Swimming Development

Swimming Development

Our aim in baby and toddler swimming is to get parents and their little ones enjoying the water together.  Once a parent / child unit are having fun and experimenting with holds and movements the child can start to build up a base on which to start to swim.  From two years of age, classes become more swimming focused, the very basics of strokes are shown and skills for independent swimming are prioritised.  From three years of age children can start to be assessed against the ASA’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) criteria.  We aim to have children at NPTS stage 1 by four years of age.

The NPTS scheme runs through stages 1 -7 and after completing this children are accomplished swimmers – able to swim the four competitive strokes well and have a fundamental understanding and skill awareness for the four aquatic disciplines: competitive swimming,  synchronised swimming, water polo and diving.

Once children have been awarded stage 7 we are able to continue the ASA award scheme and the school routinely offers competitive swimming through stages 8 -10 as well as synchronised swimming stages 8 – 10 and the RLSS Rookie Lifeguard programme according to demand.