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aquaDucks | Programmes - Introduction

Our Swimming Programmes

Swim Centre Verhoef runs aquaDucksTM swimming programmes that cater to infants and pre-schoolers in Singapore. aquaDucksTM is a unique programme made up of a blend of European, USA and Australian teaching techniques. The programme has been further streamlined and developed to cater to the specific needs to those in living in Singapore.

Goal Of Programme

The main goal of our programme is to instill confidence and enhance water safety using a child-centred approach. Safety first is continually the focus of the programme. In order to maximize this, children must learn how to be independent, and to respect water. No flotation devices (ie. arm bands, rubber rings) are used during the lessons and children are taught to float independently under the supervision of an adult and expert instructor. Progression is made at the child’s pace with the coach carefully monitoring to ensure that pleasure and confidence is not compromised at any time.

Learning Through Play

Play is paramount to a young child and is part and parcel of their learning process. Children, while playing, are unaware of the skills they are developing and achieving in the aquatic environment. All of our classes are fun-filled while our coaches ensure that every child learns the fundamental skills of swimming and water safety.

aquaDucks | Programmes - Parent and Child

Parent and Child

In our Parent & Child programme, children have lots of fun building confidence in the water through songs and games. It is a parent-accompanied programme, which focuses on parent-and-child bonding, unconditional love and repetition within the comfort zone of the child. Emphasis will be on enjoyment in the water and learning through play, where children can learn to be skilful and safe in and around the water.

Submersion and personal survival skills are also practiced when your child displays his/her readiness. The main aim of this programme is for every child to be happy, ‘free’ and safe in the water.

The key role of the parent’s participation in the programme is to be the personal coach under the professional guidance of our friendly and experienced instructor.

The age group for our Duckling (Parent & Child) programme is six months to four-and-a-half years.

Level 1 (30-minute lesson, ratio 6:1)

Teaching points:

  • Water familiarization
  • Pre-submersion exercises
  • Encouraging self-exploration

Level 2 (30-minute lesson, ratio 6:1)

Teaching points:

  • Safe entry into and exit from the pool
  • Learning breath control and submersion
  • Water play focusing on getting face and head wet
  • Encouraging kicking with support

Level 3 (30-minute lesson, ratio 6:1)

Teaching points:

  • Unassisted jump to the parent/instructor
  • Demonstrating breath-holding skills
  • Kicking and retrieving toy with submersion
  • Learning how to swim to parent/instructor

Level 4 (30-minute lesson, ratio 6:1)

Teaching points:

  • Jumping in, turning around and swimming back to the wall (assisted)
  • Climbing out of the pool (assisted)
  • Learning how to swim towards parents from the wall
  • Swimming underwater for at least three seconds

Level 5 (30-minute lesson, ratio 6:1)

Teaching points:

  • Learning to come up to breathe
  • Rhythmic breathing with support
  • Introduction to floating on back
  • Personal safety (turning around and swimming back to the wall)

Level 6 (30-minute lesson, ratio 6:1)

Teaching points:

  • Increasing distance using rough motor skills
  • Rhythmic breathing without support
  • Increasing distance of swimming underwater
  • Retrieving objects from bottom of the pool

Learning Through Play

Play is paramount to a young child and is part and parcel of their learning process. Children, while playing, are unaware of the skills they are developing and achieving in the aquatic environment. All of our classes are fun filled, while our coaches ensure that every child learns the fundamental skills of swimming and water safety. 123

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aquaDucks | Programmes - Preschool

Preschool

In our Preschool programme, we focus on personal safety, health/stamina building, rough motor skills and breath control. Lessons are conducted in a child-centred, fun and positive manner encouraging a lifelong love for the water.

The average age for our Duckie (Preschool) programme is three to five years old.

