Learn To Swim Lessons
In our Learn To Swim lessons, “It’s not the distance that you go, it’s the technique that you show.”
Our unique learn to swim program has been designed right here at Splash. Having staff who specialise from babies right through to silver license coaches means our program gives children the best opportunity to progress their swimming skills quickly and efficiently.
In all of our levels we emphasise excellent body position and strong kicking before learning their arms, breathing and other strokes progressively. As our swim school philosophy states, we focus primarily on swimming technique. With excellent technique, swimming greater distances comes more easily. The success of our program is evident in the number of very young swimmers (aged as young as 5) we have progressing through to our squads.
For more information on class times, please give us a call and we can help you find a time that suits you! Below is an outline of the levels in our learn to swim program, and what your child will learn in each level.
This is the first level in our program where children swim independently without their parents. Children must be a minimum of 2½ years of age before they can enter our Starfish classes. Starfish classes run for 30 minutes and are limited to 3 swimmers per class. In this level, children will learn:
- Strong kicking on a board
- ‘Streamline’ body position.
- How to swim out to the teacher
- How to float on their backs
- How to return to the wall if they fall into the pool.
- How to grab and move along the pool wall
- How to climb out of the pool.
- How to slide into the pool safely
In our Rainbow Fish classes, the basics of Freestyle and Backstroke are introduced. There is an emphasis on the children maintaining a ‘streamline’ body position independently. Rainbow Fish classes run for 30 minutes and are limited to 4 swimmers per class. In this level, children will learn:
- Freestyle arms with and without a kickboard (Leg, Lift & Reach)
- How to kick out to the teacher using Oncores
- How to kick on their back with Oncores
- Sculling (Clap & Push)
In our Platypus classes, breathing to the side in Freestyle is introduced. There is also an emphasis on kicking and good arm technique. Platypus classes run for 30 minutes and are limited to 4 swimmers per class. In this level, children will learn:
- Basic Breathing Drills for Freestyle
- How to incorporate breathing into their Freestyle (with and without a kickboard)
- Backstroke arms with a kickboard
- Somersaults in the water
Once the swimmers are able to breathe in Freestyle independently, they are moved into our Octopus classes. The swimmers will learn new drills in order to strengthen their technique in both Freestyle and Backstroke. Swimmers at this level will swim ½ of the length of the pool. Octopus classes run for 30 minutes and are limited to 4 swimmers per class. Children in our Octopus classes are encouraged to participate in our Race Nights, Macca’s Mini Meet, and Rocky City Swimming Club Nights. In this level, children will learn:
- How to fine tune their freestyle arms and breathing unassisted.
- Oncore drills
- Backstroke arms without a kickboard
- Race diving
- Tumble turning
- More advanced sculling
In our Stingray classes, the swimmers will work on some basic skills that are necessary to participate in squad swimming. Swimmers at this level will swim ¾ of the length of the pool. Stingray classes run for 30 minutes and are limited to 4 swimmers per class. Children in our Stingray classes are strongly encouraged to participate in our Race Nights, Macca’s Mini Meet, and Rocky City Swimming Club Nights. In this level, children will learn:
- Streamline push offs
- Streamline freestyle with bilateral breathing
- Streamline backstroke
- Improved sculling
- Improved diving
- Improved tumble turns.
- Butterfly kick
Once the children are proficient at the Stingray level, they are moved up into our Squads.