Our role at the Academy is to develop your child into a confident swimmer, ready to progress into club swimming or any other aquatic discipline that they enjoy. We offer a seamless progression from babies through to pre club level, in both group lessons or 1-2-1. Our lessons take a ‘swimmer led’ approach, to ensure that we look after both the person and the performer. We focus on using sport not just to build swimmers, but to help young people build skills for life that will see them excel outside the pool.
We have designed our program to allow your child to gain confidence, learn self-evaluation and reflection, promote the importance of teamwork and supporting others, as well as help them to develop great social and communication skills.
Adult & Child (Under 3's) Awards
Babies & Toddlers will be able to achieve I CAN awards for being able to:
- Enter the water safely
- Jump in
- Float on their front
- Float on their back
- Enter, turn and return
- Exit Safely
- Blow bubbles
- Roll over
The Discovery Duckling Awards are the start of the learn to swim experience for all children. These awards are perfect for babies, toddlers and pre-school children who are new to swimming lessons.
There are 4 stages in the Discovery Duckling Awards that will allow the children to gain water confidence and learn basic water skills such as floating while staying close to adult support.
The Duckling Awards are designed to help toddlers enjoy learning to swim with help from their parents or guardians. They are great for promoting increased independence and water confidence to help prepare for moving to stage 1 of the Learn to Swim framework.
Again, there are 4 stages in the Duckling Awards, Duckling 1 will see children start to move by themselves in the water and by Duckling 4 they will be jumping in, going underwater, floating and travelling 10 metres without support.
Learn To Swim Performance Stages
In this class children will work on building their water confidence and independence both with and without the use of buoyancy aids over a distance of up to 5m swimming on their front and back.
We will introduce self awareness of the fundamental movements and encourage swimmers to communicate how they feel in the water. They will work towards achieving stages 1 & 2 of the national governing body awards at this stage.
Building on previous learning, in this class children will work towards completing 10metres independently in front-crawl, back-crawl full stroke, breaststroke and butterfly kick. Transferable aquatic skills are also introduced such as sculling, rotation and the putting together of sequences.
We will encourage the swimmers to feedback on their learning and to be more aware of how their body moves in the water. Children will work towards achieving stages 3 & 4 of the national governing body awards at this stage.
In our improver classes, children will continue to perfect their techniques in all 4 stokes over increasing distances and in deeper water (venue permitting), as well as introduce personal survival skills.
We will encourage swimmers to self reflect and evaluate their performance. Children can achieve stages 5 & 6 of the national governing body awards at this stage.
Our advanced class is designed for children who wish to prepare for club swimming or for those who simply love keeping active in the water! Strokes will become more efficient over greater distances and aquatic skills and drills will become more complex. Competitive swimming skills will also be introduced.
We will encourage swimmers to feedback on their performances, offer suggestions for improvement and to become great team mates! Children can achieve stages 7-10 of the national governing body awards at this stage.