Physical Activities
We make "growing up" special, ensuring that learning is always fun, both indoors and out. Creative Arts has created the perfect place for fun and learning and is proud to promote our swimming curriculum for the summer term.


Swimming



Beginners

The children are taught how to accomplish sitting/crouching dives from the poolside. These will be introduced with the instructor holding the child's hands until the child is comfortable enough to attempt a dive on his/her own.

The breathing exercise is taught at the step, lying with body floating on the top of the water, shoulders under the water, hands resting on step.

The child is encouraged to blow bubbles with whole face in the water and when he/she needs to breath this will be done with one ear on the water, face turned to the side. Some children show preference to a side but will be encouraged to try both sides, encouraging bilateral breathing for a later stage.

The front and back glide are introduced without the aid of the kicking board. These two skills will be taught in a streamlined position, arms stretched over the head, arms just behind ears, and head in natural position. The glide will be attempted from the step to instructor, instructor to step and then from the poolside.

Once the buoyancy, balance is natural, kicking unaided with a board will be introduced. The child must use the kicking board as instructed, arms stretched out in front, hips facing the bottom of the pool. Breathing exercises are crucial here to maintain correct body position. The child will also be expected to kick with long legs, kicking from the hips as opposed to the knees.

Once the instructor is happy with the above performances, the crawl stroke is taught, firstly with the board as a teaching aid and then without any support. Arms are taught and kicking to complete the stroke. Once the child has the strength and co-ordination to complete ½ to 1 width of this stroke, breathing exercises will be introduced. These will start with the step, then graduate to the board and then will be encouraged to try breathing solo.

The back crawl will also be taught at this stage. It is imperative that the back float is in place before arms and legs can be introduced. The kicking board will be used frequently with this stroke, as it is easier to learn the back float balance with the aid of the board. The kicking motion will be taught first, with the board and once confident the board will be removed. Once the child can kick 1 width on his back the arms will be introduced. Long arms, stretching past the ears, circling so thumb touches thigh.

Intermediate

In the previous certificate the diving techniques would have been introduced. At this level the standing dive is taught which should be easily accomplished as the groundwork has been put into place.

Children are taught and encouraged to swim under the water, as close to the floor as possible. This might seem like an easy task but it is extremely difficult for children who have natural buoyancy to get their bodies to this level.

Here the streamline position is constantly encouraged, both on their front floats and back floats.

For this certificate the swimmers are expected to swim one length of crawl, which will be accomplished through lots of encouragement and practice, breathing will be a very important skill for the child to feel comfortable with this task. The child is also expected to complete a length of back crawl; this will be easier for the child if the instructor is in the pool within eyeshot of the children so that he/she still feels comfortable on their own.

Another requirement is either breaststroke/butterfly, which will be taught in sections, body awareness, breathing, legs and arms. The stroke will not have to be perfect but the instructor will look to see if the timing, breathing is in place.

Advanced

These swimmers are generally very confident and comfortable throughout the swimming time. The child will be required to dive from the deep end and complete a length underwater, the total distance is not too vital but the instructor will use her discretion on this skill. The child will also be required to dive from the deep end and perform a length of streamline kicking with breathing. Also a dive, turn over, and streamline kicking on the back.

The next task will be diving into 1 length of breaststroke legs with breathing on the pull. The final streamline exercise will be the butterfly stroke with dive, breathing on the pull. The final testing will be 1 length of all 4 stroke disciplines, front tumble turns will be taught, crawl into crawl.

Life Saver

Child must be aware of all safety procedures and rules. Life saving jump into the pool will be taught, 1 length of life saving of back stroke on own and then introducing partners into the exercise. The correct life saving exit from poolside will be taught and the recovery position will also be taught.

Gym
In keeping with a healthy body and mind, we teach that exercise and streching can be fun and set aside time every day to help the children keep fit and active, with an instructor to help them along.