The ABC Diploma program
In this country of canals and open water, learning to swim is a necessity. A national swimming program called Zwem-ABC ensures that children develop sound swimming and water survival skills and covers everything from freestyle to what to do if you fall through the ice. Your Personal Swim Coach offers the exact same program for their adult swimmers.
The skills required for each swimming diploma are acquired in a logical and progressive way, building on what has already been mastered. The Nationaal Platform Zwembaden publishes a list in English of requirements for each diploma. There is an exam at the end of each level, leading to an offical diploma. These are known as Diplomas A, B, and C.
This exam is joyful event and usually leads to a feeling of pride and satisfaction. These diplomas are translated , international acknowledged and do not get overdue. Most of the B swimmers continue their weekly session in one of our sport class groups.
The A diploma proves that you have basic survival skills and are considered a safe and responsible swimmer.
The B diploma proves that you have a certain level of endurance, are a much more independent swimmer and can assist in rescuing people in trouble.
The C diploma proves that you are prepared for all kinds of situations in the water and are an independent, confident swimmer.
Our tailored lessons will get you through each level. Each lesson involves working on the four main strokes and practicing safety and survival skills. On average, intermediate swimmers need about 20 lessons to gain their A diploma. Our instructors teach the skills needed and will practice the exam requirements so that you are comfortable and confident to take them.
Swimming in clothes is an important component of swimming lessons and diplomas. Each preparation session while heading the exam, starts with swimming clothed and without goggles. Because, after all, should you fall into the water by accident, you will probably be fully clothed and no swimming goggles.
Wet clothing absorbs water and pushes out the air. Swimmers might feel like they are being dragged under water, that is why the level of cloths is gradually build up. Trying to keep afloat is very strenuous. It is not the cloths but shoes, with proper soles, make the challenge complete.
Self-rescue and water safety
Falling in the water unexpected, is often considered and accident and cause stress. Swimming back to the wall side is a different challenge than joining a warm and supervised hotel pool.
Swimmers are expected to know what to do if they find themselves in the water unintentionally. Throughout the A, B and C curriculum swimmers are trained to be prepared for this kind of situations.
Fun and Inspiration
Your Personal Swim Coach organize a diploma event two times a year in each town. If the date does not suit, some swimmers travel to the nearest other town to reach their goal before a certain about of time. A series of swim sessions prior to the event are completely wrapped around the content of the exam. It is theoretically possible to fail, although this is highly unlikely. Coaches don’t put their pupils forward for diploma swimming until they are ready. This is communicated with care and on time, all swimmers can follow their progress online too at their personal profile at zwemscore.
While growing to this process with the same group of swimmers, it increased the fun and peer support while gaining this achievement together. Everyone who attends these diploma swim sessions comes away inspired and feeling good about life. You see folks of all ages cheering each other on, and people making courageous comebacks from accidents in water or facing their fear. Hanging around people who are giving it their best makes us feel connected and makes us better too.
All participants pay € 7,50 for the event in addition to the normal fee of this lesson. This amount will be invoiced as soon as participating the event is mutually confirmed. This fee covers the official document and extras.