Our learn to swim programme aims to create a community in which swimmers of all abilities are inspired to achieve their full potential.
We follow the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS), an accredited plan recommended by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) whereby children of all abilities are given the opportunity to develop their water skills and confidence.
Children are assessed on their first visit and then placed in a level which suits their current skills and confidence in the water. Sometimes this means by passing the beginner groups if appropraite and fast tracking into a higher level.
Our Teachers are keen swimmers themselves having many years of swimming experience between them, most having swam competitively at some point in their lives. They are enthusiastic, full of encouragement and keen for the young swimmers to do well.
Children are constantly assessed throughout the weeks and when they are considered ready, move to the next level thus ensuring natural progression. Swimming lessons are one half hour session per week throughout the year (except Bank Holidays and Christmas). This ensures that swimmers retain what they have learn which promotes speedy progression through the various levels.
When swimmers move on from Level 8 an element of competitive training is also introduced where we start to concentrate more on stroke technique, tumble turns, diving and eventually introducing lane swimming to start to build upon stamina. At this point the swimming sessions increase to two half our sessions per week at Pool and Track (Levels 9-10). Eventually the two half our sessions will increase as swimmers progress into the Development Squads.
From the Development Squads, swimmers have the opportunity to progress further by entering the Club's Top Squads, subject to its criteria and availability.