Angelfish

6 weeks to 8 months

Angelfish 1

  • Wet baby’s head and face.
  • Baby shows signs of understanding verbal cue and water pour.
  • Adult supports baby in front float hold and moves around the pool.
  • Support baby in a back floating position using two and one hand floats.
  • Have tummy time on the big float.

Advanced Angelfish 2

  • Blows bubbles for baby while in front float hold.
  • Encourage baby to their splash hands on the water surface in seat hold.
  • Support baby in seat hold, add lifts, bounces and into open safety hold, and swim.
  • Adult prepares baby for underwater swim, cues baby (verbally and with lift) for underwater swim towards them. Letting go of baby while underwater, then gently collects for a hug and praise.
  • Support baby on their front, in a side hold and reach for a toy.
  • Support baby sitting on a big mat and encourage baby to gently fall towards the water (with verbal cue) and allow baby to submerge.
  • Support baby on their back and move around the pool.
  • Move baby from front to back in flip flop rhythmic movements.
  • Roll baby from front to back float.

9 months – 18 months

Angelfish 3

  • Move baby around the pool in a front swim position, encourage splashing, kicking and movement towards a toy.
  • Use open safety hold, around the pool, then move baby onto a woggle or float.
  • Move baby from front to back, and side to side, in flip flop rhythmic movements.
  • Use swishing, bouncing and zigzagging to encourage baby to be on their backs 1 width.
  • Roll baby over from front, to back float position, count 1,2,3, then pop up!
  • Use little harbour hold – encouraging baby to hold on to adults arms and move around together.
  • Encourage baby to hold on at the edge of the pool for 10 seconds. Assisted.
  • Sing a song, while swimming around the pool. After song, cue; verbal and lift to underwater swim towards adult.
  • Encourage baby to self submerge into the water from the step or from big float and reach arms out towards adult.
  • Sitting on the side, supported jump in, underwater turn around and resurface to hold on to the edge.
  • Support baby standing up on the side, jump in towards adult.
  • Support baby in climbing out of the pool.

Advanced Angelfish 4

  • Move baby around the pool in a front swim position, encourage paddling, kicking and movement towards a toy.
  • Encourage baby to pour water over themselves using a cup or watering can.
  • Encourage copying an adult to ‘blowing bubbles’
  • Starting with feet on the wall, supported baby in a seated kick position and or in a back float and encourage kicking and move across/around the pool.
  • Roll over from front swim position, to back float. Encourage baby initiate the roll motion by turning their head. Count 1,2,3 then pop!
  • Encourage holding on for 10 seconds then move along the edge to steps – Unassisted in holding on, support given in moving along edge.
  • Self submerge into the water from steps, reaching out arms and kicking 1m to waiting adult. Teacher can help baby in swim.
  • Dolphin dive, through hoop to waiting adult or collect a sinker with mouth in.
  • Sitting on the side, supported jump in, swim around adult and hold on to the edge.
  • Reach and kick 1m to the steps and pull up independently.
  • Climb out at the pool edge or onto a big float, unassisted.

18 months +

Angelfish 5

  • Show early safety awareness by waiting for adult to get in first.
  • Encourage toddler to paddle arms and kicking legs while being supported by adult or aids around/across the pool.
  • Encourage toddler to pour water on them self with cup or watering can.
  • Encourage copying an adult to ‘blowing bubbles’
  • Sitting on the steps show basic leg kick action.
  • Supported by adult, toddler puts feet on the wall on their back, show push and glide action, then kick on back, 1 width, at the end count 1,2,3 pop up!
  • Supported by adult, toddler puts feet on the wall on their front, show push glide and roll over action encouraged floating on back.
  • Encourage holding on for 10 seconds then move along the edge to steps – Unassisted in holding on, support given in moving along edge.
  • Self submerge into the water from a big float, kick and reach out to the steps, supported.
  • Sitting on the side, supported jump in, swim around adult and hold on to the edge.
  • Dolphin dive, through hoop to waiting adult or collect a sinker with mouth in.
  • Climb out at the pool edge or onto a big float. Minimal assistance.

Advanced Angelfish 6

  • Sit on the steps and wait for the lesson to start
  • Sit on the steps, show basic leg kick actions. Teachers correction of kicks.
  • Show basic understanding of breath holding and bubbles.
  • Show paddle arms while standing or walking.
  • Holding the edge, move along 2m independently to the steps.
  • Self submerge into the water from steps, reaching out arms and kicking 1.5m to waiting adult. Teacher can help toddler in swim.
  • Supported by adult, toddler puts feet on the wall on their back, show push and glide action, then kick on back, 1 width, at the end count 1,2,3 pop up!
  • Reach and kick 2m to the edge or steps from big float or platform. Teachers can help toddler in their swim (toddler must keep face in until at the steps).
  • Jump in and roll to back float. Adult holds head lightly and counts 1,2,3 pop up! Minimal assistance – toddler must relax on back.
  • Toddler is happy to swim/float with teacher on their front.
  • Toddler is happy to swim/float with teacher on their back.
  • Toddler will wait on the steps for high five with teacher at the end of their lesson.