MLC Swim School

 

The MLC Swim School has been conducting learn to swim classes for both MLC students and the wider community for over 18 years. During this time the Swim School has gained an outstanding reputation for conducting classes that focus on each student gaining skills, confidence and improved technique within a fun and supportive environment. Classes are open to all children aged over 3 years of age and are conducted every weekday afternoon (except Fridays) and Saturday mornings the classes have been developed with low student to instructor ratios to maximise swimmer attention and participation. The staff at MLC are committed to delivering a program that fosters a love of swimming within an outstanding aquatic facility.


For more information and to arrange an assessment contact the Aquatics Program Manager, Carol Osborn:

 

 

Learn to Swim Levels

 

 


Level 1: Starfish  (Instructor/Student ratio 1-4) 

Target: Independent movement through the water, basic floating and survival skills.

  • Enter & exit the water safely
  • Move around the small pool confidently
  • Fully submerge face & blow bubbles through the mouth & nose
  • Float with an aid for 30 sec
  • Independently float to stand – from a front and back floating position
  • Perform a back float for 10 sec form a standing position
  • Perform a crocodile role – front to back, back to front with assistance

Demonstrate the following survival sequence – Jump into the water, role onto back, kick to matt, climb onto the matt

 

 

Level 2: Seahorse  (Instructor/Student ratio 1-4)

Target: Increased confidence and body awareness in the water and develop independent propulsion without aids.

  • Independently submerge to pick up an item off the bottom of the pool
  • Perform a crocodile role – front to back, back to front unassisted
  • Perform Freestyle & Backstroke kick with an aid (kickboard, noodle etc)
  • Perform a Torpedo (freestyle kick) unassisted for 3-5m
  • Perform backstroke kick unassisted for 3-5m
  • Maintain correct head position whilst performing a torpedo & kicking on back
  • Introduction to basic freestyle and backstroke arm patterns
  • Introduction to the big pool

Demonstrate the following survival sequence in the big pool – Jump in, float on back, kick back to the edge and exit the pool safely

 

Level 3: Turtle  (Instructor/Student ratio 1-5)

Target: Develop propulsive arm strokes and increase independence in deep water

  • Freestyle torpedo and backstroke kick for 10m
  • Demonstrate Freestyle arms for 5-7m
  • Demonstrate Backstroke arms for 5-7m
  • Introduction to side breathing in freestyle with and without an aid
  • Demonstrate arm sculling and treading water in a vertical position for 10sec

Demonstrate the following survival sequence -

Pin drop into the water, pick up a submerged object, tread water for 10 sec, return to the wall and exit the water safely.

 

Level 4: Seal  (Instructor/Student ratio 1-5)

Target: Consolidate arm action in freestyle and backstroke over longer distances

and introduce breaststroke kick on back and butterfly kick.

  • Perform 10-12m of backstroke with continuous arm strokes
  • Perform 10-12m of freestyle with correct breathing (to the side)
  • Introduction to Survival backstroke kick
  • Introduction to butterfly kick

Demonstrate the following survival sequence in the deep end -

Pin drop into the pool, remaining submerged swim under a matt,

tread water for 15 sec, kick & scull on back to the shallow end and exit the pool 

 

Level 5: Stingray  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-6)

 Target: Continue strengthening and refining freestyle and

backstroke technique whilst developing propulsion in breaststroke and butterfly kick

  • Perform 20-25m of Backstroke with continuous arm actions
  • Perform 20-25m of freestyle with correct breathing
  • Perform 15m of survival backstroke (arms & legs) with timing
  • Develop a propulsive butterfly kick
  • Introduction to breaststroke kick

Demonstrate the following survival sequence in the deep end -

Perform a safety jump, tread water for 15sec, dive down to retrieve a submerged object,

tread water for 30sec, perform survival backstroke to the shallow end and exit the pool safely

 

Level 6: Dolphin  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-6)

 Target: To increase fitness in freestyle and backstroke whilst learning butterfly

& breaststroke technique and be introduced to race skills (starts & turns).

  • Perform 50m backstroke with continues arm actions
  • Perform 50m freestyle with bilateral breathing
  • Developing a propulsive breaststroke kick
  • Introduction to breaststroke arms
  • Introduction to butterfly arms
  • Introduction to summersaults in water

Introduction to diving (off the edge of the pool)

 

Level 7: Marlin  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-8)

 Target: To consolidate technique in all strokes with

particular attention on breaststroke and butterfly

  • Commence each task by starting with 1 hand on the wall and
  • pushing off the wall in a streamlined position
  • Perform 75m backstroke with tumble turns
  • Perform 75m Freestyle with bilateral breathing & tumble turns
  • Perform 25m breaststroke with correct timing
  • Perform 15m butterfly developing correct timing
  • Introduction to tumble turns at the wall

Build confidence diving off the blocks

 

Level 8: Nippers  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-12)

Target: To prepare for a squad setting performing longer repeats

and further developing technique and timing in breaststroke and butterfly.

  • Commence each task by starting with 1 hand on the wall and
  • pushing off the wall in a streamlined position whilst performing dolphin kicks
  • Perform 100m backstroke with tumble turns
  • Perform 100m Freestyle with bilateral breathing & tumble turns
  • Perform 50m breaststroke with correct timing
  • Perform 25m butterfly developing correct timing
  • Perform tumble turns in freestyle and backstroke pushing off in streamline
  • Introduce “race commands” when starting on the block

Introduction to using a pace clock leaving 5 sec apart

 

Level 9: Junior District Squad  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-20)

Target: To continue developing fitness and to consolidate race skills in preparation for school swimming competitions.

  • Perform 200m backstroke with tumble turns
  • Perform 200m Freestyle with bilateral breathing & tumble turns
  • Perform 50m breaststroke with correct timing
  • Perform 25m butterfly developing correct timing
  • Introduction to interval training and speed development
  • Use a pace clock leaving 5 sec apart
  • Complete 15.-2km in the 1 hour session