It’s never too early or too late to learn to swim!
Our Aquatic Education programs cater for all age groups, ranging from 6 months to adults.
Utilising the Life Saving Victoria Swim and Survive Program, our Leisure Centres aim to build confidence in the water through familiarisation, water safety and stroke progression in a non-threatening and relaxed environment.
WONDER LEVELS (6 months - 3 years old)
Getting Wet is about entering the water safely using different entries appropriate for each motor development stage progressing towards encouraging safe independent entries and exits.
Keeping Balance provides experiences of body orientation and rotation skills which are vital for developing survival and mobility skills.
Breathing Skills develop confidence in getting the face wet, blowing bubbles and learning to submerge. Fun activities promote relaxation and breath control.
Kick and Arm Action activities promote kicking and paddling to develop basic propulsion skills. Initially, these skills will be rudimentary but as crawling, walking and running skills are gained on land, coordination of kicking and paddling skills will develop and become stronger.
Going Underwater is a gradual process encouraged as each child shows readiness to participate and initiate the skill themselves. Using simple cue words, actions and songs, this will create a fun and non-threatening environment to support the learning of this skill.
Staying Afloat activities focus on experiencing floating on the front and back. Learning to float is an important skill not only to progress to propulsion but is an essential survival skill for every child.
Water Safety is encouraged through emphasising the message 'always swim with an adult'. Introducing young children to a simple safety message early in their aquatic education establishes a positive attitude towards safe behaviour.
Parent Education focuses on the 4 key messages of the Keep Watch drowning prevention program:
1. Supervise your Child: always supervise your child within arms’ reach
2. Restrict Access to Water: provide barriers to water locations
3. Be Water Aware: introduce your child to water
4. Learn Resuscitation
COURAGE LEVELS (3-5 years old)
Entry and Exit Skills teach children to safely and confidently enter and exit the water using a range of basic techniques.
Breathing and Underwater Skills develop breath control and relaxation when submerging the face and body in the water, which in turn builds confidence.
Survival Skills include initial experiences using flotation aids for support in deep water whilst demonstrating personal survival and self preservation skills required for an emergency situation.
Floating and Sculling Skills encourage independent floating on the front and back and basic sculling skills to propel the body in a range of directions.
Movement and Swimming Strokes encourage the development of kicking and arm movement skills, basic independent mobility and working towards elementary swimming strokes.
Water Safety Education focuses on the simple messages of never swimming alone, calling for help if in trouble and understanding basic pool rules to support water safety.
ACTIVE LEVELS (5-15 years old)
Entries and Exits Skills teach children to determine the safest entry and exit method for a range of aquatic environments.
Floating and Sculling Skills enable children to gain mobility in the aquatic environment and are vital skills for developing swimming and survival skills.
Movement and Swimming Strokes develops efficient and effective stroke technique and the ability to adapt the strokes to suit the conditions of the environment. Fitness and endurance increases through the progression of levels.
Survival and PFD Skills includes the teaching of survival techniques and strategies for a range of emergency situations, including the use of personal flotation devices.
Underwater Skills assist in building vital confidence in the water. Relaxation and good breath control are developed to increase swimming endurance.
Rescue Skills equip children with the required skills to perform a range of rescues depending on the emergency situation, the environment and prevailing conditions.
Water Safety Knowledge develops an understanding of a range of swimming and water safety issues that underpins safety in and around the water.
All of our instructors are AUSTSWIM and CPR qualified and undergo regular training to keep their skills up to date. Pre-school teachers also have an Infant Aquatics accreditation.