Infants & Pre-School Swimming Program

The ELSC infant and pre-school swimming program does not use flotation devices such as arms bands/floaties, back bubbles or buoyancy vests as part of our teaching practice, instead promoting student’s own buoyancy and propulsive movements to gain an understanding and appreciation of the aquatic environment.

The infants and pre-school program has three distinct progressive phases with all phases focusing on safety in the aquatic environment.
Phase 1: Aquatic Familiarisation (Infants Starfish Classes) is for children aged between 6 months and 2-2.5 years with parents in the water with their child. The Starfish levels aim to achieve basic aquatic skills, propulsive movements, good breath control, promotion of a healthy water confidence, preparation of detachment from parent in readiness for independent swimming.
Phase 2: (Mini Octopus) places the child in a class without the parent where independent swimming is extended and Aquatic Confidence and Self-Preservation skills are consolidated before progressing into the pre-school learn to swim levels of Mini Seahorse (level 1), Mini Turtle (level 2) and Mini Stingray (level 3). A Mini Octopus Introduction class is on offer for children aged between 2.5 & 5yrs who have no previous swimming history/experience and for those children who have not participiated in ELSC’s Infants Starfish Program

Our aim is to teach all children in our infants and preschool program general water safety and age appropriate swimming skills in a happy, relaxed and nurturing environment. It is also a requirement of our teaching staff to educate parents on safe aquatic practice whilst participating in our classes.

To ensure our water quality remains the highest possible, ELSC have an Aqua Nappy policy in place which requires i) All children not toilet trained MUST wear a good quality/firm fitting aqua nappy in addition to swimming costume and or rash suit and ii) ELSC staff reserve the right to ask any person that is not complying with this policy to exit the swimming pool.

Infants and Preschool Progression Chart

Infant Aquatic Familiarisation Class with Parent