Pre-School Swimming Lessons
This is our first swimming class taken independently without parents. This class is for 2-3 year olds (sometimes younger if already enrolled into our Parent and Baby course) and is therefore carefully designed to create a safe and fun way of learning the life skill of swimming.
Our Pre-school class is a smaller group which uses toys and games to aid concentration and improve water confidence. We strongly believe this stage is most crucial, as it is around this age that children begin to understand dangers and develop fears. By allowing them to swim without their parents and starting them in this unique class, not only will they learn to enjoy the water but they will also become strong swimmers. Children in this group learn fundamental skills which are transferable throughout their swimming journey.
“My daughter Evie absolutely loves this class, she smiles as soon as she comes through to the poolside and sees her teacher Becky. To know my daughter is already safe around water and swimming without me is brilliant. I am amazed at her progress at such a young age!” Danny Allen (Evie, aged 2)
Stage 1 Swimming Lessons
This is our beginner class for those aged 3+. At Dolphin Academy, we believe in getting our beginners swimming a faster pace and therefore we always maximise their water time. Our unique methods of focusing on body positioning and kicking on top of the water have proven results of not only getting them to swim unaided, but also learning fundamental skills which we believe are of paramount importance to their development into a strong swimmer. This class also teaches paddling, floating, diving and aims to equip your child with water confidence and the ability to swim 10 metres unaided on both their front and back.
Stage 2 Swimming Lessons
Once your child has the confidence and ability to swim 10-25 meters without support, it is time to start perfecting their strokes. You can guarantee your child is in more than capable hands when it comes to teaching technique, check out our Meet the Team page for reassurance! Our Stage 2 classes focus on leaning arms over frontcrawl, breathing techniques and backstroke. This is the class where you really see your child develop into a competent swimmer! This stage also introduces breaststroke and butterfly. Children in this class will gain their 50m distance award, swimming perfect frontcrawl and backstroke.
Stage 3 Swimming Lessons
This class is for those who can swim 50-100 meters using recognisable frontcrawl and backstroke. The main aim of this class is stamina, and so there is a large focus on kick. From our competitive swimming experience, we understand the importance of a good strong kick to aid all parts of swimming. Alongside perfecting breathing on frontcrawl, this class teaches breaststroke and butterfly. Competitive skills are introduced early to our stage 3 swimmers, such as tumble turns and diving. We believe by teaching these skills as early as possible, they will become natural and will ensure our swimmers are equipped with the essentials of making a top-quality swimmer! It is also during this stage we introduce personal survival awards, skills and drills.
“Dolphin academy has been brilliant for my son, who is now in a stage 3 class. He absolutely loves his lessons and has come on leaps and bounds. The swimming teachers are fabulous with the children and learn them to swim in a calm and fun environment as well as being in small groups with lots of support from a teacher who is in the water with them. My son has grown very fond of Becky she has been so understanding and helpful in anything we needed from her, I highly recommend dolphin academy!” Lauren Lees (Jayden, aged 6)
Stage 4 Swimming Lessons
These classes are for those who can swim all four strokes and can comfortably swim between 100-200 meters. In this stage, the emphasis is on fitness and so swimmers will be asked to complete each skill/drill for 50 meters so they can hold their stroke technique for longer distances. There is also a lot of emphasis on streamline positioning, with plenty of explanation on the importance of it and on how to become a more efficient swimmer. Butterfly and breaststroke are really broken down and perfected in this stage, and we aim to put together all the competitive skills taught in the previous stages to make our leaners complete swimmers.
Stage 5 Swimming Lessons
This is our final stage. The learners in this class are strong and confident swimmers and can swim good technique in all 4 strokes. The swimming lessons in stage five focus on perfecting all aspects of their stroke including correct starts and turns, and on the introduction of lane discipline. This stage acts as a pre-club stage before learners progress into our Swimming Club, which gives the opportunity for competitive swimming.
“Oliver looks forward to his Stage 5 lesson with Brian every week. He works them hard but Oliver enjoys the challenge. He has been with Dolphin Academy a while now and is very settled and happy. We’ve also seen a difference in Oliver, especially with his technique and stamina. I’m sure with Brian teaching him he’ll continue to go from strength to strength” Katharine Harrison (Oliver, aged 7)
New Class: Rookie Lifeguard
This is the perfect class for those who would like to put their swimming skills to good practice whilst learning lifesaving skills! This programme inspires children to keep themselves and their friends and family safe in the water. Children will develop their swimming stamina and perform lifesaving tows, whilst working as a team and having fun.
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