The DLSA Schools Program has been designed by Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist, Darren Lange. Darren has had more than 30 year’s experience within the swimming industry at all levels. Since 1994, the DLSA has built a reputation for delivering high quality, aquatic instruction to Toowoomba and regional families.
With two indoor facilities, Wilsonton and Centenary Heights, we have become Toowoomba's premier Swim School, offering a wide range of water confidence and safety classes, through to learn to swim and squad programs.
We take our teacher training program very seriously and continually strive to improve. All teachers are fully qualified Austswim Instructors and are subject to regular assessments and workshops with Darren Lange and the senior teaching team to ensure their skills are kept up to date.
All teachers perform a minimum of 30 hours training through our own DLSA Teacher of Learn to Swim Training Program before taking their own classes. This program includes hands on instruction from Darren Lange as well as a number of theoretical and practical workshops finalised with assessments.
The DLSA is a certified Swim Australia Program Provider.
We have 9 separate levels within the Schools Program ranging from water confidence through to squad swimmers. Children are assessed throughout their 1st lesson and divided into appropriate classes.
All teachers follow the same lesson plan for each particular level. These lesson plans were designed and implemented by Darren Lange. Our lesson plan detail is the corner stone of our program success.
While water confidence and learning to swim are the main aspects of our program, we also introduce ability relevant aspects of the Royal Lifesaving Society’s ‘Swim and Survive’ program. Advanced swimmers can complete their RLSS Swim and Survive Level Certification.
Both our Wilsonton and Centenary Heights facilities are indoors and fully heated. Wilsonton water temperature is maintained at 30 degrees all year round with Centenary Heights maintaining 28 degrees and higher.
Schools Program Class Sizes
How Assessment Works...
The first lesson of a School Program is assessment day. If the school group is returning from swimming in our program the previous year, we group the children according to their last lesson assessment as a starting point. Some children will be changed straight away and some will be changed to another group at the next lesson after we have had a chance to review the class sizes, together with the updated assessment information.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The group number or colour your child is in does not denote the level. Many children get caught up in the fact that they may be in group 2 and should be group 3, when the true is those 2 classes could have the exact same level of skills in each.
Accurately assessing the thousands of children who partake in our School Program each year is a big undertaking. We work hard to get the initial assessment to at least 95% of where it should be.
Children can move up levels throughout the program. This enables us to focus on individual improvement rather than just getting big groups of swimmers in for a swim.
All children will be assessed on their last lesson and their certificate will outline their ability level. When re-booking the following year, children will be grouped according to the highest level achieved from the previous year, then re-assessed to ensure that they are in the appropriate level.
By the end of the last lesson, the children will all be assessed one last time. This is the assessment that will be noted on their DLSA School Program certificate.
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