The “Vannmerke” courses main focus is the basic exercises for getting used to water. The course is for those who have no previous experience with water, and is normally recommended for children aging from 4 and up. It’s at this course one practices the fundamentals of swimming, “Diving”, “Floating”, “gliding” and “propulsion”
The “hvalmerke” courses main focus is on the fundamental skill “diving” which involves safely submerging your entire body in the water. To learn how to swim, the child needs to be able to dive under water and orient themselves. This involves being able to controll your breathing: inhaling – Diving – look around and orient yourself – resurface – exhale
The “Skilpadde” course focuses on the fundamental skill “Floating”, which involves familiarising the natural buoyancy one has in the water. The conscious feeling of water ‘carrying’ the body is very important in swimming. How one floats is affected by ones posture and breathing. the prerequisite for floating is to keep as much of your body submerged. This is why floating comes after diving.
The “pingvin” course focuses on the fundamental skill “gliding”, which involves floating while moving, either underwater or in the surface. This aloows you to feel the waters resistance. One needs to know how to hold their breath and to float to succeed at this.
The “selunge” courses focus on the fundamental skill of “propulsion”, which involves creating your own propulsion through the use of your arms and legs. The goal is to utilize the waters resistance to propel yourself forward.
At the “Sel” courses you will focus on the swimming styles crawl and backstroke. One will have roughly practiced these strokes during the earlier courses. At this level those skills will be further improved, through exercises that will make the swimmer perform with efficiency and fine tuned coordination.
At the “sjøløve” course you will focus on the remaining strokes breaststroke and butterfly. The participants will have little to none experience with these strokes from the earlier courses, so they will start with the basics at this level.
At the “Delfin” course, one will further improve those skills they worked one in the previous level. Swimmers will have some basic experience with the “dolphin-motion” that is very central in both butterfly and breaststroke. One will finetune the skills they already have from the previous level.
At the “Hai” course, the swimmer will make their first attempt at swimming medley. A collection of all the swimming strokes (Fly – Backstroke – Breaststroke – Freestyle). This will put all the skills one has practiced so far and is a great way to improve all styles and the turns and pullouts that one is required to excell at to become a great swimmer.