Swimming

Welcome to Prime Star Sport Academy Swimming Activity,

Swimming is an activity that burns lots of calories, is easy on the joints, supports your weight, and builds muscular strength and endurance. It also improves cardiovascular fitness, cools you off and refreshes you in summer, and is one that you can do safely into old age.

Swimming is a healthy workout that can be done for a lifetime. It is a low-impact activity that has several mental and bodily health benefits, that is a recreational motion for everyone. Swimming can provide a low-impact workout. Swimming builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness.

Two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity such as swimming can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses. Along with this, swimming is linked to better cognitive function, lower risk of type 2 diabetes, lower risk of high blood pressure, and lower risk of stroke. People are typically able to exercise longer in water than on land without increased effort, and minimal joint or muscle pain.

We believe that learning to swim is essential to save your child’s life. At Prime Star Sport Academy we aim through our step-by-step program to provide you a safe swimming environment, with classes that are fun and a process that is easy to learn.

Prime Star Sport Academy is committed to your child’s safety and well being by ensuring all instructors are qualified and comply with the child protection legislation requirements. This means that our swimming lessons are always of the highest standard.

Prime Star Sport Academy provides swimming lessons for Kids, Adults, and Champions. Beginning at 3 years through to adults, Beginners to Advanced. We provide lessons for water confidence, stroke tuition and correction and squad training.

Our program will improve your fitness, strength, flexibility and coordination, so that you can also enjoy other lifestyle activities.

Prime Star Sport Academy is unique because we offer a system that is complete from teaching the basic of swimming.

Preschool Early Swimming Program Ages 3 - 5 years

Children in the age group of 3-5 year's will work on skills that will prepare them for success in the learn-to-swim program. Little kids at swimming lessons Children ages will be learning water safety, survival skills and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment. Skills are age-appropriate, allowing students to achieve success on a regular basis. Comfort in the water, breath control, locomotion on front and back, and water safety are the primary skills covered. Children should be comfortable working independently with an instructor.

Youth Swim Program Ages 6 - 15 Years

We offer multiple levels of classes for this age group! The classes are based on the level of the swimmer from beginner to advanced.

Fun Children Swimming Program - Ages 6 months - 36 months

Children ages 6 months - 3 year's work independently in this class to develop comfort in the water, basic skills to prepare them for swimming, and water safety. This program is designed to orient children about the aquatic environment and lay a foundation that will assist with swimming development. Skills are introduced at the child's development level and it is fun program for the children. Basic water skills are taught through fun songs and games. It is not intended to teach children to swim or survive in the water on their own, but to provide with useful information and techniques to orient their children to the water environment.

Fun Parent & Children Swimming Program - Ages 6 Months - 36 Months

Children ages 6 months - 3 year's work together with their parents in this class to develop comfort in the water, basic skills to prepare them for swimming, and water safety. This program is designed to orient children and parents to the aquatic environment and lay a foundation that will assist with swimming development. Skills are introduced at the child's development level and build on each other as the child progresses. Basic water skills are taught through fun songs and games. It is not intended to teach children to swim or survive in the water on their own, but to provide parents with useful information and techniques to orient their children to the water environment. Parents are REQUIRED to participate in this level.

The student needs to get comfortable with water: this includes kicking, bobbing, underwater exploration, front and back floating and gliding with face in the water, open eyes under water.

Starfish1:
Little to no experience in the water. Participants will be introduced to the water and gain confidence.

  • Maximum Training Time – 30 minutes
  • Warm up – 5 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

Maximum training period to move to next level will be 6 months to one year and the decision is based on children's ability to perform the stroke and final decision is made according to Coach's discretion.

Starfish2:
Demonstrate confidence in the water. Class will focus on coordinated skill work with assistance. This level is for those children who are able to float and swim. Introduction to Kickboard and various types of kicks to help their strokes

  • Maximum Training Time – 30 minutes
  • Warm up – 5 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

Maximum training period to move to next level will be 6 months to one year and the decision is based on children's ability to perform the stroke and final decision is made according to Coach's discretion.

The student needs to swim 10 feet on free style and backstroke, submerge entire head, submerge and retrieve an object.

Seahorse 1:
Ability to demonstrate water skills with assistance. Focus of this class is on independently demonstrating water skills. Introduction to free style and backstroke

  • Maximum Training Time – 45 minutes
  • Warm up – 10 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

Maximum training period to move to next level will be 6 months to one year and the decision is based on children's ability to perform the stroke and final decision is made according to Coach's discretion.

