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Barker Aquatic Centre
Phone: 02 98478281 or swim@barker.nsw.edu.au

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Learning to swim is a long and ongoing process and can be, for many, a difficult skill to accomplish. Some students will remain on a plateau, while others progress in leaps and bounds. Breathing coordination is especially difficult to master and may take some time. Please remain patient - our instructors will do their best to make progress as rapid as possible.

Students have been placed in an appropriate level for their ability. Progress is monitored throughout the term by the instructor and deck supervisor.  Barker College learn to swim program allows students to progress through the levels at their own pace. Students won’t have to wait until the end of the term to be tested, once the criteria is met, the student can move up. Each level has a checklist of skills that must be accomplished in order to progress to the next level. It is up to the Deck Supervisor/Assessor to whether all the skills have been achieved to a satisfactory standard in order to promote.

Holiday Intensive Learn to Swim Programs

 The holiday intensive weeks at Barker College have a significant impact on a student’s development of skill. This continuous period of swimming allow students to consolidate skills learnt during the terms swimming lessons. The children have immediate opportunities to revise skills each day, and instructors can focus more lesson time on skills yet to be achieved, or expanding the lesson by introducing a new skill.  

Specific Stroke Clinics (School Holiday Intensive Programs Only)
These clinics are available to for children who are at the intermediate and advanced levels of learn to swim. Swimmers will continue the development of skills in freestyle and backstroke and develop the coordination and timing in the four strokes. If a child can develop the correct timing between arms and legs and correct breathing from an early age they will generally progress more quickly. To swim correct technique is critical in the development of every young swimmer. To improve swimmers technique, the swimmer must have the fitness and ability to swim many laps comfortably so they can concentrate on technique rather than just making the distance.

Group Level Clinics (School Holiday Intensive Programs Only)
The holiday intensive weeks at Barker College Aquatic Centre have a significant impact on a student’s development of skill. This continuous period of swimming allow students to consolidate skills learnt during the terms swimming lessons. Skill learning is a continuous process and as students move from beginners to becoming more competent performers, there are distinct stages through which they pass. These lessons are offered to levels Seahorse/Octopus/Penguin/Turtle/Seal and Goldfish. Duration of group level clinics will be 1 hour sessions and students preferably attend every day in accordance to block dates. (Equivalent to 10 weeks of 30 minute lessons).