Level 1 (30-minute lesson, ratio 4:1)

Teaching points:

  • Water awareness
  • Adapting to water over the face
  • Building confidence

Level 2 (30-minute lesson, ratio 4:1)

Teaching points:

  • Learning breath control
  • Kicking
  • Arm movements
  • Adjusting to submerging face in the water

Level 3 (30-minute lesson, ratio 4:1)

Teaching points:

  • Further strengthening of breath control
  • Rough motor skills
  • Swimming short distances with face in the water

Level 4 (30-minute lesson, ratio 4:1)

Teaching points:

  • Learning to come up to breathe
  • Rhythmic breathing with support
  • Introduction to floating on back
  • Personal safety (turning around and swimming back to the wall)

Level 5 (30-minute lesson, ratio 4:1)

Teaching points:

  • Increasing distance using rough motor skills
  • Rhythmic breathing without support
  • Increasing distance of swimming underwater
  • Retrieving objects from bottom of the pool

Level 6 (30-minute lesson, ratio 4:1)

Teaching points:

  • Further refinement of stroke techniques
  • Strengthening of heart and lungs (retrieving objects from bottom of the pool)
  • Safety elements (swimming with clothes on, treading water, mushroom float)

Level 7 (30-minute lesson, ratio 4:1)

Teaching points:

  • Increasing swimming distance
  • Introduction to all four strokes (butterfly/backstroke/ breaststroke/freestyle), swimming five meters using rough motor skills
  • Key elements will be overall body strength, personal safety and confidence in the water

Learning Through Play

Play is paramount to a young child and is part and parcel of their learning process. Children, while playing, are unaware of the skills they are developing and achieving in the aquatic environment. All of our classes are fun filled, while our coaches ensure that every child learns the fundamental skills of swimming and water safety.

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Salt Chlorinated x x
Preschool x x x x x x x x

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aquaDucks | Programmes - Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim

In our Learn to Swim (LTS) programme, we focus on stroke perfection for all four strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. Our child-centred programme combines stamina building and water safety in a positive atmosphere to maximize learning.

The average age for our Proficiency (Learn to Swim) programme is five years old. At this age, children are mostly able to understand corrections and stroke technique, which registers in the muscle memory. Research has proven that it is recommended for children to have swimming lessons at least until the age of nine, as this will help register the correct technical movements for lifelong safety and enjoyment in the water.

Our Proficiency curriculum is as follows:

Level 1 (30-minute lesson, ratio 6:1)

Teaching points:

  • Breaststroke legs – correct turning out of the feet
  • Freestyle kicking
  • Streamline position
  • Breath control

Level 2 (30-minute lesson, ratio 6:1)

Teaching points:

  • Refining breaststroke legs – focus on strength, push and glide
  • Freestyle – long strokes, streamlining
  • Backstroke – long strokes, streamlining
  • Butterfly – body positioning, streamlining and legs

Level 3 (45-minute lesson, ratio 8:1)

At this point, excellent stroke techniques and muscle memory should be at a more advanced stage. We now focus on stroke perfection and gently increasing distances.
Teaching points:

  • Breaststroke
  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Butterfly, with a good rhythm
    Diving

Level 4 (60-minute lesson, ratio 12:1)

Here, we focus on endurance, strength and technique. At this Level, children may be invited and introduced to competitions.
Teaching points:

  • Breaststroke
  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Butterfly
  • Lifesaving skills
  • Introduction to racing dive

Level 5 (60-minute lesson, ratio 12:1)

Refining of competitive techniques and further stamina building is the key focus at this Level.
Teaching points:

  • Breaststroke with start, turn and finish
  • Freestyle with start, turn and finish
  • Backstroke with start, turn and finish
  • Butterfly with start and finish

Level 6 (60-minute lesson, ratio 12:1)

Mastering all four strokes, including the individual medley.
Teaching points:

  • Breaststroke with start, turn and finish
  • Freestyle with start, turn and finish
  • Backstroke with start, turn and finish
  • Butterfly with start, turn and finish
  • Individual medley with start, turn and finish

For all Levels, there will be awards swimming/report cards twice a year. We will cover lifesaving (swimming with clothes on), proper techniques (age appropriate) and distance stamina building (age appropriate).

