NUI Galway

Kids Swimming

The love of swimming starts here... teach them a skill for life!

Whether your child is a beginner, improver or even an advanced level swimmer our award winning Kingfisher Swim Academy has something to help your child improve their swimming confidence and skills even further!

At the Kingfisher Fitness Club we are known for our top standards of teaching.

At the Kingfisher Fitness Club we are known for our top standards of teaching. We believe that encouragement, patience and clear instruction are essential to help your child feel more at home in the water.

 

Swimming is a skill kids will love for life and it’s important for parent’s peace of mind too. Our nationally-recognised programme teaches swimming through a great mix of fun activities and they’ll soon become safe, competent and confident swimmers in:

 

 

FRONT CRAWL | BACKSTROKE | BREAST STROKE | BUTTERFLY

All swimming instructors at our flagship NUI Galway centre are fully qualified and dedicated to helping your child develop their skills with a laugh, splash and a giggle along the way!

 

During the swim course, old skills will be perfected and new skills learned. Following these weekly sessions, your child will show major progress in the water. Swimming is also an excellent form of exercise for your child and something you can do together for fun as a family.

 

When children have achieved all the elements within their stage of the swimming plan, they can move onto the next one. Our expert coaches conduct individual end-of-term assessments and advise the best way forward for your child.

Please note: Our pool environment is constantly manned by one of our trained lifeguards to ensure a fully safe pool environment for all members and guest.

Kingfisher Swim Academy - Pathway to Swimming Excellence

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LEVEL 0 (Non Swimmers)

  • Understanding of basic pool rules
  • Enter and exit pool safely with assistance
  • Walk in water with shoulders submerged
  • Scoop water & Wash face
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Kick at wall with a woggle around hips
  • Float on front & back with two floats (woggle) and assistance
  • Regain feet from a floating position with an aid and assistance
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LEVEL 1 (Beginner)

  • Understanding of basic pool rules
  • Enter and exit pool safely with assistance
  • Entry to water from sitting position
  • Walk with shoulders submerged and blow bubbles
  • Kick at wall face submerged
  • Kick on front with aid unassisted
  • Kick on back with aid unassisted
  • Regain feet from floating with an aid unassisted
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LEVEL 2 (Stronger Beginner)

  • Understanding of basic pool rules
  • Enter and exit pool safely without assistance
  • Push and glide on front and back with aid unassisted
  • Front crawl kick arms outstretched 3 metres
  • Backstroke kick arms by side 3 metres
  • Regain feet without aid unassisted
  • Pick up items from pool floor
  • Star float on front and back
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LEVEL 3 (Improver)

  • Safe entry from a sitting position
  • Floating position on front and back for 10 seconds
  • Front crawl arm action with board 5 metres
  • Backstroke arm action with board 5 metres
  • Demonstrate breaststroke arm & leg action individually
  • Rotate 360 degrees without touching the pool floor
  • Push and glide on front & back regain feet
  • Demonstrate body and head rotation for breathing
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LEVEL 4 (Stronger Improver)

  • Demonstrate a sitting dive and glide
  • Push and glide on front and back holding glide for 2 meters
  • Tread water using an aid for 15 seconds
  • Sculling while floating
  • Turn from front to back while swimming
  • Front crawl 8 metres breathing to the side
  • Backstroke 8 metres keeping head still
  • Breaststroke 5 meters
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LEVEL 5 (Deep End Starter)

  • Rules and safety skills while swimming in deep water
  • Push off under water and kick in streamlined position
  • Swim front crawl for 10 meters breathing to the side
  • Swim backstroke for 10 meters turning hand out
  • Swim breast stroke for 8m
  • Tread Water 30 seconds
  • Push, glide and surface dive to retrieve object from pool floor
  • Pencil dive
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LEVEL 6 (Deep End Swimmer)

  • Demonstrate a kneeling and crouching dive and swim out
  • Surface dive and retrieve object from pool floor
  • Demonstrate understanding of bi-lateral breathing
  • Tread water head clear of water for 30 seconds then swim 12m
  • Swim 2x12m front crawl with good technique breathing without stopping
  • Swim 2x12m backstroke with good technique without stopping
  • Swim 10m breaststroke & Butterfly kick 12m
  • Using a pull buoy scull 10m on front head first and feet first
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LEVEL 7 (Lane Starter)

  • Rescue Stroke 12m
  • Demonstrate a forward somersault from floating
  • Using a pull buoy scull 12m on front and back head first and feet first
  • Swim 25m front crawl and backstroke with good technique
  • Swim 12m breaststroke with correct timing
  • Attempt butterfly arm and leg action together for 5 metres
  • Push, glide and streamline under water for 5 meters
  • Tread water attempting eggbeater kick for 45 seconds then swim 25m
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LEVEL 8 (Lane Swimmer)

  • Demonstrate and explain straddle jump
  • Demonstrate a forward somersault from pushing off the wall
  • Using a pull buoy scull 25m on front and back head first and feet first
  • Swim 50m front crawl demonstrating good rhythm and breathing
  • Swim 50m backstroke demonstrating good rhythm and breathing
  • Swim 25m breaststroke attempting pull out and regular breathing
  • Swim 12m butterfly
  • Swim 50m holding good technique attempting turns without stopping
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LEVEL 9 (Advanced Swimmer)

  • Demonstrate survival position H.E.L.P or huddle
  • Demonstrate a standing dive into the deep water with transition into full stroke 12m
  • Using a kickboard, kick 4 x 25m front crawl and backstroke off 60 seconds
  • Swim 100m front crawl demonstrating good rhythm and breathing
  • Swim 100m backstroke demonstrating good rhythm, breathing, high body position and still head
  • Swim 50m breaststroke attempting pull out and regular breathing
  • Swim 17m butterfly
  • Swim 100m using 2 strokes maintaining good technique and turns without stopping
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LEVEL 10 (Pre-Club Swimmer)

  • Freestyle and backstroke start and finish technique
  • Swim a minimum of 150 metres freestyle demonstrating excellent swimming and breathing technique
  • Swim a minimum of 150 metres backstroke demonstrating excellent technique
  • Swim a minimum of 75 metres breaststroke attempting underwater phases on dive and turn and regular breathing
  • Swim 25 metres butterfly demonstrating fly kick and arm actions with regular breathing
  • Using a kickboard, kick 4X25m freestyle kick off 50 seconds
  • Using a kickboard, kick 4X25m backstroke kick off 50 seconds
  • Swim a minimum of 150 meters using 2 strokes maintaining good technique and turns without stopping
  • Pull a minimum of 4X50m freestyle or backstroke with pullbuoy demonstrating smooth stroke

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