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Swimming Lessons

You’re never too old or too young to start your exciting journey towards water confidence. Where better to learn than a leading Swim Ireland approved centre? We provide a warm welcome and ongoing support for anyone who wants to swim, with classes for babies, children and adults alike.

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Learn to Swim

The Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh is proud to offer Swim Ireland's 'Learn to Swim' programme which will empower and inspire children to challenge themselves on their own journey of learning to swim. Your child will benefit from a curriculum that encompasses a range of teaching methodologies with a real focus on repetitive, accurate and quality practice with elements of guided discovery. The programme is based on structured play, meaning that while children are engaged in fun and engaging activities the lessons are well planned and have clear learning outcomes. 

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Swim Ireland Levels 1-7

The different stages of the programme take your child through from the Fundamental Movement stage advancing through to Level 8. Your child progresses through the stages of developing skills, movement in the water, and most of all having fun.  Once your child proves their competency within each stage of the syllabus they will progress to the next level.

Aqua Skills Level 1 and Level 2
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In Aqua Skills Level 1 and Level 2, Core Aquatic Skills are introduced, reinforced and consolidated, whilst developing water confidence. These skills are made up of Entries and Exits, Submersion and Aquatic Breathing, Rotation, Floatation, Streamlining, Sculling, Movement, Propulsion, Co-ordination and Balance, and will lay the foundation for the development of stroke technique.

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Level 1:
  • Enter and Exit the pool safely WITH assistance.

  • Submerge face in the water and exhale through mouth and nose.

  • Float on front WITH support.

  • Float on back WITH support.

  • Push and glide on FRONT with arms side by side with support.

  • Push and glide on BACK with arms side by side with support

  • Propel through the water for 5m, with support.

  • Push and pull the water to complete one vertical rotation.

  • Jump in, complete one vertical rotation and propel to the side of the pool with help.

  • Sit and swivel into deep water and climb out.

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Level 2:
  • Demonstrate 10 consecutive submersions, exhaling through mouth AND nose.

  • Retrieve an object with the face fully submerged at full extension of the arm.

  • Float on FRONT in a streamlined position.

  • Float on BACK in a streamlined position.

  • Rotate from front to back and back to front with arms by side.

  • Push and glide on FRONT with arms.

  • Push and glide on BACK with arms.

  • Propel through the water for 5m.

  • Push and pull the water to complete one vertical rotation, face fully submerged.

  • Jump in, complete a horizontal rotation onto back and propel to the side of the pool.

Aqua Skills Levels 5 - 7
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These later stages build on the Core Aquatic Skills of the first two levels, encouraging the development of body position, leg action, arm action, breathing and timing of all four competitive strokes. The practices encouraged in these levels will develop efficient swimmers and individuals who will understand the aquatic environment and be equipped to maintain their own safety for longer.

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Level 3:
  • Demonstrate 5m flutter kick action on FRONT in a streamlined position.

  • Demonstrate 5m flutter kick action on BACK in a streamlined position.

  • Demonstrate one breaststroke leg action in a streamlined position on BACK

  • Demonstrate 5m dolphin action in a streamlined position on FRONT.

  • On BACK, rotate up to 90 degrees on each side, with arms by side for 5m whilst kicking.

  • Perform a surface dive to retrieve an object.

  • Push and pull the water to complete one vertical rotation clockwise and one anti-clockwise WITH legs in the tucked position.

  • Scull 5m on BACK, head first utilising a figure of 8 action to move backwards with arms by side.

  • Tread water, using arms and legs for 30 seconds, call for help, receive an aid and float for 60 secs.

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Level 4:
  • Demonstrate 10m flutter kick action on FRONT.

  • Demonstrate 10m flutter kick action on BACK.

  • Demonstrate 5 consecutive breaststroke leg actions on front.

  • Demonstrate 10m dolphin kick action on the front.

  • Demonstrate front crawl arms over 5m.

  • Demonstrate backstroke arms over 5m.

  • Demonstrate 5 consecutive breaststroke arm actions in a standing position.

  • Demonstrate one butterfly arm action in a horizontal position.

  • Propel 10m, tread water for 60 seconds, receive float aid and propel to the nearest wall.

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Level 5:
  • Demonstrate 15m flutter kick action on FRONT.

  • Demonstrate 15m flutter kick action on BACK.

  • Kick 15m breaststroke in a streamlined position on FRONT.

  • Demonstrate 15m dolphin action in a streamlined position on FRONT.

  • Demonstrate front crawl arms over 10m.

  • Demonstrate backstroke arms over 10m.

  • Demonstrate breaststroke arms over 10m.

  • Demonstrate 5 consecutive butterfly arm actions in horizontal position.

  • Scull 5m on back, FEET FIRST, utilising a figure of 8 action to move forwards with arms extended.

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Level 6:
  • Demonstrate 20m flutter kick action on FRONT in a streamlined position.

  • Demonstrate 20m flutter kick action on BACK in a streamlined position.

  • Kick 20m breaststroke in a streamlined position.

  • Demonstrate 20m dolphin action in a streamlined position.

  • Demonstrate front crawl arms over 15m.

  • Demonstrate backstroke arms over 15m.

  • Demonstrate breaststroke arms over 15m.

  • Demonstrate butterfly arms over 15m.

  • Scull 5m on the front, HEAD FIRST, utilising a figure eight action.

  • Demonstrate a grab start.

Level 7:
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  • Demonstrate front crawl WITH bilateral breathing over 20m.

  • Demonstrate backstroke over 20m.

  • Demonstrate breaststroke over 20m.

  • Demonstrate butterfly over 20m.

  • Demonstrate 100m of continuous swimming utilising full stroke technique.

  • Demonstrate a front crawl tumble-turn.

  • Demonstrate a backstroke tumble-turn.

  • Demonstrate 5m underwater undulation, front & back from a backstroke start

  • Scull 5m on back, FEET FIRST, utilising a figure of 8 action to move forwards with arms extended above head.

  • Demonstrate a track start

Aqua Club Level 8
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Lesson 8:
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  • Swim 60 metres freestyle demonstrating good rhythm and breathing.

  • Swim 60 metres backstroke demonstrating good rhythm and breathing.

  • Swim 40 metres breaststroke attempting to pull out and regular breathing.

  • Swim 10 metres using a butterfly action.

  • Using a kickboard kick 4 x 20 metres freestyle and backstroke.

  • Pull 20 metres freestyle using a pull buoy.

  • Using a pull buoy, scull 15 metres on FRONT and BACK, HEAD FIRST and FEET FIRST.

  • Demonstrate a good push and glide on front and back; hold and kick underwater for 5 metres.

  • Swim 80 metres using 2 different strokes holding good technique and turns without stopping.

Certificate of achievement

Learning to swim is an essential life skill, to be encouraged and rewarded.  As part of the new programme each child will receive a Learn to Swim Passport so your child can record their own personal journey in learning to swim. The Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh will recognise and reward effort and achievement, with passport stickers as your child progresses.

We look forward to welcoming your special someone into one of our exciting lessons very soon.

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