Norwood Swim School

Stroke Development Program


  • Sea Lion Sea Lion
  • Sword Fish Sword Fish
  • Barracuda Barracuda


Well, Soraya absolutely loves her classes (esp Leanne and Harriet)! She has come home beaming tonight because she graduated to Swordfish level and is talking about how she wants to continue with swimming one day at a competitive level (whether this happens or she has the ability or not, we are so glad she has found something that excites her and she can call her own). Thank you to the young man who assessed her and to the gorgeous girl on the desk tonight and to Harriet. You have made our day.
Emilie Rasheed

Stroke Development Program Overview

Our Stroke Development Program covers a basic understanding of the freestyle and backstroke swimming techniques and also includes an Intermediate Water Safety Program.

Our Active Training/AUSTSWIM instructors focus on;

  • Perfecting student stroke techiniques before attempting to swim longer distances
  • Short distance drills to achieve freestyle and backstroke
  • Kicking drills to improve strength
  • Intermediate water safety skills

The Stroke Development Program is a skills based program which is not limited by age.  We have established three exciting levels in this program, Sea Lion, Swordfish and Barracuda to encourage independence and enjoyment.

In these levels our friendly instructors continue to assist your child to perfect their streamline head and body position, develop length and strength in freestyle arms, introduce and perfect correct side breathing and improve swimmers kicking action.

Backstroke drills are also introduced, again focussing on perfecting technique over a shorter distance. 

Fun games such as diving for objects are included to improve underwater orientation and enjoyment.

Learning Aims

  • 15m freestyle
  • 15m backstroke
  • Intermediate water safety skills