Seahorse 2:
Ability to demonstrate water skills with assistance. Focus of this class is on independently demonstrating water skills. Introduction to four strokes and development in free style and backstroke

  • Maximum Training Time – 45 minutes
  • Warm up – 10 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

Maximum training period to move to next level will be 6 months to one year and the decision is based on children's ability to perform the stroke and final decision is made according to Coach's discretion.

The student needs to swim 25 meters on, free style, backstroke, and breast stroke and butterfly also jump into deep water from side.

Dolphin Junior:

  • Maximum Training Time – 60 minutes
  • Warm up – 10 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

Dolphin Senior:
The student needs to swim 50 meters on, free style, backstroke, and breast stroke and butterfly also jump into deep water from side and knows flip turn.

  • Maximum Training Time – 60 minutes
  • Warm up – 10 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

Maximum training period to move to next level will be 6 months to one year and the decision is based on children's ability to perform the stroke and final decision is made according to Coach's discretion.

It includes free style and backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke, allowing for flip turns while swimming and needs to swim 50 meters. The swimmers will be trained in speed improvement and dry land exercise so that they can participate in the competitions in the school level as well as in the UAE level.

Shark Junior:

  • Maximum Training Time – 75 minutes
  • Warm up – 10 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

Maximum training period to move to next level will be 6 months to one year and the decision is based on children's ability to perform the stroke and final decision is made according to Coach's discretion.

All strokes should be shown at 25 meters, allow for flip turn, includes swimming underwater for 15 meters

Shark Senior:
Focus of this class is on independently demonstrating the water skills. The focus in this level is to develop kids on the four strokes and perfection of strokes with endurance training.

  • Maximum Training Time – 90 minutes
  • Warm up – 10 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

Shark Gold:
Focus of this class is on independently demonstrating the water skills. The focus in this level is to give them more dry land exercise supplemented with speed training which will help to improve their performance in competition.

  • Maximum Training Time – 90 minutes
  • Warm up – 10 minutes
  • Warm Down – 5 minutes

The swimming test includes swimming continuously of 500 meters, including free style and backstroke at 100 meters, plus 50 meters for each of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke.

Shark Elite:
This group consists of swimmers who are professional and willing to spend more time in the training program. These level swimmers are involved in International competition and national competition training program. They are given training in dry land exercise, nutrition plan and special training to compete in the international level.

  • Maximum Training Time – 120 minutes
  • Warm up – 20 minutes
  • Warm Down – 10 minutes

Infant FAQ:

Throughout the water adjustment phase and initial submersion stages we have observed babies attending class (or practicing at home) at least 4 times per week are able to learn most smoothly and naturally. This is a necessity for children who are cautious, adverse to water on their face or who have been traumatized by an aggressive swim program.

Many people who call us will ask if their babies are going to learn to swim the crawl stroke-- to them, that is swimming. In infant-toddler terms, swimming to us it is the ability to move through the water, harmoniously on their-own accord. Initially, for very short distances. In the younger stages, the primary mode of propulsion is kicking. For those families who continue to practice, their child will eventually be able jump in, turn around and swim back to the side. Refer to the "What Babies Can Learn" page for complete details.

Some babies who started prior to their first birthday by the age of 25 months can swim comfortably holding their breath over 20 seconds covering long distances. They come up after the swim relaxed and calm (please do not try this at home). This took hundreds of hours of practice and very gradual lengthening of the swims. Babies should finish each swim happy, not panting and not take in any water.

No one is ever drownproof. Utmost caution must always be in effect in and around water. Adult supervision and barriers between your child and the pool are your best defense for reducing the risk against an aquatic accident. This is discussed in depth on the home pool safety page. However, as your child reaches new levels in their swimming skills, they will eventually be able to perform maneuvers which can increase their chances of getting to safety if an unsupervised water entry were to occur. These achievements should never give parents or caregivers a false sense of security. Swim programs must make it their top priority to educate parents on all aspects of water safety. (i.e.. supervision, barriers, pool safety fencing, CPR and child centered swimming lessons).

It is paramount that the well being of the baby is never sacrificed to impose the accelerated and premature acquisition of these safety skills!

Crying (or worse) is not a prerequisite to learning how to swim. Many children learn to eventually love the water despite their negative lesson experience. Not all children emerge from such an experience unscathed. Even if they do eventually like the water, none of the aggression was necessary in the first place. Lessons should be geared to the level and readiness of the learner. All humans, especially infants and toddlers should be treated with honor and dignity.

