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.
We want to inspire, encourage and accelerate your child’s swimming journey. By offering multiple MJSA awards throughout their learn to swim experience, we get you involved in the celebration of your child’s journey, as well as keeping them excited about their achievements in the pool!
Our teaching framework is centred around the Swim England model, the national pathway for Learn to Swim, in which there are 10 stages, each providing an award to work towards and achieve.
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.
The way we’ve designed the Academy will 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.
Baby & Preschool Awards
- Discovery Duckings
- Duckling Awards 1-4
- I Can Awards 1-9
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 and 2 of the national governing body awards.
Building on previous learning, in this class children will work towards completing 10metres independently in frontcrawl, backcrawl 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 and 4 of the national governing body awards.
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 and 6 of the national governing body awards.
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.