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Learn to Swim

This consists of six levels: Preschool, Swim Skills 1, Swim Skills 2, Swim Skills 3, Swim Skills 4 and Club Ready (Swim, Dive, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo) with three overarching national standards: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The programme provides a fun, progressive and all-inclusive pathway for children to participate in any aquatic
discipline to whatever level they aspire to. It has the core philosophy of being fun, child-centred and based on establishing the core aquatic skills which are fundamental to a child learning more complex skills.

Pre-school

Aim:

To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills (without adult assistance but with buoyancy aids as required).

Objectives:

  • Introduce complete non-swimmers to the aquatic environment and establish an understanding of safety in and around water
  • Develop and progress water confidence
  • Establish an understanding of basic core aquatic skills
  • Encourage independent movement
  • Develop skills through enjoyment, fun and self-discovery
Swim Skills 1

Aim:

To further develop water confidence and develop core aquatic skills without aids.

Objectives:

  • Develop confidence and ability to perform a wide range of core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids
  • Develop the basic technique of the 4 strokes
  • Introduce the basic technique of sculling
  • Develop balance and buoyancy through a variety of activities
Swim Skills 2

Aim:

To increase the competency of the core aquatic skills and develop basic stroke technique.

Objectives:

  • Introduce and progress new core aquatic skills
  • Develop stroke technique to include all 4 strokes
  • Introduction to diving (pool permitting)
  • Develop awareness and feel for the water through a variety of core aquatic skills
Swim Skills 3

Aim:

Introduce more advanced stroke technique and achieve Triple S standard.

Objectives:

  • Further develop competency in all four strokes
  • Development of Diving
  • Further develop Butterfly and Breaststroke aiming to achieve legal technique
Swim Skills 4

Aim:

To improve the quality of stroke technique, introduce multi-aquatic skills/disciplines and basic lifesaving skills.

Objectives:

  • To demonstrate competent technique in all four strokes
  • Introduce lifesaving skills and basic aquatic discipline skills
  • To provide basic skills to enable progression in to all aquatic disciplines including life saving