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Swimming lesson criteria

We offer pre-school, junior and adult swimming lessons.

Pre-School Swimming classes - up to 5 years old

Children are accompanied into the water by the parent/guardian with a ratio of 1 adult per child.

Swimming classes available:

  • Adult and child 6 months to 1 year – To give the baby the experience of a pool situation and to show the adult what can be safely expected of and achieved by the baby
  • Adult and child 1 to 2 years – To give young children water confidence using songs and games to assist in development (including going under water)
  • Adult and child 2 to 3 years – To encourage further water confidence to enable the children to move through the water on their own without being held by an adult. Children are accompanied into the water by the swimming teachers and should have had their third birthday
  • Pre-school beginners – This class is suitable for children who are non-swimmers and require buoyancy aids
  • Pre-school improvers – To join this class children should be able to swim 3m on their front with their face in the water without buoyancy aids
  • Pre-school advanced – To join this class children should be able to swim 5m front paddle and 5m back paddle without buoyancy aids

Junior Swimming classes - 5 years and older

These classes are suitable for children who are at full time school and who are 5 years old and above or will turn 5 before 31 August 2022.

Swimming classes taking place at the teaching pool:

  • Stage 1 – Suitable for children who are non-swimmers.
  • Stage 2 – Children should be able to swim 3m on their front with their face in the water unaided
  • Stage 3 – Children should be able to swim 5m front crawl and 5m back crawl
  • Stage 4 – Children should be able to swim 10m front crawl and 10m back crawl

Swimming classes taking place at the main pool:

  • Stage 5 – Children should be able to swim 15m basic front crawl, 15m basic back crawl with an awareness of breaststroke and be confident in the main pool out of their depth
  • Stage 6 – Children should be able to swim 25m basic front crawl, 25m basic back crawl and 15m basic breaststroke
  • Stage 7 – Children should be able to swim 50m alternating front crawl and back crawl with good technique and 25m basic breaststroke with an awareness of butterfly
  • Stage 8 – Children should be able to swim 200m and have good technique on front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke and basic butterfly
  • Stage 9 – Children should be able to swim 600m and have good technique on front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke and basic butterfly
  • Stage 10 – Children should be able to swim 800m in under 25 minutes and have correct technique on front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke and good technique on butterfly
  • Rookie Lifeguards - Pupils should be aged 8 years plus and Stage 8 or above
  • Swim Fitness Junior - Pupils should be aged between 8-12 years and Stage 9 or above
  • Swim Fitness Teen - Pupils should be aged 12 years plus and Stage 9 or above

Adult Group Swimming lessons

The following group classes are available:

Adult - Beginners:

  • Enter the pool safety
  • Covers the ability to move around the pool with confidence
  • Achieve basic aquatic skills. These are entries, exits, buoyancy, balance and aquatic breathing
  • Learn to swim with aids and be able to start swimming independently over short distances (5 to 10m)
  • Learn to swim these distances without floatation equipment

Adult - Improvers:

  • Be able to swim up to 15m-25m front crawl and backstroke independently
  • Swim to a reasonable standard of front crawl and backstroke
  • Learn to focus on specific strokes and techniques
  • Breathing, kicking body positioning and timing
  • Improving and build stamina up to 50m.

Adult - Advanced:

  • Ideally be able to swim 50m to 100m on front crawl and backstroke
  • Have a reasonable understanding of breast stroke
  • Improve and build stamina further than 50m
  • Improve swimming further distances
  • Improve and work on swimming technique for each stroke

Updated: 22 November 2022

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