Preschool Swimming

In our Preschool Swimming Programme, internally called “Duckie 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 way to encourage a lifelong joy in the water. 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.

The average age for our Duckie (Preschool) programme: 3 to 5 years old.

Level 1 (30-minutes lesson | ratio 4:1 | Parent-accompanied)

Familiarisation with water

Teaching points:

  • Water exploration
  • Pre-submersion exercises
  • Kicking with support

Level 2 (30-minutes | ratio 4:1 | Parent-accompanied)

*Learning to go underwater
Teaching points:

  • Complete Submersion
  • Gliding
  • Assisted Kicking
  • Unassisted jump to instructor/parent from the edge of the pool

Level 3 (30-minutes | ratio 4:1 | Parent-accompanied)

*Learning rhythmic breathing with support
Teaching points:

  • Swim for 3 metres (Flutter Kick)
  • Glide to the wall for 5 seconds
  • Rhythmic Breathing with support
  • Assisted Back Float

Level 4 (30-minutes | ratio 4:1 | Parent-accompanied)

*Learning to breathe independently
Teaching points:

  • Jump and swim to instructor/parent
  • Assisted jump into the water and return to the wall
  • Assisted Flutter Kick for 10 metres with kickboard
  • Unassisted Back Float for 3 seconds

Level 5 (30-minutes | ratio 4:1 | Unaccompanied class)

*Kids can swim on their own, know how to do Freestyle Arms and return to the wall for safety.
Teaching points:

  • Swim Freestyle for 10 metres
  • Unassisted jump, retrieve toy from the surface and return to the wall
  • Unassisted Star Float for 10 seconds
  • Retrieve object from the bottom of the pool (minimum depth of 1 metre)

Level 6 (30-minutes | ratio 4:1 | Unaccompanied class)

*Kids can swim Freestyle with refined arms and legs movement, Safety Jump and return to the wall.
Teaching points:

  • Swim Freestyle for 10 metres (refined arms and legs)
  • Flutter Kick with kickboard for 15 metres
  • Retrieve toy from the bottom of the pool
  • Star Float on back to front and front to back

Level 7 (30-minutes 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.