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Starfish, Jellyfish, Goldfish

Pre-Schooler Levels

For toddlers from 30 months old

As your toddler learns to walk, run, jump and climb, your home becomes an obstacle course to practise their Houdini escape skills. As no longer a babe in arms, invest in swimming lessons for greater peace of mind for water safety. Bliss! 

You’ll also be giving them a head start for primary school. Group social skills, following instructions from a teacher, building muscle memory and improving concentration are just a few of the extra benefits swimming lessons provide. Bliss!

And, without you in the water, swimming lessons will start to help your toddler develop independence skills and manage any separation anxieties. Bliss!

Pre-Schooler Program

Strengthening Foundation Skills

Achieving those first kicks to independent swimming

This 3-level ability-based program first builds water confidence and buoyancy. Then gradually introduces freestyle and backstroke. Toddlers will learn to love the water and also respect its dangers. 

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For a Starfish class or a free swim assessment

For toddlers who’ve never had swimming lessons, they’ll be a Starfish and you can enrol online for that level if you are ready to start swimming in the next 7 days. No payment is required to reserve your spot online. Book it before someone else does. Bliss!

If your child has had swimming lessons, we’ll need to conduct a Free Assessment to ensure they’re placed in the correct class. You can book that online, for any day and time that is available. There’s no requirement for that to be booked within the next 7 days. Bliss!

Don’t want to book online? Or you can’t find a suitable timeslot? Contact us. We’re happy to provide personal customer service to help you find a spot or add you to our waiting list if there’s no space available right now. Bliss!

Gaining Independence

Sooner is safer

For building layers of protection

Don’t wait until primary school starts to enrol in swimming lessons. Toddlers are curious creatures – and sometimes faster than parents expect! Getting away from you very quickly!

Safe entry & exits – starting & finishing on the right foot
We’ll educate your toddler on how to behave around water. To respect and understand its dangers. Not to be near/in water without an adult. To sit by the pool, only entering on instruction.

A big part of being water-safe is knowing how to get out. So we’ll teach them how to identify the safest exit points.
No forced submersions – your toddler will be in control

Your child needs to feel comfortable with their head being underwater. We won’t force any child’s head underwater. Nor try to trick them to do so before they are ready.

This is an essential skill for your Starfish tot. It can lessen panic should your child accidentally fall into the water. It also allows them to learn to swim in a horizontal position. Doggy paddling is way too tiring, and a stronger swimmer is a safer swimmer!

Front & back floating – not natural & not always easy

If your mini-me finds themself in deep water, there won’t always be a wall close by for them to swim to or something to hold on to. By developing buoyancy and breath-holding skills, we’ll teach your child how to front float and back float.

Your Starfish toddler can be taught how to roll over on their back, breathe calmly, reduce the risk of swallowing water, conserve their energy, collect their thoughts and not panic. Allowing them to call out and wait for help or regain the energy they need to propel themselves to safety.

Turn around & return to the wall – lots of fun
If a child falls into a pool without training, they’re likely to head towards the first wall they see, which won’t always be closest. We’ll teach them that the nearest wall might be behind them. It’s lots of fun learning to turn around in the pool.
Torpedo through the water - no super cavitation, just good technique

When your Jellyfish child is comfortable front floating face down in the water, they’ll love learning how to be a torpedo!

Through challenges and games, we teach tiny tots to be streamlined (horizontal) in the water. Head down. Arms straight in front. Holding onto a kickboard. Then kick, kick, kick. Learning how to move through the water like a torpedo, smoothly and at a good pace.

So how fast is a torpedo? (Just in case this comes up at your next school trivia night!) The Russian rocket-powered super cavitating (expialidocious?!) torpedo VA-111 Shkval is reportedly capable of speeds above 370km/h! We only expect your young torpedo to achieve their personal best!

Freestyle – chasing that freedom of independent swimming

Many skills need to come together for your Jellyfish or Goldfish to achieve their independent, unassisted freestyle swimming goals. A vast swim safety milestone.

Strong kicks without feet leaving the water – we don’t want them kicking the air and losing propulsion. Minimum knee bend so they use their upper leg muscles. Body streamlined in the water to reduce water drag. Straight over-arms at this stage (not bent) to encourage a full length of stroke and help your little fish to learn how to breathe correctly and efficiently, with correct head turn.

Your Jellyfish will initially be swimming freestyle without side breathing, chasing a 6m goal. As a Goldfish, they’ll be targeting 9m, learning to take a breath on the fourth stroke.

There’s a lot of science behind our curriculum. A strong focus on technique. There’s a lot to achieve, but the rewards are worth it. You’ll be so proud – and we will be too!

Backstroke - an easy stroke but an important one
Don’t underestimate the importance of this swimming stroke for safety reasons. Many swimmers find this stroke calming, probably because they don’t have to have their face in the water. At this young age, focussing on backstroke helps remind them of the safety aspects of back floating.

We’ll focus on them swimming 9m, with good technique, of course, including correct timing and fluent kicking.
Griffith University Study - evidence swim lessons advance education

Griffith University conducted a study of 7,000 children under the age of 5, which showed that children who learn to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm.

The study concluded that children between the ages of 3 to 5, who had swimming lessons, were 11 months ahead of the average population in verbal skills, 6 months ahead in math skills and 2 months ahead in literacy skills. They were also 17 months ahead in story recall and 20 months ahead in understanding directions.

We can see the correlation between our Pre-Schooler Program and a primary school curriculum. Our lessons include a lot of verbal direction and counting. The constant repetition of the skills we teach helps build muscle memory. With water being a potentially dangerous environment, we are very focused on teaching a child to understand and follow directions. We’ve always known pre-school swimming lessons can give kids a head start at primary school.

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Let’s Find The Right Level & Class

You can book online or contact us for a more personal service

Use our form to determine if you’ve got a budding Starfish or if a FREE Swim Assessment is required to assess your tot’s Jellyfish or Goldfish skills. 

Bookings/enrolments into a class can only be made within 7 days of your request, due to our programs running perpetually throughout the year, not term-based. However, swim assessments can be made for any day and time that is available.

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