Our SwimSteps Swim Program

At Hampton Swim School, we pride ourselves on being not just another swimming school, but also a key component of your child’s early education. From nervous beginners to our mini squad, our SwimSteps Learn to Swim Program has been developed to incorporate a series of graded class levels that enable children to build and practice key skills and techniques.

Our SwimSteps is a progressive approach that ensures children learn with others at a similar level and progress through our unique SwimSteps benchmarks. Once achieved, a graduation certificate is received as part of our unique congratulatory ceremony after each class, in front of their parents and peers.
Our Service Coordinators are continually assessing swimmers to ensure they are in the appropriate level and are always on hand to answer your SwimSteps questions.

We incorporate a swim-float-swim sequence into our SwimSteps lessons, to ensure each swimmer through our program is provided with a solid foundation to their aquatic education, to make them safer in and around the water. As part of our SwimSteps program, swimmers are taught to be comfortable in both the front and back positions, to ensure they are given the best possible tools if ever confronted with a dangerous aquatic situation.

Our SwimSteps lessons

Our SwimSteps lessons are 30 minutes in length, and class sizes are capped at a maximum of 4 students per teacher for swimmer productivity for our lower levels, and a maximum of 6 at the higher levels, as swimmers are striving towards entering mini squad classes.

All SwimSteps levels are conducted without parental assistance in the pool, learning independently from our experienced and qualified team of teachers.

Parents can follow their child’s progress through our easy to use online portal and app.

We will do everything we can to help you with your busy schedules, finding suitable class times that would benefit your child’s learning the most, and arrange for make-up classes.

Click below to find out more about our SwimSteps Program Levels

CLOWNFISH 3

This program is for new or returning Hampton customers with children in the age group 3 years and up. It is suitable for beginners who have had limited experience in the water and feel nervous about commencing lessons. Our gentle introduction by our experienced teachers will guide your child, learning to love and respect the water, whilst increasing their confidence and independence. Activities include focus on improving comfort in the water, including breath control, balance, submersions, floating and paddling.

Requirements:

  • If new to lessons or no prior swim or aquatic experience
  • Assists to settle in fearful or reluctant beginners
  • In-depth introduction to the Hampton program
  • Aids in smooth transition into our age appropriate classes after successful completion
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • 2 towels
PLATYPUS

Platypus is the level for children aged between 3 and 5 years who are happy and excited to be in the water and start lessons, but who still need to learn how to swim independently. Our experienced teachers will guide your child, focusing on breath control, balance, submersions, floating and paddling. We are using our unique games-based boat system to assist with body position and floatation, while increasing confidence with correct body position for independent swimming.

Maximum of 4 students per 30 minute class.

Requirements:

  • Happy to participate in lessons without parents
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles (if desired)
  • Towel
PIRANHA

Fostering confidence to be independent in the water, our Piranha’s for children 3 years and up work on extending their floatation and body positive, whilst arm and kicking actions are introduced.  

Requirements:

  • Has completed Platypus
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles (if desired)
  • Towel
PUFFERFISH

These lessons will be building on distances achieved in Piranha. We will introduce swimming aides, e.g. kickboard and begin diving activities.

Requirements:

  • Can independently paddlekick 5m across pool with head in water
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles (if desired)
  • Towel
OCTOPUS

Building on distances and independence, our Octopus level moves to develop over-arm freestyle, streamlining, front and back kicking and water exploration without use of googles. Building on the fundamental rollover breathing established, Octopus graduates can expect to swim 10 m over-arm freestyle with rollover breath as well perform a 10 m solid streamline kick in both the front and back position. Go Ockas! 

Requirements:

  • Can independently paddle-kick on front and float on back for 10m
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel
EEL

During these lessons, our Eels will focus on rudimentary freestyle swimming, their backstroke body position and kicking. They will be swimming as an individual and in pairs.

Requirements:

  • Has completed Octopus
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel

Please note that this is a transitional level. If you are a new family, please look at our Clownfish programs or use the level finder via our Online Booking button to determine suitability.

