Learn to Swim

The Learn to Swim Programme at the Hollandse Club follows the ABC curriculum from the Netherlands blended with the Australian & American Freestyle programme.

The child-centred ABC programme focuses on stroke perfection of all four strokes: Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly combined with stamina building and water safety.

Your child can join the Learn to Swim (ABC) programme from the age of 5 years and above. To achieve the A-Diploma, our students are required to swim a minimum of 40 hours in the A-Programme.

If your child is currently swimming in the aquaDucks’ preschool programme and is turning 5 years old, he or she will automatically enrol into the A3 level. In the preschool lesson your child has learned lifesaving skills, distance and rough motor skills. In level A3 we start practising Breaststroke.

The ABC programme consists of 8 levels. Level A is conducted in the heated instruction pool and Level B and C at the main pool.

Level A1 (30-minutes lesson)

  • Safe entry
  • Breath control
  • Submersion
  • Assisted Front float, Back float
  • Assisted front Flutter kick

Level A2 (30-minutes lesson)

  • Front float
  • Back float
  • Streamline glide 3 metres
  • Flutter kick with kickboard 10 metres
  • Learning to breathe 5 metres

Level A3 (30-minutes lesson)

  • Streamline Flutter kick 7 meters
  • 7 meters Freestyle no breathing
  • 5 meters Backstroke kick
  • Kickboard 50 metres Breaststroke legs with correct turning of feet (no push and glide)
  • Swimming 10 metres without kickboard with Breaststroke legs

Level A4 (30-minutes lesson)

  • 10 metres Freestyle
  • 10 metres Backstroke
  • 100 metres Breaststroke legs with correct turning of feet, push and glide (with kickboard)
  • Swimming 15 metres froggy (not perfect)
  • Diving from wall swim 3 metres underwater

Level A5 (30-minutes lesson)

  • 10 metres Freestyle
  • 10 metres Backstroke
  • Learning Breaststroke 50 metres with correct timing
  • Learning Lifesaving Backstroke 50 metres

A Diploma (Dutch certificate) / A Award (45-minutes lesson)

  • Dive from the side directly followed by swimming through a tunnel at 3 metres from the starting point
  • 50 metres of Breaststroke
  • 50 metres of Lifesaving Backstroke
  • Dive from the wall followed by 10 metres of Freestyle
  • Push off from the wall, directly followed by 10 metres of Backstroke

B Diploma (Dutch certificate) / B Award (45-minutes lesson)

  • Dive from the side directly followed by swimming through a tunnel at 6 metres from the starting point. coming up to breathe
  • 75 metres of Breaststroke
  • 75 metres of Lifesaving Backstroke
  • Dive from the wall followed by 15 metres of Freestyle
  • Push off from the wall, directly followed by 15 metres of Backstroke

C Diploma (Dutch certificate) / C Award (45/60-minutes lesson at main pool)

  • Dive from the side directly followed by swimming through a tunnel at 7 metres from the starting point
  • 100 metres of Breaststroke (1 corner dive and 1 flip while swimming)
  • 100 metres of Lifesaving Backstroke
  • Dive from the wall followed by 20 metres of Freestyle
  • Push off from the wall, directly followed by 20 metres of Backstroke