HKIS Aquatics Academy

HKIS Aquatics Academy

The Lower Primary Aquatics Center’s new state-of-the-art swimming pool will soon open, offering lessons to HKIS students as part of the Physical Education and After School Activities programs. We are delighted and eagerly looking forward to see the pool in action, full of students!

The program’s mission is to provide a developmentally appropriate swimming program for students at Hong Kong International School. Each student will be offered swim lessons and a variety of aquatics activities at their level and ability, ensuring students experience success, enjoyment of swimming, improvement of their skills, and development of their knowledge and understanding of water safety concepts and skills. By providing such learning opportunities students will be encouraged to pursue lifelong fitness and enjoyment.

All Lower Primary students take part in a Learn To Swim program during scheduled Physical Education lessons. A dedicated, specifically trained team of HKIS swimming instructors is looking forward to working with students.

The HKIS after-school swim program HKIS Aquatics Academy offers students of all ages and abilities swim lessons and aquatics activities after school in the new pool at the Lower Primary campus.

As the new HKIS Aquatics program is developing, the goal for this school year 2017-18 is to offer a variety of swimming opportunities primarily to Lower and Upper Primary students. The HKIS Swim Program follows standards of the American Red Cross’s Learn To Swim program, based on individual swimming abilities.

The objectives of Learn To Swim courses are to teach children to be safe in, on and around the water and to swim well.


HKIS Aquatics

R1 and R2 Aquatics Program

This program is based on three “preschool aquatics” levels and designed for children approximately 4 and 5 years of age, with the purpose of facilitating developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatics skills.

The aquatics environment raises many new possibilities for young children’s learning. Students will explore this world of water and develop concepts about how it works before they can begin to master their aquatics skills. Playful experiences and water games help develop water confidence and aquatics skills in a safe and joyful way.

Level 1 introduces basic aquatics skills, many of which are performed with assistance.

Level 2 further develops basic aquatics skills and marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotor skills.

Level 3 increases students’ proficiency in performing previously learned skills. The skills in Level 3 are performed independently.

The key water safety topics for Preschool Aquatics are:

o Recognizing Lifeguards

o Staying Safe Around Water

o Recognizing Emergency

o How to Call for Help

o Look Before You Leap

o Think So You Don’t Sink

o Reach or Throw, Don’t Go


Pre-school Aquatics Levels

Learn To Swim Program

The objectives of this program are to teach children age 5 or older, and young teens to be safe in, on and around the water and to swim well. Aquatics and personal safety skills are taught in logical progression throughout six levels.

Participants in Level 1 are oriented to the aquatic environment and gain some basic skills in each category. As they progress through levels, participants build on their basic skills to learn and refine various propulsive movements on the front and back. On successful completion of Level 3, participants have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. By the end of Level 6, participants have developed the necessary skills and fitness levels for entrance into advanced courses such as competitive swimming, or other aquatic activities such as water polo, junior lifeguarding or synchronized swimming.

The key water safety topics for Learn To Swim are:

o Look Before You Leap

o Think So You Don’t Sink

o Reach or Throw, Don’t Go

o Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket

o How To Call for Help

o Recognizing Emergencies


Learn to Swim Levels

Aquatics Timetable (2017/18 - Term 1)

The dates in the table below are tentative and dependant on the issuance of the pool operating licence.

We will be keeping parents informed of any progress or changes made.

Note: Online registration has now closed. There may still be a few places left however. Please contact us directly at aquatics@hks.edu.hk for other options available to you.

GradeDayTimeNov DatesDec DatesJan DatesFeb DatesPrice
R1Tue4:15 - 4:4521, 2859, 16, 23, 306, 13$1620
R1Sat9:00 - 9:30252, 913, 20, 273, 10$1440
R1Sat9:30 - 10:00252, 913, 20, 273, 10$1440
R2Mon4:15 - 4:4520, 2748, 15, 22, 295, 12$1620
R2Wed4:15 - 4:4522, 29610, 17, 24, 317, 14$1620
R2Sat10:15 - 10:45252, 913, 20, 273, 10$1440
G1 - G2Mon2:50 - 3:40 20, 2748, 15, 22, 295, 12$1620
G1 - G2Tue2:50 - 3:40 21, 2859, 16, 23, 306, 13$1620
G1 - G2Wed2:50 - 3:4022, 29610, 17, 24, 317, 14$1620
G1 - G2Thur2:50 - 3:4023, 30711, 18, 251, 8$1440
G1 - G2Sat10:45 - 11:30252, 913, 20, 273, 10$1440
G3 - G5Thur4:15 - 5:0023, 30711, 18, 251, 8$1440

Swimming Gear Expectations

All students are required to bring swimming gear on the days of scheduled PE or ASA swimming lessons. Swimming gear includes:

  • One-piece swimsuit
  • Swimming caps are a must for all swimmers with medium or long hair. Swim caps must be a light solid color with the child’s name written clearly on the front of the cap. Knowing the names of students will significantly improve communication between swim instructors and swimmers and, as a result, the learning experience and outcome.
  • Goggles (optional)
  • Towel
  • Flip Flops or Crocs (optional)

All items including swim bag must be labeled and include child’s full name and classroom.


Resources for Parents

Final report on early childhood swimming - Griffith university, Australia.

A short guide to Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD Swimming)

HKIS Grade 2 Aquatics presentation (13th Nov) - Powerpoint

Swimmers Handbook - Lesiure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)

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Contact Information

E-mail: aquatics@hkis.edu.hk