SEALION

Hampton Swim School’s Sealions are putting it all together! The focus of Sealions is to teach the freestyle side-breathing technique and begin learning backstroke arm strokes. Plus we introduce diving and butterfly kick. By the end of this level, our graduates are able to swim 12.5 m freestyle and backstroke with good technique.

Maximum of 5 students per 30 minute class.

Requirements:

  • Can swim 10m of rudimentary overarm freestyle, with roll-over to back and kick on their back
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel
WALRUS

This level is all about smooth! Freestyle and backstroke come together for fluid swims and our swimmers will learn specific drills for fine tuning skills unique to strokes. We will also focus on Butterfly kicking movements and begin breasttroke leg positioning.  

Requirements:

  • Has completed Sealion
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel

Please note that this is a transitional level. If you are a new family, please look at our Clownfish programs or use the level finder via our Online Booking button to determine suitability.

STINGRAY

Our Stingrays will work on improving technique and endurance whilst swimming freestyle and backstroke. Here we build on the skills learnt in Walrus. This level also combines an introduction to breaststroke kick and arm strokes. Stingray graduates are capable of swimming freestyle and backstroke with good technique for 20 m as well as perform the correct breaststroke kick. 

Maximum of 5 students per 30 minute class.

Requirements:

  • Can swim freestyle with bilateral breathing and backstroke for 12.5m
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel
MARLIN

Our Marlins will focus on freestyle and backstroke maintenance swims and skills, while learning breaststroke arm, kick, and stroke timing drills. We will start communicating with our school aged swimmers in swim specific language. 

Requirements:

  • Has completed Stingray
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel

Please note that this is a transitional level. If you are a new family, please look at our Clownfish programs or use the level finder via our Online Booking button to determine suitability.

ORCA

These lessons will be all about finetuning swimmers’ endurance and technique in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Our Orca’s will learn butterfly kicks and body movements that will prepare them for full stroke. This level will also include submarine swims, challenging body orientation and lung capacity. 

Requirements:

  • Can swim Freestyle and Backstroke for 20m and Breaststroke for 12.5m
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel
DOLPHIN

Our Dolphins are learning self-management skills such as lane etiquette, self starting and continual swim distance for freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. They will learn how to begin to put Butterfly together, plus tumble turns and correct racing dives from blocks. All in preparation for mini squad.

Requirements:

  • Can swim freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke for 20m
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel
HAMMERHEAD

Our final level in our SwimSteps Program, our Hammerheads see a culmination of all 4 strokes being fine tuned as well as experimenting with racing techniques such as dives, tumbles, touch turns and drills. Swimmers graduating from Hammerheads are required to be able to swim 25 - 50m freestyle, backstroke and 25m breaststroke, as well as 12.5 m butterfly and perform a correct racing dive. Congratulations! You are now ready for our swim squads: TEAM ACCELERATE!

Maximum of 6 students per 30 minute class

Requirements:

  • Has completed Dolphin
  • Swim Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Goggles
  • Towel

Please note that this is a transitional level. If you are a new family, please look at our Clownfish programs or use the level finder via our Online Booking button to determine suitability.

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“Hampton’s offers a very well-planned program that transitions children through each learning phase of swimming appropriate to their age.  Each of the stages link together with gentle progressions ensuring swimmers are progressing but not overwhelmed.  I feel like my kids are learning such important skills and that they could help themselves if they ever fell into a body of water.”

“I love the staff, swimming teachers and support team. My children love sticker week and moving up to new levels and I am thrilled with their new skills and how far they’ve both come in the pool. Hampton Swim School has quality programs and are ever evolving with things like the new online portal.”

“HSS has given our boy the ability to believe in himself - he achieved every couple of weeks, slow and steady!  Pushing somebody that isn’t ready will never work - but quality coaching will make anybody feel ready 💕.”

“The classes teach pool safety in a fun and engaging way. We’ve been very impressed with the program. The constant progression and sticker week are also loved by our boys.”

“I like the convenience of managing my children's enrolment online. I also like the prompt replies to my emails from staff.”

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