Playground is a pre-competitive program offered once a week for 30 minutes over a ten week period. It is focused on almost continuous action and activity to help children learn 5 core skills – balance, buoyancy, breathing, sculling hand motion, leg propulsion. These are then combined to build endurance.
Participants need to be comfortable in deep water, able to submerge and blow bubbles, to jump from the side, to swim away from the side and try different activities unassisted (by this we mean without a life jacket and without the need to hold the side continuously). The age group for Playground generally ranges from 5 to 10 years. Swimmers should be finished Level 3 (Swim lessons) before joining the Crusader Playground. Through games children develop the core skills which provide the foundation for any aquatic activity. Our aim is that they will love swimming and want to continue into the sport by joining the Crusaders.