Classes

Splash Class

Spending time with your baby in a swimming pool without everyday interruptions provides a wonderful bonding time for both you and your child.

Age Group

These sessions have been designed for babies and toddlers, and are suitable once your baby has received their second course of injections.

Class Structure

These sessions allow your baby to become used to the swimming pool environment. Sessions are fun and stimulating, using songs, games, splashing and kicking as the instructor guides you through learning practices.

Children should wear fitted swimwear or swim nappies Aims

Our aim is to encourage water confidence in your child, while imparting vital safety skills to parents.

Beginner Classes

Age Group

These classes start for pupils aged from about 3-­‐3 1⁄2 depending on your child’s confidence. The aim of these sessions is to provide your child with water confidence and develop basic swimming skills.

Class Structure

These sessions generally have 4 pupils in a class, using the width of the pool, with the teacher in the water with your child. Additional help may be provided with a teacher/helper for classes with small children.

Aims

Pupils will be encouraged to:

  • Submerge themselves underwater
  • Kick across the pool with woggles and floats
  • Progress to swimming with belts
  • Swim unaided

Your child will progress though the SWS Swim School awards programme at his/her own pace gaining an award for every course they are enrolled on.

Outcomes

Most pupils achieve the 15 Metres distance award plus the relevant skills before moving to the Improvers level of swimming.

Improver Classes

Age Group

These classes are not designed for a particular age group, but take ability into consideration. Children qualify for this group once they can swim 15m, recovering arms (high arms from crawl), and are able demonstrate 10m on their back.

Class Structure

These sessions generally begin with 4 pupils in a class, using the width of the pool, with the teacher in the water with your child.

Once pupils achieve their 50-­‐75 Metres distance awards and relevant skills awards they will advance onto 45-­‐minute lessons where they will then be taught from poolside. These classes typically have 6 pupils in a class.

Aims

Pupils will be encouraged to

  • Recover arms on both their front and back developing front crawl and backstroke swimming
  • Start developing their breaststroke technique and dolphin legs ready for the butterfly technique once they progress to advanced swimming

As well as the above swimming techniques, pupils will be taught skills in the pool to heighten their water confidence. These include:

  • Diving underwater to retrieve objects from the bottom of the pool
  • Submerging through hoops
  • Learning underwater tumble-­‐turns

Your child will continue to progress though the SWS Swim School awards programme at his/her own pace gaining an award for every course they are enrolled on.

Outcomes

Most pupils achieve the 100 Metres distance award plus the relevant skills before moving to the Advanced level of swimming.

Advanced Classes

Age Group

These classes are not designed for a particular age group, but take ability into consideration. Children should be able to demonstrate good technique for front crawl, backstroke & breaststroke. They should also be able to demonstrate some butterfly technique.

Class Structure

These sessions have 6 – 8 pupils in a class, using the full length of the pool, with the teacher on poolside.

Aims

Pupils will be taught:

  • Full technique for front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke & butterfly
  • To improve technique so they learn to glide through the water
  • To build stamina to go from 100m through to 2500m
  • Life-­‐saving techniques
  • Water shipment skills
  • Poolside first aid
  • Survival techniques, such as swimming with clothes on
  • To build on previously acquired skills (submerging, treading water, etc.)

Additionally:

• Over 12s will be eligible for the National Rescue Standard (NaRS) Cross Qualification, which is a set of three awards – Bronze, Silver & Gold. This is a Lifesaving & First Aid qualification, and teaches water safety, personal survival skills, basic life support skills, timed swimming & rescue skills. The NaRS Cross is recognised as an ideal introductory training programme for those wishing to become Pool or Beach Lifeguards

Once pupils have achieved all of the available awards & badges, some continue swimming for fitness, and can learn additional skills, such as snorkelling.

Outcomes

Pupils stay fit & healthy whilst learning vital aquatic survival skills & becoming competent swimmers.