School Aged Children

Beginner – Octopus level – £60 for a 6-week term.

The Octopus levels are an exciting series of 3 progressive awards specifically designed for school aged children. Our children’s swimming lessons for beginners are fun, confidence building classes in a nurturing environment. Our teachers are highly trained and understand how to work with children to motivate and encourage them to achieve.

We believe the best way to achieve this is to create safe environments in which children can be introduced to the water whilst having fun and by providing a progressive learn to swim programme that is both challenging and rewarding.

Lessons run Monday – Friday after school, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Times vary depending on the day and can change each term.

Octopus 1 

  • Ratio 6 swimmers with a Level 2 instructor in the water
  • Does this class have an assistant? Yes. Our assistants will either hold a level 1 or 2 qualification or will be in training and working towards a qualification
  • Class time 30 minutes in the shallow end
  • For children age 4 and over who have little or no previous experience in the water. New, nervous non and weak swimmers.

Octopus 2

  • Ratio 8 swimmers with a Level 2 instructor in the water
  • Does this class have an assistant? Yes. Our assistants will either hold a level 1 or 2 qualification or will be in training and working towards a qualification
  • Class time 30 minutes in the shallow end
  • For children age 4 and over who are confident putting their face in the water and can swim a few metres unaided.

Octopus 3

  • Ratio 8 swimmers with a Level 2 instructor in the water
  • Does this class have an assistant? Yes. Our assistants will either hold a level 1 or 2 qualification or will be in training and working towards a qualification
  • Class time 30 minutes in the shallow end with introduction to deep water swimming.
  • For children age 4 and over who are confident putting their face in the water and can swim at least 5 metres on their front and back unaided. This class will prepare swimmers for deep water swimming

Improver – Goldfish – £60 for 6-week term

The Goldfish series is an exciting series of 3 progressive awards expanding on skills in a fun, progressive, challenging and rewarding way.

On completion of this series, swimmers will be able to swim 15 metres without any aid as well as perform basic floats

These classes run for 30 minutes in the middle/deep end of the pool. Lessons run Monday – Friday after school, Saturdays and Sundays. Times vary depending on the day and can change each term.

Goldfish 1 – Learning Outcomes (Maximum 8 swimmers)

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions
  2. Enter the water with a step or jump entry, tread water for 5 seconds, swim to poolside
  3. Push and glide, and hold the streamlined position for 5 seconds
  4. Push and glide, or swim to the bottom of the pool, to retrieve an object
  5. Swim 5 metres on front, roll over and swim 5 metres on back
  6. Perform dolphin leg kick on the front or back for 5 metres
  7. Scull head first for 2 metres
  8. Scull feet first, using a woggle for support
  9. Show rhythmical breathing in front crawl for 10 metres, using a woggle or float
  10. Swim a recognisable breaststroke for 5 metres

 

Goldfish 2 – Learning Outcomes (Maximum 8 swimmers)

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions
  2. Perform a back float, tuck to a front float and return to a standing position
  3. Scull head first for 5 metres, and feet first for 3 metres
  4. Push and glide on the back, tuck, rotate to the front and return to the starting point
  5. Swim 10 metres of a recognised front stroke, either front crawl or breaststroke. Learner’s first choice
  6. Swim back crawl for 10 metres
  7. Swim 5 metres of a recognised front stroke. Learner’s second choice
  8. Push and glide to the bottom of the pool, tuck, place feet on the bottom and spring up
  9. Perform a mushroom float and hold for 3 seconds, extend to a front float and return to a standing position
  10. Enter the water with a step or jump entry, swim 5 metres on the front, then swim to poolside and exit water safely

 

Goldfish 3 – Learning Outcomes (Maximum 8 swimmers)

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions
  2. Perform 2 different entries & tread water for 15 seconds each time; (deep water)
  3. Swim 15 metres of a recognised front stroke, either front crawl or breaststroke
  4. Swim 10 metres, holding a float under each arm, using lifesaving backstroke leg kick
  5. Swim 5 metres, dolphin leg kick on front
  6. Swim 5 metres, dolphin leg kick on back
  7. Perform a handstand with both hands on the pool floor; performed in chest-deep water
  8. Perform a horizontal float on the back and hold for 5 seconds, roll on to the front, hold for 5 seconds, roll to the original back float position and hold for 5 seconds

Submerge, push and glide on the side, roll to a face down position

Advanced – Angelfish – £60 for 6-week term

Once swimmers have completed the Goldfish Series, they can progress to the Angelfish Series. On completion of the 3 progressive awards in this series, swimmers will be capable of swimming 25 metres without aid, perform butterfly stroke as well as mastering sculling techniques and entries to the water.

These classes run for 30 minutes. Lessons run Monday – Friday after school, Saturday and Sunday. Times vary depending on the day and can change each term.

