Certified coaches who are experienced in working with and teaching young children. This describes the professional staff of FINS Swim School (FINS), first established at SAFRA Toa Payoh in November 2012. Today, FINS offers swimming lessons at four SAFRA clubs (Mount Faber, Tampines, Toa Payoh and Yishun). From 1 Apr 2019, it will be offering swimming lessons at SAFRA Jurong.
Its comprehensive and well-structured curriculum focuses on efficient swimming techniques, and is suitable for children aged 5 and above, as well as adults.
Under the FINS Learn to Swim programme – which comprises beginner, intermediate and advance levels – students would have been taught water safety and survival, and learnt to swim the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and survival backstroke/sidestroke. Thereafter, students are encouraged to join the FINS development class, which enhances training in the four strokes, introduces the butterfly stroke,and focuses on endurance through distance swimming and speed through sprints and time trials.
Students with the potential for competition are selected and encouraged to train under the FINS Pre-Squad. This unit was formed in 2017 and was led by former FINS Head Coach, Julian, who trained a first cohort of just three students at SAFRA Yishun and is currently the Senior Technical Coach for the programme.
Today, the Pre-Squad has classes at three SAFRA clubs (Toa Payoh, Mount Faber and Yishun), and trains more than 30 students. Each training session runs for two hours, and there are two training sessions each week. Achieving Milestones Since its inception, the FINS Pre-Squad has reached various milestones, including Singapore Swimming Proficiency Awards certification, and FINS students have clinched medals at local swim meets and age-group category competitions.