath and 12-15m continuous backstroke. Basic sculling is introduced and 25m is expected to be performed using survival backstroke.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Swim freestyle for 25 metres.
  2.  Swim backstroke for 25 metres.
  3.  Survival backstroke for 25 metres.
  4.  Breaststroke kick on front with flotation aid for 10 metres.

 

LEVEL 3

Class Size:          Maximum of 5
Class Duration: 30 minutes

Further development of both freestyle and backstroke technique, with specific emphasis on arms, breathing and timing. An increase in endurance will be another goal as students aim to complete 50 metres of both freestyle and backstroke and swim breaststroke for 25 metres.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Swim freestyle for 50 metres.
  2.  Swim Backstroke for 50 metres.
  3.  Swim breast stroke for 25 metres.
  4.  Dolphin kick for 15 metres.

 

Level 4

Class Size:          Maximum of 5
Class Duration: 30 minutes

Significant emphasis is placed on stroke techniques. Students will also be introduced to butterfly as well as competitive starts, turns and finishes for all strokes. A minimum of 50 metres continuous freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke is expected at this Level.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Swim Freestyle, backstroke and breast stroke for 100 metres.
  2.  Swim butterfly for 25 metres.
  3.  Survival swims in clothes for 150 metres.
  4.  Perform a streamlined dive.

 

Level 5 – Pre Squad

Class Size:          Maximum of 6
Class Duration: 45 minutes

Students will continue to work on all aspects of stroke development building to a minimum distance of 800 metres per session. Starts, turns and tumble turns are practiced with a stronger emphasis on drill work, endurance, consistency and strength.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Swim freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke for 200 metres.
  2.  Perform race starts, dives and finishes.
  3.  Swim butterfly for 50 metres.
  4.  Continuous survival swim for 250 metres and tread water for 4 minutes.

 

Squad

Class Size:          8 – 10
Class Duration: 1 hour

At this level, swimmers are mastering all competitive strokes, starts and turns. Distances up to 1km are swum as well as shorter sprint races. Fine tuning competitive strokes, program development, goal setting and further fitness education all form part of the Squad program.

 

Main skills achieved:

  1. Able to swim 1 kilometre continuously.
  2.  Competence in all competitive strokes.
  3.  Demonstrate starts and turns for all competitive strokes.
  4.  Continuous survival swim for 400 metres and tread water for 5 minutes.

 

SALT WATER SWIM SCHOOLS

POINT COOK

1 Kenswick Street,
Point Cook VIC 3030
pointcook@saltwaterswim.com.au
(03) 9113 9557

BACCHUS MARSH

10 McCormacks Rd,  (Maddingley Village)
Bacchus Marsh  Vic  3340
bacchusmarsh@saltwaterswim.com.au