Classes

Stage 1 - Starfish

This Stage is suitable for children 3yrs and over who have been assessed as confident in the water. This stage works towards safe entries and exits, submerging with open eyes, forming streamline positions in the water by learning how to push and glide and to swim a distance of five meters on the front and back with assistance of fixed swimming aids.

Stage 2 - Turtles

In this stage, the skills from Stage 1 will be carried over and children will be working towards kicking proficiently and swimming five meters on front and back without the use of swimming aids. Push and glides will also be an emphasis throughout this stage, as will an introduction to all of the strokes.

Stage 3 - Penguins

The swimmers will now be focusing on developing their streamline position into how this can be used with all strokes. In this stage pupils will work towards swimming 10 metres on the front and the back without assistance and also towards swimming breaststroke for 10 metres with the assistance of floats or other swimming aids.

Stage 4 - Stingrays

This stage is about building water confidence, developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Swimmers will also focus on refining kicking techniques for all strokes and swimming 10 meters to a given standard.

Stage 5 - Seals

Stroke techniques and stroke efficiency are the main emphasis at this stage. Water skills are developed by using sculling actions and treading water. Complete rotation and performing all strokes to a given standard are also required at this stage.

Stage 6 - Dolphins

This stage will concentrate on developing effective water skills, including coordinated breathing, developing water safety aspects and an understanding of preparation for exercise.

Stage 7 - Sharks

Stage 7 is the last stage before the swimmers can decide upon a discipline to pursue. In this stage pupils are expected, upon completion to be able to swim 50 meters showing efficient technique in all strokes. They will also be able to perform all types of touch turns and a tumble turn.

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