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, thus ensuring students experience success, enjoyment, 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.

Aquatics Curricular Program

All Lower and Upper Primary students take part in a learn-to-swim program during scheduled aquatics unit as part of the curricular program. A dedicated, specifically trained team of HKIS swimming instructors and the Aquatics Director are preparing and delivering a specific Learn To Swim program following the standards and guidelines of the American Red Cross (ARC). The information regarding ARC swim levels could be found in sections ‘Aquatics for R1 students’ and ‘Aquatics for R2 - Grade 5 students’.

Aquatics Co -Curricular Program (after school and Saturdays)

The HKIS co-curricular swim program HKIS Aquatics Academy offers Lower and Upper Primary School students three programs: Learn To Swim, Learn to Train and Synchronized Swimming after school and on Saturdays at the Repulse Bay Primary campus.

The after school Learn To Swim program also follows the American Red Cross program and its levels. More information about these co-curricular programs can be found here:

HKIS Aquatics Academy - Learn To Swim

HKIS Aquatics Academy - Learn To Train

HKIS Aquatics Academy - Synchronized Swimming



Aquatics for R1

This part of the program is based on three Preschool Aquatics levels, is designed for children approximately 4 and 5 years of age, and aims to facilitate 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 PS1 introduces basic aquatics skills, many of which are performed with assistance.
Level PS2 further develops basic aquatics skills and marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotor skills.
Level PS3 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

Aquatics for R2 to Grade 5

The objectives of this part of the 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

Learn To Train

Synchronized Swimming


Looking for a FUN way to increase your strength, endurance, flexibility and focus? Learn to Sync! Synchro can be a new challenge for a strong swimmer or as a compliment to swimming lessons.

Girls and Boys from Grade 2 to Grade 5 will learn and build foundation synchro skills and start synchronizing their movements with one another in patterns.

To join the recreational synchronized swimming program, swimmers must be able to swim in deep water with any two of these strokes – Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly – and be able to swim at least 50m (two lengths) or have reached level 4,5 or 6 of the American Red Cross Program.

The Synchronized Swimming Program is taught by Ms Suzy Roy, she is an experienced swimming and synchronized swimming teacher. She has a passion for the dynamic and exciting sport and has been involved as both a swimmer and a coach. Suzy represented the North West of England at the National Synchronized Swimming Championships, before moving into teaching and choreographing a gold medal winning teams.



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Swimming Gear Expectations

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


  • One-piece swimsuit
  • Swimming caps are a must for all swimmers. Swim caps can be purchased at the school’s store. The student’s name should be written clearly on the front of the cap. Knowing the names of students will significantly improve communication between instructors and swimmers and, as a result, the learning experience and outcome.
  • Goggles (optional)
  • Towel
  • Flip-flops or Crocs (optional)
  • Rash top (optional, as the water temperature is +30)

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


Resources for Parents


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