Learn to Swim

UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre has Learn to Swim classes for people of all ages and abilities. An outline of the curriculum is detailed below.

As we offer a personalised swim school experience, prior to commencing classes, would-be swimmers are invited to complete a short in-person assessment, to determine their comfort level and current aptitude with the water. From there, the most appropriate level in which to begin is determine.

This assessment takes only 5 minutes and can be completed Monday – Friday, between 3.30pm – 6.00pm with no appointment necessary, simply arrive and ask to speak to our swim school representative. For assessments on weekends, bookings are essential and can be made by emailing the Swim School at swimschool@unswfac.com.au
Please bring appropriate swimwear. All assessments are free of charge.

Below is a description of each of the LTS program levels, dependent on age and ability level. Unsure which category you or your child might fit into? Don’t worry – the initial assessment will provide guidance on where your swim journey will start.

Babies & Toddlers

(Ages 6 – 36mths)

Length of Class: 30mins
Cost: $19/session

Tadpole (Babies from 6 – 18mths)

Frog (Toddlers from 18 – 36mths)

This program is highly focused on water familiarisation and bonding between parent and baby. Parents are in the water with bub and we highly recommend both wear a swim rash shirt or wetsuit.

Transition

Lobster

This level is for babies and toddlers who develop their swimming skills fast but are still dependent on their parent, particularly those that might experience separation anxiety when left in the class without their parents in the water.

In this level the focus is on building the relationship between your child and the instructor and gradually getting parents out of the water. The focus is on making pool time fun and enjoyable for your child, whilst learning valuable skills that will keep them safe.

Kids Learn to Swim Classes

(Ages 3 – 18yrs)

Length: 30mins
Cost: $19/session

The following details the six-level process our dedicated teachers utilise when engaging your child in learning how to swim. Some children will move through levels faster than others and that’s ok, we will tailor their development journey to suit their needs.

Goldfish

Students will learn all water familiarisation and basic swimming skills such as how to blow bubbles and float on their back and front. These basic skills are integral for technique development so all students will need to have mastered these skills before progressing.

Starfish

Students will learn more advanced breathing and floatation plus basic freestyle and backstroke kick. The focus in this level is building up confidence in submersion and ensuring a streamlined body position.

Octopus

Students will learn correct breathing technique for freestyle and correct timing for backstroke also basic breaststroke kicks are introduced in this level

Seahorse

In this level students will learn how to swim 25m Freestyle and Backstroke with correct technique. The focus of this level is on correct Breaststroke kick. Breaststroke arms are also introduced in this level.

Marlin

In this level students will develop their stamina as they swim 50m of Freestyle and Backstroke and 25m of Breaststroke with correct technique. The focus of this level is on Breaststroke timing and correct dolphin kick.

Seal

This is the last level of LTS and students will progress to our squads. In this level they should be able to swim all 4 strokes with correct technique. Distance or timing is not the matter of attention for this group however focus will be on all squad related skills such as tumble turn, standing dive, etc.

Adult Learn to Swim Classes

(Ages 18yrs+)

Length: 30mins
Cost: $19/session

Learning to swim is an integral life skill, particularly if living in Australia. It’s a skill that is never too late to learn, and one day might just save your life or that of a loved one.

Check out below the various levels our adult learners will move through as a part of our program.

Level: Beginner (30minutes Max 4 people)

Adults who have experience will learn all basics of water familiarization and buoyancy. The focus of this level is to learn how our body behaves in the water plus basics of freestyle breathing and Freestyle/Backstroke kicks.

Level: Intermediate (30minutes Max 4 people)

Focus is on correct Freestyle kick and lateral breathing. Arms also are introduced at this level and intermediate level of Backstroke is practised.

Level: Advanced (30minutes Max 4 people)

Focus is on correct arm recovery and breathing technique of Freestyle. This level also will focus on Backstroke timing.

 

Mastered the basics and want to move on to more advanced strokes? Breaststroke and Butterfly for adults can be organised as private or semi-private sessions. Please speak to us about scheduling a session!

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