Swimming Levels

 
 

Water Familiarisation

Pink Duckling 6-12months 
only available at our Coogee location
 

This is an exciting time for parents & babies as many are having their first swimming experience in a pool together. 
 

What we aim for:

  • Understanding safe entry & exits from the water

  • Introductory to floating front & back

  • Fun games and activities that promote paddling & kicking

  • Understanding water safety and finding the side of the pool

  • Conditioning breath control at own pace

  • Move towards submersions when ready

Yellow Duckling 12-18months 
only available at our Coogee location
 

Babies at this stage begin to show more voluntary movements in the water as well as more social interaction with peers.

 

What our classes include:

  • Introduction to paddling with a noodle

  • Games and activities that build on paddling & kicking skills

  • Free-floating on front

  • Building confidence in back floating

  • Increasing length of submersions between the instructor and carer.

  • Reinforcing water safety including

Brown Duckling 18-24months
only available at our Coogee location
 

At this stage, babies are turning into social little toddlers. Parents are still guiding their toddlers through the class however we begin to encourage spending more time doing an activity with the instructor as they transition into toddler classes without a parent in the water.

 

What our classes include:

  • Building confidence and strength in paddling with the noodle

  • Continue building on free-floating and back floating 

  • Strong focus on water safety - building strength to be able to climb out of the pool unassisted

  • Increasing submersions and free swimming to the wall for small distances.

Toddler Transition 2-4years
only available at our Coogee location
 

This program is specifically designed for toddlers that are not ready to swim without a parent. They have either not had lessons before or are anxious in the water and need a bit more support before transitioning into a class without a parent. This is a very normal situation for many toddlers and we value the importance of patience and kindness at this stage. The class aims to build water confidence and encourage more and more independence before transitioning into a Crab class.

Learn to swim

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Crab
available at our Coogee & Bondi location 

Our Crab level is for complete beginners that are typically 3 years of age and toilet trained. This level focuses on water confidence and safety.

 

It is a great introduction to our swim school regardless of whether your child has never had a swimming lesson or is transitioning from a parent/baby program.

 

We understand that a child’s first swimming lesson can sometimes be a nervous time for both parent and child, which is why pride ourselves in creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

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Turtle
available at our Coogee & Bondi location 

Turtles are usually at preschool age. They are at a level where feel happy and confident in the water.

 

They have developed breath control and can float with a board. They are now beginning to swim short distances independently.

 

At this level we progress the skills that were learnt in Crab, therefore they must be able to follow basic instructions from the teacher.

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Goldfish
available at our Coogee & Bondi location 

Goldfish are usually advanced preschool aged children or early primary school age. At this stage Instructors build upon the skills learnt as a Turtle, as they continue to gain strength and start to show more strength and coordination.

The focus is on developing propulsive movements whilst maintaining good body position.

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Octopus
available at our Coogee & Bondi location 

At this level Instructors begin to teach basic freestyle and backstroke technique.
This includes an introduction to breathing to the side.

 

We also begin to explore swimming towards the deep end of the pool and developing more confidence.

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Platypus
available at our Coogee & Bondi location 

At Platypus level we continue to develop freestyle technique and backstroke.

We begin breathing to both sides and swimming without a kick board.

Stroke development

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Frog​
only available at our Bondi location

Frogs are typically primary school aged children who have learnt the basics of freestyle and backstroke.

 

We refine these skills and also introduce the new challenge of breaststroke.

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Dolphin
only available at our Bondi location

 

Dolphins are typically stronger than frogs and have a good breaststroke kick. 

 

At this level instructors help swimmers develop their breaststroke timing and introduce butterfly kick.

SwimFIT

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Sharks
only available at our Bondi location

 

At this level we have continue with stroke development and also increase the distances swum. This class is for children that want to continue swimming all year round, but not competitively.

 

Please note our pool is 15m long, therefore it is not suitable for children that want to begin competitive swimming.