Stage 4 Classes
6 years to 8 years
Maximum of 6 children per class
30 minute classes
Go Swimming Stage 4 classes are fantastic classes, and your child is really starting to swim well by this Stage. You will see great improvements in both swimming ability and in the distances your child will swim. The Go Swimming instructor will continue to reinforce the skills learned in earlier stages such as torpedo glides, correct body position, kicking and freestyle and backstroke swimming as we continue to “build each stroke” or “work swimming progressions” in each class from kicking through to full stroke. We also now introduce breaststroke arms in time with breaststroke kick, as well as survival backstroke. Whilst not technically a swimming stroke, survival backstroke is important as a survival skill and is essentially floating on the back using a 'sculling' motion with your arms and can be done for a long period of time without the swimmer tiring. To pass Stage 4 your child will be able to swim 15 metres of freestyle and 10 metres of backstroke with correct technique, as well as 5 metres of breaststroke with correct technique.
Consistency is key in swimming lessons. Like all developmental learning, children learn by repetition. A once a week lesson is not a lot of time to spend learning in the water (think about how much time children spend learning skills at school!), so it is important to endeavour to not miss any of your child’s swimming lessons and to remain consistent all year round. If you do miss a lesson or are going away on holidays then please arrange a make-up lesson with us to catch up the missed lesson. We are here to help and we want your child to progress through our swim school to become a safe and confident swimmer!
How Long Will My Child Be in the Stage 4 Class?
Stage 4 introduces breaststroke arms which can be challenging to master. Getting the timing of breathing, arms, kick and glide (whilst not sinking!) can take some time. Once again a good degree of co-ordination and progression will be linked to your child’s age and overall physical development. As a guide most children will pass through the Stage 4 classes in about 6 months.