Children should grow to love the water and this is done by building strong and confident swimmers. Besides being a hugely important life skill being capable and therefore confident brings its own rewards as so many water based activities rely on being able to swim well.

No arm bands or back floats are used as we believe that this encourages the wrong body position and a child will not be able to feel “the float”. We do not teach children to swim doggy paddle, we teach them beautiful strokes.

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Progression Certificates

Once trust is built up between the teacher and child they will be encouraged not only to get their faces wet but  to submerge their face, hold their breath and blow bubbles out their nose. The next step is to teach them to float unassisted on both their front and their back. This starts being introduced from the beginning with the teacher assisting the child in the correct body position so that they are able to get a sense of what it feels like to float, this is very important for body position.

We have developed certificates to match the 6 stages of our swimming programme.  Beginners 1 & 2, Improvers 1, 2 & 3 and Squad. The achievements in each certificate take the swimmer on a journey from the very beginning to being able to swim all 4 strokes with the correct technique. When completed your child will be a strong capable swimmer with beautiful strokes.

Our professional swimming teachers teach children the importance of the streamlined position and the correct strokes from the beginning. A child that swims beautifully with correct technique will naturally get fast, whereas a child that appears to swim “fast” but doesn’t have the correct technique will never get any faster and is why the foundation of learning your strokes is so important.

Remember no matter how confident and strong your child may be always be sure that your child is safe and never take your eyes off a child around water. If you are around open water (rivers, lakes and dams) always make sure that your child is wearing a life vest.

Even though they are taught all the safety skills we do not ever want them to be in a situation that may put their life in danger.

When is the best time to start swimming?
It’s never too early to start. Our learn-to-swim children’s programme starts from the age of 3 years but we also have a baby programme where we start from 3 months. So whatever age your child is, it is never too late to start learning to swim.

Do I get into the water with my child?
No, In our learn to swim programme your child will be in the water with the teacher, either in a small group, 1:2 or 1:1.  the only time a parent will get into the water with their child is in our baby classes.

How do I know what their level is?
If you go to our “find your level” section on the website and answer the questions, this will guide you as to what your correct level is.

How long will it take for my child to learn how to swim?
Every child is different and there is no time line on how fast a child will learn and develop. Please try not to compare your child to other children. We are always willing to speak to you if you have any questions regarding your child’s swimming.

Does my child need to wear a swimming hat and goggles?
All children must wear a swim hat, this is for hygiene and performance reasons, keeping hair out of the pool filter and out of the swimmers eyes.

Goggles are great and we encourage children to wear them because there are many benefits to wearing them, we also have periods in our programme where parts of the lesson are taught with no goggles, just so that swimmers get a sense of being in the water without them. You can purchase good quality silicone swim hats in beautiful colours and Speedo biofuse goggles at the Swim Tank venue.

Do I need to book a full term?
While we have specific start dates for our blocks of lessons you can start at any time in the block and just pay pro rata.

What happens if my child misses a lesson?
Every time you are unable to attend a swimming lesson it is important to log the absence either via the SWIMTANK app or parent portal. This then alerts the office and your swimming teacher. In terms of making up a missed lesson, each venue has its own policy which will be emailed to you after you have enrolled.

Can we still swim if my child is sick?
Your child should not swim if they have a fever, is vomiting or has diarrhoea. Colds and sniffles should be fine but this is a personal decision.

When is it safe to stop my child’s swimming lessons?
Parents often feel that when they see their children swimming a width or length of pool, that’s enough. We understand that there are other activities out there but one must remember that swimming is not only a sport it is a life skill. It is the only sport that will save your life.

Ask yourself…

Is my child safe in the water for a long period of time? Can they achieve more?

We suggest that you DO NOT stop lessons until your child can do the following skills with ease:

  • Swim a minimum of 100m in 3 strokes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of survival techniques
  • Be able to tread water for 2 minutes

We often see parents stopping lessons around the same time as students start to gain a real understanding and enjoyment of the sport. The learning to swim part is hard and exhausting but as they get stronger and grasp the skills that is when they really start enjoying swimming.

If you can continue, we would encourage you to do so as long as possible. The longer your child participates in swimming lessons, the more confident and safer they will become in water. This will lead them to learning to swim all 4 strokes beautifully and if you would like to move on to club swimming we can help you with that and guide you as to where to progress to.