We have our very own specialist infant and learn-to-swim program that we are proud to have developed based on years of experience and training. Below is a brief outline of our program levels:
|Level||Skills working towards|
From 3/4 months depending on the child and their development (strong neck, alertness etc)
|Parents/Guardians will be given a step-by-step introduction to infant swim development and be taught the correct techniques on how to hold and handle infants, ensuring confidence and security, while allowing them freedom to move and feel a sense of independence and mobility. During this phase we develop water awareness, confidence and safety, through fun songs and basic aquatic skills in a nurturing and caring environment. Infants will be introduced to the very basics of swimming, such as breath-control and submersion on cue for short distances, back floating, kicking, grasping and focus on individual mobility and enjoyment in the water.|
|Jellyfish||The infant has now developed a good sense of water awareness and is ready to work on controlled submersions for longer periods, independent mobility, controlled and disciplined entry and exits, turns, grasping and recovery. Key skills include developing and enhancing breath control, submersions, floating, movement of arms and legs in water, safe entry and exits.|
|Cuttlefish||Our Cuttlefish class is the third baby/infant level. Both parents and children in this level are now completely comfortable with submersions and confident and happy in the aquatic environment. This level is moving towards creating more independent skills in the water where the child is self-submerging in every skill. Towards the end of this level and when children are of an appropriate age and emotionally ready, they will be introduced to skills to help them transition into the next level without parent in the water.|
This class is the transition from Water Babies classes to the Learn-to-Swim phase of our program. This class is also the starting beginner level for any child who hasn't previously had lessons to begin our swim program. By the end of this class the child will be confident and happy in the water, face down, pushing and kicking through water, comfortable on their back, confident monkeying along the edge and climbing in and out.
Our Stingrays 2 class is the second step in our Learn-to-Swim phase of the program where the child is gaining confidence in swimming independently and beginning to use correct technique to move body through the water in a safe and confident manner. Key skills include concentrating on correct and streamline body position with face down, swimming in and out independentely, confidently floating independently, kick and underwater arm action for Freestyle, safe recoveries and confident entries and exits.
Our Stingray 3 class is for children who are confident and independent in the water without parents. This is the third step of the Learn-To-Swim phase of our program where the child is gaining confidence in breath control, independent recovery and can streamline. At this level children are developing a safe and independent pool practise and developing discipline in basic water safety skills in and around the aquatic environment. Key skills include use of arms and legs together for Freestyle, Backstroke kicking and hand sculling, basic Breaststroke, side breathing sequence with roll to float.
|Goldfish 1||Goldfish 1 classes are for children who are independently confident with experience in breath control, independent recovery and can streamline. Kickboards are introduced. This level works on over arm technique and side breathing in Freestyle and use of arms and legs together for Backstroke. Other strokes are developed including basic skills in Breaststroke and Butterfly (introduction of kick action). Working on distance across the pool or to platform.|
|Goldfish 2||Goldfish 2 classes are children who are independently swimming unaided, capable of breath control, confident to float unaided on back, hold a streamline position for a distance, with a well-developed kick and can demonstrate over arm action. Emphasis is now on correct arm technique, kicking and bilateral breathing. Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly actions are refined. Working on distance half way up the length of the pool to platform with correct technique entire way.|
|Goldfish 3||Goldfish 3 classes are for children who are capable of breath control, hold a streamline position for a distance with a well-developed kick, competent with bilateral breathing, experienced in refined Backstroke, Breaststroke and basic Butterfly technique. This level builds on technique and distance up the length of the pool with use of platform if needed.|
|Angelfish 1||In Angelfish 1, children have the ability to perform Freestyle with bilateral breathing action, Backstroke, Breaststroke and basic Butterfly actions. Stroke development is refined during this phase, with emphasis on correct technique. Emphasis is placed on consistency and continued development across all 4 strokes with distance up the length of the pool without stopping.|
|Angelfish 2||In Angelfish 2, children have developed confident bilateral breathing in Freestyle using either 3 or 5 arm technique, are capable of performing Backstroke and Breaststroke and basic Butterfly action over increased distances. This class refines stroke technique and introduces more refined skills and technique. Specific drills are introduced designed to improve fitness and endurance. Distance is pushed to 2 lengths of the pool.|
|Clownfish||Our Clownfish level is the advanced level of our program where distances are swum using consistent refined techniques in all four strokes. Emphasis is on drill and progression work for endurance and strength. Child is able to perform tumble turns, diving and have the ability to utilise different skills at different times.|
|Mini-Squad||The Mini-Squad is a class to encourage the children to advance further with emphasis on increasing endurance and stamina over longer distances. Drill and progression work for all four strokes is used with race starts, turns and finishes being practised as a general introduction to a little competitiveness.|