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Aqz little fish

.Aquazone Little Fish is our focussed classes for Babies and toddlers, Learn to Swim and stroke correction

Aqz little fish

Aquazone Swim Club is our umbrella name for our Development Squads, Performance Squads and our Adult Fitness groups.

Aquazone Little Fish
BABIES
STARFISH GROUP

WHO: Babies & Toddlers

AGES: 6 months – 3 years

These little ones start by learning water familiarity and they mostly learn through play and song. It is a priority that we have happy little swimmers in the pool, rather than fearful swimmers – and therefore we work at their pace and ability, while still encouraging and challenging each one a little past their comfort zone while still having fun.

These babies and toddlers are taught to submerge and in turn learn breath control; they are taught to always go back to the wall whenever they come into the pool or off the step. We also teach them from 6 months old to lie on their backs and get their ears under – we progress how much support they get on their backs, and once they are happy and secure on their backs they can begin to learn to float on their own.

No matter what age they join this swimming program they learn to blow bubbles, go under, hold the wall and swim on a noodle, kick and dig – each of these elements are vital skills in order to develop water safety and ultimately learning to swim.
Babies & Toddlers
JELLIES - LEARN TO SWIM
These children are learning the basic skills needed to get themselves to safety should they fall into a pool. We teach them how to blow bubbles as well as hold their breath and go under, progressing to opening their eyes under the water and blow bubbles under the water. They learn how to effectively use their arms in a controlled manner for doggy paddle, and the basic kicking needed for moving around the water on noodles. When they grow in confidence they are able to fall into the pool and turn around to safety. Using the teacher to help, then noodles, they also learn how to float on their back as well as tummy.
PUFFERS - LTS BEGINNER

These children can get themselves to safety. They now start learning the correct body position, so will do a lot of seated dives into the pool, and push & glides from inside the pool, to get their bodies stretched out and straight. Fitness and breathe control is also key at this level so they begin to kick on boards in a streamline position, building their strength to do a freestyle kick effectively. They also learn how to effectively kick on their back using a board initially, progressing to independent swimming. By now they can float on their back and tummy independently, and are learning to change body position by rolling over while swimming.

TURTLES - LTS INtermediate

These children have a comfortable body position and breathe control and will now start learning the strokes. Initially freestyle and backstroke are the focus, introducing straight arm rotation in both these strokes. They learn the “feel“ of the water using their own strength for effective stroke work. As they get comfortable in freestyle and backstroke we introduce the wiggly worm for butterfly and froggy for breaststroke.

Stingrays - LTS Advanced

At this level the children are working on all strokes equally. Focus is on continuous arm movement and kicking in freestyle and backstroke. They learn to take a breathe on every 3 arm strokes while still being able to use their arms effectively. The wiggly worm is performed with the arms directly at their sides, they learn to take a quick breathe while moving continuously here too. In breaststroke they learn to basic kick shape and how to flex their feet to get maximum propulsion. The breaststroke arms are introduced here and they learn the basic shape of the pull and stretch. Streamlining is refined at this level as they learn a backstroke push & glide and how to freestyle kick in a proper streamline.

Babies & Toddlers
DOLPHINS - STROKE CORRECTION, BEGINNER
These kids are now introduced to the bigger pools, and have their coach teaching from pool deck instead of in the water. They start using flippers which helps to build their fitness as they start to swim longer distances. As their fitness increases, their ability to develop their strokes more effectively increases. They learn bilateral breathing in freestyle, in backstroke they learn to keep their hips high in the water, flutter kick continuously and straight arm recovery.  Using the flippers in wiggly worm they get a new feel for the undulation needed for butterfly. The focus is on keeping the feet turned out in breaststroke and getting comfortable enough to keep repeating that action on the kick while discovering the strength needed to propel forward. The breaststroke pull outwards rather than downwards or too far passed the hips is encouraged in breaststroke
MARLINS - STROKE CORRECTION, INTERMEDIATE

At this level, all the strokes are properly refined. Hand entry in freestyle becomes important with focus placed on a strong pull with no crossing over under the water. In backstroke, hand entry is as important to create a strong pull here too. A streamlined butterfly kick is now brought in in order to introduce the pull down on the arm stroke. In breaststroke, the kick is continuously worked on and a timing drill is introduced for breathing. The children at this level are also learning standing dives and streamlining from diving in.

