DKHAC's Learn to Swim program is designed to guide its participants along the aquatic pathway from water familiarisation to water confidence. We focus on the core aquatic skills and on developing an understanding of safety in and around the water.
This program is offered to children from ages 4 years and up.
Our levels are: Discovery > Swim Prep Core > Swim Prep Skills > Swim 1 > Swim 2 > Swim 3
For parents that want to get involved with children under the age of 4 years, please see our Guardian Program.
Age - over 4 years
Parents / Guardians are not in the water for this level, child needs to be able to be confident and independent in the water.
Depth - in 25m pool, no exposure to deeper water without floatation.
Discovery is fundamental for learning foundational swimming skills, water safety and water survival within a supportive environment that encourages the independence of the child. The Discovery program guides children through fun and safe activities, gradually building upon their breathing, floating and movement skills, supporting the development of trust and learning through independent interaction with the instructor.
Skills - all Discovery level skills
Depth - in 25m pool, some exposure to out-of-depth water
Swim-Prep further builds upon the child’s basic swimming skills, water safety, water survival and introduces basic rescue skills to the class. The Swim-Prep program has a supported focus on preparing the child for independent swimming lessons.
Skills - all Swim-Prep-CORE level skills
Swim-Prep SKILLS focuses on body position and breathing techniques - as well as introducing more advanced survival skills like sculling and survival backstroke.
Skills - all Swim-Prep level skills
Swim-1 establishes the foundation for the strokes of Freestyle and Backstroke. There is an increased focus on water balance, sculling skills and developing the child’s understanding of how they move through the water. The Swim-1 program also continues to reinforce water safety and water survival, including limited exposure to out-of-depth water forming an essential component of this level.
In Swim-2, Freestyle and Backstroke techniques are further developed and improved allowing for extended distances to be covered. We introduce the full survival strokes, serving as a basis for further development in Swim-3. The ongoing exposure to water safety and water survival continues, more focus on non-stroke based techniques like sculling.
Swim-3 is all about extension. We extend distances again for Freestyle and Backstroke. The child is also introduced to the complete lifesaving survival strokes. The Swim-3 program helps the child to further develop an understanding of deep water and learning the skills to begin to safely operate out of their depth, all of which become a core tenet for this level. We touch on some competitive aspects of swimming like dives and turns, along with an introduction to basic survival and water safety practices.
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