School Age Swimmers
Why is it so important for your child to swim?
Tragically, drowning is still the third highest cause of accidental death in the UK, but that’s not the only reason to teach your child to swim. You’ll give them the gift of a lifelong enjoyable activity that will help them keep fit and healthy, as well as improve enjoyment of holidays and prepare them for a whole host of potential water sports. Swimming also offers a unique bonding experience and is one of those few leisure activities that people of all ages can do together.
What to expect from our lessons
All children will be taught the Core Aquatic skills which include: entry and exits, breath control, body position, buoyancy, balance, horizontal rotation and co-ordination and water safety. For all lessons we will be following the Swimming Teachers Association International Learn to Swim Programme, please see the awards tab for extra details. Our key aim is for your child to learn to swim but to also have fun and want to come back the following week!
During their time in these classes children will learn safe entries and exits, body position through push and glides, breath control, floatation and rotation. We will be following the Octopus Series of awards and will use various equipment in a progressive manner to aid swimming. All 4 strokes will be introduced and the end goal is for children to swim unaided and to have fun!
Here we will start to build more on technique, body position and breath control and floatation building on all of the skills they have learnt so far. We will also help swimmers to experience the deep end and submerging to retrieve objects. Floats are the main items of equipment we will use, but the goal will be for swimmers to swim a further distance unaided. We will be following the STA Goldfish and Angel Fish Awards as well as distance awards.