Swimming is a fundamental part of sport at The Park Club. With both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a team of highly qualified instructors, we are fully equipped to provide you and your family with a wide range of fun, coordinated water based activities.
It is one our central aims to ensure that every child member here at the club is able to swim.
Swimming for Young Members
All Park Club swim instructors are qualified to a minimum of ASA level 2 and are able to teach potential swimmers from the age of 4 months. Classes are available either individually or in groups from Monday to Saturday. They are offered throughout the year and are broadly divided in to two categories: Term Time activities and Holiday Camps.
Term Time Swim Activities
What kind of lesson suits your child best?
Private Lessons For Children
Private lessons are available from 09:00-19:00 Monday to Friday, from 08:30-15:00 on Saturdays and from 09:00-12:30 on Sundays.
Dual and Triple Lessons for Children
It may be more convenient or some children may prefer to learn as a pair or in a trio with friends, this can be organised through Reception.
These term long courses are designed to run within spring, summer and autumn school terms divided by half term holidays. The following classes are available during these times.Ducklings Classes
Otherwise known as adult and child lessons, this is where the parent/ guardian is teaching the child under the supervision and guidance of the teacher. These lessons are available for children from 4 months to 3years.Mini Turtles
A progression on from the ducklings classes, this is where the child gets their first taste of life in the pool without mum or dad. The lessons are conducted in groups of no more than 4. These classes tend to be for pre-school children who are confident in the water or for those who may have been through the ducklings classes.
The names of the various swimming stages have been revised as of the Summer 2013 term. The new names are detailed below. The stages themselves are very similar to before but if you have any questions please email the Pools Manager Rob Clarke, email@example.com
In Stage 1 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework your child will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. They will be able to use floats to complete this stage.
During Stage 2 your child will develop safe entries to the water and will continue to practice floating, travel and rotation in the water. By the end of the stage your child will be able to regain an upright position from the front and back; travel 5metres on the front and back unaided along with rotate from back to front (and vice versa) and regain standing positions.
Stage 3 sees the development of arm movement; your child work towards being able to swim 10m on their front and back and will be able to swim underwater to collect objects from the bottom of the pool. Rotation skills and water safety knowledge will also be developed.
In Stage 4 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, swimmers will focus on refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and develop a better understanding of buoyancy. Breastroke and Butterfly are both introduced within this stage.
During Stage 5 your child will focus on swimming all four strokes to the ASA expected standards. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation. Forward rolls (somersaults) are also introduced in preparation for teaching tumble turns.
During Stage 6, your child will focus on developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing, water safety and an understanding of how to prepare for exercise. There is also an element of personal survival skills which includes swimming with clothes on.
Within Stage 7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, swimmers will develop quality stroke technique whilst swimming up to 100m, understanding of full ASA rules, introduction to diving.
Once a swimmer has reached Level 7 of the Learn to Swim Framework it is recommended that they are then encouraged to take part in different aquatic disciplines to develop their fundamental sports skills.
Stages 8, 9 and 10 see the introduction of Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Diving. Each level will touch on an area of all of the above, by the end of stage 10 we hope that your child will have a good understanding of all of the different disciplines within aquatics and can then make an informed choice on which they would like to pursue further.
Swim Squad- the final stage of the swimming programme. This stage is by invite only. The swimmers in this group will focus on stamina and strength in the water with a slight emphasis on technique. However this should have been perfected through the Advanced stages.
School Holiday Swimming Activities
Throughout the school holidays there is a range of different activities available. Private lessons will be available with a range of coaches during every week of the holidays. Holiday camps such as Rookie Lifesaver and Swim Splash will also be available at certain times throughout the year.
Both of these offer your child the opportunity for some intensive learning either through having a private lesson for every day of a week with your chosen coach or in the holiday camps where they will learn a range of skills from personal survival and basic lifeguarding skills and first aid to water polo and synchro.
The Park Club has an incredible team of swim coaches to ensure young members are given the best possible start in learning to swim, right through to competing in inter-club galas. Please take a look at the COACHES PROFILES
Rob Clarke: Facilities Manager
How will you know how your child is getting on?
Whilst your children are learning how to swim with the coaches will give you regular updates on their progress at the end of each session. At the end of each term, provided your child has met the required standard, a badge and certificate will be awarded.
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