Lesson Plans

Learn to Swim the Australian Way

The format and lesson plans of the program focus on areas of water familiarisation, water safety, correct stroke technique, basic rescue skills and personal development within a safe and enjoyable environment. Progression through the program is achieved by meeting the assessment criteria clearly defined for each level and not based upon age.

 

The swim school program can be summarised as 3 stages;

Parent & Baby (3 Levels)

Pre-School (3 Levels)

School (5 Levels)

 

The structure of each stage is defined in more detail below.

Parent & Baby

            Awareness (6-18 months)

            Beginner (12-36 months)

            Advanced (18-36 months)

Pre-School

            Crabette (2-3 years)

            Crab (3-5 years)

            Lobster (5-7 years -old crabs)

School

            Turtle (Excel at Freestyle and Backstroke)

            Frog (Excel at Bilateral Breathing)

            Snapper (Excel at Breastroke)

            Barramundi (Excel at Dolphin Kicks)

            Barracuda (Excel at Butterfly)

 

 

PARENT AND BABY PROGRAM

WATER AWARENESS

Class Duration: 30min

Ratio: 7:1

The objective of this level is to educate the parent with safe water practices and allow them to have confidence to take their children into the water.

Showing correct hold

Entries & Exits

Blowing Bubbles

Breathing and Submerging

Mat time

Back floats

Songs

 

 

PARENT AND BABY

BEGINNER – ADVANCED

Class Duration: 30 min

Ratio: 7:1

Repetition is key to learning at beginner level. I continually reassure and encourage parent and baby at this level. The Parent and Baby  advanced class is for babies who have completed prior lessons and show confidence and are able to move away from the parent either with the instructor or a floatation aid with ease. They can also participate in more activities unassisted

Torpedoes and Rockets

Humpty Dumpty

Back Floats

Mat time

Paddling for toys

Standing on table

Songs

 

 

PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM

CRABETTE

Age: 2 – 3 years

Class Duration: 30 min

Ratio: 3:1

To enter the class, the parent and child must have come trough the Parent and Baby program. Must be happy to go under the water. They must be paddling and kicking with a bubble on and must be confident. Parent is in water to supervise child on step. Aim is to prepare these children for Crabs and to slowly progress the parent out of the water.

Kicking

Throwing Toys

Torpedoes and Rockets

Blowing Bubbles

Humpty Dumpty

Back Floating

Paddle and Kick Swims

Standing on Table

Games

 

CRAB – LOBSTER

Age: Crab 3-5 years // Lobster 6-7 years

Class Duration: 30 min

Ratio: 3:1

This level is to develop a child’s survival skills in still water by increasing water awareness and actual swimming skills. This is the first class that children have moved away from their parents. In these lessons we will use using aids for water survival that contribute to a child being able to dog paddle.

Kicking

Blowing Bubbles

Torpedo

Dog Paddling

Back Floats

Entry and Exits

Learning Basic Freestyle and Backstroke Arms

  

 

SCHOOL PROGRAM

TURTLE

Age: School Age

Class Duration: 30 min

Ratio: 4:1

Distance: Up to 5m

This level is the beginner freestyle and backstroke.

Kicking

Kick on Board

Torpedoes

Blowing Bubbles

Back Floats

Freestyle Bubble Arm, Breathing Arm

Back Floats

Backstroke

 

Activities:

Assisted Dives off the Platform

Kicking drills/races

 

 

FROGS

Age: School Age

Class Duration: 30 min

Ratio: 4:1

Distance: Up to 8m

At this level the children should now have developed the skill to move comfortably through the water demonstrating basic freestyle and backstroke.

Kicking

Breathing

Torpedoes

Freestyle

Kicking on Back

Backstroke

 

Activities:

Assisted dives off the platform

Kicking drills/races

 

SNAPPER

Age: School Age

Class Duration: 30 min

Ratio: 5:1

Distance: Up to 12m

All students by now should be swimming up and back and kept on the move throughout the class.

Torpedoes

Breathing and Blowing Bubbles

Bilateral Breathing

Backstroke Kicking and Arm Action

Breaststroke

 

Activities:

Sculling with kick

Freestyle and Breaststroke Drills

Races

 

BARRAMUNDI

Age: School Age

Class Duration: 30 min

Ratio: 6:1

Distance: Up to 25m

At this level, the children strengthen freestyle and backstroke through skill and drill development. Full breaststroke and butterfly kick and develop rhythm. Flippers are introduced in this level.

Kicking

Sculling

Torpedoes

Bilateral Breathing

Backstroke

Breaststroke

Butterfly Kick

 

Activities:

Sculling with kick

Freestyle and Breaststroke Drills

Butterfly Kick Drills

Races

 

BARRACUDA

Age: School Age

Class Duration: 30 min

Ratio 7:1

Distance: Up to 25m

At this level, children strengthen freestyle and backstroke through skill and drill development. Full stroke Breaststroke and full stroke butterfly with use of flippers and start to introduce tumble turns.

Kicking

Sculling

Breathing

Breaststroke

Butterfly

Tumble Turns

 

Activities:

Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly Drills

Races

 

Please refer to the Price List for fees of various types of swim classes.