Swim and Play program
The Swim and Play program is swimming lessons for babies and young children aged 6 months to 4 years of age. The program is designed to introduce the child to water and help them gain confidence and respect for the water. The Swim and Play program consists of our Waterbabies classes and our Kindergarten classes.
Waterbabies 1 and Waterbabies 2
- Maximum of 10 children in each class - 30 Minutes
Recommended age 6 months - 2½ years
These infant swimming lessons are the ideal opportunity to introduce your baby to the aquatic environment through the use of rhymes and activities. Such skills as submerging, floating and the promotion of movement through water are developed. We have two levels in our waterbabies classes, they are Waterbabies 1 for ages 6 months to 18 months and Waterbabies 2 from 19 months to 30 months.
We believe that there are many advantages in starting children at this age to learn to swim both physically and mentally. Some advantages of staring your child early include:
- Water familiarisation
- Exercise and development of motor skills
- Bonding between parent and child as well as offering a social environment for child, parent and all participants
Being a part of our “Swim and Play” program is an excellent start to teaching children the skills required to become strong, safe and confident in the water. However, it is still necessary for parents to be vigilant when they are in or around water with their children including backyard swimming pools, beaches and waterways.
Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2
- Maximum of 4 children in each class - 30 Minutes
Recommended age 2½ years
The Kidergarten class is a fun, deep water, survival skill class for children from the age of 2 ½ to 4 years of age. The class provides young swimmers with skills, which encourage them to become strong, safe and confident in the water in a comfortable and encouraging environment.
There are two levels within the Kindergarten program, Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2. In Kindergarten 1, the focus on is on movement through the water using a special under-arm developed stroke. We want our Kindergarten 1 swimmers feeling relaxed and happy in the water. There are also other skills taught in this class including blowing bubbles, submerging and floating. Merit awards and ceritificates are awarded on completion of skills, and certain skills need to be attained before the swimmer is allowed to move into our Kindergarten 2 class.
In the Kindergarten 2 class, swimmers are still being taught a special under-arm developed stroke which will lead to a full Freestyle stroke in our "400 Gold" program. However, the main difference in this class is that they will be encouraged to have their face in the water for a majority of the time, blowing bubbles when swimming either on or off the board. They will also be extended to swim greater distance without their floaties and start developing the "torpedo" skill which gets them into a more horizontal position in the water which is needed for further stroke development in the next class up in our "400 Gold" program.