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Secret Tips to Swimming Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” ~ Michael Phelps

One thing about swimming is that it is able to bring our limits and beyond, forcing us to think outside the box that we have limit ourselves to think about what we are capable of.  Sometimes our goals might seem so far-fetched and distant, let these little kids tell you otherwise! They are going to let you in with their secret keys to all the four strokes- Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly!

FREESTYLE– a stroke that might look easy to acquire but there’s a lot of coordination required to be able to swim Freestyle effectively.

Check out how our little HEROINES make Swimming FREESTYLE look as EASY as 1-2-3!

Having your best friends to accomplish swimming GOALS together is something every one of us would die for! Even when we have to drink a lot of water along the process, the water also becomes sweet like Ribena! But with their best swimming buddies around, they managed to overcome it after much DETERMINATION & PRACTICE.

2 Freestyle Key Tips:

#1: Freestyle breathing coordination may be quite CHALLENGING at first. Imagine having these lil ones to coordinate their arms, legs as well as breathing with only half of their face out of the water. Roll your head to the side to breathe instead of lifting-up your head!

#2: Swim don’t Sink!: Focus on your head and body positioning. Maintain a good horizontal balance when swimming Freestyle. As you roll to the side for breath, remember to keep your hips and legs close to the water’s surface instead of letting them sink. This means continuous kicking even when you pull and breathe while maintaining a good body position.

BACKSTROKE- A stroke that you can focus less on breathing control

This is the most common problem when swimming Backstroke- Swinging heads!

This Backstroke drill will not only help train your child’s BACKSTROKE, but get ready to uncover the other side of your child when they swim! You will see how FOCUS they are, it will also help cultivate GRIT, SELF-CONTROL, and DETERMINATION.

When we swim Backstroke, we might think that since we have our heads facing upwards at all times, breathing should not be an issue. But, that might turn out to be one of the biggest problems!

Backstroke Key Tip #1: Breathing Control- Develop a consistent Breathing pattern after every complete arm cycle. Avoid holding your breath as it might cause you to SINK! You might think that it’s ok to just breathe as when you are on land, but NOOOOO… Remember to maintain breathing MOUTH IN, NOSE OUT even when swimming Backstroke to avoid the water gushing into your nose.

“Why can’t I float when I’m swimming Backstroke?!” That’s a common one!
Backstroke Key Tip #2: Buoyancy-  Best tip is just to loosen up and put less weight or focus on your lower bottom. It is also a common misconception that if you are sinking, you have to kick harder which leads to kicking with very bent knees.  Remember to kick from the hips rather than the knees.

Next up, the most common question we have at all times is “Why am I not moving forward when I kick Breaststroke?” Unlike any other strokes, breaststroke rely more heavily on its legs movement as compared to the arms.

What are the 2 SECRET formulas for perfecting the Breaststroke (aka “Froggy”)?

#1: Strong Breaststroke KICK: Imagine as if you are KICKING OFF OF THE WALL right behind you every single time you kick. Focus on your feet positioning! Your feet should be turned outwards as you kick in a frog-like motion. The feet should not extend past the width of the knees. GLIDE, DON’T RUSH after every kick, stay still for 2 seconds will allow you to swim Breaststroke more EFFICIENTLY, EFFECTIVELY & EFFORTLESSLY.

Common mistakes of Breaststroke Pull:

  1. Pulling all the way to the back towards the hips
  2. Pulling too narrow
  3. Pulling in Sharp corners (imagine rectangular/ square shaped)

#2: Round Catch during Breaststroke Pull: The shape of your breaststroke pull dictates how well you will propulse forward. During the catch, carve your palms down and inward, make a round shape. As you surge forward,  focus on driving your hands forward near to the surface of the water after breath. Allow your body to will follow your hands as it leads the pull.

The butterfly is said to be the most difficult stroke of all. However, we believe good fundamentals and a strong understanding of the basics always help to swim a beautiful Butterfly. So our advice to you if you are keen to learn this….. GET your foundations and basics SOLID! Then you will find swimming Butterfly is actually pretty easy.  Let this 7-year-old boy show you how to swim Butterfly in just 1 lesson??

2 Tips to swimming a more EFFICIENT Butterfly:

#1: Keep as close to the surface as possible: It is a common mistake for swimmers to want to tilt their heads up high to take in breath when swimming butterfly. Raising your head up high for breath will only make you more tired and less swim effectively. The key is to create a wave with UNDULATING movements and stay close to the surface. Your chin should barely graze over the surface of the water when catching air on the breath.

#2: Kick from the HIPS, not the KNEES: It is a common belief that if I kick harder, I will move forward faster. Keep your feet and legs together during your dolphin kick. The key is to keep your ankles as loose and flexible as possible. Focus on your glutes and hips movement during the kick, make sure that your heels break the water during every upward kick.

We hope that these swim tips are going to help your swim. If you would like to find out more about our swim programs, feel free to reach us at https://bit.ly/LearnToSwimwithWAHOO. Our team is always excited to be part of your swimming journey regardless your age or which stage you are!

You know how to SWIM but do you know how to SURVIVE?


Your child might know how to swim but do they know what to do in times of need?

Don’t worry, WOOPS is here!
This program aims to educate your child about the LOGIC, SCIENCE, and the RELEVANCE behind all the skills and knowledge they learned at the pool by using technology to educate through visual illustration on settings that your child will be exposed to on a daily basis.

