Primary swimming lessons are about much more than having fun in the water. In fact, the focus is on safe swimming, floating, survival strokes and rescuing others in trouble:
R/1 & Point Pearce students focused on floating and kicking and were introduced to freestyle and torpedoes. They learnt to float with a milk bottle, basketball, tube, board and a noodle. They practiced signalling for help and rescuing their partners with a noodle or a basketball. They also had LOTS of fun on the big red foot!
Year 2 students focused on survival backstroke and breaststroke and also rescued partners with a noodle and a basketball. They learnt how to scull and float while calling for help and floated with items such as milk bottle and basketballs.
Year 3/4 students reviewed survival backstroke and breaststroke and were introduced to sidestroke and they learned why and when thy might use these strokes. They created whirlpools in the pool to experience a rip or current and they learnt about safe entries into deep water.
Year 5/6 students reviewed all three survival strokes and techniques and how to cope without goggles. They learnt to throw an un-weighted rope to rescue a partner, conducted safe entries into deep water and had lots of fun making a raft from noodle, tubes and ropes.
A huge thank you to our talented instructors Shirley Lands and Jodie Ames who ensure our children learn to be safe in and around water – and make it all so much fun!