Junior Swimming Lessons
Our comprehensive programme of children's swimming lessons follow a progressive learning curve which ultimately prepares the child to be confident in water and competent enough to move on to the competitive swimming clubs or professional lifesaving.
Following the Amateur Swimming Association's National Teaching Plan and taken by our own fully qualified team of swimming instructors, the lessons start at level 1 for children aged 4 upwards, at first developing confidence and basic stroke technique. For level 2 and above the child must be at least 5yrs old. Our lessons cover a progression that produces a confident, competent swimmer who would be ready to progress further into competitive swimming.
Our lessons normally operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and also Saturday mornings.
Typically we run 10, 11 or 12 week blocks during school term times. A range of levels is offered on each day but the levels offered will vary with each block dependant on demand. More information on each level is listed below and reception can advise on the times applicable for the next block.
We also run intensive weeks during Easter and Summer holidays. These are over 5 consecutive days and again the levels offered will vary. More information on these lessons is available from reception and on the website closer to the time.
Contact reception on 028 7776 4009 for current information regarding availability and enrolment for future lessons.
Junior Lessons - Level Information
Listed below are the aims for each level. These aims then become the pre-requisites for the next level up. Instructors will assess the child's ability towards the end of the block and advise on progression, whether that be to move up a level or repeat the same level. Whilst all levels are listed below we schedule our blocks to match demand so not all levels may be available in every block.
Enter the water safely; Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres; Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres; Move sideways for distance of 5 metres; Scoop the water and wash face; Be at ease with water showered from overhead; Submerge face and blow bubbles; Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support; Regain an upright position from on the back, with support; Regain an upright position from on the front with support; Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall; Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game; Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules; Exit the water safely.
Jump in from poolside safely; Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged; Regain upright position from the back without support; Regain an upright position from the front without support; Push from wall and glide on the back; Push from wall and glide on the front; Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used - attempt arms; Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used - attempt arms; Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position; Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position.
Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9m); Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position; Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back; Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front; Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back; Fully submerge to pick up an object; Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code; Travel 10 metres on the back; Travel 10 metres on the front incl breathing to side; Seated Dive & Glide; Hold good streamline position.
Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy; Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds; Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating at the surface; Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor; Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional) - add arms; Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional) - add arms; Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back - add arms; Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the back (equipment optional); Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (equipment optional) - add arms; Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position; Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front; Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back; Swim 10 metres include breathing, choice of stroke is optional.
Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back; Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back; Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation; Tread water for 30 seconds; Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water; Swim 10 metres backstroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet); Swim 10 metres front crawl face in the water (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet); Swim 10 metres breaststroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet); Swim 10 metres butterfly (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet); Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds; Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water; Demonstrate an action for getting help.
Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise; Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke; Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl; Swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths; Swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths; Swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths; Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke; Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue; Perform a surface dive; Exit the water without using steps.
Swim 25 metres backstroke; Swim 25 metres front crawl; Swim 25 metres breaststroke; Swim 15 metres butterfly; Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills. Sculling: head first, feet first. Rotation: forward/backward somersault, log roll. Floating: star on the front/on the back, tuck; Perform a sitting dive (deep); Swim 25 metres continuously using one stroke; Swim 75metres, using a minimum of three different strokes - 1x25m each; Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds; Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout.
Complete a set lasting 200 metres (e.g. 8 x 25m) on a specific turn around time set by the teacher (E.g. 1:30 minute for each 25m); Swim 100 metres continuously using one stroke; Kick 25 metres Backstroke with / without* using a kickboard (* swimmers choice); Kick 25 metres Breaststroke with / without* using a kickboard (* swimmers choice); Kick 25 metres Butterfly with / without* using a kickboard (* swimmers choice); Kick 25 metres Front Crawl with / without* using a kickboard (* swimmers choice); Perform a Backstroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out; Perform a Breaststroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out; Perform a Butterfly turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out; Perform a Front Crawl turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
Complete a set lasting 400 metres (E.g. either 8 x 50m; 4 x 100m; 2 x 200m) on a specific turn around time set by the teacher (E.g. 2:30 minutes for 50m’s; 5:00 minutes for 100m’s; 10:00 minutes for 200m’s); Swim 200 metres continuously choosing one stroke; Perform a 15 metre underwater kick on front in a streamlined position (butterfly or front crawl kick acceptable); Perform a Backstroke start then Butterfly kick in a streamlined position underwater until 10 metres from the start point (wall), transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres; Perform a Front crawl start, underwater kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10 metres from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres; Perform a Butterfly start, kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10 metres from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres; Perform a Breaststroke start, perform a one and a half pull under water, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres; Swim a continuous 4x25m metre Individual Medley (Fly, Back, Brs, FC) with touch turns plus finish.
Complete a set lasting 600 metres (E.g. either 6 x 100m; 3 x 200m; 2 x 300m) on a specific turn around time set by the teacher (E.g. 4:00 minutes for 100m’s; 8:00 minutes for 200m’s; 12.00 minutes for 300m’s); Starts (off blocks if applicable) and touch turns all strokes; Perform a continuous 100 metre Individual Medley kick without using a kick board; Swim a continuous 100 metre Individual Medley using legal turns; Perform a 15 metre under water Butterfly kick on back and front in a streamlined position; Perform a Front Crawl relay take over - as an incoming swimmer (Refers to a swimmer executing an appropriate finish with a full arm stroke and no breath taking in the last 5 metres); Perform a Front Crawl relay take over - as an outgoing swimmer (Refers to a dive following an incoming swimmer touching the wall which must be executed in reasonable time - e.g. a fast reaction required as long as it takes place ONCE the incoming swimmer has touched the wall.
Front crawl with tumble turns and underwater conversion to stroke; 100 metre Individual Medley with all turns complying with ASA law; 50/100 metres butterfly with two handed touch turns and underwater conversion to stroke; Competitive starts and turns for all four competitive strokes; Pacing work using personal bests, (PBs) turn around times, (TRTs), stroke counting etc; Advanced drills for all four competitive strokes; Use of hand paddles and fins; Core skills.
If you have any further queries on any of the swimming levels, feel free to call in and discuss this with a coach or email