Summer Holiday Swim Camp 2017!

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Please fill in the form below to register your interest or contact Peter at nanukswim@mac.com or on 0767142072.

Links:

RLSS Rookie Lifeguard:

Swim England (formerly ASA) Learn to Swim Programme:

London Royal Docks Open Water:

Press release: Baby swimming experts warn parents about the hidden risks of floating neck rings for babies

Press release: Baby swimming experts warn parents about the hidden risks of floating neck rings for babies

Birthlight Water Parenting – Kali

Thank you to Birthlight Tutor Kirsteen Ruffell for another fabulous article. Its is wonderful to see and read how confident Kali is in the water!

Here is a link to her article: Birthlight Water Parenting – Kali

You’ve got to love lycra if you are a swimmer!

Being dressed for the task in hand is a good start for any activity but especially when it comes to swimming lessons.

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I’ll cut straight to the chase – I have quite a pet hate for baggy swimming shorts!  

They are fine for going on holiday and relaxing on the beach or even for a casual swim, however, they don’t have a place for a swimming lesson.

When you are a beginner learning to swim, as a young child or an adult, the single biggest thing that a swimming teacher its trying to show you is how the water behaves and works and how is feels next to your body.  If you are used to swimming then this is something you take for granted but it is something we’ve all had to learn and experience at the beginning of our swimming life whether we can remember that or not.

Water is, of course, all enveloping.  When we are in the water it surrounds us and supports us.  We can feel the water next to our skin.  When swimming it’s a lovely feeling to have the water flowing around your body – feeling the ‘thickness’ of it under your hands as you pull your arm back, how it rolls off your legs as you kick, the lifting effect of it underneath you and the cascade of water on your back.  When we swim in baggy clothing you lose a lot of that ‘feel’.  I truly believe learning to swim in baggy clothing slows down not only your speed through the water but very fundamentally the learning process itself!

Seeing a young boy trying to float on his back when his shorts are bellowing water and dragging his legs down is frustrating.

You’ve got to love lycra!  Jammers (cycling type shorts) or trunks for boys / men.  Once piece costumes for girls / women.

Let’s remember a swim hat (silicon is recommend).  A hat is for hygiene and to keep hair out of the way.  I so often see children swimming without hats and trying to learn how to breathe only to have a mouthful of hair each time they try to take a breath.

Last thing is a well fitting pair of goggles.

Dressed for success.

Water Wobbles?

Please read this wonderful article about “water wobbles” by Francoise Freedman, the founder of Birthlight.

“Water Wobbles” unpacked

Swimming classes are not just another activity!

It’s learning a lifesaving skill.

Its shocking to know that new research done by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) shows that 1 in 3 children now leave primary school are unable to swim – up from the previously reported figure of 1 in 5.

The research has revealed that around 200,000 children will leave primary school this summer unable to swim, amounting to an astonishing 2 million non-swimmers over the next ten years.

Children are not achieving the National Curriculum target of swimming 25 metres unaided by age 11 and  40% of those children who can’t swim haven’t even been offered the opportunity of learning to swim.

This shows we cannot rely on the education system in teaching this essential life skill. More than 400 people drown each year in the UK, and that drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children.

It states in the guidelines for schools that: ”Each child should be safe in and around water, and a key element of this is being able to swim a minimum of 25 metres unaided.” This is not being met and it’s worrying that for a nation living on an island so many cannot swim.

We are seeing a new generation of parents that cannot swim and therefore cannot teach their children or at least pass on the basic skills. Many adults are nervous in and around the water and children grow up with a fear of water.

We see children coming to our classes who have no concept of being in the water and we also coach adults who have never learned to swim. Swimming lessons are not there to find the next olympic champion, first of all its for learning a life saving skill and if that leads to a medal than that’s a bonus!

So many parents suddenly start thinking about swimming lessons when the summer holidays are approaching, but its not something you quickly learn like learning to ride your bike in a day. It takes time and the foundation of being able to swim starts with confidence in the water and a general enjoyment in and around the water.

If you have any questions about swimming with your child or you are thinking of having lessons yourself, please get in touch.