Propeller Swim School Levels 

All levels and teaching within the Propeller programme are ability based rather than age based. We put a lot of emphasis on quality technical based teaching getting the foundations right for each skill. Incorporated into the sessions are fun and water safety.

Swimmers progress to the next level once they have attained the requirements and don’t wait till the end of term. Assessments are ongoing so the swimmer keeps progressing during the term.

All classes are for 30 minutes.


 

Babies - 6 months to 3 years 

Glider 1:8 ratio

A parent/caregiver is required to join the child in the water.

  • water familiarisation
  • bubbles
  • monkey crawls
  • reaching for toys
  • back float (aided)
  • submersion in the water
  • reaching for the wall (aided)
  • fall, turn and reach
  • jump into the water from wall

Tug Boat 1:3 ratio

This is a pre-school transition class.

  • water familiarisation
  • safe entry
  • blowing bubbles
  • face submerged in the water
  • monkey crawls
  • fall, turn, reach
  • kicking legs
  • streamline / rocket arms
  • push and glide aided
  • streamline with good kicking
  • rolling front to back with help
  • starfish on back/front with an aid

Preschool - 3-5 years 

Submarine 1:4 ratio

  • safe entry with bubbles
  • monkey crawl
  • back kick (aided)
  • face submerged looking down
  • starfish front float
  • starfish back float
  • push and glide (aided)
  • developing streamline with kick
  • fall, turn, reach
  • roll from front to back with aid 

Swim Nappies

All children under the age of 3 or not toilet trained, need to wear a swim nappy like the one pictured.

School Age - 5 years and up

Helicopters 1:4 ratio

This class is for school-aged children who need a recap.

- water familiarisation
- face submerged in the water
- starfish on back/front with an aid
- push and glide (aided)
- back kick (aided)
- safe entry
- fall, turn, reach
- rolling front to back with help

Cruise ship 1:4 ratio

- streamline with good kicking
- developing freestyle arms
- backstroke kicks unaided
- backstroke arms with an aid
- backstroke with arm strokes and kicking
- rolling front to back without help

Red Checkers 1:5 ratio

- developing freestyle arms
- freestyle arm strokes and kicking in a 3-arm rotation
- intro to bilateral breathing (aided)
- rolling front to back without help
- backstroke with arm strokes and kicking
- fly kick action
- mushroom float blowing bubbles out the nose
- sculling / survival backstroke

Spitfire 1:5 ratio

- developing rolling-to-breathe skills
- bilateral breathing with an aid
- freestyle for 10m with good technique
- fly kick action
- backstroke for 10m with good technique
- sculling / survival backstroke
- intro to breaststroke legs
- intro to somersaults
- attempt 12.5m freestyle & backstroke

Boeing 1:6 ratio

- freestyle for 12.5m with good technique
- backstroke with both arms rolling in a rhythm
- developing butterfly kick
- tumble turns
- breaststroke kick in streamline position with good technique (3-leg cycle)
- butterfly kick in good position
- attempt 25m freestyle & backstroke
- sculling / survival backstroke

Jet 1:6 ratio

- developing breaststroke arms
- developing full breaststroke
- breaststroke with correct timing
- intro to butterfly arms
- developing correct tumble for each stroke
- freestlye for 25m with good technique
- backstroke for 25m with good technique
- breaststroke for 12.5m with good technique

Stroke Development 

Stroke development levels follow on from the 5 levels in school age and are skills based. In these levels we are refining technique
with extra distance and further developing all strokes to prepare for squad level.

Bomber 1:6 ratio    (45 minute class)

- freestlye for 25m with good technique and tumbles
- backstroke for 25m with good technique and tumbles
- breaststroke for 25m with good technique and glides
- butterfly timing (dolphin kicks with arm rotations)
- butterfly for 12.5m with good technique

Concord 1: 6 ratio  (1 hour class)

- 50m medley swim with tumbles: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke
- butterfly for 25m with good technique
- correct transitions of tumble turns

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