CHOOSE A SWIM STAGE FOR YOUR CHILD
TEENY WEENY: STAGE 1
New baby class for 6 weeks to approximately 6 months
These classes focus on building both the confidence of you and your baby in the water. The class pace is set by the babies in each individual class; new exercises & experiences are added as the babies are ready for them as this is where the foundations of your baby’s relationship with the water is started.
Approximately 6 – 12 months
The classes will build on your baby’s new physical abilities to roll, crawl, cruise & pull up. The cognitive development is making steady progress & the discovery phase has begun; we can use their curiosity & desire to search to help with propulsion in the water - this is called 'functional movement' and is the corner stone of your 'Learn to Swim' journey with Little Turtles.
Approximately 12months to 18months
This is a time when the baby’s sight becomes developed to near adult vision so they can see, track and use new hand-eye co-ordination skills to grab, shake and pull at objects in the water. Their bodies will be developing the ability to move forward and pull up in preparation for walking, so activities that aid and harness this will be included to strengthen muscle tone and allow the babies to feel how their bodies work affectively in water.
Approximately 18months to 2years
Your child is making a drive for independence; they are learning how to self-help and are liberated to perform tasks by themselves. These classes encourage you to give your child the freedom to attempt exercises much more on their own while still being there to praise, encourage and offer cuddles at a time when they can need the reassurance that you are close by.
Approximately 2 to 2.5 years
Your child is able to express themselves in and out of the water – they wear their heart on their sleeve and may have moments where they need you to create stability through touch and cuddles, yet in the next moment are seeking independence and autonomy.
Learning through play continues to be an important element of these classes; space and time is offered so that they can take control of their movements during this play, leading onto natural assimilation of the muscle movements to achieve their goal.
Approximately 2.5 to 3.5 years
Your child is become more agile and their large muscle groups are becoming stronger so they have more stamina and able to perform power moves with greater limb extension. They are no longer top heavy like a toddler so their balance and buoyancy in the water is evolving which encourages confident movement. Emotionally they still benefit from having a familiar adult accompanying them in the water – this gives them security and allows the class to flow more freely.
Approximately 3 years to 4.5 years (ADULT ACCOMPANIED)
This is the time when children can start to concentrate on more precise movements – their physical development has reached a stage of naturally rhythmic body movements that allows smooth propulsion through the water. Coupled with the buoyancy and balance practices used in their swim journey up to this point, natural swimming emerges.
Approximately 3.5 or 4years +
Independent classes are when children are in the pool on their own with just a teacher in the water (parents are on poolside). Independent sessions follow the same principles of balance, buoyancy, body alignment and smooth movements, as well as working on more technical aspects of each stroke.
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