Welcome

Welcome to the beginning of what will be a happy and invaluable experience for pupils and parents. It is very important that parents are familiar with our method of teaching in order that we may work together as a team. A positive atitude is extremely important in order to achieve, and therefore great emphasis is placed on the ENJOYMENT of lessons.

We do not practice forced submersion, students are taught breath control with various gentle and pleasant drills before submersion takes place. Goals are set for each lesson and the student is encouraged to achieve these goals within his or her capabilities. Infants should be taught to swim in a happy and relaxed manner, with no threat to their physical or emotional wellbeing.

We work hard on creating positive communication between the instructor and the student and lessons are conducted in a personal, relaxed and unpressurized environment .

Please don’t expect your child to swim after only a couple of lessons, some children do take longer than others. Each child is an individual we strive towards the students achieving their best according to their own capabilites. It is recommend that you do not discontinue with the lessons until at least LEVEL 1 (water skills) has been completed.

There are 3 levels to our teaching progression and as the swimmer progresses he/she will be rewarded by moving into the different categories in each level as illustrated below. Certificates are issued on achievement of each category.

Categories in LEVEL 1

starfish STARFISH – beginners/cannot submerge.
seahorse SEAHORSE – submerges face & ears
octopus OCTOPUS – submerges & retrieves objects/floats/glides short distance
seal SEAL – glide/speedboat kicks /floats/uses hands to move, lifts head up to breath
neptune KING NEPTUNE – (boys) swims without aid/treads water /relaxed in deep end/floats/dives
mermaid MERMAID – (girls) swims without aid/treads water/relaxed in deep end/floats/dives

Categories in LEVEL 2

fish FISH – backstroke/crawl technique with correct breathing and diving
dolphin DOLPHIN – breaststroke technique
shark SHARK – butterfly/starts/turns/polishing of all strokes – option to advance to squad

STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES AT EACH LEVEL:

Students are taught:

  • Confidence
  • Climbing in and out of pool
  • Breath Control
  • Submersion
  • Lifting up to breath
  • Kicks
  • Floats
  • gliding
  • Speedboats
  • Treading Water
  • Changing Direction
  • Jumping in swimming back to side
  • Retrieving Objects
  • Swimming without aid comfortably keeping head up to breath
  • Relaxed and confident in deep end
  • Dives

On completion of the above LEVEL 1, students will be able to swim confidently without aid with their face both in and out of the water , and will be given the option to advance to Level 2 for Stroke Tuition.

Students are taught:

  • Backstroke
  • Crawl
  • Correct breathing method
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly
  • Racing Dives
  • Starts/turns and finishes
  • Stroke Correction

On completion of the above students are invited to move up to Level 3 – Development Squad.

This is an extension of Level 2, and takes place in a 25 mtr pool. The emphasis is still on stroke quality, and the swimmer learns to hold their stroke over distance building stamina, strength and speed. It is also preparation for school level galas, and moving on to club level swimming if desired.

Repetition is very important when learning to swim, missed lessons disrupt continuity and interfere with progress. It should be remembered that swimmers attending lessons once a week will progress at a slower rate as there is a big gap between each lesson and results take that much longer to achieve especially if there is a lot of absenteeism

In conclusion, no matter how strong a swimmer your child is, there is no substitute for close vigilance of young children near water, as no young child can ever be considered 100 percent safe.