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Starfish Level

2 1/2 years upwards

Wow! You can swim with Sydney Starfish!

A range of water skills including coordination, movements on both front and back, along with simple floating practices, safety and survival skills are covered.

Through play and a more structured approach your child will be taught to swim unaided with a combination of instructor’s assistance and buoyancy aids. Our main aim at this stage is to build water confidence and for the children to swim a short distance without the use of buoyancy aids.

With practice, progression will lead to competence in the perfomance of the skills. To confirm competence the student should be able to perform the skill with consistent reliabilty, based on:- Introduction, Development, Competence and Consistence.

Starfish - Level 11

  1. Identify the swimming teacher.
  2. Perform a safe entry and exit.
  3. Splash and be splashed in the water.
  4. Using the pool edge, trough or rail move along the poolside.
  5. Float motionless in the water 3 seconds.
  6. Move through the water for a short distance.
  7. Turn around in a circle with the feet off the floor treading water.
  8. Move along the pool edge to a safe exit position.

Starfish - Level 12

  1. Identify the Swimming lesson area.
  2. Enter the water from a poolside sitting position.
  3. Using a safe method of support splash the feet on the surface.
  4. Generate sufficient splashing to get the face and hair wet.
  5. Using a safe method of support bob up and down in the water.
  6. Move through the water on the front kicking legs behind.
  7. Blow bubbles in the water
  8. Create a shape while floating in the tummy up position

Starfish - Level 13

  1. Adopt the safe entry position and enter the pool.
  2. Wet the face thoroughly by washing with both hands.
  3. Using a safe method of support regain the feet from the front position.
  4. Perform a star shape float on the back returning to a standing position.
  5. Blow a small object across the water for 2 metres.
  6. Move through the water for 2 metres in a backwards direction using an alternating leg action.
  7. Move through the water on the front for 2 metres using the arms and legs.
  8. Create 2 shapes while floating in the tummy up position.

Starfish - Level 14

  1. Identify safe areas to enter and exit the pool.
  2. Enter the water safely from the poolside.
  3. Regaining feet from a front and back support position.
  4. Have sufficient water poured of the head to wet the hair and face.
  5. Using an alternating arm and leg action paddle 3 metres.
  6. Create 3 shapes while floating in the tummy up position.
  7. Submerge the nose and mouth in the water and blow bubbles.
  8. Starting from a back floating position bring legs together and kick, moving through the water for 2 metres.

Starfish - Level 15

  1. Answer 2 questions on pool hygiene
  2. Submerge the nose and mouth in the water, blow bubbles for 3 seconds.
  3. Using a safe method of support, extend arms and legs to pencil shape.
  4. Put eyes, nose and mouth in the water.
  5. Stand on poolside or in shallow water and demonstrate front paddle arm action.
  6. Perform a star float on the back, ears in the water and tummy up.
  7. Perform back paddle for 3 metres(without aids).
  8. Using an alternating leg and arm action swim 5 metres.