Back-to-School Swim Skills Checklist: Is Your Child Ready?


The return to school is a great time to assess your child’s swimming progress. Are they ready to take on a new challenge or would a swimming refresher be beneficial? Here’s a breakdown of skills by age group to help you decide:

School-Aged Kids (4+)

Water Confidence

  • Can they tread water independently and float without assistance?
  • Can your child blow bubbles and kick on their back with a kickboard?
  • Can your child kick on their front without a kick board?

Stroke Development

  • Can your child perform basic freestyle?
  • Can your child perform basic backstroke?

Building Endurance

  • Have they reached the 400m goal? – Swim 400m of freestyle, non-stop.

If you answered no to some (or all of them) and your swimmer is aged 4+ years old our Learn To Swim – 400 Gold program is perfect. Use our class finder tool to determine their starting level.

If you answered yes to all of the above keep reading. 👇

Older Children

Beyond the Basics

  • Are they interested in refining technique, building longer distance endurance, or exploring specialised areas like competitive swimming or lifesaving?

Stroke Mastery

  • Are they proficient in several strokes and comfortable with deep-water swimming?

If your swimmer has completed our Learn To Swim – 400 Gold certificate or equivalent they can join our Team (Squads) program to progress technique and reach their fullest potential.

Book your free 10 minute assessment to get started.

Ready to get started?

It doesn’t matter if your swimmer is dipping their toe in for the first time or looking to advance their technique and stamina we have a swimming program to suit their needs.

🔎 Use our Class Finder Tool to find the right class for you.

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