Introduction to Water
Our Introduction to Water program is a well-rounded and balanced program that provides opportunities for experiences in the key areas for development of aquatic skills. The key learning areas are strands which are consistent throughout the Swim and Survive program. Within each stage of Introduction to Water there are 1-2 skills from each strand that should be experienced.
This class is a 1:10 = 1 Austswim teacher to 10 Students ratio;
However due to the nature of the age, and swim level we require a parent, carer or guardian to get in the water with the student to assist in the learning experience.
The Introduction to Water program strands are:
Getting Wet is about entering the water safely using different entries appropriate for each motor development stage progressing towards encouraging safe independent entries and exits.
Keeping Balance provides experiences of body orientation and rotation skills which are vital for developing survival and mobility skills.
Breathing Skills develop confidence in getting the face wet, blowing bubbles and learning to submerge. Fun activities promote relaxation and breath control.
Kick and Arm Action activities promote kicking and paddling to develop basic propulsion skills. Initially, these skills will be rudimentary but as crawling, walking and running skills are gained on land, coordination of kicking and paddling skills will develop and become stronger.
Going Underwater is a gradual process encouraged as each child shows readiness to participate and initiate the skill themselves. Using simple cue words, actions and songs, this will create a fun and non-threatening environment to support the learning of this skill.
Staying Afloat activities focus on experiencing floating on the front and back. Learning to float is an important skill not only to progress to propulsion but is an essential survival skill for every child.
Water Safety is encouraged through emphasising the message 'never swimming alone'. Introducing the student to a simple safety message early in their aquatic education establishes a positive attitude towards safe behaviour.
Entry and Exit Skills teach the student to safely and confidently enter and exit the water using a range of basic techniques.
Breathing and Underwater Skills develop breath control and relaxation when submerging the face and body in the water, which in turn builds confidence.
Survival Skills include initial experiences using flotation aids for support in deep water whilst demonstrating personal survival and self-preservation skills required for an emergency situation.
Floating and Sculling Skills encourage independent floating on the front and back and basic sculling skills to propel the body in a range of directions.
Movement and Swimming Strokes encourage the development of kicking and arm movement skills, basic independent mobility and working towards elementary swimming strokes.
Water Safety Education focuses on the simple messages of never swimming alone, calling for help if in trouble and understanding basic pool rules to support water safety.