Our Programmes

Stage 3

Class groups are small and levels are designed to ensure that there is constant forward movement. We aim to move children up a level within 3 consecutive terms, but if it takes longer than four terms, we are more than willing to give you a FREE block holiday lesson to kick start your child’s improvement. School age classes cater for all ages and abilities and children are grouped together on this basis.  All strokes are covered – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Some water safety skills are incorporated into the programme.  Class groups are small and levels are designed to ensure that there is constant forward movement.

New Swimmers

Swimmers are learning to be confident in the water – comfortably submerging and comfortably floating on front and on back (aided). They gain a basic kick understanding on front and back.
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  • Comfortably head under the water
  • Comfortable front float
  • Comfortable back float
  • Streamlined glide
  • Basic kick understanding (Front and back)
  • Streamlined glide into kick
  • Basic freestyle straight arms swimming
  • Basic idea of backstroke

Moving and Stroking

Consolidate gliding and kicking on front and back. Side kick is introduced as well as arm strokes on front and back. Swim 5m freestyle and 5m backstroke. Please note that key skills will be introduced and perfected here. Those skills once mastered will ensure quicker progression in the more advanced levels.
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  • Body position float
  • Body position kick on front
  • Body position kick on back
  • Body position kick on side
  • Kick on side arm up
  • Suction float (not assessed)
  • Gentle (competent) arms on front and back with kick and good body position

Breathers Level 1 & 2

Level 1 swimmers are learning the basic breathing movement of turning their head to breathe, along with freestyle arms.  Backstroke is still being developed.

Level 2 swimmers build on these skills with the goal of achieving 15m freestyle and
15m backstroke.  Basic breaststroke kick and butterfly kick is introduced.


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  • Ability to swim 15m laps easily freestyle and backstroke
  • Ability to kick 2 15m laps back and free kick
  • 15m of 2 stroke breathing drill
  • 15m of rotation kick with good body position in both free and back
  • Basic fly kick understanding
  • Basic breaststroke understanding

Improvers

The breathing skills are consolidated and other strokes are introduced as well as tumble turns.  Distance is developed further to 2 x 15m laps. Each term free deep water experience will be offered as part of the programme to introduce Improvers to deeper and cooler water in preparation for the next level.
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  • Ability to swim 2 15m laps easily freestyle and backstroke
  • Basic butterfly understanding
  • Basic breaststroke understanding
  • Ability to kick 2 15m laps back and free kick
  • 2x15m of 2 stroke breathing drill
  • 15m of rotation kick with good body position in both free and back

General notes on School age classes:

  • Howick, maximum of 5 children per class, 30 minute lessons
  • Lloyd Elsmore, Otara and Papatoetoe, maximum of 6 children per class, 25 minute lessons
  • Term and holiday block courses are offered
  • Warm teaching pool
  • All instructors are qualified
  • Starting late – no problem we have teen classes
  • Certificates are handed out at the start of each level (once payments is made)
  • Stickers are awarded as set standards are achieved. There are 4 stickers per level and they can then be stuck on to the certificate for that level.
Graduates from the School Age programme have an independent assessment in the lap pool to ensure they have the skills to move to Mini Squads. Some swimmers will need 2 attempts to move forward.

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