Our Programs

 

Infant Program

 

The Aquastars Program is an enjoyable age group based program designed for infants, toddlers and their parents. Throughout the classes your little swimmer will develop awareness and discover the aquatic environment while focusing on safe water practices. We use different techniques such as word association, movement, games and songs to create classes that are informative as well as fun!

 

 Aquatots (Aqua Play)

6- to 12-months-old

This stage is designed to introduce babies younger than 12-months-old to the water and to eliminate fear of the new environment. We stimulate babies with water, colors, games and songs as well as conditioning babies for submersion using verbal triggers.

 

 Supertots (Water Familiarization)

12- to 24-months-old

This stage introduces babies over 12-months-old to the water and aims to get them comfortable in it. For those who have started in the Aquatots classes, we are progressing from those skills learned and increasing their confidence. The main focus of this stage is to have the child improve their breathing control, develop independent propulsion as well as turning to the ledge and continuing with front and back float.

 

 Mini Dippers (Water Confidence)

18- to 30-months-old

Children work towards achieving learned water activities while demonstrating safety and the confidence to take lessons with an instructor within the presence of parent(s). Skills such as swapping arms with kicks, safety circles, turning around and catching wall without help and independently floating are enforced and must be demonstrated before moving to Big Dippers.

 

 

Learn-to-Swim

 

3-years-old and above

Our aim at Starfish Swim School is to maintain an environment for children that is fun, happy, stimulating and encouraging while they learn to swim. At a glance you can see the various levels in our swimming program. Each level is designed to ensure that every child learns and progresses at their own pace.

 

All of our teaching is done via the SwimAmerica Program.

 

SwimAmerica is a national learn to swim program operated by the American Swimming Coaches Association through over 500 Program Directors at over 900 sites across the USA. It's the state of the art learn to swim program in the world today. Brought to you by the same people who have brought you the most successful sport team on the planet... the USA Olympic Swimming Team. What we learn from teaching people to set world records, we use to teach new swimmers to enjoy swimming with the best techniques in the world... just like the development of great cars and trucks from the NASCAR and INDY car races. We learn from and teach the elite athlete AND the new child!

 

For optimal results we recommend two lessons a week (subject to class availability).

 

Station 1

Duration: 30 minutes

Ratio: 1:3

Distance: up to 5m

This is the first level without parents in the water. Swimmers are introduced to activities which improve safety and independence in the water. This first station is only designed to get children comfortable in the water.

 

Station 2

Duration: 30 minutes

Ratio: 1:3

Distance: Up to 5m

Floating, gliding, balance and body control are taught in Station 2. These are the fundamental basics of swimming and will set the children up for a great future in swimming.

 

Station 3

Duration: 30 minutes

Ratio: 1:4

Distance: Up to 5m

In Station 3, the basics are continued and kicking is introduced. Kicking is the most important form of propulsion in swimming and determines the success of the strokes when they are learned in later stations.

 

Station 4

Duration: 30 minutes

Ratio: 1:4

Distance: Up to 5m

The basics of freestyle are taught in Station 4, putting together the body control and kicking from the previous stations with freestyle arms.

 

Station 5

Duration: 30 minutes

Ratio: 1:5

Distance: Up to 10m

By the end of Station 5, our swimmers would have mastered freestyle breathing along with body balance and kicking.

 

Station 6

Duration: 30 minutes

Ratio: 1:5

Distance: Up to 12.5m

Backstroke is introduced in Station 6, building on the floating, body balance, gliding and kicking learnt in earlier stations. Freestyle is further refined while endurance and safety skills are introduced.

 

Station 7

Duration: 45 minutes

Ratio: 1:6

Distance: Up to 25m

Station 7 is 15 minutes longer than previous stations. Swimmers will continue to refine their freestyle and backstroke and will be introduced to breaststroke kick.

