Swimming is more than staying afloat and moving aimlessly forward in the water. It is about working in harmony with water and using the right sets of skills to achieve fitness and enjoyment. At Fishlike International, we believe in a dynamic children’s swim program that nurtures an interest in swimming while keeping fit, creating a safe and wholesome environment for socializing and most importantly, acquire essential water-safety skills to swim independently with grace and efficiency.
Our program aims to stretch a child in his or her ability while acknowledging that every child has their own learning pace.
This 10-module course is designed for children aged 4 years and above to be taught in the skills of water-safety and the art of swimming independently. Classes are taught in groups of no more than 7 with a permanent swim teacher attached to the same class through out the module. From modules 4 and above, classes would be extended from 1 hr to 1.5 hr, inclusive of weekly-run programs.
Module 1 – Basic Water Confidence
This module is designed for younger children or for those who wish to overcome their fear of water. The aim is to build confidence through multiple assisted floating techniques and safety skills in the water. Simple techniques of forward propulsion like basic flutter kick and breaststroke kick would be introduced. The child will gain the confidence to moving around in the water independently using fun activities such as jumping jacks, under supervision.
Module 2 – Advanced Water Confidence & Basic Kicking
This second module is a progression from Module 1 in building water confidence and furthering the water safety skills of the child. Techniques of breath management and advanced unassisted floating techniques will be taught. In addition, more comprehensive skills of forward propulsion like the back balance or prone balance flutter kicks with the hand lead breaststroke kicks, and back balance-lifesaving back among other drills are included in the curriculum. By the end of this module, the child will be competent at swimming for 10m in deep water.
Module 3 – Fishlike Breaststroke & Advanced Kicking
The focus of this module is to teach the four basic balancing drills for the swim strokes and two techniques of kicking for the lifesaving strokes. These exciting techniques include backstroke represented by lengthening the vessel, skating for freestyle, body dolphin for butterfly, head -ead breaststroke kick for breaststroke, scissors kick for sidestroke, and lifesaving back kick for lifesaving backstroke. Surface dive and water treading will also be introduced
Module 4 – Fishlike Freestyle
This module is structured to teach Fishlike Freestyle in the most effective way. The child will learn advanced drills to eventually swim a graceful yet powerful freestyle for at least 50 m. Previous swim techniques of the breaststroke would also be revised and improved to allow the student to not just swim in the pool but out in the open sea confidently. An additional fitness training program of weekly runs would be included to improve the child’s aerobic fitness.
Module 5 – Fishlike Lifesaving Strokes
Designed to impart lifesaving techniques, this module teaches the child to swim the lifesaving backstroke and sidestroke. In addition, the child would be trained in the basic skills of towing a victim with or without an aid, being able to keep afloat by treading water for at least 4 min, and making a float with a long sleeve shirt or pants in open waters. An additional challenge posted by the school is for the child to utilise the skills and fitness trained in the previous modules to complete a Biathlon race within this module.
Module 6 – Fishlike Backstroke
A more advanced competitive backstroke technique will be taught in this module. Fishlike Backstroke drills are used to break the essential techniques into manageable portions for perfection. Further building and training for fitness will also continue. At the end of this module, the child should be able to run a 2.2 km and swim 400 m in open water less than 14 min respectively.
Module 7 – Fishlike Butterfly
This module is designed to impart all possible swim skills to the child, including the advanced Fishlike Butterfly. The child should be familiar and confident in swimming the butterfly for at least 50 m, along with the other swim techniques taught in previous modules. A further challenge by the school is to have the child experience the exciting sport of Triathlon. Taking up this challenge would not just improve a child’s fitness, but also builds his or her confidence and character.
Module 8 – Starts & Turns
This module teaches all the techniques of starts and turns. This includes the survival plunge into water from a height of 4 m, and the competitive starts and turns for the freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. The aim is to incorporate these skills seamlessly into the child’s swim.
Module 9 – Individual Medley & Lifesaving Individual Medley
This is designed to teach the child to maintain his or her fitness with all the Fishlike strokes learnt in the previous modules. Passing criteria for this module is: the ability to plunge in and swim 200 m individual medley within 5.30 min according to FINA rules, and plunge in and swim 200 m lifesaving individual medley within 6.0 min.
Module 10 – Graduation
This is the final assessment for the Complete Swimmer Award and comprises of the following tests:
"The school training lessons are well planned and strokes are taught in details. In every module, test is given to assess my kid's performance"
"Good learning experience and journey to excellence in swim and physical fitness. It also builds up self confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship."
"My children have progressed tremendously from non-swimmers to swimmers attaining the "Silver" award and able to participate in the triathlon within a short time - thanks to the well planned and executed training regime at the academy and the experienced coaches.