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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Rob Clarke: Pool Manager
I have been coaching swimming here at The Park Club since 2006 and have loved every minute of it!
Prior to starting at The Park Club I was a National swimmer competing all over the country for my club and county.
Although I have taken on a new role as Pools Manager I am continuing to do some teaching during the week. I have always loved working with kids and will continue to do so for as long as I can.
I am a great believer in the saying “there’s no such word as can’t”. I believe every child can learn to swim with the right attitude and the right guidance which is exactly what myself and all of the coaches are here to provide and promote.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me regarding any of our coaches or our swim coaching programme. email@example.com
Each person is different, so to teach each person to swim the same way seems inappropriate. Feel, flow and technique are, in my opinion, more important than fitness, strength and stamina in the pool. I started working at the Park Club in 2001. Since gaining my ASA level 2 instructor's certificate my teaching style has developed and improved.
By giving clear attainable goals learning to swim should be fun. Whether you are training hard for the next Park Club triathlon or simply want to be able to enjoy a relaxed swim in the pool each length should be more enjoyable than the last.
Friday mornings I coach the intermediate adult swim session. Come along for technique tips and training in a fun social environment. I also provide 1-1 tuition for beginners or those with a fear of water.
Born in Lagos and growing up around Africa, I learnt to swim before I could walk. The youngest of three brothers, I was initially taught by them so as to be the 'Marco', endlessly paddling around with my eyes closed while they fiendishly sat on sun loungers shouting 'Polo'. The pool was our playground and instilled in us a love of the water that remains to this day.
My first official swimming tuition consisted of a leather belt around my stomach attached to a long pole held by the coach, who would walk up and down the poolside preventing me from spending all the time on the bottom. As I improved and grew, swimming became my main sport throughout my schooling, culminating in captaining the swim squad and competing against many established schools and clubs.
I have been teaching swimming at The Park Club for over six years and am pleased to say my approach has evolved from those early teaching methods I endured. To become a good swimmer you need neither brawn nor youth, great athleticism nor impressive endurance. Improvement in swimming depends far more on how effectively you work with the water, focusing on fluent movement and proper technique, as opposed to churning out endless laps of pulling and kicking.
Whether you swim for fitness, relaxation or speed, my personal yet professional approach will give you clear step-by-step progressions that will completely transform how you move through the water - above all enjoying every stroke you take.
I have been teaching on and off for the past 15 years, fitting it in around my degree in Sport Health, Exercise and Nutrition and then becoming full-time since graduating.
I have worked with a broad spectrum of abilities including three years at a special needs school in North West London.
I have always enjoyed the challenges and rewards that teaching swimming offers. I am always looking to go on new courses to further my knowledge and to offer an ever improving delivery of my lessons.
The decision to specialise in Primary Education at university is one which I spent a great deal of time considering. Whilst becoming a fully qualified swimming teacher I became particularly interested in child development and education. I have always been passionate about teaching. I love influencing and encouraging the individuals that I teach and helping them to reach their true potential is truly rewarding. I am an optimistic and energetic individual who thrives on motivating and helping others.
My competitive background in swimming enables me to share my experience and enthusiasm for swimming within my pupils during lessons. I have gained valuable experience since joining The Park Club and have continued to develop as a swimming teacher. Every child that I’ve had the pleasure of teaching has their own individual outlook on life and has an entirely unique personality. I have met some incredible and gifted children while teaching. They are vibrant, confident, bubbly and have a great thirst for knowledge. This job allows me to combine the two things that I love most; teaching children and swimming.
Originally from Cornwall, I started competitive swimming at the age of 12. After lots of hard work and some great coaching I competed for my County and then went on to compete in Regional and National competitions.
I bring a wealth of swimming experience to The Park Club after a successful personal career in the pool and more recently as a highly successful coach. I started teaching swimming at my local leisure centre when I was just 16 and have been teaching and coaching ever since.
I moved to London after coaching one of the top swimming clubs in Cornwall and Devon. During my time as coach the club went from 8th in the Cornwall and West Devon League all the way up to the number one position. I am currently an ASA Level 3 swimming coach and believe that there is nothing more satisfying than taking an enthusiastic swimmer and helping them reach their full potential.
I first started swimming at Acton Swimming Club. At the age of 11 I went to Millfield School in Somerset which specializes in training Olympic swimmers. I became one of the squad and competed nationally for 6 years (training for up to 5 hours a day). The knowledge I have gained from being taught at a professional level has given me the experience, necessary technique and love of swimming to teach and coach youngsters and adults.
I currently teach 40+ hours a week to a wide variety of age groups ranging from Babies up to Adults. I have the following qualifications ASA Level 1 & 2, a full NPLQ and a further ASA CPD in teaching children with disabilities.
I learnt to swim from an early age and swam for my school, also while travelling around the world I would always find a pool to go for a swim in. I can never remember not swimming.
