Swimming Lessons




Dolphins (Pre-Schoolers)

Pre-School Aquatics Level 1 & 2


Picture In these levels we will encourage children to work with the instructor, and develop their independence in the water.

For some of our children that have come from the Parent and Child Aquatics classes, level one in the Preschool Aquatics will be about adjusting to being in the pool without a parent present, learning to take turns, wait safely at the side of the pool and to use correct entry and exits from the swimming pool. Once this has been established they will move quickly on to level 2.

For our more timid children or the ones new to our program level 1 will allow them to build up their confidence and develop the basic skills required to continue through the next level.

Water safety at this age is still our top priority, so be very clear to the children about your swimming rules and keep an eye on them at all times:
  • No jumping in unless instructed to do so
  • No running around the pool
  • Stay in the water during your lesson
  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • Have fun!!
At the end of these levels the expectation is that the children should be competent in the following skills:

Level 1:

  • Enter water using ladder, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose, 3 seconds
  • Submerging mouth, nose and eyes
  • Opening eyes under water and retrieving submerged objects, 2 times (in shallow water)
  • Front glide, 2 body lengths
  • Recover from a front glide to a vertical position
  • Back glide, 2 body lengths
  • Back float, 3 seconds
  • Recover from a back float to a vertical position
  • Monkey monkey along the wall
  • Roll from front to back
  • Roll from back to front
  • Flutter kick on front, 3 metres
  • Alternating arm action on front, reach and pull, 3 metres
  • Reach and pull and flutter kick on front, 3 metres
  • Flutter kick on back, 3 metres
  • Finning arm action on back, 3 metres
  • Combined finning and flutter kick on back, 3 metres

Safety Topics

  • Staying safe around aquatic environments
  • Recognizing the lifeguards
  • Don’t just pack it, wear your jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too much sun is no fun

Exit Skills Assessment

  • Enter independently, using either the ladder, steps or side, travel at least 5 metres, submerge to mouth and blow bubbles for at least 3 seconds then safely exit the water.
  • While in shallow water, glide on front at least 2 body lengths, then roll to back and float on back for 3 seconds then recover to a vertical position.

Level 2:

  • Enter water by stepping in
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Bobbing, 3 times
  • Opening eyes under water and retrieving submerged objects, 2 times (in chest-deep water)
  • Front float, 3 seconds
  • Front glide, 2 body lengths
  • Recover from a front float or glide to a vertical position (in chestdeep water)
  • Back float, 5 seconds
  • Back glide, 2 body lengths
  • Recover from a back float or glide to a vertical position (in chestdeep water)
  • Roll from front to back
  • Roll from back to front
  • Treading using arm and leg actions, 5 seconds (in shoulderdeep water)
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front, 3 body lengths
  • Finning arm action on back, 3 body lengths
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back, 3 body lengths

Safety Topics

  • Staying safe around aquatic environments
  • Recognizing the lifeguards
  • Don’t just pack it, wear your jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too much sun is no fun