Each Child needs to spend about 25 hours learning to Swim, recommends ASA..
Griffins International School is proud to set-up an ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) approved size swimming pool facility for its students as a part of the regular school curriculum. We are committed to provide swimming education, water safety, confidence building and rescue training to our children as a part of the curriculum. Our children if exposed to any crisis situation, will be trained to deal with it effectively. Swimming education will provide a big impact towards the overall development of the child. To learn swimming the school has also developed a small size splash pool for children of pre-primary classes who can enjoy and have fun in the water. This would form the edifice on which swimming education would be built going ahead.
To answer some frequent questions from parents please continue reading.
What level of swimming ability must students have?
Swimming and water safety is a statutory part of Griffins Curriculum, with the aim that by the age of 11 all pupils should be taught to:
- Pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
- Swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use recognized arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back
- Use a range of recognized stroke and personal survival skills (such as front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface dives)
What if my child is afraid of the water?
If you don’t have happy memories of swimming lessons as a child, knowing that your child must learn to swim can be stressful enough. But, if your child is also a bit water-wary, it may leave you wondering whether they’ll have the same negative experience that you did.
The good news is that there are a few easy steps you can take to try to make water less scary for your child
- Encourage your child to get their hair and face wet at bath/shower times
- Visit a swimming pool regularly to add to your child’s swimming experience.
- Go swimming together as a family, or with a group of friends to ensure that swimming is a fun, enjoyable and social activity.
- Sign your child up for additional swimming lessons from a local facility
What if my child is still afraid of the water?
If your child is still hesitant to do more than splash around the shallow end when it’s time for their first swimming lesson at school, don’t worry – swimming teachers are prepared for this. Here’s a sneak peek at what teachers do when a child is reluctant to participate in a class:
- Let the student observe the lesson from the poolside.
- Involve the student in the swimming lesson by having them help the teacher.
- Speak to the student to discuss and agree the task they need to achieve, however small it is.
- Make sure swimming is fun and enjoyable by using a games-led approach to learn swimming.
- Praise each small task that is achieved