I have been teaching Swimming for 15 years now, I love the fact you can give somebody a skill that will stay with them for the rest of their life, or as long as they wish to use it.
Here at the Park Club I teach the Parent and Baby classes from the age of 3 months to 5 years. There is something very magical about swimming with your baby. I find you develop a real bond and closeness of trust between the two of you. Your child will move through the water with such easy and be so relaxed it is wonderful to experience. This experience will stay with both of you for the rest of your life.
I work with mother and baby, using the babies natural dive reflex together with the word command “Name Ready Swim,” I then lead to gentle under water swims, by the end of a 12 week course your baby will be happily swimming a short distance under water.
As your child grows in age and strength I then develop other swimming skills such as, kicking, arm pulls, holding on to the side, turning around, falling into the water, bubbles and longer free swims. This starts to develop from around age 1. From age 2 the children really become more independent and real strokes can start to develop as well as floating work, jumping in turn around and swim to the swim, sitting dives longer free swims and much more.
I find an individual approach to each child works very well, as some children take to swimming like “a duck to water” and will give anything a go, others need to be reassured and take things at a slower pace, they will grow to trust their adult and teacher and move forward to love their swimming again forming a very special bond.
The benefits of swimming from such an early age are general good health, building up physical co-ordination and being able to reach milestones earlier, a positive bond between parent and baby. For a lot of children it helps improve eating habits and sleeping patterns, which helps the whole family.
Please come and find me in the pool, to watch a class and see what we do, or have a chat, I am here Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, I look forward to seeing you soon.
Water is such a gift, it can provide us with a real sense of well-being and joy. Fortunately for us we are all blessed with an innate ability to swim and enjoy the water given the right conditions. I have been teaching swimming for nines years now and have specialised in teaching babies and infant aquatic skills. I encourage a love for the water right from the start, developing those natural innate tendencies and ensuring that each child has a respect for the water and that they are water safe.
My teaching has evolved into working with older children and adults now which is really enjoyable. It’s great to develop the stroke techniques and see the children’s little faces when they master the technique and can move through the water fluidly.
My personal qualities when teaching are to take a gentle and fun approach so that I can develop water confidence in each swimmer which I believe is the best foundation to start from.
As a psychology graduate, I am able to transfer my knowledge of child stage development into my role, so not pushing them beyond their capabilities and also paying particular attention to the development of each child’s self-esteem and self-confidence through positive feedback. I also have one years experience of working with children with complex developmental disorders which can be transferred into my teaching.
I have always been very involved in sport and like to try my hand at all types of activities, surfing being the most recent one. I took up swimming as a means of keeping fit when I was 18 years old and I have found it’s the best all over body workout. It work’s cardio, muscle tone and flexibility all in one unlike many other sports. It also gives you a sense of well-being and really helps you sleep well at night.
I am also a qualified exercise to music instructor and Keiser cycling instructor. I have just joined The Park Club team and I’m really excited to start teaching and about getting to meet the members. My other role outside of the club is working for the NHS in Health Promotion.
From Summer Term 2013, which begins in April, I will be teaching Ducklings and Mini Turtles classes on Friday mornings. The age range for these classes is 4mths to 4yrs and full details can be found in the Activities Booklet.
Growing up, I had a natural affinity with the water. My mother and two sisters were all swimming teachers so I spent a lot of time in swimming pools. As a result it led me to trying my hand at diving, canoeing and kayaking. I finally settled down at a local swimming club called Brent Dolphins and competed there for four years. It felt as though swimming teaching was a natural progression as it allowed me to work in water environment which I love.
I have very fond memories of my swimming lessons as a child and try to recreate the same great experiences that I had for my students. Having fun, playing games, working hard and then leaving with a sense of accomplishment after swimming lessons is a great feeling.
My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable while maintaining goals of improving technique, fitness and competitive skills. Finding the right balance is paramount to a child’s progression in this sport.
I’ve been working at The Park Club as a Lifeguard for the last few years and had been looking to moving into swimming teaching for a while.
I was a swimmer with Ealing Swimming Club for 15 years and also used to coach there.
I love the water and get a great sense of achievement from seeing my students develop and improve.
Swimming was the first sport I was introduced to as a child and I took to it straight away. From the age of 8 I have swum for Ealing swimming club where I have competed in a variety of competitions including two in Germany.
I started work at The Park Club in 2010 as a lifeguard while at college. Now I’m at university I teach swimming at The Park Club on Saturdays and Sundays. I teach private lessons on both days.
As an ASA level 2 instructor I enjoy teaching all ages and abilities from non-swimmers to experienced swimmers looking to improve technique. I aim to make my lessons fun and challenging, while instilling confidence in the learner. I strive for constant progression and technique improvement in my pupils.
I really enjoy the feeling of giving something back to the sport that has given me so much. Swimming is a life skill that I believe every child should learn.
Please come and have a chat with me and see how I may be able to help you or your child in learning this very important life skill.
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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