We practice finding our balance in the water. Children float on their stomachs and backs and learn to rely on the buoyancy of the water. Once the children are safe in the water, it’s time to start getting into the water.
The movement pattern of the different swimming styles differs and therefore different styles can be introduced at different ages. The simplest movements, motor-wise, are found in the crawl and backstroke, which is why they are good to introduce first.
In each course, we break down the sims into smaller parts and practise them individually, gradually putting the exercises together to form a whole. We will go through many different exercises, of which there are endless variations that can be adapted to each child, their age and previous experience. This means that all children can do the same exercise but in slightly different ways.
In swimming school stage 1, a parent is with the child in the water. This gives a security to the children and we don’t need to use flotation devices which are giving false security to the children. The number of participants never exceeds 8 children per instructor and of course there are fewer children in our smallest pools.
From 4 years, prerequisite: good water experience
Water experience means that the child should be able to dip his/her head, jump off the edge by himself/herself and, with a flotation device, move around the pool by himself/herself. If you do not have water experience, we recommend a course in swimming ice before the swimming school.
From 5 years, prerequisites: None
- Water experience – comfortable in and under water
- Be able to jump/ramble off the edge, get under the surface, turn around, get back to the edge or lie on your back and float
- Float 5-10 seconds on your back
- Breathe in, hold your breath and blow out underwater and float on your stomach for 5 – 10 seconds
- Be able to move 5 – 10 metres independently on both stomach and back.