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Kids-Stroke Development

Marlin, Dolphin, Shark, Orca

School-Aged Levels

Learning to swim competently in all fours strokes - even butterfly!

We love that you want your child to master more than just the basics. Let’s really start to refine their skills. Let’s get them perfecting their technique even further, so they can more easily build their endurance. Bliss!

Our programs and teachers will keep your child motivated to achieve their goals. We’ve included lots of fun. Bliss!

If you need a catch-up or want to get even further ahead, book into a School Holiday Intensive Program. One month’s worth of lessons in one week, with one free lesson each week. Bliss!

Kids – Stroke Development Program

Developing & Strengthening

All four strokes, dives & turns! Lots of challenges!

This 4-level ability-based program is designed to develop correct technique and increase endurance. Basic dives and turns are also introduced – which are heaps of fun.

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We can’t wait to assess how well your child can swim

As your child is not a beginner swimmer, we’ll need to conduct a FREE Swim Assessment to ensure they’re placed in the correct class. You can book that online. Bliss!

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Beyond The Basics

Stronger Is Safer

Technique is the foundation to building endurance

You appreciate that being safer in and around water requires more than just mastering the basics. Plus, by continuing with swimming lessons, you’re also protecting them from missing out on enjoying a wide range of water-based activities, now and later in life.

Technique matters – let’s wash out any bad habits
Some of the technical elements of swimming can be very hard to master. Yet it’s very important to do so because good technique is all about swimming efficiently.

This is essential for safety reasons. Your child will tire less quickly if they know how to swim more easily and efficiently and therefore less likely to panic if they found themselves in trouble.

Good technique is also crucial for motivation. Most people enjoy an activity much more when they feel they are good at it. The more your child feels good about swimming, the longer they’re likely to want to continue. A better swimmer is a safer and healthier swimmer.

So don’t underestimate the importance of our teachers being very picky when it comes to perfecting your child’s swim strokes..
Larger class sizes – benefit learning from others
As your child masters more skills and graduates through the stroke development levels, class sizes start to increase slightly.

This benefits your child because they need to learn how to be safe in the water around others. There’s also a great advantage at these levels for children to learn from others in their class, as well as be motivated by them too.
Endurance - we won't give up on encouraging them not to
We’ll start off slow, but we’ll be consistent. We’ll work with your child to build their endurance steadily. Increasing distance gradually. We’ll mix up reps and strokes. And we’ll always be focussed on technique.

Our teachers can also give you some ideas of how to build swimming endurance on dry land. We’re happy to help tire out your child at home too!
Let's dive in - efficiently & safely
Imagine how proud you’ll be when you see your child diving into the water with such elegance.

Diving is so much fun, but we also don’t forget about safety.  Teaching students safe diving techniques and educating them about the dangers of diving head first into unknown waters.

Marlins will learn to dive starting from a sitting position. Dolphins kneeling, and Sharks from a standing position. It’s all very technical, but we make it fun. You’ll love it when you finally see your little one circus performing by diving into a hoop. Demonstrating that they can control the exact position in which they land in the water!
Breathing - including how to breath under water!
After previously teaching your child how to hold their breath under water, we now have to re-train them on how to breath under water – but only breathing out of course! It doesn’t come naturally to most kids though.

We’ll also work on how often to breathe and how to develop a rhythm. We don’t want students picking up bad habits of taking too many strokes before taking a breath. Muscles need oxygen to move, and we don’t want to lose power out of any strokes.

We’ll also teach your child how to best position their body when taking a breath. We don’t want to lose any momentum.
Tumble turns - a competitive edge that's so much fun

There’s a lot to learn here, but we’ve broken down every single component so we can teach your child in stages.

For many, the ultimate is to learn how to tumble turn. Proficient swimmers make them look so easy, and with our focus on perfecting technique, we can make them so. That way, your child can explode off the wall and enjoy the sensation of going as fast as they ever will in the water. It’s a great feeling.

Your child will be practising lots of somersaults in the water, finishing by standing up in the pool. Lots of practice before we let them get close to the wall. We’ll give them tips on avoiding getting water up their noses and teach them how to roll up into a ball like a spooked echidna.

All four strokes - working all those sets of muscles

We’ll be building on the previous freestyle and backstroke skills learnt in our Kids-Learn to Swim program and introducing breaststroke and the elusive butterfly.

All those fingers, hands, arms, shoulders, hips, legs, kicks, breathing etc. These all have to come together, in a synchronized fashion. Let’s not forget about the head too! Not just the movement of it, but the mental matter within it. We’ll keep them focused and motivated. And learning all four strokes helps to mix things up a bit.

Everything can (and does) come together with practice. Under the eagle eyes of our teachers, encouraging your child each stroke of the way.

Butterfly – a great stroke to have on the swim menu

You might question why we teach this. After all, we don’t envisage anyone saving a life swimming this stroke. Yet learning butterfly does help to improve safety. A stronger swimmer is always going to be a safer swimmer. Butterfly is excellent for combining core and upper body training, which benefits those other swimming strokes your child might use to save a life.

Your child’s safety isn’t just when they’re young and when they’re in and around water. You never stop being a parent. You’ll still worry about them even when they’re an adult themself. Learning butterfly, which burns the most calories of any swimming stroke (approximately 450 calories for 30 minutes of swimming), might just be the exercise your time-poor, adult child might need to minimise their stress, the risk of diabetes or a stroke.

It’s also about being keeping children challenged, motivated and giving them options and choices. Being able to switch things up a bit makes things so much more interesting, challenging and fun.

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