If your child was treated in an aggressive manner physically, emotionally or mentally in swimming lessons or for that matter in any activity I would not recommend it. Also, a condition called hyponatremia or water intoxication is a concern to some doctors, as it can be a health risk. This is caused by swallowing excessive amounts of water. Such symptoms as disorientation and listlessness can occur. In extreme cases shock. This could occur if a young baby is pushed too hard, too soon and too long. However, there are many gentle, child-paced programs that do have your "whole child's" interests at heart. In these programs your baby should swallow no water (or very, very little), because skills are gradually introduced when the child is ready, relaxed and happy. I have never heard of this condition occurring in a gentle program. A few babies do like to drink the water. Parents need to remember when holding their child to keep the child's mouth above the surface. If a child's stomach does become distended with excess water you will want to stop the lesson for the day. When practicing at home remember not to over extend your baby by showing off for the neighbors or relatives, especially if your child is just beginning to achieve proper breath control.

I wish they did. Unfortunately, some babies are very cautious about everything. Some are frightened of new situations or strangers. Others are extremely uncomfortable with water on their face. Often, this child's parent is also adverse to water on their face. Parents need to be relaxed, transferring a calmness to their baby. Positive, proactive parenting, consistent practice and very gradual introduction to water on the face (above the surface) all combine for success. A frightened infant or toddler can be creatively redirected to comfort through playing games, singing songs and appealing to their vivid imagination. A positive group class situation greatly helps to ease the fears of most children. Focus on what your child can do and be patient. Eventually, through a trusting and secure learning environment, play and perseverance, a tolerance for water on the face will be developed. Do not submerge children until they are relaxed and adjusted to water poured on their face. This can take time, but it’s worth the effort. Your child will appreciate it.

We have observed that the optimal age to start babies is between six months and 12 months old. At this stage the majority of infants are ripe in the water. They are comfortable, the water feels natural. These very young babies still seem to have a memory of the fluid environment in the womb. However, a window of opportunity for smooth learning still exits up to approximately 18 months old (especially for water adjustment and initial submersions). At approximately 19 months to 24 months toddlers can begin to enter the "challenging twos" phase. It is easier to teach water adjustment and breath control before this stage begins. However, it is never too late when utilizing a creative and interactive curriculum. The group class structure works miracles and motivates children to participate with their peers, at any age.

AGE Group Swimmers FAQ:

The answer depends on the individual child and what your goals are. Be open to the swim academy and instructor you have and you will get your answer. Like anything your child learns - the more they practice and learn the more they will progress.

Once a child learns how to swim there are many advantages to keeping them in an ongoing program. Not only do children benefit from becoming strong swimmers but they also benefit from life saving programs, competitive swimming, and the ability to do a variety of strokes. Along with all of the health and wellness benefits that swimming has to offer.

No one is ever drownproof. Utmost caution must always be in effect in and around water. Adult supervision and barriers between your child and the pool are your best defense for reducing the risk against an aquatic accident. This is discussed in depth on the home pool safety page. However, as your child reaches new levels in their swimming skills, they will eventually be able to perform maneuvers which can increase their chances of getting to safety if an unsupervised water entry were to occur. These achievements should never give parents or caregivers a false sense of security. Swim programs must make it their top priority to educate parents on all aspects of water safety. (i.e.. supervision, barriers, pool safety fencing, CPR and child centered swimming lessons).

It is paramount that the well being of the baby is never sacrificed to impose the accelerated and premature acquisition of these safety skills!

Many of our member swim schools start as early as two months. Others start later. Most start at a very early age because it is a lot easier to teach an infant rather than a four or five year old who has already built up a fear to the water.

Children need to learn to swim. And, new evidence shows that children 1 year to 4 years may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction.

In competitive swimming, four major styles have been established. These have been relatively stable over the last 30–40 years with minor improvements. The four main strokes in swimming are:

  • Butterfly
  • Breast Stroke
  • Back Stroke
  • Free Style

Events in competition may have only one of these styles except in the case of the individual medley, or IM, which consists of all four. In this latter event, swimmers swim equal distances of butterfly, then backstroke, breaststroke, and finally, freestyle. In Olympic competition, this event (called the "IM") is swum in these distances – 100, 200 and 400 meters. for younger swimmers (typically under 14 years) involved in club swimming, or masters swimming (over 18).

It is not recommended to use air filled swimming aids such as floaties/water wings.

Most members teach 45 minutes lesson. However that time may vary depending on your child's level, capabilities and age.

