frequently asked questions


Got questions about getting started in swimming? Here we answer some of the most common swimming questions.

FAQ was Written By Raymond Tan

Here is the FAQ page to answer to all your swimming needs. If you have more questions or queries not found in this FAQ, please send me via email here.  

The golden rule to learning :”IF in doubt, Always Ask”. Swimming is  sensitive to sequence and coordination of limb movement. Bad habit can be detected early to prevent bad muscle memory. Getting the step correctly done and in syn stroke is always the best policy.  Always get a Coach for your Child Swimming Lessons.

This page was last updated on 28th July 2020. 


All you ever need to know about Swimsafer Syllabus and the certification process system.

6 Days Holiday program

Your 6 days intensive swimming program that totally evolved your kid's motorskills and water confidence for the holiday. Highly recommended.


As young as 6 months onward, your child can begins swimming lessons. The activities for toddler swimming lessons is different from kid (3.5 year old and above) swimming lessons in many ways.

Terms & conditions

A quick glance at our terms and condition.

learn to swim program

How young can your child learn to swim? What is the milestone in getting them certified in swimsafer stage 1 and gold? What is the next objective after swimsafer gold?

swimming matters

My eyes get really bloodshot and my throat gets scratchy when I swim. Am I allergic to the chlorine?

Chasing Dreams- SSPA

What is the purpose of SSPA swimming? Does it allow my child to qualify for club or SNAG? Can my child enrol in Swim Trial for his QET with this type of training?


The SwimSafer™ 2.0 programme aims to teach swimming proficiency and water survival skills to children to minimize drowning incidences in a fun manner.
The six-stage programme includes survival and activity skills taught each stage of the programme, and work progressively towards the next stage.
At the end of each stage, each child will receive a stage completion e-certificate.

The swimsafer theory test link will be send to you only after we have book the test. It will be done online. Alternatively, if you want to have some idea about the current swimsafer theory, you can find out here for free. 

You can do the sample question swimsafer test here. Just sign up for free.

There are 6 stages altogether. Stage 1, 2,3 are preparatory stage, and stage 4 (Bronze), Stage 5 Sliver), Stage 6 (Gold). Stage 5 and 6 has swim timing on 50m and 100m on freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke respectively.

Your child can join this swimming program. It is the same program as what the school is having.

There will be swim timing for stage 5 (sliver) and stage 6 (gold) in swimsafer . Your child will be transisting to competitive swimming in the SSPA program.  SSPA Stand for Singapore Swimming Proficiency Awards. We also provide SSPA training for our swimmers. 

You will be notified when your child is ready for the Swimsafer Test.

Here is the view for stage 1 requirement. 

Swimsafer Booking

Your swim coach will be able to advise you further. Check with your swim coach. Else you can sign up our swimsafer online booking available in the near future. 

We charge $40 per pax inclusive of cert and test fee. 

For enrolment of Swimming class, please Sign Up here.

Holiday Program FAQ

The objective of the holiday swim program is to enhance and improve kids swimming skills and water confidence over the span of just 6 days held over 2 weeks.

Since 2012, AQZOG has been providing such holiday swimming program at clementi for 2 times a year. There were high succession rate for every batches that graduated and this program was highly recommended for busy kids that has no time for their weekly swimming program but want to improve their stroke efficiently and effectively. 

Coach Raymond will be the one conducting the course. There will be another coach to guide as well. The class size is capped at 8 pax. Max 10 pax per group per time slot. 

Yes. We will be doing swimsafer program during the 6 days of intensive program and will select those competent swimmers to go for swimsafer test and certification. 

The Swimming program was held at Clementi Swimming Complex and the training session will begin first week of school holiday. In the past,  the 6 days were scheduled on tuesday, thursday and friday over the 2 weeks, time slot were 8:30am to 9:45am for group 1, 10am to 11:15am for group 2.

This holiday program are meant to cater for all levels. Minimum age to join is 4 year old. There will not be any conflict/ interference of  different skills  during the training program as the lessons plan are well organised to suit the overall skills objectives for each individual. You may find every students doing different drills meant to correct their individual weaknesses.  That is the success of AQZOG that is capable of having a flexible and yet easy to train swimming plan. 

The registration will start in october. Due to covid-19 situation, we will just follow accordingly to the regulation laid out by the stakeholder and their committee. There will be an online registration and payment.  The slots will be limited and the registration will become void once the slot is full.

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Please check again in october 2020 for registration update on holiday swim program. 

Learn to Swim Program FAQ

Yes. Your child can still join with the group for swimming lessons. No issue at all.

Provided it is a toddler group lessons, he or she may join in. If not, you may request for private swimming or gather with other parents to form a smaller group of toddler swimming lessons to begin with. Please note that a toddler life range from 12 months up to 36 months old. 

Before Covid-19, there were 10 pax in a group under a coach.

Currently we are at queenstown, and clementi. We also provide swimming lessons in most condo pool in singapore. 

For enrolment of Swimming class, please Sign Up here.

