Stroke Development

By now, our swimmers are proficient in freestyle and backstroke and have learned correct breaststroke kick. The following levels continue to develop technique and begin to build endurance. By the end of these stages, children will be competent in all four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) and begin learning tumble turns.


Level 4 – Stingrays

In this level, the swimmers have now moved to the deep end, with a longer lane. We are now beginning to move our focus from freestyle, and backstroke to breaststroke. In Stingrays the focus is on learning the breaststroke kick, with correct timing; on both the front and back. In the Stingrays stage, we focus on the following skills:

  1. Stingray-150x150Safe entry and exit to the pool.
  2. Introduction of breaststroke kick, with timing.
  3. Introduction of survival backstroke.
  4. Water safety skills.

Class size: 5 swimmers | Class duration: 30 minutes


Level 5 – Sharks

In this level, we are building strength and stamina when swimming freestyle and backstroke; as well as refining these strokes to a competition standard. Breaststroke is learnt fully, with timing and breathing and we are beginning to learn dolphin kick with fins on.  In the Sharks stage, we focus on the following skills:

  1. Safe entry and exit to the pool.Shark-150x150
  2. Refine breaststroke timing.
  3. Building stamina in freestyle and backstroke.
  4. Introduction of dolphin kick.
  5. Water safety skills.

Class size: 5 swimmers | Class duration: 30 minutes


Level 6 – Superfins

Swimmers will now be introduced into Bi-lateral breathing in freestyle. Continual refinement and develop maintaining their technique over larger distances in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke as well introducing the initial skills of the butterfly stroke. In the Superfins stage, we focus on the following skills:

  1. Safe entry and exit to the pool.
  2. Bi-lateral breathing in freestyle.
  3. Refinement and advancement of breaststrokeSuperfin-150x150
  4. Refinement and advancement of backstroke.
  5. Introduction of butterfly.
  6. Introduction of sidestroke.
  7. Water safety skills.

Class size: 6 swimmers | Class duration: 30 minutes


Level 7 – Bronze Squad

Bronze is the last stage of the Learn to Swim program. Stroke correction and endurance training play a large part in training, but children will also learn various race skills such as starts, tumble turns and finishes to assist them into club swimming. In the Bronze stage, we focus on the following skills:

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  1. Refinement and advancement in all four competitive strokes.
  2. Introduction to tumble turns.
  3. Introduction to race preparation.

Class size: 8 swimmers | Class duration: 45 minutes