Swimming at St Mary’s
St Mary’s Swim School offers a comprehensive Learn to Swim program for 5 to 16-year-olds at our Sir Thomas Wardle Swimming Pool Complex, which boasts a heated, outdoor 50-metre pool and a shallow instruction pool.
Our Learn to Swim program is designed to promote confidence in the water and the development of sound swimming techniques. Graduates of our Learn to Swim program who wish to take their swimming to the next level are encouraged to join the North Coast Swim Club, which also operates out of our Sir Thomas Wardle Swimming Pool Complex.
St Mary’s Swim School features:
Experienced and accredited AUSTSWIM instructors Levels 1 to 8 – Learn to Swim Program Level 9 – pre-squad training Small teacher-to-student ratio Girls and boys welcome Our Learn to Swim program runs as follows:
Levels 1 and 2: A maximum of three children in each class (30-minute lesson) Levels 3 and 4: A maximum of four children in each class (45-minute lesson) Levels 5 to 8: A maximum of six children in each class (45-minute lesson) Level 9: A maximum of eight children in each class (45-minute lesson)
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Safely enter the water Glide forward and kick Freestyle 10m Exhale in water Glide backward and kick Glide backward, kick 5m Open eyes underwater Freestyle 5m Backstroke 5m Submerge Submerge and recover an object waist deep Breaststroke kick 5m on front or back Float on front Scull standing near surface Scull on back headfirst Forward glide Glide forward and kick Forward roll or invert and recover Float or glide backwards Extension – Dolphin kick
Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Freestyle 15m Freestyle 25m Freestyle 50m Backstroke 10m Backstroke 25m Backstroke 50m Breaststroke arm action and legs 10m Breaststroke 25m Breaststroke 50m Dolphin kick 5m Dolphin kick 10m Dolphin kick 15m Scull on front arms extended Scull about the axis in a tucked body position Butterfly 5m, no breathing Forward roll Forward roll Forward roll, push off on back with arms above head Extension – sitting dives Sitting dives unassisted Demonstrate a dive
Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 – Pre-squad Freestyle 100m Freestyle 150m Freestyle 100m – Timed assessment Backstroke 100m Backstroke 150m Backstroke 100m – Timed assessment Breaststroke correct timing 50m Breaststroke 150m Breaststroke 100m – Timed assessment Butterfly 10m Butterfly 15m Butterfly 25m Scull on front arms by side Extension – Butterfly 25m with fins Individual Medley 100m Tumble turns Scull body vertical Underwater pull-outs Demonstrate a dive with correct body position Dives – Race starts Dives – race starts Turn all strokes Individual Medley turns