School Age Lessons

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Our school age lessons cater for all abilities from complete beginners through to pre-competitive swimmers. Our teaching methods place the emphasis on good technique before swimming distance. We also place high importance on giving your swimmers 'downtime' activities, so that when they're waiting for their turn they are practicing a relevant skill. This provides as much reinforcement and practice time as possible for the swimmers. The majority of classes are 30mins long with a maximum of 5 children per class. However our higher levels can extend to 45mins and have a higher number of children in.

Our pathway of progression and objectives throughout are detailed below:


  • Submerging independently
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Unaided front floating
  • Unaided back floating
  • Independent streamline kicking on front 4-6m
  • Independent back kicking 4-6m
  • Seated dives

Advanced Beginner

  • Streamline freestyle kicking 6-8m
  • Back kicking 6-8m
  • Freestyle arm strokes 6m
  • Backstroke armstrokes 6m
  • Seated dives
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  • Streamline freestyle kick 8-10m
  • Backstroke kicking 8-10m
  • Backstroke swim 6-8m
  • Freestyle 6-8m with correct breathing technique using board support
  • Kneeling dives

Breather 2

  • Streamline freestyle kicking 10-15m
  • Backstroke kicking 10-15m
  • Freestyle 15m with 3 consecutive breath cycles
  • Backstroke swim 15m
  • Kneeling dives

Advanced Breather

  • Streamline freestyle kicking 15-20m
  • Backstroke kicking 15-20m
  • Freestyle swim 15-20m with bilateral breathing
  • Backstroke swim 15-20m
  • Standing dives


  • Strong efficient freestyle kicking 25m
  • Strong efficient backstroke kicking 25m
  • Freestyle swim with correct bilateral breathing 25m
  • Backstroke swim 25m
  • Breastroke kick 20-25m
  • Introduction to tumble turns
  • Standing dives
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The following levels are our higher level classes where the instructor will teach from poolside and classes could be larger than 5.

Stroke 25

  • 2 x 25m freestyle maintaining good technique
  • 2 x 25m backstroke maintaining good technique
  • 25m breastroke with good technique
  • 15m butterfly
  • Introduction to all stroke tumbleturns
  • Standing dives

Stroke 100

  • 2 x 50m freestyle maintaining good technique
  • 2 x 50m backstroke maintaining good technique
  • 2 x 25m breastroke with correct timing
  • 25m butterfly
  • Correct legal turn for all strokes
  • Race starts

Stroke 200

  • 200m freestyle maintaining good technique
  • 200m backstroke maintaining good technique
  • 50m+ breastroke with good technique
  • 25m+ butterfly with good technique
  • Correct legal turn for all strokes 
  • Race starts


Mini Squad

This is a 45minute session and swimmers are strongly recommended to swim 2 or 3 times per week. There is still a large technique focus but we start to introduce more of a 'coaching' focus and is the first step into competitive squad swimming. Once swimmers are deemed 'ready' by our club coaches we offer 2 pathways after our Mini Squad level. One is down the competitive route and one is squad training to assist fitness for other aquatic sports that your child may be involved in. To read more about these ask reception at your site and read our squads pages.

All of our stroke and minisquad swimmers get the opportunity twice per year to participate in our race days. These are a great intro into competitive swimming but we put the emphasis on fun and giving it a go! Swimmers choose which events they would like to have a go at and swim against children from other locations.

Contact Us

For more information on specific days and times of lessons please contact your closest site:

Mt Eden

New Windsor





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Mt Eden
(09) 630 1123
New Windsor
(09) 627 3026
(09) 827 9635
(09) 622 3153
Glen Eden
(09) 370 0608
(09) 869 8319
(09) 869 8320