Introduction to Water - 18 months +

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.

We accept students from 18 months of age, as this is an outdoor venue.

This class is 30 minutes long and at 1:8 = 1 Austswim or Royal Life Saving teacher to 8 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.

Introduction to Water

Introduction to water - Stage 1
Enter and exit the water safely with carer
Experience the water on the head and body
With instructor guidance and using cue words, undertake submersion preparation.
Display comfort when cradled on the back.
Be gently rocked, turned and towed through the water
Be encouraged to splash the arms and kick the legs

Introduction to water - Stage 2
With support, lean forward, reach for carer's shoulders and enter the water from a seated position
Exit the water safely with carer
Initiate putting water on the face, head and body
Demonstrate readiness for submersion
Experience surface glides with carer using continuous contact
With assistance, float on the back with head on the carer's shoulder
With assistance, roll from one side to the other - back to front, front to back
Carer to manipulate legs and arms to kick and paddle on front and back positions

Introduction to water - Stage 3
With support, safely enter the water from a seated position towards the carer
Hand walk along the pool edge with assistance
Imitate the blowing of bubbles on the surface of the water
Demonstrate readiness for submersion
Experience being gently submerged by carer towards themselves
With assistance, float on the back with head on the carer's chest
Experience body rotation in a vertical position
Move legs up and down with carer encouragement
Experience reaching for objects and pulling arms through water

Introduction to water - Stage 4
With support, safely step into the water from a standing position towards the carer
Hand walk along the pool edge and climb out with assistance
Attempt to blow bubbles below the surface of the water
Experience assisted glides from instructor to carer
Experience assisted glides towards poolside and hold onto edge with support
With encouragement, float on front or back using a flotation mat
With assistance, support self holding a flotation aid
With support, move the arms and legs through the water

Introduction to water - Stage 5
With support, enter the water using a slide in entry and hold onto the pool edge
With minimal assistance, attempt to climb out independently
Blow bubbles in water with the face fully submerged
Demonstrate readiness for submersion
Experience free floating glides for a short distance towards poolside and hold onto edge with assistance
Float on the back with support under the shoulders
With assistance, rotate body from back to front whilst holding a flotation aid
Using a flotation aid, demonstrate a kicking action
With instructor guidance, demonstrate pulling arms and hands through water

Introduction to water - Stage 6
With support, safely jump into the water from a standing position towards the carer and return to the wall ready to exit
Exit the water safely unassisted
Blow bubbles with the face fully submerged, take a breath and repeat the sequence
With encouragement, initiate own submersion for short distance and recover securely
With assistance, hold a controlled back float for a period of 5 seconds and recover to a secure position
With assistance, rotate body in a vertical position whilst holding a flotation aid
With support, combine leg and arm movements