The after school swimming club, Turtles, is the next stage in the lesson programme. Youngsters that have mastered the four main strokes are invited to join the swimming club, the entry level of the Dolphins swimming Club. 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, Water Polo, Team Games, Advanced Stroke Technique, Competition Racing and always popular … playtime!
Talented swimmers are often invited to step up from the Turtles into the Dolphins, where the number of sessions can increase significantly.
During the course of a 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.
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 competition swimming.
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 with the occasional use of snorkels. 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 a year the club hires the Quays complex to hold the Club Championships, usually in April. The children compete over 25m in all the strokes in their own age groups. All entries receive an award. The swimmers that show potential as competitive swimmers are invited to attend Southampton Dolphins Swimming Club presentation evening, with a view to joining the Dolphins – the final group in the swimming club – for a trial.
The club hosts swimming galas at Shirley Pool against other swimming clubs. These usually take place on a Saturday at 5.00pm – 7.00pm.
The club also travels to other local clubs for competitions.