Although it is possible to teach your children how to swim on your own, often times children are more susceptible to learning in a formal setting. Not only will kids progress at a faster rate, but they will also learn the correct technique without developing bad habits.

Once you proceed onto poolside you will be greeted by our instructors/Coaches. Just let them know you are new and they will have you on their registers. The children will meet their instructor/coach, who will then assess their swimming ability throughout the lesson to ensure that they are in the right class.

The first couple of sessions are all about getting your child comfortable in the water, meeting the other children and getting them excited for the journey ahead.

It's great to let your children know what they will be doing as part of their swimming lesson. Tell them they will have a new teacher (whose name will be on your confirmation email), tell them how much fun they will have learning a new sport, and why it is so important for them to learn to swim.

Please arrive to the venue approximately 10-15 minutes before the class is due to start to give you time to find your bearings and get changed. Proceed onto the poolside just before the session is about to start.

Don’t forget:

  • Swimming costume or tight fitting trunks
  • Towel
  • Prime Star Swimming Cap
  • Goggles
  • No jewelry
  • No armbands – we provide alternative floatation devices
  • Children shouldn’t swim on a full stomach; please don’t allow your child to eat anything substantial one hour before the session
  • If your child is feeling sickly, unwell or has an upset stomach it is not advised they attend lessons

Each Beginners lesson will be structured so that it is productive and fun for your child, regardless of what ability level they are at.

Children will be warmed up for the first 5 minutes of their lesson, followed by a 20 minutes focus on key swimming and technical skills, a 20 minutes fun activity, and a 5 minutes cool down at the end.

Beginners level will get 8 Sessions Per Month for AED 500, inclusive of pool fees, duration 1 hour.

Beginners Level Classes have a maximum of 6 children per instructor/coach.

Children in our foundation groups who are unable to swim independently will benefit from our instructors delivering the lesson in the water for confidence and support. At this level we also use floatation devices such as arm disks, swimming noodles and kick floats to ensure the children can be independent in their swimming, to aid travel and movement in the water and, more importantly, they are safe.

The foundation classes will focus on short, repetitive swims to ensure they are reinforcing all of the skills they are learning. Swimming long distances at the start of their swimming journey is not beneficial, as the children tire and their skill breaks down.

All instructors are qualified along with other aquatic discipline experience, such as diving. Also, a large majority of instructors come from a competitive swimming background and have competed regionally and nationally in the sport.

All children are assessed on a continual basis.

Your child’s instructor will update their progress to Head Coach weekly, approach admin team and fix up the meeting with Head Coach to get updated on the progress.

All children progress at different levels and speeds, and this also varies depending on what point your child joins our program.

The average time for a complete novice to progress through all of the stage awards is 3-4 years. At this point, your child will exceed the National Curriculum Key Stage 2 standard and will be a competent, aerobic swimmer with the capability to perform competitive skills. They will also have the stamina to swim 800 meters and upwards.

Prime Star recommends that swimmers stay on the program until at least Shark Level, where they are deemed to be competent, strong swimmers.

Yes, we can teach your child how to swim to a competitive level.

Instructors will monitor your child and decide whether they need to move classes. If you feel like your child is progressing at a faster rate than some children, please chat to our admin team they will arrange a meeting with coach/teacher/instructor.

Prime Star Sport Academy is keen to assess our swimmers and see if they are ready to join our club.Please express any interest in your child reaching club level swimming to our instructor.We can work with your child to get them to the necessary standard required.

As the stages of progress, the skills and criteria become more important to meet. From Shark Squad upwards, kids will start performing. It will take 3 to 4 levels for the child to achieve the criteria needed in order to perform. It is important that all skills are executed at a high and consistent standard.

Kindly meet the admin team in the respective location, please feel free to raise any issues that you may have with them. The administrator will then feed these back to the instructor/coach.

We request the parents don't disturb the instructors/coach. we like their time to focus solely on teaching the children.

Alternatively, please email us at info@primestaruae.com or call us on 055 2007182 to speak to your Manager.

We aim to be an all-inclusive program and do what we can to cater to everybody; it is important that we know about ALL medical conditions, no matter how small.

Please contact our admin &customer service team to discuss your individual requirements and possibility of joining one of our classes.

If a planned session is cancelled by the academy, then our main priority is to re-schedule the session.

If it is not possible to do so, we can transfer the lesson fee as a credit to the following term.

Classes depend on ability. Come to our center our coaches will take the assessment and advise on the right level.

Can be paid for by cash and any major credit or debit card.

Yes, Yes cash and Cards are accepted at the centers. Please ensure that you pay before the lesson.

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