Levels and Classes

This is a guideline of our levels and what each class will work on during the term.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Babies – with parents in the water

  • Entry
  • Exit
  • Water familiarisation
  • Games and songs to encourage hand eye co-ordination
  • Teaching water safety

Preschool with parents in the water

  • Entry
  • Exit
  • Water confidence
  • Games, songs to encourage hand eye coordination
  • Social interaction with other children


  • Water Confidence
  • Submersion
  • Entry
  • Exit

Floating Hatchlings

  • Submersion
  • Entry
  • Exit
  • Float on the front and back aided and unaided
  • Rotation from front to back without standing
  • Glide

Tiny Turtles flippers

  • Float on front and back
  • Glide in a streamline position for 5 seconds or more
  • Breath control for 5 seconds or more
  • Kick in streamline position on front and back
  • Rolling from front to back without standing
  • Sitting dives

Tiny turtles Stroke

  • Float on front and Back
  • Glide in streamline position
  • Kick in streamline position with long legs
  • Big arm circles 4-6
  • Kick on back
  • Rolling from front to back
  • Sitting dives

Yearlings B.B.

  • Gliding in streamline position with breath hold of more than 6 seconds
  • Kicking in streamline position
  • X4 big arms
  • Kick on back
  • Sitting diving
  • Dolphin kick
  • Learning freestyle breathing to the side
  • Safe Diving

Sea Turtles Br

  • Gliding in streamline position
  • Kick on back with arm strokes
  • Dolphin kick
  • Learning freestyle breathing, extending to down the pool
  • Safe Diving
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Summersaults
Freestyle Swimming lessons Papamoa Tauranga

Snapping Turtles

  • Freestyle breathing for 4 length or more
  • Backstroke
  • Basic breaststroke arms and legs
  • Basic dolphin kick and arms
  • Safe Diving
  • Summersaults


  • Freestyle for 100 meters (10 lengths of our pool)
  • Backstroke 100 meters (10 lengths of our pool)
  • Breaststroke with breathing
  • Butterfly with breathing
  • Safe Diving
  • Basic tumble turns
  • Timed swims


  • Competent at all 4 strokes
  • Freestyle 1 length timed
  • Freestyle 5 length timed
  • Freestyle for 50 lengths of our pool
  • Backstroke 1 length timed
  • Breaststroke 1 length timed
  • Butterfly 1 length timed
  • Tumble turns
  • Safe Dives


Beginners and intermediate swimmers or adults after some stroke correction.

Private lessons 1:1 or 1:2 lessons 

  • These can be arranged at any time. 
  • Please contact me at turtleswimschool@gmail.com and we can arrange a time and day suitable to you.


Turtle Swim School offers affordable swimming lessons in Papamoa and Tauranga. You or your children will learn to swim with an award winning, highly experienced and qualified swim teacher.
Book in or enquire to start your swimming journey with Helene!


0211024184  or 

07 572 5030



Our swimming lessons run from:
• 120 Pacific View Road, Papamoa, Tauranga
• Toi Ohomai Aquatic Centre, 70 Windermere Drive, Poike, Tauranga

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