PRE SCHOOL LESSONS
We take children from about 3 years of age. I say 3 years as most children start lessons in the September of each year, when the old groups have gone to school. Some children will be under three, and should be ok bobbing around in arm bands before they commence lessons. Those children over 3 years when they start tend to make quicker progress in the early stages.
This means either 1 or 2 years of lessons before children start infant school. By the time children start school the majority should be off attached floats, and starting to learn strokes. A few will be much further on, whilst a few will take a little longer to get off floats.
Here are some frequently asked questions
When are your pre school lessons & how long are they?
They are weekdays, Monday, Thursday and Friday am, Tuesday and Wednesday pm. Lessons are 30 minutes long.
Can I stay and watch?
Yes you must. Seating is on pool side, there is a log cabin as well and a covered area for prams.
Does my child need to wear floats?
Our pool is deep so children cannot touch the floor. To build up coordination, strength, and to have fun we will be going up and down the pool time after time, climbing and jumping over obstacles, building confidence. Thats why we use floats. Using floats allows us to work at this high tempo.
Can my child use a woggle/noddle?
I find children who use woggles often just hold onto them, almost like a piece of life saving equipment. Often there lessons have also been in shallow water. We use woggles, but also lots of other floats.
What floats do you use or recommend, and do we have to bring our own?
If the child has little experience then arm bands are a good start. Then a back float can be added. The arm bands are swapped for discs on the arms when coordination improves, and then just a back float is used later on. Children who are confident or have had lessons often start with back floats.
We have arm bands, back floats, swim discs and other stuff besides. Some kids like their own back float. Pepper pig is doing well at the moment.
When will my child be able to swim without floats?
At the back float stage we start to look for those who are ready to take their floats off? We also start to swim on our back and swim with the face in. When the children start to swim face in and on their backs regularly they are ready to have play time without floats. At this stage we can start learning some stroke techniques. It is good to get to this stage before they go to infant school.
Can my child wear goggles?
Yes I recommend it, but it doesn't have to be at the beginning. When we start going under the water and swimming face in thats the time. By the time we are doing stroke work its good to be not messing about with goggles. There are techniques to learn with using them. Surprisingly they also help when swimming on the back, as the face will be very close to the surface of the watering often gets washed over. Without goggles in the early stages of this, the children will sit up which is not good.
My child is nervous and what if my child cries?
Don worry, many others will as well. At various stages children might have a confidence crisis. These can be at the beginning, when swimming without floats initially, when putting face in, and when starting to swim on the back. Equally children can be going along great and then something might happen, unconnected possibly to swimming, but their confidence can get shattered and then need rebuilding. I have a theory the nervous children eventually make better swimmers.
How long do children stay in swimming lessons?
I would say on average about 4 years. I have young adults who started at two and a half. They have been swimming with me for over 12 years. Going on from my point about nervous children, it is those kids who stay in lessons because they have learnt to enjoy swimming and don't want to stop.