MLC Swimming

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)

For over 18 years 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
 

Junior District Squad (Instructor to student ratio 1:20) 

Target: To continue developing fitness and to consolidate race skills in preparation for school swimming competitions.

Swimmers can choose from five sessions offered per week but generally choose to swim 1 – 2 sessions per week​,  conducted for 60 minutes per session. The squad is aimed at swimmers who have completed the Learn to Swim program and who enjoy swimming but it is not their main sport.
Perform 200m backstroke with tumble turns

  • Perform 200m Freestyle with bilateral breathing & tumble turns
  • Perform 50m breaststroke with correct timing
  • Perform 25m butterfly developing correct timing
  • Introduction to interval training and speed development
  • Use a pace clock leaving 5 sec apart
  • Complete 15.-2km in the 1 hour session

 

MLC Aquatic

Community based Competitive Squad (registered Swimming Victoria/ Australia competitive swimmers)

​The competitive swim squad program is designed for swimmers who would like to extend their skills and who have the ability and commitment to train and compete regularly. The MLC Aquatic Swim Club is based at MLC and run by parent volunteers. MLC staff and coaches work closely with MLC Aquatic to ensure all swimmers get the most from their swimming. The MLC swimming staff are committed to helping individuals develop a life-long love of swimming and water safety, based on skill development, stroke improvement, fun and friendship within a supportive environment.

For enrolment enquiries to any of the three programs above, please contact:

MLC Swimming

Carol Osborne
Aquatics Program Manager

E : swimschool@mlc.vic.edu.au