Our Swimming Lessons
Baby and Toddler Swimming Classes
We recommend that babies start swimming with us after they have received all their immunisations. Our youngest Little Fin enrolled is four months old!
Baby classes have a maximum of five in the water with parents or carers. The lessons are based on fun with activities to build water confidence. Toys, songs and games are integrated into the lesson with a three weekly rotation of lesson plans to ensure no one gets bored!
Pre School Swimming Lessons
All three year olds and upwards are in the water on their own with the swimming teacher wearing hats and goggles! These classes have four in a class and fun and activities are incorporated into the session plans so that children build confidence.
Here stroke work, breathing techniques and responsibility are the core of the classes with the aim that by the time they reach school age our Little Fins can swim alone in the water for a number of strokes.
Primary School Swimming Lessons
We have many different levels of classes within the timetable to accommodate the total beginner to more advanced length swimmers.
We classify children as beginners, intermediate, advanced or improvers all working within the Learn to Swim framework set out by Swim England.
Beginners: children who are unable to swim on their own either without an adult or with the support of floats. Lessons will begin with the basic aquatic skills being taught and move through the Learn to Swim Framework
Intermediate: children can swim a width of the pool on their own and focus will be on developing stroke work and technique. Again our children move through the Learn to Swim Framework and a teacher will be in the pool or on poolside depending on the ability of the group.
Advanced: these classes have a teacher on poolside only and children able to swim a full 10m length of the pool using stroke work. Again there are mixed levels of ability with some fast approaching their final Learn to Swim Level 5 and others just beginning length work where strokes and technique continue to be developed
Improver: here we offer classes for older children who may have left School of Dolphins to swim at school or in a 25m pool but feel that some more concentrated work needs to be done to improve strokes or correct technique.