Klim Swim has 4 progressive infant aquatic levels to help get your young children comfortable and confident in the water. We show parents how to introduce their baby to the pool in a relaxed and happy atmosphere and cater for ages 6 months, through to 3 years. The program has been designed around your child’s age so that the activities are reflective of the infant’s developmental stage, both physically and cognitively.
All infant classes are 30 minutes in duration, with an 8:1 maximum parent/guardian to instructor ratio. To ensure your child gets the maximum benefit from regular lessons, we ensure the pool is consistently a toasty 32.3 degrees, perfect for learning to swim all year round.
Our instructors hold additional qualifications specialising in infant and preschool aquatics, and are further trained in our program.
Our Aim for Infants
Each progressive level has particular skills to work towards achieving, however Klim Swim’s overall aim is to:
- Enjoy the lesson in the closeness of familiar arms
- Become gradually more independent and capable in the water
- Teach children vital water safety skills such as listening to instructions from parents when around water as well as how to enter and exit from the pool
- Learn skills such as breath control (holding and bubbles)
- Assisted floatation leading towards independent floatation on front and back
- Simple movement through the water
- Preparation for accidental immersion, and recovery to the wall
- Social and language skills are also enhanced and the bond between baby and adults is strengthened.
Did you know? The benefits of infant aquatics!
- First and most obviously important is that swimming lessons give your child important lifesaving skills and teach them to respect the water.
Children that have been involved in swimming lessons are less likely to get themselves into dangerous situations as they begin to understand the difference between shallow and deep water and are less likely to get themselves into threatening situations. Whilst you can never completely drown proof your child, swimming lessons should start to teach the child basic water safety such as how to enter a pool correctly, and more importantly how to get out of the pool should they fall in. Activities such as submerging to the wall, submerge and turns and jump and returns to the wall prepare the child fall accidental falls into water, where they hopefully don’t inhale a lungful of water should this occur and can return to the safety of the wall and exit. Another important skill around water is listening to the adults. Infant lessons teach children from an early age to listen to rules and instruction from the parent or teacher about when to enter the water, an activity that is much more important for parents and children away from the swim school than in.
- They develop motor movement quicker.
Those children who have swimming lessons at an early age, if parents continue these lessons, will have better developed motor movement. In other words, they can coordinate their motor movement much better than those who don’t swim.
- They are ahead when they start school.
Swimming improves cognitive function, and this has been backed up by science! A 4 year study by Griffiths University revealed that children who participated in children were anywhere from six to 15 months ahead of the normal population when it came to cognitive skills, problem solving in mathematics, counting, language and following instructions. On average, children from this study were eleven months ahead of the normal population in Oral Expression, six months ahead in Mathematics Reasoning and two months ahead in Brief Reading. Most amazingly however was the difference in Story Recall (17 months ahead) and Understanding Directions (20 months ahead).
- They follow instructions better.
Listening to instructions from an early age means they are more likely to listen and follow parents and teachers.
- They have enhanced social and emotional skills than other children.
A child who is involved in swimming lessons will develop their social and emotional skills further because they are involved with other children.
- Their language skills are developed.
Counting, colours, names and objects are all apart of infant lessons. Because of this their language skills are developed.
AQUA PLAY – 1
Age group: 6 to 12 months.
Class Times: Saturday – 9am & 11am
Sunday – 11:15am & 12:15pm
Class aim: To introduce infants to the water and have them feeling comfortable within it by using songs and verbal cues within the lesson. We begin to introduce the infants to breath control and under water submersions. They will learn to float on their back with minimal assistance and become comfortable with water in their ears and also how to hold onto the side of the pool independently. These classes allow for exploration, socializing with other infants and teacher as well as continuing to bond with the parent/guardian and building trust.
WATER FAMILIARISATION – 2
Age Group: 12 to 20 months.
Class Size: maximum 8.
Class Times: Saturday – 8:30am, 9:30am & 10am
Sunday – 8:45am, 9:45am & 11:45am
Class Aim: Parent/guardian modelling correct entry into the pool. Continuing to build confidence and ability within the water whilst learning important water safety rules. We focus a lot on returning to the wall, holding on and exiting the water in case of accidental water immersion. We teach the importance right from a young age that they must listen to their parent’s/guardians instruction when around water. This level develops their kicking, entry/exit, gripping, jumping/falling and submersion skills in addition to responding to the “1, 2, 3” cue. These classes provide a safe, non-threatening, secure atmosphere, which will provide for the infants social, intellectual, physical and emotional development.
WATER CONFIDENCE – 3
Age Group: 20 to 30 months
Class Times: Saturday – 8:30am, 9am, 10:30am & 11:30am
Sunday – 9:15am & 10:45am
Class Aim: This level is designed to develop the child’s independence from the parent/guardian. They will explore the feeling of independence by engaging in skills on their own with or without aids, enter the water safely when advised by parent/guardian, exit the pool unassisted and begin to submerge their face under the water on their own. The ‘Water Confidence’ level will excel the child’s kick, floating and paddling skills whilst the child starts to develop propulsion through the water.
