HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE ABLE TO SWIM?
Assuming the child is totally new and has zero experience in swimming and the waters, it will take about 24 weeks (from Beginner L1 to L3) to be able to do basic forms of swimming, such as the streamline flutter kicks and back kicks, without assistance from floating devices or coaches. Do take note that every child’s learning ability is different. Some may take longer and some may take shorter.
WHAT DOES MY CHILD LEARN IN BEGINNER VS INTERMEDIATE?
Beginner level is focused on the first 3 strokes; front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. Intermediate level is focused on fine-tuning these 3 strokes, learning the 4th stroke – butterfly, and building the basics of what a competitive swimmer needs, such as endurance and the ability to do a starting block plunge and turn.
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO FULFIL THE WHOLE PROGRAM?
That is recommended, but ultimately depends on the goal of the child. If the aim is to learn to swim for survival, then it is recommended to finish Beginner Level 9. Completing this stage means the child can swim the front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke confidently. If the child wants to go into a competitive team, learn the butterfly, or just use swimming as a means to keep fit for the rest of life, then it is recommended to go up to Intermediate level.
IS YOUR LEARN-TO-SWIM CURRICULUM THE SAME AS SWIMSAFER 2.0 PROGRAM?
Our Swim Lab curriculum is considered as an upgrade of the SwimSafer – our lessons plans are not as compressed and we have a strong focus on fundamentals. All drills and lesson plans are developed to learn swimming and irrelevant aspects are eliminated. Moreover, a specific Toddler category is added to our curriculum to adapt to the learning needs of this age group.
CAN YOUR LEARN-TO-SWIM CERTIFICATE EXEMPT MY CHILD FROM SWIMSAFER 2.0 PROGRAM IN SCHOOL?
Our certificates have been recognized by many schools to be fulfilling the same criteria as SwimSafer 2.0. However, we still highly encourage for parents to check with their school administration on the exemption criteria and we can advise on which level your child has to successfully complete with us in order to get the closest equivalence.
CAN MY CHILD JUMP LEVELS IF HE OR SHE LEARNS FASTER?
Yes, The Swim Lab encourages swimmers to soar and be the best they can! During assessment, your child's coach may recommend to the assessor for him/her to be assessed for higher level skills. Double or triple-level promotion is possible.
WHAT IS THE GROUP SIZE FOR THE CLASS?
For toddlers, we maintain a ratio of 1 coach : 4 toddlers.
For beginners, we maintain a ratio of 1 coach : 6 kids.
For intermediate, we maintain a ratio of 1 coach : 8 kids or 2 groups of 5 kids.
For developmental squad, we maintain a ratio of 1 coach : 20 kids (closed due to COVID'19 restrictions)
IS THERE A COMPETITIVE PROGRAM AVAILABLE AT SWIM LAB?
We have a semi-competitive program to suit the needs of swimmers that want to further improve their technique and have an aerobic workout 1.5 hours twice a week, on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. However, we do not offer a full week competitive program at Swim Lab, and for this we can recommend our partner brand X Lab in Yishun.
MY CHILD NEEDS PRIVATE LESSONS, DOES SWIM LAB OFFER THAT?
Yes, we do offer private lessons depending on coach availability, but we firmly believe group lessons are the most ideal as students will often learn from each other and benefit from the interaction between classmates. Do speak to us to find out more.