Singapore Swimming Lessons

Singapore Swimming Lessons
Singapore Swimming Lessons shows all the 5 swimming styles.

We provide learn to swimming program from age 1 year old and above. Here are some of the swimming program we provide. In Singapore Swimming lessons, we provide you the most essential skills and the techniques are easy to follow. You will have an opportunity to learn swimming the creative way and with picture learning, you will master the skills within a short period of time.

History of Swimming

Archaeologists know that humans developed watercraft some 40,000 years ago and so it’s reasonable to take assumption that people were swimming by that time. (Nemecek 2000) Many of these early swimming activities seems to have been part of religious rituals, recreation, or military maneuvers. Swimming is one of the oldest arts although no trace of its origin, discovery, invention to be found in any of the ancient writings. However, one rare and beautifully written passage, written by Manillius, a 1st century Roman poet wrote: “For just as the dolphin glides through the water on swift fins, Now rising above the surface and now sinking to the depths, and piles up waves and sends them off in circles, just so will each person born under the sign of the Dolphin fly through the waves, raising one arm and then the other in slow arcs.”

Written some 2000 years ago, One can envision that a skilled swimmer performing a type of overam stroke. His reference to dolphin swimming was prophetic in the extreme, as imitating the dolphin action is the most successful adaptation humans have made from nature. He must have had sharp eyes, for he describes not only the technique but even the reacting “Vortex” flows in the water. That’s really awesome.

In early days, the first competitive swimmers were more intent on developing good style rather than speed. Graceful and elegant movement, with a minimum of splashing, were considered the hallmarks of style by the early exponenets of the sport.

Formation of the stroke

Breaststroke is known to be the grandfather of all stroke and is one of the oldest swimming stroke in history. In the 16th/17th Century, the breaststroke was performed with head held high and completely out of the water. The kick at that time was instep and not soles of the feet (Muths 1798). Until the early 19th century, breaststroke swimmers adpoted a frog kick, in which the ankles were dorsiflex and propulsion developed by pressing the soles of the feet against the water (Counsilman 1968)- which we use today. Those days, the breast stroke kick were using wedge kick style. The breaststroke soon developed to side stroke with an overarm.

The Trudgen Stroke

John Trudgen was born in Poplar, Londonm on 3rd May 1852. He went to Buenos Aires with his parents in 1863, where he learned the South American Indian strokes from the natives, which was later named the trudgen stroke after his first appearance in the swimming race in England on 11th Aug 1873. The english spectators were startled when Trugen won his first race, the English 160 yard handicap, with the most unusual stroke. The idea for a double overarm stroke came from observing his unusual technique, which later was to become the basic arm stroke of the crawl.

Singapore Swimming Lessons
History of Swimming on Trudgen Stroke Illustration.

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
  • Videos
  • Clinics
  • Past Hands on Experiences
  • Sharing of ideas among coaches and mentors
  • Observation from other coaches during swimming lessons

Motivating Swimmers

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

  1. Freestyle Swimming
  2. Breaststroke Swimming
  3. Backstroke Swimming
  4. Survival Back Swimming
  5. Side Stroke Swimming
  6. 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.