At this age your child has a firm sense of who they are. They are confident, imaginative and probably very talkative! Because our teachers understand the needs of the growing child they are able to relate this knowledge to the classes they teach.
We offer a safe, fun, water-based environment that teaches effective swimming skills to boost your child’s confidence and ability. Our swimming pool was built especially for babies and children. The bottom and sides are padded, it is shallow enough at one end for children to stand up, which encourages balance and independence, and there is no chlorine in the water. Sanitation is provided by an ultraviolet system, meaning chemicals are kept to an absolute minimum.
Through progressive teaching practices children of this age will learn how to master their breath control, use basic stroke development and how to propel themselves through the water. Their bodies are becoming more developmentally ready and they will be making the transition to independent swimming.
Because our ethos is to be sensitive to the needs of each individual child, we do not follow a strict program of training the child to meet a certain level of ability. Instead, our approach centres on safety, having fun, and swimming in an environment free from expectations and pressure to meet criteria based on performance. Our lesson plans are flexible enough to ensure that progression is made in swimming ability at the child’s pace without pressure or force.
Awards & Badges
We have long held the belief that testing children against benchmarks and the ability to perform skills is not conducive to a happy learning environment in the pool.
However, we do recognise that children love a badge! So, for this reason we’ve chosen the STA’s Octonauts Award Series to accompany our classes. The badges acknowledge the personalities of the characters e.g. I am Brave or I am Clever – and enable us to reward children’s progress and achievements without creating a performance based culture.