Swimming Matters FAQ

It’s very rare to be “allergic” to chlorine in the usual sense, but after repeated exposures, many people experience an “irritant reaction” which looks and feels like an allergic reaction with swelling, itching and
sneezing, sniffling, and red eyes. Sometimes a scratchy throat and coughing are caused by free chlorine
particles in the air, especially in poorly ventilated indoor pools

When your eyes are exposed to chemically treated and/or hypotonic water (containing less salt than the cornea), the cornea may swell up. This edema causes the light rays to bend as they pass through,
which results in the halos around lights that sometimes plague swimmers. The eyes may also turn red, tear, and become overly sensitive to light and cigarette smoke. A nap, rinsing the eyes, and time, will
alleviate this condition; goggles will prevent it.

Although swimming wasn’t part of the ancient Olympics, it was enjoyed by the Greeks and other early civilizations. Young men swam in ancient Greece and Rome as part of their military training. The first
recorded swimming competitions were held in Japan in 36 B.C. Modern competitive swimming began in the mid-nineteenth century. Shortly thereafter, what later came to be known as the Amateur Swimming Association was formed and established rules for competition. In 1908, FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur), the world governing body for swimming and other aquatic competition, was founded. When the first modern Olympiad was held in Greece in 1896, there were three men’s freestyle events, which were swum in the ocean. It wasn’t until the games held in Stockholm in 1912 that swimming events for women were included. Now, swimming is a major part of the summer games.

A little bit of muscle soreness is a way of life for those of us who exercise in order to improve our level of fitness. Theoretically, someone who’s on a carefully designed maintenance program shouldn’t get sore. But for most of us, slight soreness is actually desirable, because it means you’ve been working hard enough to cause a change in your body, which, eventually, means an improved physical condition. Although it’s really difficult to cause a sprain or strain while swimming, you should always listen to your body. If it hurts while you’re swimming, don’t push yourself. Simple muscle soreness is caused when waste products such as lactic acid build up in the muscles, and is usually evident the next day.

Yes, but most recent experiments by the Centers for Disease Control show soft contact lens wearers face certain risks. Although contact lenses can protect your eyes from chlorine, wearing soft lenses while swimming
is associated with eye infections; in addition, you run a 4–15 percent chance of losing the lenses. Other studies recommend you use goggles whether or not you wear contact lenses to protect your eyes from microorganisms and bacteria normally found in pools and natural bodies of water. And if you do wear contacts during swimming, you should remove them and disinfect them after twenty to thirty minutes to minimize the risk of problems. If you wear contacts, you might want to discuss with your optometrist the possibility of having prescription goggles made. You can also purchase goggles “ready made” in a variety of diopter powers.

You can do simple dryland drills and stretching. Try not to use weight that can hurt your back if you have back problem.  YOu can try working on other parts of the bod

Swimming is a low impact sports and is the least injuries exercise. Doing warm up and stretching before you start your swim is a good habit. 

The right form of swimming style are plentiful and each individual will swim differently. Often than not, without the guidance of the coach before, a swimmer may not swim like the ideal swimming style he would prefer when being captured on video. 

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Terms & Conditions FAQ

Fifth week refer to any month that falls on 29th, 30th and 31st. If your GROUP lessons fall on any of the above date, is considered a Fifth week and there will be NO LESSONS. 

There will be no lesson on fifth week.

If your group class falls on public holiday, lessons will be considered as done and there will be no replacement.

There will be no replacement if your child fall sicks or having other appointment. Lesson is considered done. 

The fee must be made payable to AQZOG swim school via Paylah or Paynow at 91375141 on the Last week of the month till the first week of the new month. Please notify the admin after payment is made. 

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Chasing dreams- SSPA FAQ

Singapore Swimming Proficiency Award (SSPA) is a new initiative by Singapore Swimming Association which launched in 2013, an award structured to promote swimming proficiency as the platform for swimmers to enjoy all aquatic sports. The main objectives are: To Provide progression for swimming after SwimSafer.

The main objectives are:

  • To Provide progression for swimming after SwimSafer
  • To raise the level of swimming proficiency of students and the general public
  • To increase the level of technical expertise among our swimming coaches
  • To provide a talent pool for the next generation of Singapore competitive swimmers

In SSPA training, your child will learn all the 4 competitive strokes namely Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststoke and Butterfly. On top of that, they will also learn starts, turns and finishes. They will also have a chance to understand the role of the energy system for swimming for their benefits and strategies. 

QET Stand for Qualify Entry Time. It is the minimum requirement to entry for Singapore National Age Group. The miminum age group for SNAG is 8 year old.  However if your child started early like 4 year old, they have more time to train up to qualify by the time they are 8 year old. Graceful swimming come with lots of practise and training with the right training plan.

Most likely you will be selected and train with a group of national team swimming in A group or B group. Perhaps you would be getting a kind of club level training to continue your journey of competitive swimming. Stroke refinement, long swim set, speed set, high end aerobic training are part of the norm in competitive swimming.  On average, a competitive swimmer swim nearly 5km a session for 1.5 hours, 2 sessions a day, 6 times a week. 

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