WATER INDEPENDENCE – 4
Age Group: 30 to 36 months
Class Times: Saturday – 9:30am & 10am
Sunday – 10:15am
Class Aim: This level sees toddlers making a break from having their parent in the water with them and becoming more independent/self-sufficient in the water. Children will become able to enter the water safely and return to the wall and independently when instructed by the teacher, rather than parent. They will be building towards a propulsive kick on their front with a kick board, face in the water with bubbles and being comfortable to submerge under an object and to the bottom of the pool. The will explore the feeling of wearing goggles. All children should be confident and capable to jump in and return to the wall. All activities in ‘Water Independence’ aims to make the transition to our ‘Beginner’ Learn to Swim classes where they are in the water without a parent/guardian. Having completed this level and previous infant classes, your child will be naturally more advance, confident and ready for the ‘Learn to swim’ Program.
We offer a 5-day swimming intensive program to internal and external customers. The holiday program is highly beneficial for your child to consolidate their skills learnt during the term, assist to excel to the next level, master a particular skill such and breaststroke kick or simply keep them entertained during the school break.
Each holiday program is run in the second week of all term break and offered at a reduced price of $80 for the 5 days.
The holiday program is highly valuable for children that have been stuck in a particular level for a while and have particular problem areas. It is also a great way to transition children moving up to Beginners from infant aquatic for the first time who may have some separation issues from Mum or Dad. Or, just a lovely option for parents that just want some time out from children for 30 minutes each day.
Private lessons can also be scheduled within the holiday program if requested and space is available.
Testimony from Sonja:
“My daughter has been part of the Klim Swim holiday program now for nearly 2 years and loves it! She looks forward to it every school holidays and can’t wait to see her teacher every day for the week.
The weeklong program has many benefits for your child’s swimming progression and by day five you will see firsthand their new skills in the pool. The general weekly classes offered by Klim Swim are great and we have found by adding the more intensive 1-week holiday program our child’s swimming abilities have been dramatically increased.”
Summer: 18th – 22nd January
Autumn: 4th – 8th April
Winter: 4th – 8th July
Spring: 26th – 29th September
Klim Swim also specialises in adult lessons. Whether you are a complete beginner or just needing some feedback on how to refine your technique Klim Swim can help you!
Similar to our Learn to Swim program our class sizes are small with our adult lessons being capped at 5 students per class. This is to ensure all swimmers receive adequate instructions from your teacher to help you improve your swimming.
We provide two class levels; one for Beginners who have not had any previous experience within the water. In this class we start by building confidence in the water, how to float on front and back, and how to return to standing position. Once you and the instructor are comfortable with your ability to return to the standing position, you will move on to learning basic swimming skills.
For swimmers who know how to ‘Swim’ the intermediate/advanced level is for stroke correction and additional advice on certain areas you wish to improve. Swimmers will work on improving their technique and work at building endurance. Swimmers in this level usually have specific goals they wish to achieve, such as complete an open water swim or triathlon or swim for relaxation/fitness reasons. Our instructors will help you work towards achieving your individual goals and will cater your lesson to you.
Due to the small class sizes Klim Swim does not offer adult private lessons. We believe the group lessons provide swimmers with a better learning environment and more enjoyment.
Cost: $45 per class. Swimmers must enrol for the full term of lessons.
Duration: 45 minutes
*more classes tend to be added in summer with an increase in interest.
Private lessons are available for parents who wish give their child a more focused tuition in the water, for whatever reason. Sometimes this can be because of learning difficulties, distraction issues, or simply wanting 1 or 1 tuition until a particular skill is reached. Students will be assessed and taught within our Learn to Swim program model and progress through the levels like all swimmers, however lesson plans can be structured around the child’s own progression.
Private lessons are helpful for students with confidence issues in the water or those who are struggling to learn a specific technique. They are also beneficial to children who need more focus within their lessons. These classes are scheduled at the start or the end of a teacher’s shift with customers booking in the full term.
Cost: $45 for 1 child
$67.50 for 2 children (must be of similar ability)
Duration: 30 minutes
Approximate class times:
Monday – Friday: 3:15pm or 6:15pm
Weekends: after 12pm
Klim Swim is a proud provider of the Royal Lifesaving Victoria’s Swim and Survive program combined with our teaching techniques to many local schools around Melbourne.
In Australia, the ability to swim is taken for granted. Our naïve belief that all Australians can all swim well enough to survive if we happened to get into a dangerous situation (getting caught in a rip, falling from a boat in Port Phillip Bay, pool party’s), is unfortunately not the reality.
According to Life Saving Victoria drowning is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in Victoria for children aged 0-14 years. Recent trends indicate that the numbers of drowning deaths are increasing in children aged 5-14 years (LSV, 2011). In the period 2006-2011 there was a 68% increase in the five year average drowning rate in children aged 5 – 14 years.
The Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) believes that in order to prevent drowning, every Australian child must have basic swimming, water safety skills and knowledge of how to be safe when they are in, on, or around the water (The Royal Life Saving Society Australia [RLSSA], 2012).
School curriculum is crazy busy, trust us, we get it! This is why we can tailor the School Intensive program to fit in around your school. We have two types of scheduling; 1 or 2 days a week for a period of 5 or 10 weeks, or a 10-day intensive program where the children come in each day at the same time for this select period.
Student to teacher ratio is a maximum of 6:1 and we have a private pool. Yes, you heard correctly! Your school will not have any general public around when your lessons are on or sharing a change room. This is a safer environment, with less distractions and general worry.
Did we mention the pool is also a toasty 32.5 degrees?
Our School Intensive Coordinator does all the ground work for you, from busses for transport to class scheduling…. sounds too good to be true!