Levels

swimlevels

Water Babies

Age: 3.5-4.5 years (structured according to age groups)
Length of Session: 45 minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 4:1
For children between 2-4 years who are unable to swim. Lessons use a varied routine with plenty of fun activities and equipment designed to instil confidence and introduce the child to all the basic skills needed to ‘feel at home’ in the aquatic environment. Parents are encouraged to help their child progress gradually, at the child’s own pace, and to develop their aquatic skills to become more independent in the water. Positive reinforcement especially in group activities will ensure a love of swimming and a knowledge of basic safety in the pool environment.

Beginner 1

Age: For non-swimmers 4.5 years +
Length of Session: 45 minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 5:1
Beginner I offers an introduction to swimming lessons for the school aged child who cannot swim. The primary aim at this stage is to build self-confidence and introduce the basic skills of floating and gliding. The child will also work on basic freestyle and backstroke skills including correct body position and proper kicking action. In order to complete this level, swimmers will need to pass 8 out of 10 basic swimming skills.

Beginner II

Age: Students are placed depending on their ability
Length of Session: 45 minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 6:1
Swimmers should be able to swim at least 5-10 meters and turn their head properly to take a breath. The aim at this level is to build on previous skills learned. Children at this stage will continue to build on their skills in freestyle and backstroke, such as correct body and head position, strong proper kick, as well as proper water safety skills to build their overall swimming confidence. In order to complete this level, swimmers will need to pass 8 out of 10 freestyle and backstroke skills.

 

Beginner III

Age: Students are placed depending on their ability
Length of Session: 45 minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 6:1
Swimmers should be able to swim at least 10 meters Freestyle and Backstroke with correct body position. The aim at this level is to continue building on previous skills learned in both Freestyle and Backstroke. Swimmers will be introduced to the Freestyle flip turn and dive and become more confident in the water. In order to complete this level, swimmers will need to pass 8 out of 10 skills taught.

Intermediate 1

Age: Students are placed depending on their ability
Length of Session: 60 minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 8:1
The main aim at this stage is to develop the swimmer’s endurance to 20 metres (2 widths) while maintaining the techniques previously learned. Constant vigilance by the coach to each child’s technique is of great importance at this stage; and a more advanced understanding of stroke technique will be introduced, such as bent arm recovery and using their back in Freestyle and proper underwater pull in Backstroke. Emphasis on a strong kicking movement continues to be a major element at this stage. In order to complete this level, swimmers need to pass 8 out of 10 skills taught.

Intermediate II

Age: Students are placed depending on their ability
Length of Session: 60 minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 8:1
The aim at this stage is to continue building on previous skills learned and to develop endurance over longer distances while maintaining good stroke technique and propulsion in both freestyle and backstroke. At this stage, the fundamentals of the fly are introduced with particular emphasis on the correct dolphin kick. Correct Freestyle and Backstroke starts to the flags will be emphasized. In order to complete this level, swimmers need to complete 8 out of 10 skills taught.

Intermediate III

Age: Students are placed depending on their ability rather than age
Length of Session: 60 minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 8:1
The skills and stroke techniques learned in the previous stages are further refined and developed over longer distances at this stage. Developing the correct techniques of Butterfly are emphasized at this level as well as the Butterfly turn. Backstroke and Freestyle turns and starts will be further refined and the proper Breaststroke kick will be introduced. This level is a difficult stage in swimming as the skills taught need to be mastered before moving to the Advanced Level I.

Advanced I

Age: Students are placed depending on their ability rather than age
Length of Session: 120minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 10:1
At this stage, the aim is to continue building on previous skills taught in both Backstroke and Freestyle permitting the swimmer to swim 50 metres using proper stroke technique, turns and starts. Butterfly and Breaststroke skills will be further emphasized mastering the Butterfly turn and start. More difficult skills are taught at this stage and the swimmer must pass 10 out of 12 of these skills in order to proceed to the next level.

 

Advanced II

Age: Students are placed depending on their ability rather than age
Length of Session: 120minutes
Max. student/instructor ratio: 10:1

Swimmers will continue to build on previous skills taught allowing them to swim 100 metres Freestyle and Backstroke using proper technique, turns and starts as well as 50 metres of Butterfly and Breaststroke. At this stage, swimmers will perfect their strokes, starts and turns allowing them to feel confident if they wish to compete at swimming competitions. Backstroke to Breaststroke turn will also be introduced at this level getting ready for the Individual Medley swim. To be successful at this level, swimmers will need to pass 10 out of 12 skills taught.

 

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