Norwood Swim School

Early Learning


  • Turtle Turtle
  • Clownfish Clownfish
  • Pufferfish Pufferfish
  • Sea Star Sea Star


The Turtle program has developed Logan’s sense of confidence in water, his relationship building skills with a variety of teachers (Jess is his favourite at the moment) and his ability to interact with other children in his class. The facility has also allowed me some respite with its wonderful playground and crèche facilities, along with the delicious treats which are excellent incentive material for Logan in particular. Finally the staff have always made us feel part of the furniture, so much so that Logan regularly insists on picking flowers from our garden en-route to the centre which is a convenient walking distance from our home.

Jenny Aldous

Early Learning Overview

For some children this may be their first introduction to the water and or swimming lessons.  This program is perfect for beginners or nervous swimmers as they are introduced to the water in a warm, calm and comfortable environment.

We have established four exciting levels in our Early Learning Program to encourage independence and confidence.

Our Early Learning Program has been designed to accomodate swimmers from the age of 2.5 years onwards.

Swimmers in this program begin in the Turtle class where they are taught basic water safety skills in the deeper end of our pool. Once they are eligible to be promoted from the Turtle level, swimmers will move into Clownfish for extended deep water safety skills.  From Clownfish swimmers are promoted to either Pufferfish or Sea Star level where they will begin to learn basic freestyle and backstroke swimming techniques. 

Our friendly Active Training/AUSTSWIM instructors focus on four main areas in our Early Learning Program;

  • Water Confidence
  • Water Safety 
  • Encouraging Independence
  • Basic Swimming Techniques

Program Philosophy

As children move into the next developmental stage from 2.5 years, their independence increases as does their ability to receive instruction from adults, outside of the family unit.  Independence in swimming is fostered through incremental achievements that are carefully nurtured by reptition of skills learned and sufficient challenge to achieve success.

Learning Aims

  1. Entering the water safely
  2. Basic water safety skills
  3. Basic freestyle flutter kick 
  4. Backstroke kicking with a kickboard
  5. Introduction to freestyle arms