Our swimming lessons are designed with quality in mind. Our instructors teach from inside the water from pre-school up to stage 4 and those classes will have a maximum of 6 per lesson. We teach on the side for stage 5 and Top Squad who have sole use of the lane and a maximum of 12 per group.
This is our first swimming class taken independently without parents. This class is for 2-3 year olds 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.
Awards Achieved: Dolphin Level 1
“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)
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 25 metres unaided on both their front and back.
Awards Achieved: Dolphin level 1, Dolphin level 2, 5m distance award, 10m distance award, 25m distance award
“Eli has been coming to swimming with Becky since he was a baby and he is now a water confident 2 year old! The best teacher ever and always goes the extra mile for the kids. Would recommend Dolphin Academy to anyone wanting to take their children swimming!” Rachel Smith (Eli, aged 2)
Once your child has the confidence and ability to swim 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 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.
Awards Achieved: Dolphin Level 3, Dolphin Level 4, 50m distance award
My daughter has been going for about a year now and I can see a massive difference. When she joined she couldn’t swim and didn’t like putting her head in the water, she wouldn’t even jump in without crying. Now one year later and having only just turned 4 years old she can now swim independently (up to 50m) and can do a full length of back stroke with arms and is now learning front crawl! She does sitting dives and has even asked to jump in….. no more tears!” Kim Barton (Ava, aged 4)
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.
Awards Achieved: Dolphin Level 5, 100m distance award, 200m distance award
“Absolutely fantastic teaching! My little girl has come on loads in such a short space of time and thoroughly enjoys it!” Lynne Charlton (Emma, aged 6)
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.
Awards Achieved: Dolphin level 6, 400m distance award
“My daughter has recently started swimming lessons and loves it. All the staff are lovely and the class sizes are perfect. Suzanne Goodier” (Phoebe, aged 8)
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 Top Squad, which gives the opportunity for competitive swimming.
Awards Achieved: Dolphin level 7, ASA Bronze award, 800m distance award
“Max has become such a strong and confident swimmer during his time with Becky, Brian and other fab teachers at Dolphin Academy. Max previously had lessons at a local authority pool and made little progress there, mainly due to large class sizes and a one size fits all approach. Max has autism and it’s thanks to the patience of all at Dolphin Academy that Max now looks forward to his swimming lessons!” Debbie Tomlinson (Max, aged 8)
This is the final stage in your swimmer’s journey, and designed for those who have finished our learn to swim programme. Top Squad was made with the vision of creating a pathway onto competitive swimming, whilst providing fitness, team work and sport discipline. In this stage we work on stroke technique and race practice. Our Top Squad also compete in seasonal in house competitions, recording their times and winning medals. We believe it is the perfect stepping stone between swimming lessons and joining their local swimming club!
Awards Achieved: ASA Silver Award, ASA Gold Award, 1 Mile distance award
“Our Riley came as a fairly oldish new-starter but Becky and Brian (and the rest) are fabulous and he’s gone from a standing start to being in the top squad in no time at all. Crucially though it’s not all just about pushing he really enjoys the swimming, his friends and the Dolphin approach. Thank you.” Steven Croft (Riley, aged 10)