Level 1: Pippi

Maximum distance: 1m

  • Enter pool safely with parent
  • Splash water become familiar with water
  • Kicking legs
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Submersions when ready on cue (ready name go)
  • Back floating
  • Paddling for toys / on noodle with assistance
  • Use songs to promote learning
  • Survival skills
  • Fall in, turn around, hold wall and climb out - Humpty Dumpty, Crocodile
  • Fall in, float on back, rotate to front hold wall and climb out

Level 2: Jelly Blubber

Maximum distance: 2m

  • Enter pool safely
  • Face wet
  • Blow bubbles
  • Submersion (pick up objects from step / bottom of pool / breath control)
  • Floating front and back
  • Kick - on steps / mat / noodle / board
  • Paddling - noodle, reach for toys
  • Glide to wall - assistance to independent (once they are comfortable with face in) hands together (Streamline)
  • 1 minute:
    • Fall in, turn around, hold wall and climb out - Humpty Dumpty, Crocodile
    • Fall in, float on back, rotate to front hold wall and climb out

Children need to be relaxed and comfortable with each task – progress to their ability

Level 3: Starfish

Maximum distance: 5m

  • Safe entry into pool
  • Submersion / breath control
  • Push and glide streamline, assistance of teacher and independently (head and body position)
  • Kicking – on mat or noodle, or hands on top of board
  • Streamlines – head / body position / good kick
  • Paddling working towards independently lifting head to breath
  • Back float – assisted, independent
  • Back push and glide – hold wall, feet on wall, head back (ears in water, eyes look up) and push
  • Back kicking – hold board on chest (hips, tummy up, legs long, small fast kicks)
  • Float on back, rotate to stomach and swim to wall
  • Swim through hoop, pick up toy / goggles from bottom of pool

Level 4: Seahorse

Maximum distance: 8m

  • Safe entry into pool
  • Eyes in, blow bubbles (revision)
  • Kicking – board arms on top / noodle / mat (for pre-schoolers)
  • Push and glide - Streamlines head / body position / good kick
  • Arms – not to be started until head / body position / good kick established
  • Back push and glide – hold wall, feet on wall, head back (ears in water, eyes up), push, hips and tummy up, legs long
  • Push, glide and kick on back – board on chest – ears in water, eyes up, legs long, small fast kicks
  • Backstroke – only when head, body position, fluent strong kick is established
  • Floats and rotations
  • Submersions – swim through hoop, pick up toy or goggles

Level 5: Turtle

Maximum distance: 8m

  • Safe entry to pool
  • Kick on board
  • Streamlines
  • Arms – start with a Streamline 5 kicks
  • 6 kicks breathe on board left side right arm on leg, right side left arm on leg, ear in water and look at lane rope when breathing (roll to breathe, not lift to breathe)
  • Freestyle – 4 arm breathing – straight arms – start with Streamline
  • Back push and glide and streamline
  • Back push and glide with kick –streamline position
  • Backstroke – start with streamline, don’t start arms until body position and kick established
  • Dives

Level 6: Octopus

 Maximum distance: 17m

  • Safe entry to pool
  • Kick on board
  • Streamlines
  • 6 kicks breathe on board left side right arm on leg, right side left arm on leg, ear in water and look at lane rope when breathing (roll to breathe, not lift to breathe)
  • Freestyle
  • Back push and glide with kick –streamline position
  • Backstroke – start with streamline, don’t start arms until body position and kick established
  • Dives

Level 7: seal

Maximum distance: 17m

  • Kicking on board
  • Streamlines
  • 6 kick breathe on board, left side right arm on leg, right side left arm on leg, ear and goggle in water, look at lane rope when breathing
  • Freestyle – breathing, straight arms introduce bi-lateral breathing
  • Back push and glide – streamline
  • Backstroke – starting with streamline
  • Breaststroke Kick on board and in streamline position
  • Dives

Level 8: Crocodile

Maximum distance: 25m

  • Kicking – 4 x 17m with board
  • Freestyle drills – 6k breathe with and without board, ensure breath exchange correct (i.e.: blowing out in water, breathing in when mouth clear of water.
  • Freestyle – 17m bi-lateral –Streamline 6 kick start. Ensure stroke kept together with fluent kicking. If stroke not together shorten distance.
  • Kicking – 2 x 17m backstroke kicking streamline kick
  • Backstroke – 17m streamline starts, ensure continuous arm movement, high body position, long legs, small fluent kicks
  • Kicking – breaststroke kick – streamline, on board (only if kick correct)
  • Breaststroke – breaststroke up to 15m
  • Dives

Level 9: Barracuda

Maximum distance: 50m

  • Kicking - 6 x 17m with board
  • Freestyle drills - 6k breathe with and without board, ensure breath exchange correct (i.e.: blowing out in water, breathing in when mouth clear of water.
  • Freestyle - 4 x 17m bi-lateral –Streamline 6 kick start. Ensure stroke kept together with fluent kicking. If stroke not together shorten distance.
  • Kicking - 2 x 17m backstroke kicking streamline kick
  • Backstroke - 4 x 17m streamline starts, ensure continuous arm movement, high body position, long legs, small fluent kicks
  • Kicking – breaststroke kick – streamline, on board (only if kick correct)
  • Breaststroke – breaststroke up to 17m
  • Butterfly kick arms by side
  • Introduce Butterfly arms
  • Tumble turns
  • Dives

Level 10: Orca

Maximum distance: 100m

  • Freestyle
    • Kicking – 6 x 25m freestyle kicks on board (build to 50m as they become stronger)
    • Scull kicking 2 x 15m, side kicking
    • Drills – 6k breathe, single arm introduce bent arm recovery
    • Stroke – streamline starts, bi-lateral breathing, high elbow – ensure stroke held together over distance if not shorten distance (remember quality not quantity)
  • Backstroke
    • Kicking – 4 x 25m streamline
    • Drills – single arm, body roll
    • Stroke – streamline starts, high body position, body roll, continuous arms, strong fluent kick
  • Breaststroke
    • Kicking - kick on board, ensure glide after each kick
    • Drills - 2 kicks, 1 pull – arms do not pull back, high elbows, streamline position while kicking, glide after each kick
    • Stroke - pull, breathe, kick, glide. Streamline start, hold glide, ensure kick completed before pull commences
  • Butterfly
    • Kicking - continuous kicking 10m (legs together hips up)
    • Arms
    • Lifesaving backstroke
    • Sidestroke
    • Tumble turns
  • Dives