Essentials for Schools
Swimming Australia's Optus Junior Dolphins program focuses on kids having fun with their friends, water safety and participation in a safe and non-competitive environment. The program has been designed to enhance foundation swimming skill development, providing a non-competitive environment suitable for young swimmers to develop skills for lifelong participation in swimming.
Swimming Australia are continuing to develop the program with kids aged 5 - 8 in mind who have learnt basic swimming skills. Kids within this age range receive free membership at their local swimming club!*
Optus Junior Dolphins is already taking place in swimming clubs and Learn to Swim schools across Australia.
For more information on Optus Junior Dolphins go to www.swimming.org.au/Junior-Dolphins
PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAM
Swimming Australia's Optus Junior Dolphins program can be delivered by primary school teachers as a four lesson program (with an optional fifth lesson) that fits within the Sporting Schools funding model. It allows participants to learn, practice and build on swimming skills each lesson to assist with the development of water confidence and technique. Optus Junior Dolphins can be delivered as a one week intensive or four week (with optional fifth week) program. Schools who book the program will receive a copy (both hard copy and digital) of the Teacher Guide.
The Optus Junior Dolphins for Schools Teacher Guide includes:
- Session plans (four lesson program, with an optional fifth lesson)
- Games guide (including equipment list)
- Carnival guide.
Depending on the age of the participants and timing of the program, sessions should range from 30 – 60 minutes.
SUPERVISIONAll swimming coaches, swimming and water safety teachers and primary schools teachers delivering the Sporting Schools program will need to follow the recommended guidelines for delivering aquatic programs:
|Age Group||Swimming Australia and AustSwim Guidelines|
|Beginners||Little or no experience.
||1 swimming and water safety teacher: 10 students|
|Intermediate||Basic skills and can swim 25m of a recognisable stroke.
||1 swimming and water safety teacher: 12 students
|Advanced||Can swim 50m using at least one recognisable stroke.
||1 swimming and water safety teacher: 15 students
COSTSwimming program costs will vary depending on the requirements of the primary school and delivery agencies. The following program aspects may be covered by the Sporting Schools grant:
- Optus Junior Dolphins Teacher delivered package cost - this package will cost $25 and the school will receive a copy of the Teacher Guide to assist with program delivery
- Program delivery costs - these costs will be dependent on the coach or swim school. Costs may be charged at a fixed rate for the session or per participant
- Pool entry costs - primary schools that do not have their own pool may cover pool entry fees for program participants
- Transport costs - primary schools that do not have their own pool may cover transport costs.
CAN TEACHERS DELIVER?
Yes. The Optus Junior Dolphins program has been designed specifically as a primary school teacher led swimming program. Primary school teachers who would like to deliver a swimming program should first check the requirements for delivering aquatics programs through their State or Territory Education Department.
Swimming Australia also encourages teachers to explore development opportunities and recommends the Swim Australia Teacher course or the Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (or equivalent) as a minimum standard for teaching swimming. More information on these courses can be found here. Primary school teachers may also be eligible for Recognition of Current Competency to contribute to the Swim Teacher courses.
Primary school teachers delivering programs at their school should refer to their State or Territory Department of Education Swimming Program Guidelines:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Primary schools and teachers interested in finding out more about training and development options or searching for local club and swim school coaching providers for their Sporting Schools program should contact Swimming Australia.