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Learn to Swim Programs

Our Learn to Swim Program is broken down into 3 ability based levels. Children must be at least 3 years to book into this program. Students will begin learning water familiarity and develop basic stroke technique over a distance of 8m.

TADPOLE  (1:4 ratio)

This level will teach children to respect the water first and foremost by learning how to safely enter and exit the pool. Children will also learn how to paddle and kick, submerge, correct body position, streamlines, floating on their front and back. The fundamentals of swimming are taught in this level as well as basic survival skills. In order to develop from Tadpole to Frog, children will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Enter and exit the pool safely
  • Submerge in water
  • Streamlined body position
  • Paddle and kick for 4m
  • Independently float (front and back) 

FROG (1:4 ratio)

This level will expand further on what was learnt previously by developing a basic freestyle stroke focusing on blowing bubbles as a separate skill. Students will also be further introduced to more water survival skills that will extend their knowledge and understanding of safe practices in and around water. A basic back kick is also introduced. In order to progress from Frog to Goldfish, children will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Streamlined body position
  • Over arm freestyle for 6 metres with a pop up breath if necessary
  • Demonstrates bubbling and breathing as a separate skill
  • Back kicking for 8 metres with assistance
  • Consistent  technique over the 6 metres 

GOLDFISH (1:4 ratio)  

This level will develop children’s stamina by introducing bilateral breathing in freestyle, with children required to breathe on every third stroke. Back kicking is refined and basic backstroke arms are introduced. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the appropriate water survival skills to expand their knowledge of water safety. In order to progress from Goldfish to Dory, children will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Streamlined body position
  • Freestyle for 16 metres with bilateral breathing
  • Basic backstroke for 16 metres
  • Consistent technique over the 16 metres


Last reviewed: 28 March, 2019