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WATERBUGS

Swimming courses intended for 5-6-year-old daycare children. The campaign was launched in autumn 1999, and tens of daycare centers all over the Helsinki metropolitan area are participating. Learning to swim through daycare education has garnered positive feedback, both from the children and their parents.

Swimming school 

Daycare swimming school includes eight lessons, all 30 minutes in length. Teaching takes place once a week. Learning takes place through play, which gives the child inspiring swimming experiences. After the swimming school ends, the child will receive a certificate, and at the same time, the parents will be given an evaluation about the child’s swimming skills.

Two adults must escort the children (daycare personnel). The daycare personnel will assist the children in the dressing room and the showers and, if necessary, will assist in teaching at the pool. The swimming school fee is 45 € per child (8–10 children per group), which the daycare personnel will pay to the swimming pool’s customer service before the first lesson. Alternatively, we can send the invoice to the parent committee, in which case we need the invoicing address and the contact person’s name.

Objective

The objective is becoming familiar with water and learning how to stay above the surface and some basic swimming skills that prepare the child for learning to swim. 
The teaching will proceed in accordance with the swimming teaching plan for beginners

• becoming familiar with water as an element
• diving underwater
• gliding
• floating
• kicks
• beginner skills of the dog paddle and backstroke technique

Teaching group size

The size of the teaching group is, at maximum, 10 children and, at minimum, 8 children (5–6-year-olds). If one of the children in the group becomes ill, another child cannot take their place, as the teaching follows a certain plan. Absences will not be compensated for.

Excursion from a daycare center

A swimming school can also be an excursion from the daycare center. Depending on the group size, enough daycare personnel in charge of the children’s care and education must take part in the excursion (for example, 2 adults per 10 children).
The adults escorting the group are responsible for the children during the entire excursion, also in the building and the pool. This means that they need to either stay in the pool or right next to it. The swimming teacher is also responsible for the children in the pool.

Welcome to learn!

For more information, please contact: Sebastian Dannberg, sebastian.dannberg@urheiluhallit.fi.

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