Turtles & Dolphins
The after school swimming club is the next stage in the lesson programme. Youngsters that have mastered the four main strokes are invited to join the swimming club, The Saints Swim Team.
The sessions increase to one hour in length, with the last 10 minutes set aside for play. There is a little of everything – Diving Skills, Personal Survival, Rookie Lifeguard, Surf Lifesaving, Water Polo, Team Games, Advanced Stroke Technique, Competition Racing and always popular … playtime!
Swimmers can then move into sessions that use the whole pool.
The extra time and distance builds stamina and makes good technique permanent. Coming just once a week to this group is enough to give the children great strokes that will last a lifetime. If they are keen to progress, this group is the launchpad to swimming sports.
Children can choose to swim between one and four times a week, either specialising in their chosen discipline or enjoying a broad range of aquatic development.
Costs start at £43.00 FOR ONE SESSION, £52 FOR TWO, £60 FOR THREE AND £67 FOR FOUR.
During the course of the year
The sessions will seek to improve the basic strokes and water skills they have learnt and introduce more advanced techniques, with safety and confidence in the water remaining a priority.
In frontcrawl, for example, the swimmers now learn to breath every third stroke. Full stroke butterfly and breaststroke are practiced in detail. Diving, advancing to competitive racing dives, are gradually introduced, building on the shallow water preparations they have mastered – handstands and somersaults. Flippers are available every playtime and five times a year the whole session is dedicated to flippers.
Annually all the children are invited to take part in the Swimming Championships and the Water Polo competition.
Swimmers can work towards their ‘Tiger Shark’ badges at both levels two and three, and also earn their ‘Otter Diving’ badge at level four.
To earn these badges swimmers must be able to demonstrate a variety of skills in the pool; including treading water, safe entry to the pool and a variety of different strokes. Check out our ‘Badges’ page for more information.
Working towards a goal is a fantastic way of keeping a swimmer motivated to move up through the classes. Once in the Saints SwimTeam, the children will be awarded certificates for their dive start skills and swimming speeds.
Annually, swimmers take part in the Club Championships. The children swim in races in their age groups over 25m & 50m. Top three swimmers are presented with awards and every swimmer receives a commemerative medal and a souvenir. Because of the large number of children in the swimming programme, the club hires one of the competition pools in the area. It is a great way for kids to get their first taste of racing and a wonderful evening for the watching parents.
Swimming Club Times
Turtles – Monday to Friday 5pm – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 10am
60 minute weekly lesson £41.90 per month