Learn to Swim

The Trinity Learn to Swim program provides children with the fundamentals they require to develop water safety skills, evolving into stroke development across all four disciplines through graded stages of the Trinity Best Practice Program. Within our purpose-built facility at the Cotlew Street Campus of Trinity Lutheran College, the Trinity Aquatic journey for your child begins.

We pride ourselves on providing swimmers with a fun, friendly environment. Small class sizes to ensure personalized coaching and support within a heated pool (to 31 degrees Celsius). Each swimmer will have a Learn to Swim passport, tracking their progression within the program, ensuring skill levels are met and exceeded before swimmers advance to the next level.

Contact us to book a learn to swim assessment to start your child’s swimming journey with Trinity Aquatic Today.

Water Introduction

Encompassing water familiarization, survival skills and water confidence, this level is a fun and friendly introduction for children to the learn to swim pathway. Open to children from 0 to 3 years of age, this introductory stage is vital to a child gaining confidence in the water, and critical water safety survival skills. Once a swimmer masters the beginner and advanced skills within this level, children are assessed and moved into the Stingray level of the Learn to Swim program.

Introduction to Water
  • Familiarisation with water
  • Water Play
  • Face Wet
  • Grab for the side
  • Confidence builder
  • 6 week blocks
Advanced Water Play
  • Submersion
  • Swim for the side
  • Retrieve from the bottom
  • Survival swim
  • 6 week blocks

Stingrays

Stingray swimmers will focus on mastering the key techniques of floating, body position and freestyle and backstroke kicks as they move from water play into basic swim stroke techniques. Incorporating freestyle and backstroke stroke development, freestyle breathing and basic diving skills, swimmers are laying the foundations of their swimming techniques before learning other stroke disciplines.
Beginners
  • Pool entry and exit
  • Face Submerged
  • Floating and Bubbles (Freestyle and Backstroke)
  • Body Position (Freestyle )
  • Float and pull (Dog paddle)
  • Freestyle Kick (Superman/woman)
  • Rescue Swim
  • Dive and Retrieve from the Bottom
  • Assessment: Every 5 weeks
Advanced
  • Freestyle Kick Torpedo
  • Backstroke Float
  • Freestyle Arms/ Pull
  • Freestyle Breathing (6 kicks 1 Arm Breath to the side )
  • Backstroke Kick on a board
  • Backstroke kick arms by side
  • (6 and 1)-1 Arm Freestyle
  • Backstroke kick Torpedo
  • Float and pull (Dog paddle)
  • Backstroke Kick on a board
  • Complete 12.5 meter Freestyle Unassisted
  • Safety Awareness
  • Assessment: Every 5 weeks

Dolphins

Dolphin swimmers at this level will continue to focus on their stroke, kicking and timing across freestyle and backstroke as well as introducing breaststroke, including timing and drills. Swimmers develop their abilities from stroke development and kicking to building their skill set to include freestyle turns, putting together their entire “race” from start to finish.

Beginners
  • Freestyle Timing + or both sides
  • 1 – Arm Backstroke
  • 6 kick 1 arm Backstroke drill
  • Back kick Torpedo
  • Backstroke arm timing
  • Complete 12.5 meter Freestyle and Backstroke Unassisted
  • Assessment: Every 5 weeks
Advanced
  • Breastroke Arms (Pull buoy)
  • Breastroke Kick
  • Summersault in the water
  • Breastroke  timming
  • Breakout from the wall
  • 1 arm 2 kick Breastroke drill
  • Drives (1) Roll from the side
  • Assessment: Every 5 weeks

Sharks

Swimmers assessed at Sharks level of the program have mastered a good foundation of freestyle and backstroke, whilst introducing breaststroke. Here, the Butterfly stroke is incorporated into training so swimmers can lay the foundation of Individual medley training. Particular focus on IM turns, butterfly turns and dives within this level will ensure swimmers meet pathway milestones before joining the TLC mini squad.
Beginners
  • Butterfly Arms
  • Butterfly breathing
  • Butterfly kick
  • Butterfly timing
  • Underwater Fly kick
  • Fly kick on back
  • Breakout from the wall
  • Streamline
  • 3 stroke Freestyle turn
  • Assessment: Every 5 weeks
Advanced
  • 2 x Butterfly kicks 1 arm Drill
  • Single arm Fly drill
  • Backstroke Flags
  • Breastroke breakout
  • Breakout from the wall
  • Streamline
  • Freestyle turn and stop
  • Dives
  • Assessment: Every 5 weeks

Mini Squad

Utilising the TLC stroke model method, swimmers continue to evolve their stroke technique, turns, streamline and underwater work as well as their endurance. Specific squad drills are introduced to continue development of the swimmer so they are well equipped for their transition from the mini squad to the Trinity Aquatic Squad Program. 

Beginners
  • Increase distance from 12.5m to 25m intervals
  • Freestyle progression drills
  • Breakouts drive and glide 
  • Side turn
  • Breastroke breakout
  • Freestyle turn complete
  • Back Turns
  • Fly turn
  • Breastroke turn
  • 3 x IM Turns
  • Dives Drills
  • Out past the flags on the break out
  • Assessment: Every 5 weeks
Advanced
  • Increase distance from 25m to 50m intervals
  • Use the clock
  • Count down game
  • Advanced Dives
  • Freestyle and Backstroke Drills and kicks
  • Breastroke Drills
  • Fly drills
  • No breathing activations 3 strokes
  • Finishes
  • Assessment: Every 5 weeks