Australia's Leading Swim School - Leaders in All Stages of Swimming

Independent Class – 3 Years Old and Over

Aqua Tots exclusively designed program allows children to progress through the stages of learning to swim easily.

  • Each stage concentrates on important swimming skills.
  • Step by step progression allowsyour child to master breathing, technique and rhythm in all competitive strokes.

The program is exclusively designed by Australia’s leading swim school consultant, Coach Cameron Roberts and implemented by highly qualified teachers, involves small classes with greater attention given to each child.
Poor technique can often be irreversible.
The Basic Progression is:
Step 1 – Master Excellent Technique
Step 2 – Maintain Excellent Technique while Building Endurance
Step 3 – Speed with Excellent Technique

The Stages of Learning to Swim

  • Enter water safely
    Shallow, safe exit
  • Kicking legs
    With various aids
  • Show paddling arms
    With teacher support.
  • Float on back
    Floatation aid acceptable
  • Swim 3m, Any stroke
    Confidently swim 3m, unaided, face in
  • Survival Jump
    Aided from poolside or unaided from platform
  • Submerge and recover an object
  • Confident in attempting tasks on their own


  • Enter water safely
    Shallow, safe exit
  • Swim 4m, Freestyle arms
    Unaided, face in, arms clearing the water
  • Glide forward
    Horizontal body position, face in
  • Float or Glide backwards and recover
    Head support only
  • Survival jump
    Aided from poolside


  • Swim 8m freestyle, breathe and blow
    Board permitted
  • Glide forward and kick 8m
    Horizontal body position, face in, unaided
  • Glide backward and kick 8m
  • Submerge and recover an object
    Deep end
  • Survival Jump and swim
    Unaided, swim 3m turn around and return to the wall


  • Swim 15m freestyle
    Unaided, correct technique
  • Glide backward and kick 15m
    Arms by side, unaided
  • Swim 10m survival backstroke
  • Demonstrate survival sculling
    On back, 10 seconds
  • Demonstrate a forward roll


  • Swim 20m freestyle
    Regular breathing, unaided
  • Swim 20m backstroke
    Catch up acceptable
  • Demonstrate dolphin kick
  • Swim 15m survival backstroke
  • Demonstrate breaststroke kick
    On front with noodle, approx 5m


  • Swim 25m freestyle
    Proficient technique
  • Swim 25m backstroke
    Alternating arm action
  • Swim 20m survival backstroke
    Symmetrical leg action
  • Swim 15m breaststroke
    Symmetrical leg action
  • Swim 15m dolphin kick
  • Demonstrate a dive
  • Demonstrate a tumble turn


  • Scull feet first on back
    Sculling hand action
  • Demonstrate eggbeater kick
    Water polo kick
  • Swim continuously 200 metres
    Proficient technique
  • 50m Backstroke
  • 50m Breaststroke
  • 50m Freestyle
  • 25m Survival Backstroke
  • 25m Sidestroke
  • Demonstrate Butterfly
  • Demonstrate basic principles of CPR
    Theory only
  • Survival Swim
    Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt


  • Swim – Proficient technique
  • 100m Freestyle
  • 100m Backstroke
  • 100m Breaststroke
  • 100m Sidestroke
  • 100m Survival Backstroke
  • 50m Butterfly
  • Timed swim 15 minutes
    400m consecutive swim with competitive strokes
  • Basic Principles of CPR
  • Demonstrate non-contact rescues
  • Survival Swim
    Dressed in swimwear, trousers, long sleeved shirt and long sleeved pullover


Enrol now for Independent Swim School lessons. CLICK HERE or call (08) 94545440