School Aged Children

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Due to restrictions including social distancing and instructors not being able to teach in the water we will not be running Octopus 1 or 2  classes for the September term. 

We would be happy to add swimmers to our waiting list but would like to advise there may be a long wait time for classes. 

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 -NOT RUNNING AT PRESENT 

  • 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 NOT RUNNING AT PRESENT

  • 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

  • Max 5 swimmers with a Level 2 instructor on poolside. 
  • Does this class have an assistant? Not at present. These lessons did have an assistant in the water prior to lockdown. 
  • Class time 25 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 25 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 25 minutes. Lessons run Monday – Friday after school, Saturday and Sunday. Times vary depending on the day and can change each term.
Swimmers in stages Angelfish 2 and 3 will where possible have use of the full 18m pool. 

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 £63 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 Times and level vary on each day and can change each term.
Since lockdown and additional cleaning measures these sessions currently run for 30 minutes. 

 

Squad 45 minutes – Sunday’s 

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

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. 

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.’
Our Squad classes are additional water time for those swimmers who have excelled through our learn to swim programme and wish to continue swimming with endurance  technique work delivered by a Swimming Coach.  

  

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