At UNIS, pupils have swimming sessions during their extended PE swimming unit. Each extended unit lasts twelve weeks and all Discovery to Grade 5 classes have this unit in the third term. However, KG2 and Grade 1 have an additional unit during the first term. The swimming program we use is called School of Fish. Each of the seven levels of School of Fish focus on vital building blocks for the progression of all strokes and is essentially a technique based programme. For those who are familiar with the American Red Cross, comparisons and similarities between the levels are shown below (click on the chart for clarity):
During the swimming units, the PE staff are joined by the swimming specialists:
Martin Hamilton – UNIS Aquatics Coordinator
Martin has been involved in school Swimming and Coaching programmes in UK, Africa and Middle East. He joins us from Dubai where he spent five years at GEMS World Academy creating one of the most successful whole school programmes in the Emirates. As the UNIS curriculum coordinator he is responsible for overseeing the progression of swimming and aquatics activities from Discovery to grade 10. As well as developing appropriate curriculum programmes for schools Martin also coaches to a high level. Previous positions include, National Head Coach of Malawi at the All Africa Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Visit here for more information.
Pham Duc Hiep – UNIS Aquatics Instructor
Hiep joined the UNIS family in 2007 as a certified American Red Cross lifeguard. Five years later he joined the PE team as a Water Safety Instructor and has since been an integral part of the Aquatics team. Hiep coaches the Elementary and Middle School swim teams and is a certified level 2 coach. After school he is also part of the ASA and community ‘Learn to Swim’ programme.