Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons start with water familiarisation for the little ones, then learn to swim through five levels in structured small group classes.  From Learn to Swim Advanced swimmers progress into Junior Squad (see Squad Times for more information).  
There are also intensive block sessions held in the Summer school holidays each year.  Contact our training coordinator (training@mansfieldmuddies.com.au) or complete the form on our the Join Us page.
Lesson Type Descriptions
  • Learn to Swim - Level 1 Tadpoles
    • Description of Lesson: Tadpoles is our Water Familiarisation and Water Safety level catering for babies from 6 months of age to preschoolers - with parents in the water.  
    • Aim of Lessons: The aim of this class is to produce children who are happy and relaxed in the water, able to blow bubbles and submerge whilst learning beginner safety and self propulsion skills. 
    • Class Structure: Games and equipment are used to stimulate our youngest swimmers.
    • To Graduate:  Students will graduate from this level when they can blow bubbles, submerge under the water and remain relaxed in the water.
  • Learn to Swim - Level 2 Turtles
    • Description of LessonOur turtle level is the place to start for introduction to formal freestyle skills.  
    • Aim of lessons:  Turtles will continue to work on water confidence, basic water safety and freestyle.  Backstroke is introduced at this level.  
    • Class Structure: Shallow end of the pool, platforms available for standing at the deeper part of the lesson area. Turtles generally swim 6m distances.
    • To Graduate:  A swimmer graduating from Turtle level should be able to streamline and glide and use arms and legs for propulsion. 
  • Learn to Swim - Level 3 - Swordfish 
    • Description of LessonSwordfish level is for swimmers with confident  streamline and formal freestyle with correct breathing.
    • Aim of lessons: This level continues developing backstroke and introducing butterfly for the first time.   Swordfish also begin dives and work towards deep water safety tasks. 
    • Class Structure: Student will move into the deeper parts of the shallow end of the pool. A platform will also be available to stand on, kickboards and other equipment is used. Swordfish will swim distances between 6m and 12.5m.
    • To Graduate: Swimmers will need to display competent development of freestyle and backstroke plus beginner knowledge of butterfly movements. 
  • Learn to Swim - Level 4 - Stingrays 
    • Description of Lesson Stingray level practises and revises formal freestyle, backstroke, developing butterfly timing and introducing breaststroke.
    • Aim of lessons:  Stroke correction is done at this level, aiming at correct arm and leg movements combined with stroke timing and breathing techniques.  Stringrays expand on their diving and water safety skills. 
    • Class Structure: From the shallow end to the deep end of the pool. Swimmers in this level should be able to swim correct technique across 18m.
    • To Graduate: Be able to swim all four strokes with reasonable technique and understanding. Fitness level to start swimming several lengths of the pool.
  • Learn to Swim - Level 5 - Dolphins 
    • Description of Lesson: Dolphins are training for fitness in preparation for squad swimming.  These swimmers should be able to swim all 4 strokes with relatively good technique across 25m.  
    • Aim of lessons: Continued work on perfecting the timing of all 4 strokes. There is a focus on using pool buoys, kick boards and flippers.  Concepts like lane sharing and time clock are introduced. Turns, dives and finishing techniques are introduced.
    • Class Structure: Full length of pool.
    • To Graduate: Acceptance by squad coach that they are technically ready and willing to start squad swimming.

Lessons Schedule
    Classes are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after school and on Saturday mornings.  We change classes to meet demand so to see the latest availability please check our Online Enrolment System.