Our school program is based around swim and survival. Our philosophy is the more aquatically skillful and efficient you can swim, the greater chance of survival.
To swim better is to learn great technique and great technique requires understanding the basics with body position, breathing control, kick and co-ordinating the arms to develop an effective stroke.
The key to skill acquisition is quality repetition. Over the course of the term we build upon skills with a strong emphasis on freestyle over the first half of the term.
Depending on the development levels of the class / year groups we add the other strokes going to backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. We teach children correct diving techniques
as we see so many children enter high school unable to complete a basic dive.
Our last skills are called our scuba and rescue elements. Scuba being the ability to control holding their breath and manoeuvre underwater over a distance or pick up items,
with and without goggles. Our rescue plan is for children to undertsand first and foremost is the concept of self presevation and rescue techniques used are reach and rescue
using items that are most found nearby, towel, clothing.
Understanding the technique
C: needs to work on some key parts of stroke to ensure safe level of competency
B: generally swimmer are lifting head for breathing and stroke turns into what we call a windmill action
A: co-ordinate the 4 key aspects to the stroke: body position, kick, arms, breathing
C: difficulty with body position on back
B: swimmer has one of the two aspect kick or arms working correctly.
A: co-ordinates well the body position, kick and arms in backstroke
Breaststroke (most demanding skill wise to do correctly)
C: needs to work on some key parts of stroke body position, arms and kick
B: swimmer has one of the two aspect correct. Most common kick is unsymetrical or arms pull too far and need to recover under body
A: both the kick is symetrical and the arms pull in front of the body