Lessons, Levels and our Class Foundations - aeswim

AESWIM LEVELS


  • TADPOLES
  • SEAHORSES
  • SEALS
  • DOLPHINS
  • SHARKS
TADPOLES

Tadpoles are our level 1 classes and suit students with little or no swimming experience. We focus on Water Familiarity to build up swimmers comfortability in the water. Tadpoles have one adult to one child ratio, and parent assistance is required.

We help little swimmers build their confidence by creating Water Positive experiences. We do not force swimmers to perform tasks and need each student to build their familiarity with the water. A key aspect of Tadpoles is learning to respect and understand the Water, including their own limitations and abilities. Tadpole lessons are 80% familiarity and 20% Water Safety, focusing on basic Water Safe practises.

Tadpole is a beginner class and covers a diverse range of familiarity, skills and experience.  Some students may be confident with flotation devices, however, Water Safety skills are only mastered once a child knows their buoyancy and can perform crucial skills unassisted. Similarly, a child may have little experience in the water or dislike swimming. All swimmers must be Water Familiar and understand Basic Safety (how to safely enter, basic pool rules and safe zones in the water, floating, etc.) before progressing.

SEAHORSES

Seahorses are our level 2 classes and suit students who are familiar with the Water. We focus on Water Confidence and Water Safety to master the foundations of Safe Swimming.

These lessons will prepare students for safe, unassisted swimming and teaches fundamental skills like recovery, kicking and paddling and underwater skills. We help swimmers build their confidence by creating Water Positive experiences. We do not force swimmers to perform tasks and need each student to build their familiarity with the water. We help swimmers respect and understand the Water, including their own limitations and abilities.

Seahorses is our level 2 beginners class and aim to build confident, safe swimmers, who know basic life-saving swimming skills. Students achieve this level once they can perform skills unaided (floats or adult assistance.)

SEALS

Seals are our level 3 classes and suits students who are Confident in the Water. We focus on Water Independence and Water Safety to Prepare for Independent Swimming and basic stroke.

We build their independence by improving skills like timed breath holds, diving, swimming unassisted to recovery and jump entries. We focus on Water Positive experiences and challenge students to safely push their boundaries. We do not force swimmers to perform tasks and need each student to build their familiarity with the water, however, at this level, they have the capacity to learn and grow into confident and capable independent swimmers. We teach the streamline position and work on form and technique in preparation for basic stroke.

Seals is an intermediate class and aim to build confident, safe, independent swimmers.

DOLPHINS

Dolphins are our level 4 classes and suit students who are Independent Swimmers. We focus on Water Independence and Water Safety to teach basic stroke.

These lessons focus basic stroke; learning the fundamentals of Freestyle. We teach basic foundation skills such as big arms, breathe technique and the streamline position and dive techniques. This level focuses on form and technique, and Freestyle must be achieved before moving on to other foundation strokes (backstroke and breaststroke).

If a student masters the foundations of freestyle, we will move onto backstroke in this level.

We do not force swimmers to perform tasks and need each student to build their own Independence, however, stroke requires an intermediate skill set that will be continuously refined.

SHARKS

Sharks are our level 5 classes and suit students who are Independent Swimmers that have mastered basic stroke. This level focuses on stroke correction, diving, form and technique.

Students move onto Breastsroke and Butterfly basics, once they’re confident with Freestyle and Backstroke.

This level analyses a student’s streamline position, mobility and propulsion, head position, breath techniques and strength and form through the water. We also aim to have students diving from an upright position, able to perform a dive entry into stroke.
This level is for expert swimmers, and all other foundation skills and basic stroke must be achieved before Sharks. If a swimmer completes sharks, we would recommend Swim Squad as the next stage.

AESWIM LESSON FOUNDATIONS


  • WATER FAMILIARITY
  • WATER SAFETY
  • WATER CONFIDENCE
  • WATER INDEPENDANCE
WATER FAMILIARITY

Our Water Familiarity course is recommended for children aged 6 months – 12 months or children with no or little experience in the water. The purpose of this course is to improve comfortability in the water and build confidence. If a child can not comfortably be in the Water first, we can’t teach Water Safety Principles.

Water Familiarity requires a one adult to one child ratio, and if a student requires their parent to feel comfortable, we will need an adult in the pool for lessons. Remember, at this early stage of learning we want them to have positive water experiences, so we make the environment as comfortable as possible.

Over the recommended 10 week course, we will focus on Holds, Basic Entries and Exits and Water Submersions/Conditioning. We use Basic Water Safety skills to shape the activities, however, these three foundations must be mastered before we progress.

WATER SAFETY

Our Water Safety course is suitable for any age and teaches core foundation skills to be safe in the Water. Every lesson plan will include aspects of Safety, and we focus on Safe Fun in the Sun.

The purpose of this course is to teach Water Safety principles which can save lives, improve confidence and educate both students and parents about safe practices. We want your little swimmers to enjoy themselves while also respecting their environment and their limitations. Water Safety gives swimmers the tools to navigate difficult situations and is an essential course for all ages.

Over the recommended 10 week course, we will focus on Safe Entries and Exits, Full Submersions and Recovery. This package includes Safety Week which focuses on life-saving skills such as swimming fully clothed, basic rescuing, safe entry for dangerous environments, etc.

WATER CONFIDENCE

Our Water Confidence course is recommended for children aged 12 months – 24 months or children who are use to the water but are not comfortable swimming unassisted (floating devices or parents). The purpose of this course is to build their confidence in the water unaided (without floats or parents). To successfully implement Water Safety, a child must be comfortable and confident in attempting skills unassisted.

Over the recommended 10 week course, we will focus on Building Independence, Floating, Submerging and Unassisted safe entries and exits.

WATER INDEPENDANCE

Our Water Independence course is recommended for children aged 36 months – 60 months or students who are ready to learn the fundamentals of independent swimming (basic stroke).

The purpose of this course is to support confident swimmers in mastering independence in the water and perform all skills unassisted. These fundamentals allow children to swim safely unassisted and provides the foundation and technique for basic stroke.

Over the recommended 10 week term, we will focus on Mobility and Propulsion, Diving and Full Breath Control.

Dolphins are our level 4 classes and suit students who are Independent Swimmers. We focus on Water Independence and Water Safety to teach basic stroke.

These lessons focus basic stroke; learning the fundamentals of Freestyle. We teach basic foundation skills such as big arms, breathe technique and the streamline position and dive techniques. This level focuses on form and technique, and Freestyle must be achieved before moving on to other foundation strokes (backstroke and breaststroke).

If a student masters the foundations of freestyle, we will move onto backstroke in this level.

We do not force swimmers to perform tasks and need each student to build their own Independence, however, stroke requires an intermediate skill set that will be continuously refined.