All of our instructors are qualified to ASA or STA standard and believe that relaxation and enjoyment is the key to successful swimming. We can supply a free parking pass for the duration of each lesson. The price advertised per term is for a full term. Any pupils starting part of the way through the term will be charged just for the lessons remaining. Number of weeks in the term may vary to fall in line with school holidays.
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Benefits (for up to 4 people):
- Members swimming rates
- Members Dip 'n' Dine rate
- 2 for 1 on Friday Fun Sessions
- 10% off in Aqua Lounge
This class is appropriate for babies from 4 months – 2 years. Babies need to wear swim nappies called 'little swimmers' which are available from our Swim Shop.
Getting your baby used to water early is important from a safety point of view and it's the only activity where babies are completely independent, especially before they can walk or crawl unaided. The water supports their weight and they are free to move their legs and arms as much as they want. Your child won't be co-ordinated enough to learn to swim properly until they are 2 or 3, but by encouraging them to feel confident and relaxed in the water you can make swimming a fun way to exercise for both of you.
As you reassure and guide your baby through our lesson activities, it will strengthen the bond between you. The lessons are very sociable and will give you the opportunity to make new friends together.
Our group lessons start with a foundation programme designed to develop beginners' confidence in the water. Newts classes provide an introduction to water and focus on the development of very basic swimming skills through fun and games.
Newts (2 – 3 years)
Our Newts class works to introduce and develop children's' water confidence. Most of the lesson is carried out in the main pool and the children are encouraged to become less dependent on their parent/guardian (who will need to accompany them in the water) and try more activities with the teacher as a group.
Our group lessons start with a foundation programme designed to develop beginners' confidence in the water.
Puffins (3 - 4 years)
Puffins classes provide an introduction to water and focus on the development of very basic swimming skills through fun and games. Upon completion of these classes, children will receive a certificate from the ASA Duckling Awards.
This class is suitable for non-swimmers who are dependent upon buoyancy aids. The aim of this class is to develop children's' confidence and encourage them to become more at ease in the water.
The maximum number of children in this class is 4.
Intermediates (5 Years +)
The next phase from beginners is fundamental movement skills that range from stage 1 through to 7 which follow the National Plan for Teaching Swimming.
This stage will develop children's basic safety awareness, movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats, e.g. armband, floats etc.
This stage will develop children's safe entry into the water, including jumping in and also basic floating. Swimmers will develop their swimming technique to travel on their front and back up to a distance of 5 metres, plus rotation to gain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.
This stage will develop children's safe entries including submersion under the water. They will develop their swimming technique to travel up to 10 metres on their front and back, and progress their rotation skills and water safety knowledge. At this stage the swimmer will be assessed without the use of aids or support.
Stage 3a Pupils who have just moved up from stage 2 and need shallower water, they usually cannot swim well enough to complete elements 8 and 9, which is 10 meters on front and back, confidently and consistently. They will be working towards elements 2, 3 & 4 the push and glides.
Stage 3b Improving swimmers confident in deep water, capable of swimming at least, 10 meters on front and back consistently and strongly. Can do all the elements of stage 3 but with out sufficient consistency or skill to pass, especially elements 2, 3 & 4 the push and glides.
This stage will develop children's understanding of buoyancy through developing a range of skills and refining their kicking technique for all strokes.
This stage will develop children's developing 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills. Children will develop skills to achieve complete rotation and perform all strokes for a distance of 10 metres to the given standard as provided by the ASA within the NPTS resources.
This stage will develop children's effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing across all strokes. Children will develop their swimming skills to travel up to 25 metres using a stroke of the child's choice and develop their water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.
This stage will develop children's stroke technique to travel up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine. Finally children will participate in an obstacle course that will require a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 – 7.
For adults: Making the decision to book swimming lessons can sometimes be a daunting prospect. We are confident that even the most fearful will enjoy learning to swim with us and you will only regret not doing it sooner. Courses are available for adults of all abilities. From water phobic to those wishing to develop stroke technique and water skills.
For children: We all learn in different ways, some take a little longer, some are very nervous, some have little or no confidence. Whatever your child is like we will take them under our wing and aim to make them more confident in the water.