Childrens Swimming Classes Shanghai

Our swim programme was formed in 2004 and has continued to grow in reputation, for offering first rate customer service and high quality swimming lessons. Our swimming lessons are structured to meet your child’s needs, and we also pride ourselves on being the only swim school on mainland China to be recognized by Australia’s prestigious AUSTSWIM swim and survive programme. For more information regarding the programme, you can visit http://www.swimandsurvive.com.au/. The AUSTSWIM programme allows us to teach the vital fundamentals needed in swimming as well as deliver safety in the water lessons during the season.

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Our Philosophy

At Sport For Life we firmly believe in breaking down each swimming skill and we strongly believe in bringing FUN to our lessons. This is aided by ensuring fully qualified swim teachers make up our team of staff. From this we have built our following philosophy:

  • We prioritize quality in our lessons and each child’s swimming technique instead of loading a high quantity of length after length swimming, which has been found to be detrimental to children’s progress in swimming.
  • Only freestyle and backstroke are taught to the children until they can successfully swim 15m of both. This has been proven to advance children’s swimming experience because they are the easiest strokes to learn first and allow children to feel comfortable in the water.
  • For freestyle we promote sideways breathing as early as possible to help children grasp the most difficult part of freestyle.
  • For backstroke, we believe in the body position being correct, therefore we do not teach the arms until children can kick on their back demonstrating the correct body position.
  • Breastroke legs do not get introduced until our Swim Fundamentals 1 stage. This is because the co-ordination of the leg kick is very complex for none swimmers.

Water Babies

Age: 6 to 24 Months

The Aim: This class is to develop water familiarization which will stay with children for later years. As children progress and grow, they will develop greater confidence in the water. The instructor will run fun games, songs and activities through each child’s parent or helper.

 

Water Confidence 1 and 2: With an adult
Water Confidence 3: No Adult

Age: 24 Months – 3 years+

The Aim: Water confidence and safety continue to be developed through structured activities with the aid of a parent or helper. The main outcomes include moving around freely, floating, submersion and using arms and legs to achieve a simple form of travel.

 

Skill Introduction 1

Age: 4 years +

The Aim: These levels progress children from initial confidence at being in a class on their own, to developing skills such as breathing, basic arm techniques, jumping/diving and different types of kicks.

Moving Criteria :

  • Submerge face in the water.
  • Be comfortable using a backpack and kickboard without assistance on the front.
  • Have an understanding of blowing bubbles when submerging.
  • Be able to kick 10 meters on the back with a noodle.

 

Skill Introduction 2

Age: 4 years +

The Aim: These levels progress children from initial confidence at being in a class on their own, to developing skills such as breathing, basic arm techniques, jumping/diving and different types of kicks.

Moving Criteria :

  • Perform a rocket unassisted on the front for 10 meters.
  • Perform bubble hand, breathing hand unassisted for 10 meters.
  • Kick, without arms, 10 meters unassisted on the back.

 

Swim Fundamentals 1

Age: 5 years +

The Aim: This level is to consolidate existing aquatic skills and develop kicking and pulling using the correct techniques. All the main swimming strokes are covered while students continue to work through our learning progressions.

Moving Criteria :

  • Swim 25m freestyle unaided, with breathing to the side.
  • Swim 25m backstroke unaided.
  • Show correct breastroke leg kick on their back.

 

Swim Fundamentals 2

Age: 5 years +

The Aim: To consolidate existing aquatic skills and develop kicking and pulling using the correct techniques. All the main swimming strokes are covered while students continue to work through our learning progressions.

Moving Criteria :

  • To be able to swim 50m Freestyle.
  • To be able to swim 50m Backstroke.
  • To be able to swim 25m Breastroke.
  • Demonstrate a dolphin kick.

 

Swim Efficiency

Age: 7 Years +

The Aim: The emphasis in this level moves from teaching skills to making strokes efficient and effective. All four competitive strokes are covered as final techniques take shape, while some drills and basic training sets are introduced. These sessions may be carried out with the coach out of the pool.

Moving Criteria:

  • To be able to swim 100m Freestyle.
  • To be able to swim 100m Backstroke.
  • To be able to swim 100m Breastroke.
  • To be able to swim 25m Butterfly.

 

Pre-Competition

Age: 8 years +

The Aim: This is a new class we’re introducing this season as a way of bridging the gap between Swim efficiency and competition. The emphasis in this class is to refine stroke technique while also introducing children to basic training sets, clockwork and Competitive racing starts and turns.

Moving Criteria:

  • To be able to swim 200m Freestyle.
  • To be able to swim 200m Backstroke.
  • To be able to swim 200m Breastroke.
  • To be able to swim 50m Butterfly
  • Perform a freestyle tumble turn.
  • Perform a dive.

 

Competition

Age: 9 years+

The Aim: The benefits of joining the competition class are that we follow a seasonal development program that targets long term athlete development, and is a fantastic introduction into training. The competition classes are also a longer session and we encourage children to attend more than one competition class a week. In our classes we use goal setting cards for the children to take responsibility in their own development by them setting a goal of a time they want to achieve by the end of the season. In our competition class we also use video stroke analysis so that children can look at their stroke played back to them and what they need to do to improve it.

Moving Criteria

  • There is none as this is our highest stage swimmers can reach.