Learning to Swim
Few people forget the day they first learned to swim. The exhilaration, the sense of achievement, that incredible feeling of freedom…. and like riding a bike, once you know how you never forget!
But swimming is more than just a fun hobby – it’s a vital life skill which every adult and child should learn at the earliest possible opportunity.
Being able to swim opens up so many opportunities to make water play both fun and safe for people of all ages. Our Learn to Swim Program caters for children and adults of all levels of ability and follows the NATIONAL PLAN FOR TEACHING SWIMMING (NPTS), which has been developed by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to provide a template for learn to swim schemes. This provides a comprehensive and progressive teaching programme and is delivered by fully trained ASA qualified teachers or coaches. This will increase the range of opportunities open to the swimmer in terms of future development by developing a wider range of skills, whilst at the same time provides a sound skill basis for those wishing to progress to the competitive aspect of the sport.
All of our swimmers are actively encouraged take part in the various ASA incentive Awards Schemes such as water Skills, distance badges etc. These provide an excellent means of motivating swimmers of all abilities whilst at the same time providing us with a simple way of measuring their progress. A brief description of the NPTS stages for Learning to Swim is given below:
National Plam for Teaching Swimming (NPTS)
Level 1 – Non-Swimmer
Aims to develop confidence and being at ease in the water, the main outcomes involve moving around quite freely, submerging and opening the eyes, floating, and using the arms and legs to achieve a simple form of travelling through the water.
Level 2 – Beginner
Following on from initial confidence to building a sound foundation in those aspects of “watermanship” which later on will underpin the performance of sound swimming technique. The swimmer will become completely “at home” on and under the water, these include developing control in water breathing and beginning to experiment with the different methods of using the limbs for propulsion.
Level 3 – Improver
The focus is now on building competence in the basic elements of propulsion, using the main swimming strokes with a continuing emphasis on the importance of good streamlining and breathing control. This is accompanied by the introduction of a range of aquatic skills such as sculling, treading water and swimming underwater.
Level 4 – Improver 2
The aim here is essentially to consolidate the aquatic skills along with controlled breathing, so that pupils can swim competently, using correct basic techniques on three of the main strokes over the standard distance of 25 metres and on Butterfly over 10 metres. In addition, turns and essential safe foundation practices for diving are introduced.
Level 5 – Advanced 1
Once basic competence is achieved in the fundamental skills at Improver 2. A wider range of associated aquatic disciplines are introduced to develop more efficient swimming. From this stage, swimmers with the interest and enthusiasm will be ready to move on to participation across the range of swimming and aquatic sports with a solid foundation.
Level 6 – Advanced 2
As well as the further development of the main swimming strokes, this category acts as an introduction to the early stages of training in competitive swimming; provides a basis for swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle and continues with some more advanced activities in the other disciplines.
Level 7 – Pre-competition Development
This level lays the foundation required to prepare young swimmers to take part in the developmental coaching and training programmes run by swimming clubs in preparation for taking part in competitive swimming. The stage focuses on the consolidation of effective technique, the racing skills and a suitable range of drills and practices. The final stages introduce the more demanding aspects of training development.
Learn to Swim – Children
We provide one half hour lessons for our Learn to Swim members and these are held between 18:00 to 19:00 on a Monday or Tuesday for children.
We will accommodate where possible requests for a specific lesson time subject numbers already allocated to that lesson. If a specific lesson time is unavailable then we will put you onto a waiting list or offer you an alternative.
Adult swimming Classes
A 1 hour lesson is provided on a Tuesday evening between 21:00 and 22:00 which is open to all people over the age of 18. We provide tuition for all abilities, from Learn to Swim to advanced improvers. A very flexible, informal class catering for all. Basic skills and stroke technique covered. A swimfit lane is available for the more serious adults who are looking to compete in the Masters arena.