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AquaPups Squad

fun and passion

At AquaPups, each swimmer must master certain skills before progressing to the next level regardless of the child’s age. Therefore we offer a program for swimmers built around skill-oriented goals.

Our coaches are all Swim South Africa accredited. Teaching is largely about affect: Adults who are caring and concerned professionals who have a responsibility to (1) help students learn and (2) promote students’ personal growth. Our coaches will Reinforce basic values.

I’m talking about honesty, tolerance, respect, and effort by modeling these behaviors, as well as reinforcing them in your swimming classes. When you teach a responsibility for developing prosocial behaviors, you can create personal growth. Prosocial behaviors are simply the behaviors stated above and ones that demonstrate a responsibility for helping people without being prompted by external rewards. We believe in quality of Practice: Not just practice, but quality practice has the greater potential to contribute to learning. Regardless of the success level of a student at a task, if they are practicing a skill incorrectly, it is highly unlikely that they will learn the proper way to perform that skill.  

Learn to swim is often a scary new skill for kids. It’s the first big fear your child has to conquer on their own. But somehow kids amaze us every day by making magical transformations from fearful to confident.

Your child’s journey at Aquapups Swim School doesn’t just stop when they’re safer in the water or when they stop being afraid. We guide your child through a series of developmental milestones that extend beyond the pool. We call these BIG Moments. It’s why we say Life’s BIG Moments Start Here.

“I’m not afraid anymore”

The first step in their journey of Big Moments helps kids get over their initial fear of the water. This skill may be putting their face in the water, or floating independently, or swimming across the pool. Regardless of where your child starts, the first step is the most important.

“I’m becoming a swimmer”

When kids are beginning to gain some independence in the water their mindset begins to shift. They no longer see the water as a threat. They sense they now have a level of safety they didn’t have before.

“I’m a swimmer!”

Swimming across the pool and underwater is a huge step. This is typically when we start to see kids have an increased sense of belonging as they think of themselves as a “swimmer.”

“I’m a strong swimmer”

Being taught in a 25m pool with diving blocks and being able to swim multiple lengths of the pool as well as performing different strokes adds tremendously to your child’s confidence in the pool. Their self-confidence will even begin to show up in other areas too.

“I can do anything!”

The final stages of our program are where we start to see kids go beyond being confident swimmers. They leave our doors ready to take on even bigger life challenges. Studies have shown that children who participate in formal swim lessons perform better in literacy, numeracy, mathematical reasoning, visual motor skills, and oral expression.

Whether it’s learning to tie their shoes, ride a bike, read and write, it’s no problem for a Aquapup kid. It’s a magical transformation that gives kids the confidence they need to do anything they set their minds to.

*Jorgensen, R. 

Level 1 – Pups 1:

Brand new to swimming and very little to no prior experience. From age 3 as per Planet Fitness rules.
In this class, children learn to hold their breath and put their faces in the water. They also develop a bond with and trust for their instructor, as they build the courage to jump from the stairs to their instructor.

Level 2 – Pups 2:

Progressing from Level 1, children in this level are already proficient in holding their breath and putting their faces in the water. Now, they begin to learn how to float and perform basic strokes with the help of their instructor. In this stage, they grasp rhythmic breathing and explore the freestyle stroke.

Level 3 – Pups 3:

Advancing to Level 3, children are able to float unassisted for up to five seconds, retrieve toys in four feet of water, and perform assisted back floats. Level 3 classes teach them how to float on their back without assistance, move independently from the front floating position to a back float position, and kick in streamline for 3m to 4m. Additionally, children further develop their freestyle stroke by beginning to learn how to side breath with assistance from the instructor.

Level 4 – Pups 4:

Already able to float on their backs, transition from front floats to back floats, and perform assisted side breathing, Level 4 classes progress children’s strength and technique. Here, children begin to kick in streamline on their front and back. They develop their backstroke and learn to swim freestyle with unassisted side breathing. Additionally, they start developing diving skills by performing sit dives.

Level 5 – Pups 5:

Entering the Level 5 classes are moving through the water unassisted with skill. Now they begin to learn new techniques, including the breaststroke and butterfly kick. They also graduate from sit-dives to knee-dives.

Level 6 – Pups 6:

The final stage before AquaWolf squad levels, children finalize the development of their core swimming skills. In the Level 6 class, they become proficient at all four competitive strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Additionally, they learn to become comfortable with deck-dives and tumble turns etc..