Learn to Swim



 

Learn to Swim

To enrol in our Learn to Swim program:

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Fluffy Ducks

The earlier that children that are exposed to swimming lessons and water time as babies the smoother and less stressful the transition from non-swimmer to swimmer is.

Our Fluffy Duck classes are designed for the parents. Babies can relax and enjoy the bonding time while the instructors aim to pass on critical swimming skills and life saving tips to the parents. We emphasis the need to be relaxed, patient and calm as this for most is a babies first experience in water and it needs to be memorable and positive. You will be introduced to kicking, floating and submerging with an emphasis on fun, water exploration while developing a love and respect for the water that they will have for the rest of their lives.

Swimming for babies is great as it provides together time, great exercise for babies to help with the fast growing limbs and muscles, as well as stimulating their appetites and helps with sleep time afterwards.

Fluffy Ducks are usually run to a 5 week program and each class is for half an hour.  They are run each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10.30am (and some classes operate at 11.30am).

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Starfish

Entry Level: Children that love the water and have little or no formal swimming skills.

This class develops water confidence and co-ordination through games and activities. Introduction to floating and kicking on their back and front and submerging through the water.

Class Ratio: 1 Instructor to 3 children

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Turtles

Entry Level: Water confident, happy to submerge ready to begin swimming.

This class is focusing on the co-ordination of the children’s kicking, arms and breathing in freestyle and backstroke.

Class Ratio: 1 Instructor to 4 children

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Snappers

Entry Level: Children that can swim 10 meters of recognisable freestyle with correct breathing.

At this level we work on enhancing their freestyle, mastering bi-lateral breathing and aim to develop continuous backstroke over 15 meters. We focus on maintaining good technique over a greater distance. Dives, starts and turns are explored.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor to 4 children

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Crocodiles

Entry Level: Children that can proficiently swim 15 meters of freestyle and backstroke with good technique and are ready to learn the other strokes.

This class masters a continuous freestyle and backstroke over 20 meters and introduces both breaststroke and butterfly kick. Dives, starts and turns are further developed.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor to 5 children

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Dolphins

Entry Level: Children that can swim 20 meters of freestyle and backstroke and can demonstrate recognisable breaststroke and butterfly kick.

This class aims to reach a 25 metre distance in all four strokes, with breaststroke timing explored and continuous butterfly arms over 15 meters. The children also learn lane etiquettes’ for squad swimming as well as the technical aspects of the strokes.

Class Ratio: 1 Instructor to 6 children

 

Parents Guide to Enjoyable Swimming Lessons

  1. Try to arrive relaxed and positive, especially if the experience of swimming lessons is new. Your child will feel calm and secure and lessons will be more successful.
  2. Wear correct swimming attire that is firm fitting around the legs in case of accidents, disposable Swimmer Nappies are also great to wear. Have a practice run at home in swimmers and goggles and cap so your children becomes comfortable.
  3. Arrive early so you and your child can become acquainted with the surroundings and will not be flustered or rushed.
  4. Toilet your child just prior to their lesson to avoid accidents and disruption during swimming lessons.
  5. Goggles are a vital teaching aid at various stages of the learning process. They allow the child good vision and comfort underwater. It is great for children to have their own and arrive ready for class (nose piece and strap adjusted to their individual needs). We also encourage non goggle wearing lessons as we don’t want to build a dependency on using goggles.
  6. The wearing of bathing caps is strongly recommended to keep hair out of the eyes and mouth and allow goggles to slip on more easily. They also help enormously with filtration and therefore pool cleanliness. In the cooler months they also keep the children warmer, as once they are wet a lot of the body heat is lost through their head, so by having a cap on and keeping their head warm, they will be more comfortable.
  7. For their own safety and maximum benefit for their lesson it is essential that children do not swim before their scheduled swimming lesson times. Swimming afterwards can be used as a reward for good swimming and also they will be better focused for their lesson.
  8. Please stay back from the pool edge, while swimming lessons are in progress. It’s great to encourage your child, but try to leave the teaching and discipline to the swimming teacher.
  9. Bring a suitable ‘hanky’ for wiping the inevitable runny nose. Please use the bins provided for disposal.
  10. For safety for themselves and other patrons, ensure your child walks and doesn’t run around the pools.
  11. Filming and Photography If your child is in a group lesson, please don’t assume that other parents will be happy to have you photograph or film during the lesson and please always ask the instructors first. Strictly no cameras or mobile phones in the change rooms or bathrooms.