ADULT AND CHILD

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Children work alongside the teacher and accompanying adult. Where possible, children are grouped with others of a similar age.

We have four classes within our Adult & Child lessons running at various times:

Starfish
turtle
 Fishes
Dolphin

Starfish

Turtles

Fish

Dolphin

The aim is to instil a love of water and water based activities at an early stage of a child’s development and to build confidence in the water, moving freely around the pool both on the surface and under the water.  Teaching aids include floats, woggles, songs and games.

There are a range of badges that can be achieved: – Starfish 1-6, Duckling Grades 1, 2 and 3.

 

STARFISH 1 250 wide

     Starfish 1

  1. Help baby to enter the pool safely.
  2. Use swing dips to help familiarise baby with the water.
  3. Support baby on the front to enable movement freely around the pool.
  4. Support baby on the back to enable movement freely around the pool.
  5. Encourage baby to wash and splash their face with water.
  6. Help baby to leave the pool safely.

 

STARFISH 2 250 wide

      Starfish 2

  1. Hold baby facing you and submerge yourself in the water for baby to see.
  2. Enable baby to move freely around the pool using the safety hold.
  3. Move around the pool using the seat hold, bobbing baby up and down.
  4. Support baby on the back while walking backwards and zig-zagging through the water.
  5. Encourage baby to wash their face with water or submerge baby in the water, holding baby towards you.
  6. Encourage baby to hold onto the poolside, with assistance if necessary.

 

STARFISH 3 250 wide

     Starfish 3

  1. Support baby under the arms and encourage baby to gently flop into the water from a sitting position on the poolside.
  2. Encourage baby to move from front to back positions using a flip-flop rhythmical movement.
  3. Encourage baby to reach for a toy while moving around the pool, supporting baby on the front.
  4. Help baby to move through the water using a kicking action, while supporting baby on the back.
  5. Support baby using the safety hold and roll baby away from you, then gently back towards you.
  6. Use a buoyancy aid to support yourself while floating in the water, with baby laying on your chest or sitting on your tummy making eye contact.

 

STARFISH 4 250 wide

     Starfish 4

  1. Support baby by the arms or hands to encourage movement into the pool from a sitting position.
  2. Use a forward hold to encourage and gently submerge baby.
  3. Use the Little Harbour hold to move around the pool while encouraging movement from baby.
  4. Encourage baby to roll from a front position to a back position with support.
  5. Encourage movement from baby by swiftly walking backwards while supporting baby on the back.
  6. Assist and encourage baby to hold onto the poolside and climb out (if baby has the physical ability).

 

STARFISH 5 250 wide

     Starfish 5

  1. Encourage baby to jump into the water from a standing position on the poolside, while holding baby’s arms or hands.
  2. Support baby while encouraging them to roll from a back position to a front position.
  3. Encourage baby to make kicking movements with support either in a Front Surf or a Woggle.
  4. Encourage baby with cues to submerge in a Duckling Dive.
  5. Swim around the pool with baby holding onto your back.
  6. Cue baby to submerge vertically and rotate 180 degrees in the pool.
  7. Support baby in a front hold to move forwards and grasp a toy, then enabling return with support in a back float position.

 

STARFISH 6 250 wide

     Starfish 6

  1. Encourage baby to enter the water freely from a sitting position on the poolside.
  2. Encourage baby to move freely through the water, either with minimal support or with the use of a buoyancy aid.
  3. Cue baby to submerge vertically and rotate 360 degrees in the pool.
  4. Support baby by the hands and encourage movement in a figure of eight or snaking pattern through the water.
  5. Take baby for a front or back ride through the water, with or without support.
  6. Cue baby to submerge in a Duckling Dive towards the poolside and encourage baby to hold onto the poolside and climb out (if baby has the physical ability).

 

DUCKLING 1 250 wide

     Duckling Grade 1

  1. Make a supervised safe entry with adult support if required.
  2. Float on the back with adult support behind the head without floatation equipment.
  3. Blow bubbles at the water surface.
  4. Wet the head without submersion.
  5. Kick 5 metres on back with adult support.
  6. Travel without adult support 2 metres to a floating object.
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with adult support.
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support.

 

DUCKLING 2 250 wide

     Duckling Grade 2

  1. Make a sitting entry with adult support if required.
  2. Rotate 180 degrees either using a log roll or an upright position, using floatation equipment and without adult support.
  3. Submerge the face with confidence and without force under adult supversion.
  4. Blow an object for a distance of 2 metres.
  5. Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without adult support.
  6. Move 5 metres along the rail or wall without adult support.
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with minimal adult support.
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support.

 

DUCKLING 3 250 wide

     Duckling Grade 3

  1. Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support.
  2. Float on the front or back without adult support.
  3. Push off on the front or back in a streamlined shape from a supporting adult.
  4. Blow bubbles with the mouth and nose underwater.
  5. Travel 5 metres on the front to the side of the pool without adult support.
  6. Kick 5 metres on the front holding a float (the adult may hold the other end of the float).
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side without adult support.
  8. Climb out of the water with adult support if required.