SHARKS - STROKE CORRECTION, ADVANCED

Once the children are comfortable at this level, they will graduate into a group that is now swimming to train, rather than swimming to learn. So, we introduce drills here in order to refine each stroke even more. In freestyle they are learning the bent arm recovery as well as getting the most from each arm stroke in the Jackson drill. In backstroke they learn the bent arm under water pull action and how to do backstroke starts. The whip kick is brought in for breaststroke here as well as more timing drills. And in butterfly they learn to rotate the shoulders in the arm action by keeping the arms low on recovery. Importance is placed on effective underwater work in all strokes, and they learn how to do a racing dice. At this level the children are also learning the beginning of a tumble turn by getting comfortable with front flips.

ORCASE - STROKE CORRECTION, MINI SQUAD

Here the children are training in bigger groups, and learning how to get most effective in their strokes in order to start racing. There is an understanding of the drills required to perfect their strokes. In freestyle they now learn front sculling to get a better feel for the water, and are comfortable in their front flips. In backstroke the shoulder rotation becomes important and they can easily kick in a backstroke streamline without flippers. They learn the shoulder press action in butterfly and can kick on their back in streamline. In breaststroke there is a good understanding of the glide needed in order to perform the stroke in its most effective way.

Training Group Standards and Move-Ups

Aquazone Swim Club’s training group structure is designed to allow progression over time from novice to highly experienced and skilled swimmer. The lists below show the basic expectations for each group. Due to the structure of our program, moves from group to group are not carried out to accommodate more convenient practice times or other member-family preferences but are coaching decisions based on the group standards. The integrity and fairness of the structure is key to the success of our swimmers at all levels.
 
Group move-ups happen a twice per year:
•          Late August into early September
•          Late March into early April
Aquazone Little Fish
Babies & Toddlers
Bronze squad (Junior)
Swimmers in this group will be taught to develop skills and abilities in all four competitive strokes with the correct technique. They are also introduced to race dives, freestyle turns, backstroke turns, use of the pacing clock and the general rules and etiquette of squad training.

 

Equipment required:
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Drink Bottle
Silver squad (Intermediate)
While the main objective of this squad is still stroke development, an increasing emphasis is placed on improving endurance, as well as advancing the development of drills, starts, turns and finishes.

Equipment required:
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Drink Bottle
  •  Pull buoy
Gold Squad (Level 1)
Swimmers in this squad are continuously advanced in skill development while appropriately increasing distance and endurance during sessions. More advanced skills for competition are refined, such as Individual Medley turns and race-specific skills.

 

Equipment required:
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Drink Bottle
  • Pull buoy
  • Finger Paddle
Babies & Toddlers
Performance Bronze (Level 2)
Race-specific training prepares swimmers in this group for competition. Specific sets are prescribed to continuously improve speed and endurance, while stroke technique and skill development remain the primary focus.

 

Equipment required:
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Drink Bottle
  • Pull buoy
  • Finger Paddle
  • Hand Paddles
  • Finis Band
Performance Silver (JNR Level 3)
A high level of commitment is expected along with a mature and responsible attitude towards training.

 

Equipment required:
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Drink Bottle
  • Pull buoy
  • Finger Paddle
  • Hand Paddles
  • Finis Band
  • Snorkle
Performance Gold (SNR Level 3)
A high level of commitment is expected along with a mature and responsible attitude towards training.

 

Equipment required:
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Drink Bottle
  • Pull buoy
  • Finger Paddle
  • Hand Paddles
  • Finis Band
  • Snorkle
ELITE SQUAD
Swimmers in this group are competing at a National or International level. Aquazone is striving to provide both a facility and an environment for athletes in South Africa to pursue the sport at the highest level and are aiming to support this in every way possible.
    Babies & Toddlers
    Adult Fitness Classes

    “Whether you are a novice or advanced, we have a program that suits you. Please see below a list of the kind of level of swimmer we have assisted.

    1. Competitive – want to participate in masters galas
    2. Midmar Training – swimmers wanting to be fit enough for midmar mile and other open water events.
    3. Health and Fitness – swimmers wanting to simply get fit and stay healthy.
    4. “Old dogs – swimmers who feel that as youngsters they were not taught properly how to swim, and who now want to be “old dogs learning new tricks”.

    Swimmers at all levels will have stroke correction given to them.

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