Our Learn to Swim class progressions are as follows, please click on the level to read a description of the class.
PREP Learn to Swim 1 Is our beginner class for children who have not previously had formal swimming lessons or have limited exposure to swimming. The aim of this class is to familiarize students with the water, build their confidence, develop independence and safety / survival skills along with developing the foundations of stroking with a strong emphasis on correct kicking and relaxed aquatic positioning. Max 3 per class. (approx. age 4-6yrs)
Prep Learn to Swim 2 is designed for children who are water confident, can submerge and float independently and are beginning stroking. The focus of this class is to develop freestyle stroking and co ordinated kicking with a balanced body position in preparation to learn side breathing. Safety skills, backstroke kicking and stroking, floating and breath control are also developed in this level. Max 4 per class. (approx. age 4-5yrs)
PREP Learn to Swim 3 Is our third level of instruction where children should be at a “water safe” level, and independently floating, kicking and fluently freestyle stroking 4-6 strokes. The class aims to develop co ordinated stroking and kicking technique in freestyle and backstroke, introducing freestyle one side breathing , along with dolphin kicking, squat diving and swimming in the deep end. Max 4 per class. (approx. ages 4-6yrs).
advanced LTS 1
ADVANCED Learn to Swim 1 Follows Prep 2 LTS. Children must be able to stroke freestyle and backstroke, have learnt introductory side breathing in freestyle, and perform full water safety skills. The aim of the class is to develop more advanced freestyle technique including independent bi lateral breathing to 15m as well as competent backstroke technique. Foundation skills of Butterfly and Breaststroke kicking will also be introduced along with diving and somersaults. Max 4 per class.
advanced LTS 2
ADVANCED Learn to Swim 2 This is our final level of Learn to Swim (with the teacher in the water). The focus is to further develop efficient and rhythmic freestyle stroking and side breathing for 25m. Continuous flowing backstroke over 25m is also practiced, along with full stroke butterfly and basic breaststroke technique. Standing dives, tumble turns and treading water for up to 60 seconds are skills also developed in this level. Max 5 students per class (approx. ages 5-7 yrs)
Stroke Development 1 Is the transition from Adv LTS where the teacher remains out of the water. Swimmers should have a sound knowledge of Freestyle side breathing and backstroke and be able to competently swim 25m of each. This class will further develop Fs and Bk technique and stroke rhythm and also continue the development of breaststroke and butterfly. Diving, tumble turns, treading water and streamline push offs will be practiced. Different speed swimming and rhythm drills will also be included. Max 8 students per class – (approx. ages 6-8yrs)
This level class is a more advanced version of Stroke Development 1 and consistently working on developing all four strokes. This class is 45 minutes and faster paced than SD 1, an introduction to squad training, requires swimmers to maintain their techniques and rhythm over longer distances and also requires higher level of fitness to sustain 45 min class. All four competitive strokes, plus dives, backstroke starts, under waters, open and tumble turns are practiced. and Max 12 per class (approx. age 7-10yrs)
(15 minutes or 30 minutes)
PRIVATE LESSONS 15 or 30 minute private lessons are available for all ages and abilities. Children and Adults!! Private lessons may be taken with one person or two. These are highly specific lessons designed for rapid improvement. Children who have had little swimming experience often greatly benefit from a term of private lessons to promote their skills and abilities sufficiently for them to then join into classes or squads. Private lessons are also a great way to assist children with any specific swimming technique issues or simply to accelerate learning and development.
Georgie Parkes Swim School is owned and managed by Dual Olympic Swimmer, World Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold medalist Georgina Parkes.