The PADI Swim School curriculum consists of courses containing age appropriate activities that focus on aquatic skill development of core competencies. The curriculum is built around the concept that there are con aquatic skills (competencies) that every person needs to know to be proficient in the water. The core competencies provide the foundation that will enable students to first learn functional self-survival skills, then learn correct swimming stroke technique by building upon what they already know.
The courses include:
The curriculum also includes several special programs that integrate, adapt or build upon the core courses:
The five core competencies remain the same regardless of the age of the student, and represent the stage of skill development. For example, a student of any age must first develop the competency of trust before being able to learn other skills. The stage of skill development is identified by a color, listed lowest to highest below:
Benchmarks is a specific skill that, when performed, demonstrates that the student has achieved the core competency. The competency and benchmark approach is similar to achieving belts in martial arts. The StarBabies, Swim School, and Stroke School courses in the curriculum each have five benchmarks that the student should work toward mastering.
By having just a few benchmarks, both the instructor and student can focus on earning that achievement. This focus helps instructors teach appropriate lead-up skills and choose games and activities that help achieve the goal. The outcome is focused teaching that gets results,
Your primary role as a swim instructor is to facilitate learning activities that help your students perform the benchmarks.
StarBabies and StarTots (Adult / Infant Toddler)
The purpose of this course is to foster in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time train the adults who accompany them in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water, it does provide a confidence-building fun and loving experience. One adult must be in the water with each child Swim diapers are required.
The core competencies for Swim School include functional life-safety water skill that focus on self-rescue and water safety concepts. This foundation prepares the student to learn swimming strokes in the Stroke School.
For Preschoolers. Designed to meet the needs of children ages 3 to 5, this course will develop a high comfort level in the water and a readiness to swim, and for those children who ate developmentally ready, will teach functional swim skills. This class teaching approaches through creative swimming, fun activities in the water. Students work toward developing the five competencies and progress toward achieving the benchmarks at their own pace in a small group setting.
For youth. Students work toward development of the five core competencies swimming using age-appropriate learning activities. Learning is self-paced, but challenging.
For Teens and Adults. This course is designed to improve comfort and skill in the water, regardless of past swimming experience. Students work toward developing the five basic core Swimming competencies using principles of adult learning.
This course is for students of all ages who have achieved the green Swim School benchmarks. Students develop endurance, refine freestyle, and learn stroke technique for Backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke.
Special programs are designed to
expand the ability of a PADI Swim School training center to reach students who
wish to pursue special interests, as well as get varied groups involved in exploring aquatic activities.
This activities program is designed to provide comprehensive swim instruction for students with special needs. Classes provide adaptations to make the students as independent and successful in the water as possible. Adaptive equipment may be required. Instructor-to-student ratios will depend upon the needs and ability levels of the students. Instructors must complete additional training to be authorized to teach students Angelfish.
Swim Prep for Scuba
This course is a hybrid of Swim School and Stroke School designed to be taught in a clinic or format session with a specific goal in mind: getting the student confident and competent to enroll in a Scuba course.
The Individual Aquatic Plan
The Individual Aquatic Plan provides custom personalized instruction for private and small group audiences.
Swim Team can be delivered as a year-round or seasonal program. Students learn and refine the competitive strokes plus develop an understanding of basic training principles such as using a pace clock, starts and tums, and racing. This program is a great introduction to competitive swimming in low-key environment.
StarFun and Fitness
StarFun and Fitness programs provide activities for children in a group setting such as home school, after-school programs, and school field trips, camps, parties, and scout troops. Each session begins with an introduction, then focuses on two lifetime aquatic skills and ends with a wrap-up activity. The StarFun and Fitness activities introduce children to lifetime aquatic skills and include water safety, swim skill development, fitness swimming, water exercise, pool games, introduction to triathlon, introduction to snorkeling, skin diving and scuba diving, and introduction to kayaking.
Instructor-to-student ratios will depend on class size, activity, and student ability level,