What is WOOPS?
✅ WAHOO Optimal Online Program (Swimming)
✅ 10 Progressive Levels
✅ Swimming drills and simulation practice
✅ Water-safety
✅ Swim Science
✅ Specially curated lessons aligned with our Learn-To-Swim Program

Believe it or not, we are now basically doing this program for FREE!!!

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Come join us in our WOOPS FREE TRIAL CLASS as we bring swimming into your living room!


OPEN FOR KIDS AGE 7 – 12 years old
Book your slot now. Limited slots available!!!

FREE Trial Class Registration is now closed! However, WOOPS program is still made available for you at a very affordable price with amazing FREEBIES included!

For more information, feel free to contact us at +60 16-558 0107 or +60 11-1116 1107



We do provide replacement lessons as we felt that it is only fair to you & your child. However, please take note that in order for us to effectively clear the backlogs and arrange all of the accumulated replacement classes effectively, we sincerely appreciate your cooperation to submit the replacement request form within 24 hours from the day of absent.

Term Program must be completed within the term calendar.
10 sessions – Completed within 12 weeks (Replacement lessons x2)
7 sessions – Completed within 8 weeks (Replacement lesson x1)
4 sessions – Completed within 4 weeks (No Replacement Classes Allowed)

Replacement Week Class Request |Term & Conditions|
(i) Replacement classes would only be conducted at the last 2 (TWO) weeks of each term.

(ii) ALL replacement class or additional class request(s) must be submitted via E-Replacement Form. ALL replacement class requests are subjected to PGSA management’s approval. The replacement classes will be conducted based on the students’ existing class day and time.

(iii) Any other replacement class or lesson requests to be conducted during the replacement week, kindly revert to our customer support team via +6016-5580107

(iv) Do take note that there will be NO additional replacement class given if student is absent once the replacement class slot is confirmed. PGSA reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions from time to time.

(v) Additional Lesson Request will be arranged according to the time slot available.


Baby/Toddler Swimming Program

After planning for over a year… we are pleased to announce that #BBAProgram has now officially launching it’s first class this March 2019! ?‍???

Our first BBA program was conducted 4 years ago, however we found that our first baby swimming program wasn’t able to deliver the objectives that we always wanted… that is helping babies and toddlers to be healthily confident in the water that contributes to improved cognitive function, muscles development and coordination & balancing abilities. Although, we might have swim throughout our entire life, this area of baby/toddler swimming requires another level of expertise and specialization in order to be delivering the objectives that we aimed for.

Hence, we have stopped our first swimming program after conducting it for over a year and continued to work on to research and study how we can run this program effectively and efficiently to achieve our key objectives for the program.

After about 2 years of studies and research, we have finally able to reach out to a consultation firm in Australia, lead by Ms. Robyn Grealy that specialises in baby swimming program and special needs swimming program.  It was a wonderful 1 year planning and working in our continuous  research and development effort, as the program in the western countries may not necessarily work here, especially in a totally different set of environment, culture and mindset.

Finally, after all the tweaking and re-designing of the BBA Program, we are proud to announce that BBA Program is now back in March 2019! We have already conducted 2 months of BBA Program here at Leaderland Kindergarten (Bukit Jambul) and we are pleased to share with you some of the updates of the program and photos we have taken over the past 1 month!

Upgraded Facilities:

  1. Water Quality – the pool is mainly used for BBA Program and our Pre-School swimming program. As for now, BBA classes are only available during the weekends hence the swimming pool will be closed on Friday for a complete cleaning and hygiene control work.
  2. Water Temperature – This should be the first outdoor swimming pool in the northern region where it is a heat and temperature controlled swimming pool! So all babies and toddlers can truly enjoy their experience in the water comfortably without feeling cold and uneasy!
  3. Floating island – There are 2 floating island installed in the swimming pool, where baby and toddler can stand confidently in the water while going through different activities that require them to be a little more independent and adventurous.. we also find out that the floating island sparks a lot of creative imagination and this definitely help in the development of cognitive functioning!
  4. More to come – more games and facilities will be introduced to make the program even more interesting! We are also looking at expanding the shower room so baby and parents can comfortably shower and change to prepare for their next destination of the day!

The benefits to both parent and baby. Also, why we call it Baby Bonding Aquatics Program:

  • Plenty of eye contact
  • Plenty of skin contact – it’s a wonderful way to bond with your baby
  • Helping you and your baby feel relaxed and confident in the water
  • Makes swimming a fun and socially stimulating activity (for both you and your baby!)
  • Even parents who can’t swim can enjoy relaxing in the water with their baby

Getting baby adapting to the class and the new environment!


Let your baby change while enjoying the beautiful view of the swimming pool and trees around the pool!

This program is actually focusing in educating the parents/caregivers as they are the one who will spend the most of the time with their children in the water. So it is very important that parents have the right knowledge and approach in introducing water to their children!

It is a step by step process.. so sit back, enjoy the journey and see how your child shines in the water!

For more information, please visit:

Interested parents, please be informed that you are required to attend a preview before joining the program. Register here for a free preview at:

Finally, the takeaway…

As long as you’re taking all the necessary precautions and giving your baby your undivided attention, swim time can be perfectly safe.

Another benefit to infant swimming is that it’s a wonderful parent-child bonding experience. In our hectic, fast-paced world, slowing down to simply enjoy an experience together is rare.

Swim time with our babies brings us into the present moment while teaching them important life skills. So grab your swim bag and wade in!