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aquaDucks | Programmes - Competitive/Development (CD) Squad

Competitive/Development (CD) Squad

The minimum standard for these training sessions is Proficiency 3 from the LTS (i.e. technically correct breaststroke and freestyle with basic knowledge of backstroke and butterfly). It is highly recommended to attend a minimum of two training sessions per week. We encourage children to join all training sessions up to a maximum of five times per week to achieve best results.

Objectives:

  • Provide competition among social swimming clubs in Singapore, with emphasis on the development of young swimmers
  • Instil in young swimmers the rules of competitive swimming
  • Promote friendship among members of the participating clubs
  • Organize swimming meets on a regular basis, adopting SSA and FINA rules or slight modifications of these rules

CD 1 (45-minute lesson, ratio 12:1)

  • Focus on 25m races
  • Breaststroke
  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Butterfly with a good rhythm
  • Diving

CD 2 (60-minute lesson, ratio 12:1)

  • Breaststroke
  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Butterfly
  • Introduction to racing dive

CD 3 (60-minute training, ratio 12:1)

  • Focus on 50m races
  • 50m Breaststroke (including start, turn and finish)
  • 50m Freestyle (including start, turn and finish)
  • 50m Butterfly (including start, turn and finish)
  • 50m Backstroke (including start, turn and finish)
  • 100m Individual Medley

CD 4 (60-minute training)

Focus on individual competitions at National and International level/standards.

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aquaDucks | Programmes - Water Polo

Water Polo

aquaDucks™ are pleased to offer water polo training sessions at the Hollandse Club and Swiss Club.

During these lessons, we focus on techniques for beginners and advanced players. The beginners play in friendly matches, and the advanced teams join the more serious tournaments.

Objectives

  • To provide competition among social water polo clubs in Singapore, with emphasis on the development of young players
  • To instil in young players the rules of water polo
  • To promote friendship among members of the participating clubs
  • To organize water polo matches on a regular basis

The sessions are divided into three age groups (to join water polo training, children need to know how to swim breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke).

9 to 10 year olds (ball size 3)

Teaching points:

  • Throwing and catching a ball in the water
  • Swimming with a ball
  • Shooting at goal from different angles
  • Learning how to quickly change swimming direction

11 to 13 year olds (ball size 4)

Teaching/development points:

  • Throwing and catching from a longer distance with one hand
  • Refining correct turning of body position during throwing, catching and changing swimming direction
  • Correct positioning during defence and offense
  • Learning different offensive strategies

14 to 16 year olds (ball size 4 for girls; size 5 for boys)

In this group, all techniques and tactics of the game are refined.

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aquaDucks | Programmes - Domestic Helper

Domestic Helper

In our Domestic Helper programme we focus on personal water safety and responsible supervision of children in and around the swimming pool and rescue techniques in an emergency situation. This programme is conducted by Coach Marilou, who is a highly qualified female instructor and also fluent in Tagalog.

Teaching points:

  • Enhance water safety awareness
  • How to educate children on water safety
  • How to supervise children in and around water
  • Emergency procedures
  • Basic swimming skills and techniques

Theory and practical assessment of water safety knowledge and emergency procedures will be conducted on an on-going basis.

If you have a domestic helper caring for your young ones, this programme is extremely beneficial.

Domestic Helpers

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aquaDucks | Programmes - Adults’ Learn to Swim

Adults’ Learn to Swim

Whether you are a beginner looking to acquire basic swimming skills or a competent swimmer looking to improve your stroke techniques and personal best, our coaches will work with you to achieve your personal goals.

Swimming is one of the most comprehensive forms of exercise that uses all of the major muscle groups in the body, as well as the cardio-respiratory system. In addition, swimming is an excellent way to relax and get away from the daily grind. As swimming provides no impact on the body’s major joints, it is a safe sport for almost everyone.

