Now the children have mastered all four strokes and can dive. These groups are held at every weekday and Saturday mornings for one hour. They will continue to improve their technique, speed and stamina, aiming for the ASA Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honours Awards, Personal Survival and Water Rescue.
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, Water Polo, Team Games, Advanced Stroke Technique, Competition Racing and always popular … playtime!
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, Dolphin starts and turns 1 & 2, 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.
Working towards a goal is a fantastic way of keeping a swimmer motivated to move up through the classes.
Turtles Swimming Times
Monday to Friday 5:50pm-6:30pm and Saturday 7:50am-8:30am & 10:30am-11:10am
40-minute weekly lesson £44.00 per month