The Royal Life Saving Infant Aquatics program encourages individual progression in developing aquatic skills suitable to the child's developmental stage. The program is taught with the child dependent on the parent or carer in the water. Parents are an integral part of their child's aquatic education by providing guidance and support through activities that provide for the development of water familiarisation, exploration and water safety skills.
Infant Aquatics uses songs, games and activities to ensure children experience a variety of skills including entries, floating, breathing and movement.
The Infant Aquatics program has 6 duck stages enabling lesson providers to arrange classes by age groups or a more flexible system if the provider prefers. Within each duck stage there is a number of development strands keeping the program well rounded, challenging and rewarding.
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The Infant Aquatics program is a well-rounded and balanced program that provides opportunities for experiences in the key areas for development of aquatic skills. The key learning areas are strands which are also consistent throughout the Swim and Survive program.
The Infant Aquatics program development strands are:
- Getting Wet is about entering the water safely using different entries appropriate for each motor development stage progressing towards encouraging safe independent entries and exits.
- Breathing develops confidence in getting the face wet, blowing bubbles and learning to submerge. Fun activities promote relaxation and breath control.
- Going Underwater is a gradual process encouraged as each child shows readiness to participate and initiate the skill themselves. Using simple cue words, actions and songs, this will create a fun and non-threatening environment to support the learning of this skill.
- Staying Afloat activities focus on experiencing floating on the front and back. Learning to float is an important skill not only to progress to propulsion but is an essential survival skill for every child.
- Keeping Balance provides experiences of body orientation and rotation skills which are vital for developing survival and mobility skills.
- Basic Kick and Arm Action activities promote kicking and paddling to develop basic propulsion skills. Initially, these skills will be rudimentary but as crawling, walking and running skills are gained on land, coordination of kicking and paddling skills will develop and become stronger.