This progressive 3-Stage program teaches swimmers 54 important swimming skills, and focuses on seven major skill progressions: butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle, water safety, entries and turns. Swimmers learn to put together whole skill-sets, one step at a time.
Stage 1: Orientation to Water
Establishes a sound basis for the future acquisition of swimming skills. Children develop the fundamentals of swimming while learning to be comfortable and relaxed in the water.
- Entry and immersion
- Buoyancy and floatation
- Submersion and breath control
- Safe movement in the water
- Propulsion through the water
Stage 2: Skill Development
Focuses on basic movements and orientation ability needed for swimming skills like arm action, sculling and breathing.
- Streamlining - propulsion
- Basic Strokes – freestyle, backstroke, introduction to breaststroke, basic dolphin movement
- Specific skills – submersion, underwater push-offs, treading water, introduction to diving skills
Stage 3: Skill Improvement
Focuses on improving reaction/rhythm and increasing endurance for all four strokes. Advanced dives and basic starts and turns are also covered. When swimmers complete Stage 3, they have learned to swim well.
- Major focus - breathing and stroke timing
- Stroke Improvement – free, back, breast, fly
- Introduction to turn skills
- Advanced diving skills
- Building endurance