Learn to Swim with GYSC
Our 'Learn to Swim' programme follows the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. It is an all-inclusive programme which takes the non swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water.
The ASA Learn to Swim Pathway consists of two main frameworks, the first being the FUNdamental Movement Skills which are incorporated into Stage 1-7 of the pathway They are based on developing skills, movement in the water, and having fun.
Listed below are the main areas of skill which are developed as a Swimmer takes their journey through aquatics, following the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.
ENTRY – safe entry into water, use of steps, side, jumps and eventually dives.
EXITS – safe exits from water, use of steps and side.
BUOYANCY & BALANCE – developing an understanding of buoyancy and balance and what affects it, and how to become buoyant in the water.
ROTATION & ORIENTATION – developing skills such as: how to turn around, how to lie back, how to lie forward, how to regain an upright position, and how to twist from the back to the front and vice versa.
STREAMLINING – understanding of streamlining, how to be streamlined and why it is important.
AQUATIC BREATHING – developing confidence in the water and a feeling of being at ease with the water around the face, learning how to breathe correctly, which consequently is developing a ‘safe’ swimmer.
TRAVEL & COORDINATION – developing movement forwards, backwards, sideways, how to travel effectively, exploring different ways of travelling in water.
WATER SAFETY – development of a basic understanding of how to keep safe around water.
HEALTH & FITNESS – developing an understanding of why activity is good for you.
If the Swimmer does not accomplish a skill such as ‘aquatic breathing’, the achievement of skills such as rotation, streamlining, travel, buoyancy and balance will become impossible to learn effectively, if at all. At each Stage of the ASA NPTS, all skills are crucial and must be comfortably achieved prior to moving on to the next Stage. Through the journey of acquiring skills, water competence will develop.
Through a competence in water, the child will have more FUN, is more likely to be active and follow a healthy lifestyle, and more likely to actively participate in sport throughout their lifetime. Finally, all Swimmers’ excel at a pace individual to them.