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Curriculum

Early Swimmers Curriculum              

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 Early swimmers classes are organized by the Bear-a-Cudas Swim Club to provide English speaking swim classes for JFKS children (and other children if there are free spots) and to enable swimmers to graduate and become members of the swim team Bear-a-Cudas.

 

 

In Early swimmers, there are 3 levels, usually taking about a year to complete:

 

  1. Beginners (from beginner to Seepferdchen)
  2. Intermediate (from Seepferdchen to Bronze)
  3. Advanced (from Bronze to Silver and Gold)

 


 

 

Beginners/Seepferdchen Group

 

feeling good in water world

blowing bubbles

holding breath

putting face in water

submerging

 

leads to

front float

back float

 

leads to

front glide

back glide

 

leads to

kicking front glide

kicking back glide

pulling w/ arms (front crawl)

pulling w/arms (fish fin arms) on back


At the same time:

safety rules

games

contests

jumping in progression to deep water

diving

retrieving objects from shoulder deep water

 

 

At the end/during the class, children také the Seepferdchen test and get their badge. Here are the requirements:

 

German Early Swimmer Exam "Seepferdchen" (Sea Horse)

Jump from pool edge and swim at least 25 m

Pick up an object from the bottom of the pool (with hands) at a water shoulder depth

 

 


 

Intermediate class (Seepferdchen to Bronze)

                                                                                                                                           

 

Laps in the big pool, using freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke


Kick with board and stay on surface

 

Breathing technique for front crawl

 

Jumping from the side of the pool, then dive of the block


Dive, do rolls underwater, handstand


 

At the end/during the class, children take the Bronze test and get their badge. Here are the requirements, translated from German:

 

Exam Bronze: Deutsches Jugendschwimmabzeichen - Bronze

Jump from pool edge and swim at least 200 m in less than 15 minutes

Dive from water surface and pick up and object from 2m depth

Jump from 1m diving board or starting block

Knowledge of swimming rules

 


 

Advanced class (Bronze to Silver/Gold)

 

                                                                                                                                        Progress Report

swim laps, to achieve 16 laps in 25 minutes

 

Three strokes: front crawl, breast, back


Racing dive


Dive for 10 meters


Flip turns


 

At the end/during the class, children také the Silver test and get their badge. Here are the requirements:

 

Exam Silver: Deutsches Jugendschwimmabzeichen - Silber

Start dive and swim at least 400 m in less than 25 min (300 m front stroke and 100 m on back)

dive twice from water surface and pick up object from 2m depth swim underwater for a length of 10m

jump from 3m

knowledge of swimming rules and self rescue techniques

 

 

Exam Gold: Deutsches Jugendschwimmabzeichen - Gold

must be at least 9 years old

swim 600 m in less than 24 minutes

swim 50 m breaststroke in less than 70 sec

swim 25 m crawl

swim 50 m backstroke with breaststroke kick without use of arms or 50 m normal backstroke

dive from water surface to pick up 3 rings from 2 m depth in 3 attempts within 3 min)

swim underwater for a length of 15 m

jump from 3 m 50 m transport swimming: pushing or towing another swimmer on his back

knowledge of swimming rules knowledge about helping in cases of swimming, boat and ice accidents (self rescue and simple rescue of another person)

 

 


 



Pool Addresses: 

Hüttenweg 41 14195 Berlin

Finckensteinallee 73 12205 Berlin

 

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