Discover the essential basics of swimming with our team of experienced and friendly teachers who are committed to help you meet your individual goals and needs.

Come join the fun and register for a complimentary trial session.

Level 1

This class is perfect for swimmers with no prior swimming experience. The aim is to develop water familiarisation and teach basic swimming skills.

Level 2

This class is designed for swimmers with basic swimming skills to further develop their swimming strokes and start to establish knowledge on breathing techniques and arm strokes.

Level 3

This class is for swimmers with knowledge of strokes and breathing techniques to improve their strokes, endurance and basic competitive techniques.

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aquaDucks | Programmes - Adults’ Masters/Triathlon Programme

Adults’ Masters/Triathlon Programme

Masters swimming by aquaDucks™

The objective of the Adults’ Masters programme is to promote health, wellness and competition through swimming. We also focus on race techniques and theory for open-water swimming.

Our training programme focuses on:

  • Stroke efficiency
  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Speed/pacing

Triathlon swimming by aquaDucks™

Did you know that 90% of triathletes and Ironman competitors struggle with their swimming? Triathlon swim training is designed to help you prepare for the swimming leg of your Ironman or triathlon race. The swimming section of a triathlon or Ironman is always the first event, which involves a mass start in a lake or in the sea. Swimming is not only important for your development as a triathlete or an Ironman but it is also important for recovery from the other two disciplines – cycling and running.

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aquaDucks | Programmes - AquaFit

AquaFit

8 benefits of aqua-aerobics

Working out in the water is one of the most therapeutic activities one can take part in. One lesson of aqua-aerobics with aquaDucks™ burns 350-400 calories. AquaFit builds cardio, strength and resistance while being easy on the joints and in a cool and relaxing atmosphere! Here are the top eight benefits of aqua-aerobics:

  1. Increases muscle strength
  2. Builds endurance
  3. Increases flexibility – as the body is subject to water resistance during aqua-aerobic exercise, the joints naturally increase their range of motion
  4. It’s a low-impact exercise
  5. Alleviates pressure on the joints
  6. Increases relaxation and positive energy
  7. Burns calories – the combination of strength and cardio workouts mixed with water resistance during aquatic exercise ensures the body is getting a full workout. Depending on cardio activity, weight, water temperature, volume and buoyancy, the body can burn between 400 and 500 calories during an hour of exercise
  8. Cooling exercise – as temperatures rise and humidity draws near, exercising in the burning sun may suddenly not seem so appealing. AquaFit is a cool, crisp and refreshing way to exercise, and you won’t be struggling in the heat!
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aquaDucks | Programmes - AquaFit for Seniors

AquaFit for Seniors

Exercise is important, especially as you get older. It helps you keep fit and stay self-reliant. It makes your bones and muscles stronger, which helps improve coordination.

This is a fun social activity combined with specially tailored exercise programmes in the water to enhance strength and mobility for adults aged 55 and above.

Benefits include:

  • Reduces blood pressure – water resistance is not just a buoyancy feature to help work the muscles. In fact, the water pressure actually works with your blood as well and enables blood flow to circulate more effectively throughout the body, effectively decreasing blood pressure and, in the long run, lowering resting heart rate
  • Cooling exercise – as temperatures rise and humidity draws near, exercising in the burning sun may suddenly not seem so appealing. AquaFit is a cool, crisp and refreshing way to exercise, and you won’t be struggling in the heat!
  • Increases muscle strength
  • Builds endurance
  • Increases flexibility – as the body is subject to water resistance during aqua-aerobic exercise, the joints naturally increase their range of motion
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Alleviates pressure on the joints
  • Increases relaxation and positive energy
  • Burns calories – the combination of strength and cardio workouts mixed with water resistance in aquatic exercise ensures the body is getting a full workout. Depending on cardio activity, weight, water temperature, volume and buoyancy, the body can burn between 400 and 500 calories during an hour of exercise
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Aquafit For Seniors x

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