Our Swim Scheme Overview

Our Swim Scheme

We offer Aquasong classes from 6-18 months. These are musical sensory classes based in the water. We then offer AquaIntro from 18-24 months where swimmers learn some basic swimming movements - we also cover some phonics and basic words.

Cchildren can attend the Ducklings class from 2 years, with an adult. This is one of taught Fundamental classes but where the children are too young to be in a group lesson and so this allows for 1:1 ratio. Instructors will advise as to when swimmers are able to move to the FUNdamental group classes. Swimmers may move in to a higher ability FUNdamental lesson.

After this, our four FUNdamentals teach water skills of floatation, rotation, coordination, water safety and water confidence through fun themed lessons. If your child has never had swimming lessons before they should begin with FUNDAMENTALS 1, which is an excellent introduction into the swimming lesson format . Once your child can swim without any aids they move to the PROgressions classes.

Our seven PROgressions develop these skills and teach technique on all four swimming strokes, over short distances until they have achieved efficient and effective strokes. At this point they can join the GULLS Swimming club.

Term classes run on a weekly basis and last 30 minutes. Our teachers are committed to the progress of their pupils and to the continuous improvement of their skills. They are all fully qualified swimming teachers with enhanced CRB check. We have low pupil to teacher ratio to maximise learning. FUNDAMENTALS are taught at 1:7 and all other classes at 1:8 until the GULLS swimming club.

Our M & M Scheme

We understand that paperwork and swimming pools do not mix! We also know that you want your students to develop and this scheme aims to provide students with a way of progressing through the AquaQuack PROgressions. For instructors and swim school coordinators it is crucial in enabling each student to attend the correct ability class.

FUNdamentals: As Instructors are often in the water, there is only one key learning outcome for each level so that it is easier to monitor. However, throughout the FUNdamentals lessons you should be developing all skills and strokes so that they are prepared for the PROgressions later on.

PROgressions: Each of these levels have 4 stroke learning aims and 4 or 5 skill learning aims. The distances are short but and it is the technique that is assessed. Students must pass EVERY learning outcome to gain that award.

When should Instructors assess? This should be continuous, perhaps aiming to teach and assess one each week. However, students sometimes respond well to being told it is assessment week and a different teacher may well aid the assessment process.

What if a student does not pass all learning outcomes? Instructors should communicate any concerns or shortcoming early on to both pupil and parent so they have the chance to rectify it. However, the student can be awarded a certificate which recognises a particular achievement. If they are clearly weaker that the rest of the class then they should be approached to move classes or to take up a top up class. Any child with a disability which may mean they are unable to achieve a particular part of the award may do a variation which tests a similar skill. It is then up for the teacher to make a decision as to whether it is in the interest of the child to move up a class.

When are certificates awarded? Instructors can give out certificates at any point during the term, but you may decide to give them out at an end of term / half term. Otherwise, certificates can be given out to an individual who is perhaps moving up a class mid term. If the majority of the class are given a level certificate then all students should be given a certificate or postcard recognising a particular achievement. Remember, this is primarily a motivational tool to encourage students to meet each learning outcome.