Develop a basic freestyle stroke through learning big arms. We also teach buoyancy through floating and backstroke kicking in our Octopus swimming lessons.
What is an Octopus?
- Confident independent swimmers
- Small group class of 4
- Strong mobility skills (paddling and kicking)
- Can put their eyes in the water and blow bubbles
- Can propel themselves unassisted through the water
What happens in an Octopus swimming lesson?
- Lots of activities and games to make learn to swim fun
- Developing freestyle skills using “big arms”
- Developing mobility and buoyancy skills through independent kicking, paddling and floating
- Teaching self-propulsion through the water with eyes down
By the time a child is ready to graduate from the Octopus class, they will be an independent swimmer with a strong kick and arm movements that can propel them through the water.
- I am a reasonably confident independent swimmer
- I can keep my eyes down whilst blowing bubbles for a minimum of 5 seconds during moving through the water
- I have a strong kick which can alone propel me through the water
- I can competently produce freestyle arms through the water
- I am capable of swimming basic freestyle for 7 metres independently
- I can float on my back with little support comfortably for a minimum of 5 seconds
- I can comfortably kick on my back with a kickboard