All of our Beginner classes are held in the shallow end of the pool which is sectioned off. Improver & Advanced groups have the rest of the pool to use.
We do have different levels of Beginners. Most of the children who attend our courses will be starting swimming lessons for the first time, so it’s sometimes difficult to gauge a child’s ability from a phone call.
Please bear with us if you feel your child is not in the correct level. We are able to work with differing abilities within the same group. We may however change your child’s lesson time if there is a more suitable group for them.
Go to the reception all adults must sign in to the building this is part of the safeguarding policy, then take your child straight to the changing rooms and get them ready place all cloths in a bag. Go to the poolside it’s also a good idea for swimmers to use the toilet first before the lesson. Take your child out onto poolside their is a door to the poolside at the opposite side of the changing rooms. As you come out of the changing rooms this is the middle of the pool. If there is already a group in the pool before your child’s class then you can wait in the shower area, please do not let the children run in the shower area. When the teacher comes over leave the child with the teacher for the lesson and go to the cafe viewing area after about 25 minuets go back to pick up your child at the end of the lesson.
Parents cannot stay on the poolside for health and safety reasons and it can also distract the child. Some parents may be asked to support the teacher if they request you to wait in the shower area if a child needs 5 minuets extra support.
Do children have to wear swimming hats?
We do prefer girls or any boys with long hair to have it tied or wear hats. It really does make a difference. If a child absolutely refuses to wear a hat (and some do!) we don’t mind – just please make sure that long hair is tied back.
We believe that learning to swim is essentially a lifesaving skill and we feel it’s important that all children learn to swim without goggles. Goggles can also waste a lot of time in the lessons with adjustments etc. It’s best to leave them at home.
We are happy for swimmers of advanced standards to wear well fitted goggles or swimmers who have a medical condition.
A lot of children will have a few tears on their first lesson, some refuse to get into the pool. DON’T WORRY, it’s quite normal. It’s better if you can leave your child in the capable hands of the teacher and stay seated in the spectator area where they can see you. If you come onto poolside and stay by the pool we find it usually makes children more anxious, and it’s also quite disruptive to the rest of the class.
Your child won’t be made to do anything they don’t want to do. We find that for some children it is worthwhile for them to just sit on the side and watch before they decide that they want to join in with the class. Please remember that first swimming lessons may be stressful to your child as they will put in a new environment with new children and have a new teacher to deal with. We do everything we can to provide a nurturing environment for your child.
Any opportunity to take your child to a swimming pool before they start lessons will be really beneficial. A fun play time in the pool will help their confidence immensely.