Why should we learn swimming in SIngapore?
Learn swimming in Singapore is of upmost important. Our world contained 70% water and only 30% useful land. Chances of you encounter with water is rather high. With the flash flood happening in recents years in Singapore, learning to swim could save your life in the event of such emergency. And when you are able to swim, you can help save lives.
Children should start learning swimming as soon as they can. Do not wait till they are older. The earlier they master the skill, the better. There preferred age to learn swimming is 1.5 year old onward.
Learning to swim can reduce the risk of drowning, among the children and the adults. Swimming is lots of fun for people of all ages and children especially love getting in the water and enjoying themselves. But it is not just fun, swimming also provides loads of health benefits which can help to keep your children healthy and happy at the same time:
- Swimming keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture
Another great thing about swimming is that children of any age or ability can take part and it is more accessible for children with additional needs than almost any other sport.
- Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities
- Your child will have plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence
But health, fun, and confidence are not the only reasons why your child should learn to swim. Learning to swim also opens up the door to a range of other activities.
When you can swim and have water competency, you can do the followings
- Boating such as Kayaking, Canoeing, Dragon Boat, Sailing, Motorboating, wind surfing, yachting
- Competitive Swimming like Special Olympic, Age Group, Club, Masters, triathlon, biathlon, SNAG, Time Trial, Pentathlon, etc.
- Water Game- Corner Tag, tag of war, water polo, Underwater Hockey, Underwater Rugby
- Underwater Swimming such as Fin Swimming, scuba and snorkel
- Synchronised swimming such as Artistic Swimnastics and water Ballet
- Recreational Swimming such as family swimming, leisure swim and recreational.
- Water safety- Instructor, life guarding and life saving.
Some of our local provide the following activities for your consideration.
Learning to swim is a life skill that once learnt, you will remember it for life. There is no age limit to learning to swim and it is never too old to learn swimming. Swimming has alot of health benefits. There are even swimming events for people over 100, and a few Masters swimmers who are still swimming past this age.
Our Coaching Philosophy
Through the many coaching years of experience, both in swimming and in life, we have developed the coaching base on
- Books and Magazine
- Past Hands on Experiences
- Sharing of ideas among coaches and mentors
- Observation from other coaches during swimming lessons
Motivating swimmers often presents challenges not found in other sports for Singapore Swimming Lessons. It foster team work, drives swimmers to perform better and making them looking forward to every lessons. By sending your child for swimming test, competition or events, this purposeful reason is good enough to inspire your child to do well in his swimming. Learning to swim need not be going for competition. It can be for lesiure, and for recreational purposes. But because certain child has taken an interest to do competitive, that is nature of them to love swimming for sports. There is nothing wrong with having a child who is keen to do competitive swimming. Let them grow the interest they love.
Goal Setting for Swimmers
Setting a standards is the first step to achievement. There is a goal setting from beginner level to advance level, all in different form. Eg for beginner level. Swimmers are expected to understand and perform the basic floatation both in prone and supine. They must able to submerge head and bubbling for a period of time, and the ability to perform basic on the limbs movement in water. This is part of the achievement for beginner stage whereas in the advance stages, the task are more toward stroke refinement and swim timing in Singapore Swimming Lessons.
Building a Swimming Program
Building a swimming program are dependent upon the types of swimmers and their age group. Every age group will have their preferred swimming program base on their level of understanding and difficulties. Building a swimming program requires a well organized plan with specific goals. Therefore, there is no one swimming program that fits all. AQZOG has been experimenting several ways of coaching program to best impart the skills to the learner in the most effective way in the most shortest time. After many trials and errors, the swimming program that delivered the better result will be kept for future reference.
Basic Principle in Teaching Swimming Strokes
In Singapore Swimming Lessons, we teach the swimming strokes base on B-L-A-B-C. Where B define as Body, L- Leg kicking action, A- Arm movement in water, B- Breathing Swim Technique and finally the C- Coordination of Body-Leg-Arm-Body. B-L-A-B-C has been the formula for coaching swimming for many century. Most of the swimming teacher will follow this formulae. There are total 6 types of swimming strokes namely
- Freestyle Swimming
- Breaststroke Swimming
- Backstroke Swimming
- Survival Back Swimming
- Side Stroke Swimming
- Survival Breaststroke Swimming.
The ideal situation would be a streamline body with feets and arm together in one long straight slender object as shown. This will allow stablisation to kick start for all stroke and is also known as the base position for swimming.
There are 6 types of leg kicking actions namely
- Freestyle Kick (Flutter kick)
- Breaststroke Kick (Wedge kick or Whip)
- Sidestroke Kick (One leg Dorsiflex the other Plantaflex)- some called it scissor kick
- Dolphin Kick (Butterfly kick)
- Inverted Breaststroke Kick (Survival Back)
- Inverted Freestyle Kick (Backstroke kick)
In Singapore Swimming Lessons, there are 5 the type of swimming strokes for arm actions namely
- Freestyle Arm action
- Breaststroke Arm action
- Sidestroke Arm action
- Butterfly Arm action
- Survival Back Arm Action
- Backstroke Arm Action
The breathing sequence for all the swimming strokes vary and in different form. To best describe the breathing form, we can look into the way we move our head to breathe. We have summaries them as
- Freestyle (Head on side- either left or right for breathing)
- Breaststroke (Head look infront for breathing)
- Sidestroke (Head on the side- either left or right for breathing)
- **Survival Back (Head look up the sky)
- **Backstroke (Head look up the sky).
**For Survival Back or Backstroke, even though the head look up the sky, we still need to inhale and exhale.
Why swimming is considered a skill for life?
As we are living on the earth planet comprising of 70% water and 30% land, chances of encountering with water is high. The risk of drowning is higher if you do not know how to swim. Being able to swim will allows you to prepare for emergency due to natural disaster or things that happen due to an accident.
Being able to swim is for a life time. The skills that you learned will stay with you for as long as you live. Swimming has been known since the historical period. So this is not something new.
If you do not know how to swim, or you know of someone in your family who do not know how to swim, make it a point to encourage them to learn swimming.