Swimming classes

Zwemclub ABC Amstelveen
Your child is in good hands at Zwemclub ABC.
Learning to swim is vital in our water-rich country. We not only live near water but also enjoy being in the water. That's why it's important for children to learn to swim at a young age. The foundation of learning to swim is the Swimming-ABC, a passport to a lifetime of swimming and water fun.
National Swimming Diplomas A, B, and C.
The Swimming-ABC consists of three National Swimming Diplomas: A, B, and C. The Swimming-ABC is aimed at children from the age of 4 years. Diplomas A and B are valuable intermediate steps, but those who hold the complete Swimming-ABC have truly become a friend of the water. With the National Swimming Diploma C in hand, you meet the National Standard for Swimming Proficiency.
The first series of swimming lessons.
At the Swimming-ABC, a lot of attention is initially devoted to making children water-ready. This is a very important period in which the foundation for learning to swim is laid. Children learn to float on their front and back, enter and exit the water, turn from front to back and back to front, submerge underwater, look underwater, and search. These activities help children become familiar with the water and feel comfortable in it.

Many exercises are offered in the form of games, as this is the best way for young children to learn. So, do not think that the child is merely playing in the water. Each game serves a purpose. After this period of becoming water-ready, it is time for the next phase: learning the swimming strokes.
Swimming strokes and additional skills.
At the Swimming-ABC, children learn four swimming strokes from the beginning: elementary backstroke, breaststroke, front crawl, and back crawl. A lot of attention is given to various exercises in deep water, such as different ways of entering the water, swimming underwater, climbing and clambering on a raft and on the edge of the pool, and diving to the bottom. These skills teach a child how to handle unexpected situations and enjoy the water.
What can you do with each swimming diploma?
The National Council for Swimming Safety has linked levels of swimming proficiency to National Swimming Diplomas. Your child meets the National Standard for Swimming Proficiency with swimming diploma C. Diplomas A and B are intermediate steps in this process. These levels are designed to align with the Dutch swimming infrastructure where both adults and children swim:
Swimming Diploma A: You master skills for a swimming pool without attractions.
Swimming Diploma B: You master skills for a swimming pool with attractions, such as a (wildwater) slide, a wave pool, and a current.
Swimming Diploma C: You master skills for a swimming pool with attractions and in open water without currents or heavy waves, such as recreational lakes and wider canals (except the sea). With this diploma, you meet the National Standard for Swimming Proficiency.