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Our Junior Marine DND Training Program

Swimming lessons are still one of the most popular extra-curricular activities that children enjoy. Parents’ enrol their children in our Junior Marine DND Training Program for many reasons, including safety, exercise and social interaction. With every new stroke a child takes, they develop self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Learning to swim also helps children learn how to set goals and persevere until they have reached their target. Swimming is also a great means of showing children what they can achieve with dedication and regular practice.

 

 BENEFITS OF SWIMMING FOR KIDS

Swimming is one of the best forms of physical activity.  For kids, it provides a means of exercise while also being fun and enjoyable.  What kid doesn’t love playing in the pool?  Studies show that physical activity goes beyond just fitness and health benefits; it can also stimulate the brain and boost cognitive performance.  Let’s look at the ways it accomplishes this:

  • Exercises improves mood:  Kids are better able to learn when they feel better and are in a good mood.
  • Exercise boosts levels of neurotrophic factor (BDNF).  This is a substance derived from the brain essential for the growth of brain cells.
  • Exercise stimulates neurogenesis, the birth of new neurons.
  • Exercise mobilizes the expression of genes that are believed to enhance brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to change its neural pathways).

What does this mean for kids?  Kids who get regular exercise are more likely to:

  1. Be more focused and better able to pay attention.
  2. Less likely to have ADHD.
  3. Improved math skills and increased activity in the bilateral prefrontal cortex.
  4. Better performance on tests.
  5. Improved cognitive flexibility (ability to switch between tasks with speed and accuracy).

Our Junior Marine DND Training Program is divided into three levels:

The Swim Coach

A coach can be one of the most influential people in your child’s development. That’s why we have the best coaches for our kids.

Our FINA registered and qualified Coaches are extremely passionate and love to teach swimming. Their passion keeps our swimmers trying through all the hard times. Our Couch listens to all his swimmers and guides them to be the best of swimmersThere’s a lot more to coaching than standing at the edge of the pool and saying, “Go.” You want a coach that is always learning, sharing information with other coaches. You want a coach who understands training cycles and that all swimmers are different and have different needs as far as training and tapering. Coaches understand that swimming teaches life lessons that will help their swimmers become amazing adults in and out of the pool.

Our Coaches use positive reinforcement to motivate the children and understands when a swimmer is disappointed with a swim. Our Coaches use this temporary setback to motivate and teach the swimmers what they can do next time to improve…. Our Coaches teaches our swimmers to believe in themselves!

Our Coach uses positive reinforcement to motivate the children and understands when a swimmer is disappointed with a swim. Our Coach uses this temporary setback to motivate and teach the swimmers what they can do next time to improve…. Our Coach teaches our swimmers to believe in themselves!

Level 1 -Bronze

Objective: To Gain water confidence.

Swimmers in Level  1 learn to:

  • Kick whilst holding the side of the pool
  • Hold their breath under water
  • Learn to blow air bubbles underwater
  • Can play a game of Ring a Ring of Roses underwater

Level 2 – Silver

Objective: To swim free style 1 full length; unaided.

Swimmers in Level 2 learn to:

  • Kick in Streamline
  • float
  • glide
  • use one hand action with the board
  • freestyle catch up
  • backstroke kick with a kick board
  • Backstroke kick in streamline
  • Double arm backstroke (drill)
  • Tread water for 5 minutes

Level 3 – Gold

Objective: To be able to swim any 2 strokes; nonstop.

Swimmers in level 3 learn to:

  • Swim 1 length freestyle
  • Swim 1 length backstroke
  • Dive
  • Have a continuous strong kick
  • Have a good breathing technique
  • Swim a minimum of 3 strokes