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Child Classes without Adult

Classes without parents/caregivers can be attended from 3 years old as long as children are happy to work with a teacher and understand basic instruction.  Swim England stages 1 to 6 are taught at our Hook pools.

 

At the Little Swim Club we offer our own learn to swim programme alongside the nationally recognised Swim England Awards.

Penguins  -    Solo class (without adult/parent) for children from 3 years

In these classes, your child will be learning much more than just how to swim. It is often their first involvement in a structured lesson away from their parent/caregiver.  A fully qualified and experienced swimming instructor will be in the water so parents are not required in the pool.  However parents/caregivers are required to stay on the premises where their presence, support and encouragement is an important part of the ‘learn to swim’ process.  Our viewing areas at the Hook pools, are immediately adjacent to the poolside, and therefore only a couple of feet away from your child in the pool.

Because so many physical, cognitive and social changes will occur for children at this age, it is a fascinating period of child development.  You will notice developments in co-ordinating motor (physical) skills; communication skills; understanding concepts, memorising instructions and following simple rules; and social development as children play and interact better with others.  Our fully qualified swimming instructors have all had training in child development and are fully aware and sensitive to this stage of development.

Swim England Stages 1 to 6 - Please see below for criteria

Clownfish  -  Beginners - To support Swim England Stage 1

Dolphins   -  Confident Beginners & Stroke introduction - To support Swim England Stages 2 & 3

Stingrays  -  Stroke development - To support Swim England Stages 4 & 5

Sharks      -  Stroke development and stamina - To support Swim England Stages 6 & 7

 

Whatever the starting ability of your child, our teachers will develop their water confidence, swimming and water safety skills - promoting sensible behaviour and respect for the water.

Swim England stages can be challenging to achieve consistently every term so we ensure children do not get dis-hearted by awarding them with our own certificates free of charge at the end of each term and are a very important part of our achievements process.

In addition to our own assessments and in-house certificates the Swim England nationally recognised badge and certificate if achieved can be purchases for £5.50 per set.  Progress may be seen by logging into your own personal client hub. Please email the office to place an order.

All our Child Classes are half an hour long and are £15.00 per class payable termly in advance.

As we operate to the Hampshire Schools calendar for our term dates, our lengths of terms vary throughout the year. 

Please see our Term Dates section for each forthcoming term/half-term. 

 

Swim England Stage 1

  1. Enter the water safely

  2. Move forward for a distance of 5 metres (with buoyancy aids)

  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres (with buoyancy aids)

  4. Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres (with buoyancy aids)

  5. Scoop the water and wash the face

  6. Be comfortable with water showered from overhead

  7. Move from a flat floating positions on the back and return to standing (with aids)

  8. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing (with aids)

  9. Push and glide in a flat position on the from from a wall

  10. Push and glide in a flat position on the back from a wall

  11. Give examples of two pool rules

  12. Exit the water safely

 

Swim England Stage 2

  1. Jump in from poolside safely

  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically, with nose and mouth submerged.

  3. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing without support

  4. Move from a flat floating position of the front and return to standing without support

  5. Push from a wall and glide on the back – arms can be by the side or above the head.

  6. Push from a wall and glide on the front with arms extended]

  7. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the back for 5 metres without the use of floatation equipment

  8. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the front for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.

  9. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the front, to a back floating position, then return to standing.

  10. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the back, to a front floating position, then return to standing.

  11. Perform a log roll from the back to the front

  12. Perform a log roll from the front to the back

  13. Exit the water without support

 

Swim England Stage 3

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge

  2. Sink, push away from wall and maintain a streamline position

  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back

  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front.

  5. Travel 5 metres on the front, perform a tuck to rotate onto the back and return on the back

  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object

  7. Correctly identify three of the four key water safety messages*

  8. Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the back

  9. Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the front

  10. Perform a tuck float and hold for three seconds

  11. Exit the water without using steps

*The four key water safety messages include:

1.            Always swim in a safe place

2.            Always swim with an adult

3              If you fall in, float, breathe, relax

4.            If someone else is in trouble, call 999/112

 

Swim England Stage 4

  1. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating on the surface and demonstrate an understanding of floating

  2. Push and glide from the wall towards the pool floor

  3. Kick 10 metres backstroke

  4. Kick 10 metres front crawl

  5. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or back

  6. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front

  7. Perform a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back

  8. Travel on the back and log roll  in one continuous movement onto the front

  9. Travel on the front and log roll in one continuous movement onto the back

  10. Push and glide and swim 10 metres, choice of stroke. 

 

Swim England Stage 5

  1. Perform a flat stationary scull on the back

  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back]

  3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation

  4. Tread water for 30 seconds

  5. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water

  6. Push and glide and swim 10 metres backstroke (performed to swim England expected standards)

  7. Push and glide and swim 10 metres front crawl (performed to swim England expected standards)

  8. Push and glide and swim 10 metres breaststroke (performed to swim England expected standards)

  9. Push and glide and swim 10 metres butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards)

  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds

  11. Perform a forward somersault

  12. Demonstrate and action for getting help

 

Swim England Stage 6

  1. Give two examples of how to prepare for exercise and understand why it is important

  2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke

  3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl.

  4. Swim 10 metres wearing clothes

  5. Push and glide and swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths

  6. Push and glide and swim breaststroke to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths

  7. Push and glide and swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths

  8. Push and glide and swim backstroke to include at least six regular breaths

  9. Push and glide and swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional (performed to Swim England expected standards)

  10. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ resuce

  11. Perform a surface diveSwim England Stage 7

It is recommended that Stage 7 is practiced at a pool with at least 20m length.