Beginners

Our Beginners course is designed as the first step in continuing to learn water skills but without the aid of having their parent/ carer in the water.  This is why our ratios must stay at 1:4 to ensure the safety and well being of each student in the class.

This class is a 1:4 = 1 Austswim teacher to 4 Students ratio;
This is to allow each child to get the most out of the class and also to aid in behavior management

Beginners

This course will help the students to further adapt to the water and become confident within the pool. By the end of the course, the student will be capable of fully submerging their heads for a short duration of time. The course will also introduce the basics of a correct kicking technique and arm paddling. A continued focus on water safety awareness will see students taught how to safely enter and exit the pool.

Stage 1

1. Enter and exit the water safely and confidently. May be assisted.
2. Front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position.
3. Back float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position.
4. Blow bubbles in water with the face fully submerged.
5. Front glide and kick for 3 metres with instructor assistance.
6. Back glide and kick for 3 metres with instructor assistance.
7. Experience balancing using a range of flotation aids in waist deep water.
8. With assistance submerge in waist deep water, open eyes and blow bubbles.

Stage 2

1. Enter and exit the water safely and confidently.
2. Front float and recover to a secure position.
3. Back float and recover to a secure position.
4. Blow bubbles in water with face fully submerged and turn head to side, repeat action.
5. Front glide and kick for 3 metres unassisted (torpedo).
6. Back kick using kickboard for 5 metres.
7. Swim for a distance of 3 metres using an underwater arm action while kicking.
8. Float with a flotation aid for 30 seconds.
9. Submerge in waist depth water, open eyes and blow bubbles.
10. Demonstrate lock hands, lock head and steer up position in water.
11. Be pulled to safety by grasping a rescue aid.
12. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.

Stage 3

1. Perform a slide in entry and exit the water using the edge. May be assisted.
2. Move from a back float to a front float and to a back float again.
3. Demonstrate treading water arm sculling action while standing.
4. Demonstrate breathing to the side in a horizontal position, repeat action (kickboard optional).
5. Swim 5 metres freestyle with no coordinated breathing.
6. Swim 5 metres backstroke with ears in the water.
7. Move through the water for 30 seconds while holding a flotation aid and kick to safety.
8. Swim through a submerged obstacle

Stage 4

1. Perform a slide in entry and exit using the edge.
2. Float on the front and back in deep water with instructor assistance.
3. Demonstrate treading water arm sculling action, supporting the body in an upright position.
4. Demonstrate treading water leg action using flotation aid for support.
5. Swim 10 metres freestyle with basic side breathing.
6. Swim 10 metres backstroke with correct body position.
7. Demonstrate 5 metres survival backstroke kick.
8. Demonstrate breaststroke kick on the side of the pool.
9. Demonstrate the following continuous sequence:
    a) Survival sculling for 30 seconds
    b) Floating for 1 minute, holding a flotation aid and then kick to safety.
10. Submerge and recover an object from water of chest depth.
11. Demonstrate a sitting dive (may be assisted).
12. Be pulled through the water with a rope for 5 metres to safety.
13. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.

Stage 5

1. Perform a slide in entry in deep water and exit from deep water.
2. Float on the front and back in deep water without instructor assistance.
3. Scull head first on the back.
4. Swim 15 metres freestyle with coordinated side breathing.
5. Swim 15 metres backstroke with continuous arm action.
6. Swim 10 metres survival backstroke with under water arm recovery.
7. Demonstrate 5 metres breaststroke kick.
8. Tread water in a vertical position keeping head above water for 30 seconds.
9. Surface dive and recover an object from water of chest depth

We ask that all swimmers observe sun safety protocols by ensuring they are appropriately clothed and sun cream is applied before entering the pool. Ideal clothing consists of rash shirt and swimmers. Hair should be tied back and any jewellery is removed. Hair cap and goggles can be used, but are not necessary in most cases.

Whilst some classes may involve using flotation devices such as noodles or kickboards, permanent flotation devices (e.g. arm floats) are not allowed, as they can both hinder movement and provide a false sense of security to the student.

Once complete, we would recommend the student moves on to the Intermediate course.

If you have any queries about this course, or would like to make a booking, contact our friendly team on 0447 226 284.

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