What happens in an Octopus swimming lesson?
Lots of activities and games to make learn to swim fun
Developing freestyle skills using “big arms”
Developing mobility and buoyancy skills through independent kicking, paddling and floating
Teaching self-propulsion through the water with eyes down
By the time a child is ready to graduate from the Octopus class, they will be an independent swimmer with a strong kick and arm movements that can propel them through the water.
I am a reasonably confident independent swimmer
I can keep my eyes down whilst blowing bubbles for a minimum of 5 seconds during moving through the water
I have a strong kick which can alone propel me through the water
I can competently produce freestyle arms through the water
I am capable of swimming basic freestyle for 7 metres independently
I can float on my back with little support comfortably for a minimum of 5 seconds
I can comfortably kick on my back with a kickboard