Awareness

Parent and child classes for little swimmers from 4 months – 3 years of age.

Water is such a natural environment for a baby. They spend the first nine months of their lives surrounded and moving in fluid.

Water is also a big part of the Western Australian way of life. Our Awareness program is designed around developing the love of water in a fun, safe and positive environment.

Babies learn directly from their parents, so we have developed a program that encourages parental interaction and demonstration, assisting babies and toddlers to learn vital water and swimming skills.

The Awareness program allows children to explore their natural environment, try new skills and develop at their own rate, always knowing that there are safe hands to catch them and an encouraging face to tell them well done.

baby learning to swim
happy baby

A1 – Aquatic Foundations

Class size:  6 parent & child

Class duration: 30 minutes

Age group: 4  – 8 months

A1 is the first introduction to formal aquatic education for both parent and infant. This level creates the perfect opportunity for the development of a strong bond between parent and child whilst also providing a stimulating and nurturing learning environment.

Skills covered include;

  • Safe entry and exit with an infant
  • Introduction to aquatic education and the role of the parent
  • Developing parental confidence
  • Understand and respond to infant’s cues
  • Infant experiencing the sensation of water
  • Infant conditioning to water
  • Buoyancy and flotation

A1 – Aquatic Foundations is offered at WestSwim Lakelands.

smiling baby in pool

A2 – Water Familiarisation

Class size:  6 parent & child

Class duration: 30 minutes

Age group: 8  – 14 months

A2 is all about developing familiarity with the water and new skills learned including basic floating and propulsive movements.

Skills covered;

  • Safe entry and exit to the pool with an infant
  • Understand and respond to infant’s cues
  • Infant conditioning to water
  • Flotation and rotation
  • Balance and propulsion
  • Safety skills

A2 – Water Familiarisation is offered at WestSwim Lakelands.

paddle board lesson

A3 – Water Safety

Class size:  6 parent & child

Class duration: 30 minutes

Age group: 14  – 24 months

In A3, swimmers engage in independent water exploration whilst further developing safety skills.

Skills covered;

  • Safe entry and exit to the pool with a toddler
  • Exploration of the water more independently
  • Submersion with breathing
  • Flotation and rotation
  • Assisted propulsion
  • Safety skills

A3 – Water Safety is offered at WestSwim Lakelands.

paddle board lesson

A4 – Mobility

Class size:  6 parent & child

Class duration: 30 minutes

Age group: 2  – 3 years

A4 teaches swimmers to gain greater independence. Little swimmers learn routines and skills, which develop safe water behaviours.

Skills covered;

  • Safe entry and exit to the pool with a toddler
  • Exploration of the water more independently
  • Submersion with breathing
  • Flotation and rotation
  • Balance and propulsion
  • Safety skills

A4 – Mobility is offered at WestSwim Lakelands.

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