Angelfish 1 – Learning Outcomes (Maximum 8 swimmers)

  1. Be rescued by a reaching aid
  2. Perform a straddle entry and tread water for 30 seconds. If the water is too shallow, substitute step entry and support scull for 30 seconds.
  3. Push and glide into a forward somersault
  4. Scull head first for 5 metres and feet first for 5 metres
  5. Swim 15 metres of a recognised front stroke with correct breathing. Learner’s first choice
  6. Swim 10 metres of front stroke with correct breathing. Learner’s second choice
  7. Swim 20 metres of back crawl
  8. Swim 10 metres on the front, using dolphin leg kick, without aids
  9. Start in a crouch position in the water, spring up before gliding to bottom of pool, then glide to surface
  10. Swim 5 metres of lifesaving backstroke without aids

 

Angelfish 2 – Learning Outcomes (Maximum 8 swimmers)

  1. Be rescued by catching a buoyant aid
  2. Perform a straddle entry, tread water for 30 seconds, perform a 360° turn in a vertical position while wearing a T-shirt. If the water is too shallow, substitute step entry and support scull for 30 seconds and a 360° turn in a vertical position while wearing a T-shirt
  3. Swim 5 metres, perform a forward somersault and continue to swim forward for 5 metres
  4. Swim 20 metres of a recognised front stroke using a correct touch finish. Learner’s first choice
  5. Swim 15 metres of a recognised front stroke using a correct touch finish. Learner’s second choice
  6. Swim 20 metres of back crawl using a correct touch finish
  7. Swim 5 metres on the back using a double arm action and dolphin leg kick
  8. Swim 5 metres on the side using a dolphin leg kick
  9. Start in a crouch position in the water, spring up before gliding to the bottom of the pool, tuck, place both feet on the bottom of the pool and spring up. Perform in chest-deep water
  10. Swim underwater for 5 metres

 

Angelfish 3 – Learning Outcomes (Maximum 8 swimmers)

  1. Be rescued by catching a rope
  2. Perform a straddle entry and tread water for 30 seconds while wearing a T-shirt. Remove the T-shirt and climb out unassisted. If the water is too shallow, substitute step entry and support scull
  3. Perform a head-first and feet-first surface dive. If in shallow water, perform an underwater push and glide to pool floor
  4. Scull feet first for 10 metres and head first for 10 metres
  5. Swim 25 metres of back crawl using a correct finish
  6. Swim 25 metres of a recognised front stroke, incorporating a correct finish. Learner’s first choice
  7. Swim 20 metres of recognised front stroke, incorporating a correct finish. Learner’s second choice
  8. Swim 5 metres of butterfly
  9. Push and glide into a handstand – must be performed in tummy-deep or to chest-deep water

Perform a sitting dive, depending on the depth of water. If in shallow water, perform underwater push and glide, roll onto back while underwater and surface in a back glide

Technique -Shark £72 for 6-week term

On completion of the Angelfish Series, learners progress to the Shark Series. This series educates learners in basic water rescue and survival techniques as well as starts and turns for each of the strokes. On completion of the series learners will be able to swim 100 metres. 

These classes run on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Times and level vary on each day and can change each term.

Competitive Squad 60 minutes – Saturdays £90 for 6-week term (Maximum 12 swimmers)

St Francis Swim School Squad Development and the Difference Between the Shark Levels.

1. Competitive Swimming in the UK is based on what is called LTAD (Long term Athlete Development). For this reason, young swimmers in clubs are categorised in four stages: Learning to Train, Training to Train, Train to Compete, Training to Win. Quite often, Swimming Clubs tend to sub divide these critical stages and the process end up with a series of Levels that are on par with the Learn to Swim Programme which are run primarily by volunteers compromised by time with less experience or qualification. The lack of consistency at this critical stage is paramount.

2. The Shark Levels at St Francis Swim School are part of the Learn to Swim Programme designed to focus on Stroke Development, Maintenance and Stamina Development with the view of solidifying efficiency through increased ‘Water Time.’

3. Joining the Marlins or Swimming is good for young swimmers. However, at Development level, young and hopeful swimmers are subjected to having different teachers (Not Coaches) with no strategic continuity in Stroke Maintenance. Instead, most clubs tend to focus on developing Stamina which in most cases becomes repetitive resulting in failure and disappointment.

4. With St Francis Swim School Squad, Stroke Development and Maintenance are the primary focus. This approach equips our young swimmers with all the ammunition they need based on LTAD.

5. As a former competitive swimmer, Coach and Teacher. We have a number of Club Swimmers that have come back or stayed with us for reasons mentioned. Strategic approach in meeting the needs of young swimmers has seen our swimmers transform into young and quality competitive swimmers aiming to reach their optimal performance on par with what they need at this stage.

6. Our Squad critically looks at all strokes and covers the two stages of the LTAD paradigm: Learning to Train and Training to Train.

Nick Mutalama

Level 2 swimming Coach

 

Junior Lifeguard academy – Sundays £72 for 45-minute lesson

STA’s Junior Lifeguard Academy is a survival and rescue training programme that has been specifically created for young people that have completed our Angelfish 3 level (for the aquatic programmes, learners must be able to swim 50 metres continuously unaided).

The fun-packed programme offers something for everyone; from lifeguarding skills and first aid, to boogie boarding, ocean awareness, distance, sports skills and health and wellbeing.

Swimmers will have full use of the 18-metre pool during this lesson.

  • Learners work at their own pace; there is no set timetable or deadline to complete the programme – instructors have the flexibility to schedule them in to lessons in any order
  • Knowledge is reinforced through fun games

All the missions and challenges are progressive – learners earn colourful, age-appropriate certificates as they complete set parts of the programme

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