A part of MLC's Community Program offerings, MLC Swimming provides opportunities for current and non-MLC girls and boys to participate in a wide range of swimming pathways outside of school hours.

Three distinct programs are offered:

• Learn-to-Swim Programs (MLC Swim School)

District Squads (Non-competitive Junior and Senior squads)

Competitive swim squad program (MLC Aquatic Club Junior and Senior Squads).

 

Learn-to-Swim Program (LTS)

Since 1991 the LTS progam has built a strong reputation for teaching the fundamentals of swimming and water safety.
Lessons are conducted by our AUSTSWIM qualified instructors who aid and guide students through 8 distinctive pathway levels.

Each level has a uniqe set of swim skill targets and milestones that help develope the individual's swimming technique and endurance.

Class times Monday - Thursday:  Afterschool hours
  Saturday Mornings
Class Duration 30 minutes

Level 1: Starfish  (Instructor/Student ratio 1-4) 
Target: Independent movement through the water, basic floating and survival skills.
 

  • Enter & exit the water safely
  • Move around the small pool confidently
  • Fully submerge face & blow bubbles through the mouth & nose
  • Float with an aid for 30 sec
  • Independently float to stand – from a front and back floating position
  • Perform a back float for 10 sec form a standing position
  • Perform a crocodile role – front to back, back to front with assistance

Demonstrate the following survival sequence – Jump into the water, role onto back, kick to matt, climb onto the matt
 

Level 2: Seahorse  (Instructor/Student ratio 1-4)
Target: Increased confidence and body awareness in the water and develop independent propulsion without aids.
 

  • Independently submerge to pick up an item off the bottom of the pool
  • Perform a crocodile role – front to back, back to front unassisted
  • Perform Freestyle & Backstroke kick with an aid (kickboard, noodle etc)
  • Perform a Torpedo (freestyle kick) unassisted for 3-5m
  • Perform backstroke kick unassisted for 3-5m
  • Maintain correct head position whilst performing a torpedo & kicking on back
  • Introduction to basic freestyle and backstroke arm patterns
  • Introduction to the big pool

Demonstrate the following survival sequence in the big pool – Jump in, float on back, kick back to the edge and exit the pool safely
 

Level 3: Turtle  (Instructor/Student ratio 1-5)
Target: Develop propulsive arm strokes and increase independence in deep water
 

  • Freestyle torpedo and backstroke kick for 10m
  • Demonstrate Freestyle arms for 5-7m
  • Demonstrate Backstroke arms for 5-7m
  • Introduction to side breathing in freestyle with and without an aid
  • Demonstrate arm sculling and treading water in a vertical position for 10sec

Demonstrate the following survival sequence -
Pin drop into the water, pick up a submerged object, tread water for 10 sec, return to the wall and exit the water safely.
 

Level 4: Seal  (Instructor/Student ratio 1-5)
Target: Consolidate arm action in freestyle and backstroke over longer distances and
introduce breaststroke kick on back and butterfly kick.
 

  • Perform 10-12m of backstroke with continuous arm strokes
  • Perform 10-12m of freestyle with correct breathing (to the side)
  • Introduction to Survival backstroke kick
  • Introduction to butterfly kick

Demonstrate the following survival sequence in the deep end - Pin drop into the pool, remaining submerged swim under a matt, tread water for 15 sec, kick & scull on back to the shallow end and exit the pool.
 

Level 5: Stingray  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-6)

 Target: Continue strengthening and refining freestyle and backstroke technique
whilst developing propulsion in breaststroke and butterfly kick
 

  • Perform 20-25m of Backstroke with continuous arm actions
  • Perform 20-25m of freestyle with correct breathing
  • Perform 15m of survival backstroke (arms & legs) with timing
  • Develop a propulsive butterfly kick
  • Introduction to breaststroke kick

Demonstrate the following survival sequence in the deep end -
Perform a safety jump, tread water for 15sec, dive down to retrieve a submerged object, tread water for 30sec, perform survival backstroke to the shallow end and exit the pool safely
 

Level 6: Dolphin  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-6)
Target: To increase fitness in freestyle and backstroke whilst learning butterfly
 

  • Perform 50m backstroke with continues arm actions
  • Perform 50m freestyle with bilateral breathing
  • Developing a propulsive breaststroke kick
  • Introduction to breaststroke arms
  • Introduction to butterfly arms
  • Introduction to summersaults in water

Introduction to diving (off the edge of the pool)
 

Level 7: Marlin  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-8)
Target: To consolidate technique in all strokes with particular attention on breaststroke and butterfly
 

  • Commence each task by starting with 1 hand on the wall and
  • pushing off the wall in a streamlined position
  • Perform 75m backstroke with tumble turns
  • Perform 75m Freestyle with bilateral breathing & tumble turns
  • Perform 25m breaststroke with correct timing
  • Perform 15m butterfly developing correct timing
  • Introduction to tumble turns at the wall

Build confidence diving off the blocks and further developing technique and timing in breaststroke and butterfly.
 

Level 8: Nippers  (Instructor/Student Ratio 1-12)
Target: To prepare for a squad setting performing longer repeats
 

  • Commence each task by starting with 1 hand on the wall and
  • pushing off the wall in a streamlined position whilst performing dolphin kicks
  • Perform 100m backstroke with tumble turns
  • Perform 100m Freestyle with bilateral breathing & tumble turns
  • Perform 50m breaststroke with correct timing
  • Perform 25m butterfly developing correct timing
  • Perform tumble turns in freestyle and backstroke pushing off in streamline
  • Introduce “race commands” when starting on the block
  • Introduction to using a pace clock leaving 5 sec apart