 

Station 8

Duration: 60 minutes

Ratio: 1:8

Distance: Up to 50m

Swimmers in Station 8 are swimming further and longer than in previous stations to build their stamina and endurance. They are still working on freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and will be introduced to butterfly stroke.

 

Station 9 

Duration: 60 minutes

Ratio: 1:8

Distance: Up to 25m

Station 9 swimmers would have mastered the basics of all four strokes and are now working on endurance, speed and pacing. They still focus on technique in this station and will begin to prepare to join the Swim Team.

 

Station 10

Duration: 60 minutes

Ratio: 1:8

Distance: 50m-100m

Station 10 swimmers have mastered the basic techniques for all four main strokes as well as starts, turns and finishes. They have learned how to use the pace clock and better endurance and speed.

 

Shooting Stars Swim Team

After completing all 10 Stations of the SwimAmerica program, our swimmers are eligible for the Shooting Stars Swim Team. Swimmers in the swim team will develop their skills for both training and competition. An emphasis will be placed on the finer points of stroke technique, endurance, race strategy, sports nutrition and psychology. Focus is also placed on reaching U.S national age target times and attaining personal and team goals. The Shooting Stars team competes in regular out of house leagues and invitational swim meets as well as in-house swim meets and monthly super star sprints. All swimmers are expected to take part in the Shooting Stars program of events.

 

We recommend a minimum of two sessions a week and 3 sessions a week for optimal performance and noticeable gains. When considering which swimmers belong to a particular squad, or if a swimmers is to progress to the next level, coaches need to consider the following:

1. The swimmer has the required technique development and stroke execution for that level;

2. The swimmer has demonstrated an ability to handle the workload;

3. Whether the swimmer is prepared to make the commitment.

 

Development Squad

Duration: 75 minutes

Ratio: 1:10

 

Shooting Stars Development squad bridges the gap between Sharks squad and Swim Team. The focus for this squad is to increase endurance while maintaining correct techniques in stroke and turns. Swimmers usually swim between 2000m and 2500m per session.

 

Pre-competitive Squad

Duration: 90 minutes

Ratio: 1:10

 

Pre-competitive squad is designed to provide swimmers with a smooth transition into the next phase of their swimming development. While a strong focus is still placed on technical development, swimmers will begin to increase emphasis placed on endurance, speed training and enhancement of racing skill. Swimmers usually swim between 2500m and 3000m per session.

 

Competitive Squad

Duration: 120 minutes

Ratio: 1:10

 

Competitive squad is designed to provide swimmers with a smooth transition into an increased competitive phase in their swimming development. There is stronger focus on all aspects of technical development, endurance and speed training as well as enhancement of racing skills. Swimmers usually swim between 3000m and 4000m per session.

 

Adult Swimming

 

Provides structured swim programs for adults. These workouts range from Learn-to-Swim Programs to tailored workouts designed specifically for adult swimmers, whether they are competitive or non-competitive, are tri-athletes, or simply adults looking for a way to improve fitness while getting a full body workout. Masters Swimming is not only about competitions, it also actively promotes a healthy lifestyle through friendship and various social events, so bring along some friends. For optimal development of swimming skill and fitness level, a minimum of two sessions a week and three sessions for optimal performance and noticeable gains.

 

Masters Squad

Duration: 60 minutes

Ratio: 1:15

 

Within these squads, adults train together to develop their fitness levels while placing an emphasis on stroke mechanics and endurance. We also promote the benefits of fitness and leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Adult Masters is designed to cater for those interested in training specifically for triathlons and/or open water swim events as well as for all other swimmers both competitive and those swimming for fitness benefits.

 

Adult Learn-to-Swim

Duration: 60 minutes

Ratio: 1:6

 

Swimming is one of the most important sports especially when it comes to safety. In our Shooting Stars Adult Learn-to-Swim program, our coach will help you to overcome the fear of water, learning survival skills and efficient stroke techniques. By mastering Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke, you will be qualified to join us for the Shooting Stars Adult Masters Squad.