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ESF Sharks - Progression

ESF Sharks Development Pathway

Course Code   Course Name Duration   Ratios  Age Range
 SW0B  Adult & Baby Swimming Classes  30  1:10  4m-2
 SW0A  Adult & Toddler Swimming Classes  30  1:10  16m-24m
 SW1B  Swimming Level 1 Beginner  30  1:4  2.5-5
 SW1BS  Swimming Level 1 Beginner (for older students)  30  1:4  5-up
 SW1A  Swimming Level 1 Advanced  30  1:5  5-8
 SW2  Swimming Level 2  30  1:5  5-8
 SW2A  Swimming Level 2 Advanced  30  1:6  5-9
 SW3  Swimming Level 3  45  1:7  6-12
 SW4  Swimming Level 4  45  1:8  7-up
 SW5  Swimming Level 5 SQUAD Prep  45  1;12  7-up
 SW6  Swimming Level 6 SQUAD  1.5  1:20  7-up
 SWAD  Swimming Adults  60  1:10  17-up
 SWWP1  Water Polo  60  1:20  8-up

 

 

 

 ADULT & BABY (Beginners) SW0B:

Parents and infants with limited or no swimming experience, will learn how to support their child  in the water and will also have fun building water confidence. 


 ADULT & BABY (Advanced) SW0A:

It's never too early to learn to swim. These 30 minute lessons are designed to help your toddlers develop swimming readiness and become comfortable in the water so that they can move on to Level 1B. The sessions are slightly more structured than the Parent and Baby classes. 


 

LEVEL ONE B (Beginner) SW1B:

The objective of SW1Bis to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. Students will learn elementary water skills which they can build on as they progress through the various levels. 

  • Become oriented to aquatic environment
  • Fully submerge face (3 seconds)
  • Experience buoyancy (bob 3 to 5 times)
  • Supported float on front/back
  • Basic breath control (bubble blowing)
  • Enter and exit water independently
  • Move through water comfortably
  • Supported kicking on front/back
  • Introduction to alternating arm action

 LEVEL ONE B (Beginner) SW1BS:

The objective of SW1BS is to help older students feel comfortable in the water with children that are in the same age ranges. Students will learn elementary water skills which they can build on as they progress through the various levels. 

  • Become oriented to aquatic environment
  • Fully submerge face (3 seconds)
  • Experience buoyancy (bob 3 to 5 times)
  • Supported float on front/back
  • Basic breath control (bubble blowing)
  • Enter and exit water independently
  • Move through water comfortably
  • Supported kicking on front/back
  • Introduction to alternating arm action

LEVEL ONE A (Advanced) SW1A:

Level 1A is to give students success with fundamental skills and learn to float without support. Learn basic self-help rescue skills.

  • Fully submerge head (hold 3 seconds)
  • Retrieve objects in chest deep water
  • Orientation to deep water with support
  • Front and back float unsupported
  • Unsupported back float or glide (5 sec.)
  • Leveling off from a vertical position
  • Rhythmic breathing (bob 10 times)
  • Step-in entry and side exit
  • Flutter kick on front/back
  • Back swim arm action
  • Combined stroke front/back using kick/arm movements
  • Turning over front/back, back/front
  • Front/Back glide with push off 

LEVEL TWO SW2:

Students learn to coordinate front and back crawl and introduce elementary backstroke. 

  • Bob and submerge head completely
  • Jump into deep water from side of pool
  • Kneeling dive and compact dive from side of pool
  • Coordinate arm stroke for freestyle with breathing to side
  • Coordinate back crawl
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Basics of Breaststroke
  • Reverse direction while swimming on front/back

LEVEL TWO SW2A:

Students will start to focus more on their freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke techniques and start to swim lengths.  

  • Experiment with buoyancy and floating position
  • Kneeling dive and compact dive from side of pool
  • Coordinate arm stroke for freestyle with breathing to side
  • Coordinate backstroke 25m
  • Elementary backstroke 50m
  • Breaststroke 25m
  • Learn tumble turns away from the wall

LEVEL THREE SW3:

Students develop confidence in stokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills. Introduce breaststroke and wall turns. 

  • Deep water bobbing
  • Experiment with buoyancy and floating position
  • Rotary breathing
  • Stride dive from side of pool from a standing position
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Front/back crawl
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly Dolphin Kick
  • Turning at the wall

 LEVEL FOUR SW4:

Coordination and refinement of key strokes, Introduce the butterfly, open turns, surface dives. Increase swim distances. 

  • Alternate breathing crawl 
  • Beginning diving progression
  • Long shallow dive
  • Breaststroke
  • Underwater swimming
  • Front/back crawl
  • Butterfly
  • Open turn on front/back
  • Feet first surface dive

LEVEL FIVE SW5: Squad Prep (SP)

The objective of SW5 is to polish strokes so students swim with more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances and prepare for the Competitive Squad.

  • Continue to build up distance swimming, develop maximum efficiency and endurance for strokes
  • Learning the approach and start from the blocks
  • Refine the four competitive strokes (Freestyle, Back, Breaststroke & Butterfly)
  • Approach strokes
  • Learning different turns for the competitive strokes

Competitive Squad (SW6)
Having completed Level 5 (Squad Prep), swimmers will possess a high level of competence to train with the competitive squad. The programme will concentrate on improving stroke technique, be set around specific targets for improving swimmers’ times and focus on certain competitions during the year.  All squad swimmers will be encouraged to train more than once a week, should they wish to do so. Swimmers moving into the squad sessions will be expected to make a commitment to compete in Hong Kong ASA competitions and will therefore automatically be registered with Hong Kong ASA.

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