The DSA Program Pathway is designed to take the students from an introductory understanding of basic water movement to the development of the various strokes. The Pathway consists of the various levels after which the students will be ready for the basics of starting in the Swim Squad.
The key principles followed in the Pathway progresses from Full Support in the beginning, followed by Minimal Support and then finally to Independence. The skills therefore at each level is progressive with facilities for revision also promoted.
RED LEVEL 1 Basic Water Movement & Safety
At this initial phase, importance is placed more on the student gaining confidence about being in the water. First few sessions will be just partial to being fully submerged and learning to do front and back floats. This level is the initial preparation of understanding the movement of the body in water. By the end of this level, the student will be able to float and move unassisted in the water using front and back kicks in the streamline mode.
Basic Water Movement & Safety ► fundamentals of front & back movement in waterRED LEVEL 2 Freestyle & Backstroke
At this phase the students starts learning the strokes in a phased manner, more about the movements concerning each stroke. Using this technique, students learn more about the front movent and back movement of the arms, having developed the leg kicks already in the previous level. The process inolves moving from streamline to balanced position and changing this after short distances. By the end of this level, students will have developed the freestyle and backstroke at a basic level.
enhancing confidence & movement ► introduction to freestyle & backstroke
YELLOW LEVEL 1 Enhancing Freestyle & Backstroke
The Yellow levels mark the further development of basic swimming skills. Here they learn to improve the freestyle and backstroke swim through extended arm balanced position, and increase the swimming distance. Breathing techniques are introduced at this level to enable the students to cover the distance.An introduction of the basic skills for diving is also covered in this level.
enhancing freestyle & backstroke ► introducing breathing techniquesYELLOW LEVEL 2 Introducing Breaststroke
At this level, students learn to perfect their hand and leg movements using specific drills while swimming. The initial exercises of breast stroke are also introduced and the students learn the whip, kick and glide movements. The diving skills are also further reinforced at this level.
enhancing freestyle & backstroke ► introducing breast stroke ► introducing starts & turns
BLUE LEVEL 1 Introducing Butterfly
The Blue levels indicate the need for practice of the skills learned and developed during the previous levels. Students learn to swim extended distances using both freestyle and backstroke. Breaststroke swim to longer distances is also practiced. The first control mechanics of the butterfly stroke are also introduced in this level.
freestyle, backstroke & breaststroke enhancement ► introducing butterfly ► introducing stroke rulesBLUE LEVEL 2 Preparation for Squad works
At this level, students start to prepare for competitive swimming levels. The techniques are perfected to increase efficiency in movement. The students cover longer distances swims in both freestyle and backstroke. Breaststroke co-ordinated leg kick and arm motion also completed here. In addition, the controlled undulation of the butterfly stroke is also practiced here.
enhancement of all strokes ► preparation for squad training
The DSA Pathway for the Squad Programs aims at preparing students for competitive levels, which is extensive training for participation at inter-club meets and upwards.MINI SQUAD Entry level for Squad Training
The Mini Squad trains for 1 hour every session and includes extended aerobic fitness and stroke correction. The practice sessions are on a rotational plan so students can practise all the strokes at the same sessions. Students will need to have necessary equipment which includes water bottle, goggles, cap, kickboard and a pair of fins. Mini Squad also servers a level for those looking to continue regular training, but not wishing to move to competitive levels.
Learning Bio-Mechanics of Swimming ► Extended Fitness ► Leisure Squad Training
The DSA Swim Team or the Senior Squad trains for 2 hours every session. Swimmers develop the techniques and fitness levels required for competitive swimming. They are taught training cycles, goal setting and achievement of personal targets. Dry land training and its effective use for improvement in performance and other psychological and management strategies are also imparted Nutrition and injury management are the other factors studied at this level. Swimmers are given exposure to National level competitions. Equipment required includes black leg band and snorkel in addition to the Junior Squad materials.
training cycles ► injury management ►national level exposure