Sue Mickelson Swimming

Our magnesium enriched home pool is heated to a comfortable 32 degrees which is ideal for pre-school aged Learn to Swim.

Our team of enthusiastic, qualified and experienced teachers know the importance of teaching children how to swim whilst incorporating fun into the lesson plans.

Our learn to swim lessons cater to all all ages, from our youngest swimmers establishing a love of the water in our Parent and Baby classes, through to those honing their skills in preperation for swim carnivals and beyond.

Our Prices

Learn to Swim (LTS)
Private Lessons

Has your child never swam before, or need a little extra help? Our group classes cater to all ages and levels of experience, and we offer one-on-one private lessons with our friendly instructors. Contact Us today to discuss your child's needs.

Our Swim Levels

Parent and Baby

This class is all about water familiarization for the baby and parent. We want your baby to feel safe and secure in the water while establishing a love of water in different positions and we will teach the parent how to do this.

This is a group class and usually will be the first structured activity that you will introduce to your child. Let’s make it fun for both you and baby!

Parent and Toddler

This class is similar to the Parent and Baby class with water familiarization for the toddler and parent. We teach the parent skills for their toddlers to start establishing abilities which they are happy to do on their own. E.g. independent kicking, monkey on the side of the pool and coming off ledges on cue from parent and or teacher.

The development of the toddler at this age will be varied in an individual. By nurturing your child to grow a love of the water, with consistency you will see some amazing results with you in the water with them.

Guppy

This is the first level of Learn to Swim classes that parents are not in the pool with their child. Many of our children have progressed from our Parent and Baby/Toddler classes to the Guppy class but is not necessarily a prerequisite.

In this level we focus on teaching the children to follow directions from the teacher, to listen (as a 2year old) and constantly building a relationship of trust between the children and teacher. Safety is always paramount so learning to follow directions and being patient is a skill that will benefit them in and out of the water.      

Skills they will learn

  • Safety entries
  • Rockets out to teacher on their front
  • Monkey along the wall unassisted
  • Staying safe on the step
  • Being able to wait their turn
  • Following instructions from teacher
  • Jumping in and turning around back to the side assisted
  • Back floats assisted
  • Comfortable on their back assisted
  • Intro of kickboards
  • Correct use of kickboards and noodles and familiarisation
  • Water familiarisation
  • Introduction to freestyle arms
  • Introduction to breaststroke arms

Starfish

This can be the first level of Learn to Swim classes for those that haven’t been swimming younger than 3 years of age in a class. Many of our children have progressed from our Parent and Baby/Toddler classes to the Guppy class and move through to the Starfish level but is not necessarily a prerequisite.

In this level we step it up from the Guppy class as the child is slightly older and cognitively can focus on teacher directions and we can see more advanced, slightly faster pace classes than the Guppy class.              

Skills they will learn

  • Safety entries
  • Rockets out to teacher on their front
  • Monkey along the wall unassisted
  • Staying safe on the step
  • Being able to wait their turn
  • Following instructions from teacher
  • Jumping in and turning around back to the side assisted
  • Back floats assisted
  • Comfortable on their back assisted
  • Intro of kickboards
  • Correct use of kickboards and noodles and familiarisation
  • Water familiarisation
  • Introduction to freestyle arms
  • Introduction to breaststroke arms

Seahorse

This is a level for advanced Pre-school children only. The children in this level have clearly shown a love of the water and enjoy the progress of all activities in the water. They have a great attitude to give things a try and we see some amazing skills in this class.

This level is similar level to the Octopus (school aged) level. My aim is to get all pre-school children that swim at Sue Mickelson Swimming to this level before attending Prep. 

Skills they will learn

  • Learning the basics of freestyle and backstroke and breaststroke.
  • Confident in water
  • Diving
  • Flipper week once a semester
  • Treading water
  • Greater emphasis on technique with rockets, glides and all fundamentals
  • Games that will compliment skills learnt throughout the lessons that create fun and a joy of swimming
  • Safety in and around water

Turtle

This can be the first time a child has been in a swimming class.

This is a level for the inexperienced swimmer that may have a fear/ anxiety of water. This is a slower paced class that will be guided by the water experience of the children in the class.

Skills they will learn

  • Safety in and around water
  • Relaxed and calm class
  • Rockets introduced with and without kickboard
  • Floating on back
  • Freestyle arms performed and skill is taught for swimmers to have sound understanding
  • Safety rolls
  • To understand jumping in the water and getting back to the side of the pool safely
  • Water familiarisation and allowing children to enjoy being in the water
  • Confident in water
  • Diving – Beginner
  • Games that will compliment skills learnt throughout the lessons that create fun and a joy of swimming

Octopus

This is an entrance level for primary school aged children that are not afraid of the water and may have had swimming lessons prior to attending school.  

Skills they will learn

  • Learning the basics of freestyle and backstroke and breaststroke.
  • Confident in water
  • Diving
  • Flipper week once a semester – Learning butterfly kick
  • Treading water
  • Greater emphasis on technique with rockets, glides and all fundamentals
  • Games that will compliment skills learnt throughout the lessons that create fun and a joy of swimming
  • Safety in and around water

Snapper

This is a class that increases level of work from previous class paying particular attention to technique over a distance. Children are usually starting to take part in school swim carnivals so readiness to enjoy the experience is also encouraged.  

Skills they will learn

  • Learning the breathing of freestyle and backstroke and breaststroke.
  • Confident in water
  • Diving
  • Flipper week once a semester – Learning butterfly kick
  • Treading water
  • Greater emphasis on technique with rockets, glides and all fundamentals
  • Games that will compliment skills learnt throughout the lessons that create fun and a joy of swimming
  • Safety in and around water

Dolphin

This is a faster paced class that we are paying particular attention to technique and distance. Children are usually starting to take part in school swim carnivals so readiness to enjoy the experience is also encouraged.  

Skills they will learn

  • Learning the breathing of freestyle and backstroke and breaststroke.
  • Confident in water
  • Diving
  • Flipper week once a semester – Learning butterfly kick
  • Treading water and further safety skills
  • Greater emphasis on technique.
  • Games that will compliment skills learnt throughout the lessons that create fun and a joy of swimming for their age.
  • Safety in and around water

Private (Child and Adult)

Private lessons are perfect for swimmers who want to work on a particular set of skills or build confidence in the water.

Skills they will learn

No private lessons are the same. Private lessons are completely tailored to your individual needs and goals. We will work with you prior to the commencement of your private lesson to develop a set of goals, which we will then create a lesson plan for. When enrolling for private lessons, consider what you want to learn / achieve.