Lessons

Lessons

Pre-School Lessons

School Age Lessons

The Development Squad

Lessons are taught in line with the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS), which is a nationally recognised template for learn to swim lessons. The NPTS provides clear consistency in approach, structured and teaching methods and quality across all participating in learn to swim schemes.

 

We work hard to ensure that we provide each child with exactly the right class to specifically match their age and ability.  This is extremely beneficial for children and enables the teachers to provide each child the right lesson to meet their swimming needs, and the opportunity to individually teach each child within each class. 

 

This is really important to help the confidence of each child, especially those new to lessons and starting lessons for the first time.  This is why, where possible, we try to start new children in a class of all new children, allowing them to progress at their own pace, taking it steady, allowing them to increase and develop their confidence as well as technique over the initial term. Where necessary, teachers can be in the water if needed to specifically help the children or to provide additional support for children who may need extra assistance.

 

Our class sizes are limited with fewer children participating in new classes, again to make it easier for the children to settle, progress, and gain confidence more quickly.

 

Throughout and at the end of each term, individual progress is monitored, to ensure that if we have a more appropriate class to meet your child’s needs, we can suggest a different class.  Where necessary, those children that need to move classes will always be offered an alternative.  However, on the whole, class times may stay the same each term. (We have found that this is more convenient to parents who may have a number of other after school/activities to fit in each week, and get used to a routine of attending swimming on a certain day/time) This does not mean that children are not progressing and have not “moved up”.  Classes generally progress each term as a whole and therefore swimming at the same time, will mean that each term they will be taught the next level necessary to continue to build on their progress, improve their technique, and attain the next development stage.

 

Where possible and lessons numbers permitting we will always try to accommodate all children.  We are experienced and currently teach children with ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, and who are registered blind with limited vision, and mute.

 

SOS WATER SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT

 

Throughout all lessons at every level, important elements of safety are discussed and reinforced, to encourage confidence and knowledge of swimming safely in any pool or open water environment.

 

It is hoped that through our lessons, children will increase their confidence in the water - thus increasing their competence. Learn to be safer in and around water – thus providing greater enjoyment in swimming, and long-term participation thus encouraging a healthier lifestyle.

 

SOS LESSON OBJECTIVES

 

To increase confidence in the water

To promote safety at all times

To promote & encourage regular participation and a fun health activity

To encourage independence

To make lessons fun for maximum enjoyment

To encourage children to develop a wide range of water skills

To encourage children to interact with others

To encourage development of high quality techniques through repetition, revision and consolidation

To introduce the necessary skills and techniques for stroke development

To provide nationally recognised assessment against clearly defined outcomes.

 

SOS AWARDS

 

Where appropriate, initially children will be encouraged to develop the necessary skills to gain the ASA Ducking Awards, thereafter the NSA Stages 1-7, badges and certificates and distance awards.

 

Each term we encourage all children where appropriate to accomplish a distance badge and technique (stage) certificate. Once they have the ability to swim, we teach stages/levels to improve technique, which will in turn enable the children to swim a greater distance each term.  Once the children have the ability to swim competently, we introduce additional strokes, to enhance their swimming potential in line with the ASA stages.  We encourage children to maximise their technical ability each term so that potentially they could achieve a distance badge, in addition to a level/stage certificate.

 

Please note: There is a strict criteria for gaining each of the awards, it is necessary for the children to attain the level required, therefore some children may not achieve awards every term. However, some children may gain more than one.

 

LESSONS ARE TAUGHT BY MICHELLE & ED REEVES WITH ADDITIONAL TEACHERS PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WHERE NECESSARY

 

All Teachers and Lifeguards trained and experienced in Reach and Rescue Pool Rescue and First Aid.

 

We have worked in sport for the last 20 years,  we are both experienced in sports development, sports management, coaching, and mentoring, working for a variety of organisations, locally, regionally and nationally.  In addition Michelle has had 10 years of experience working specifically within sport for people with disabilities, working as a development manager for disability sport, Regional Manager for Scope, and the English Federation of Disability Sport.

 

PRE-SCHOOL LESSONS

 

Lessons provide a fun and safe learning environment to suit all abilities concentrating initially on water confidence. These lessons offer younger children an excellent opportunity to build up confidence independently through play & practice. Lessons will introduce, body position, leg kicking and arm techniques, encouraging children to progress at their own pace.

 

• Ideal for children who have little or no swimming experience

• Children progressing from parent and baby classes

• Confident children looking to develop necessary skills to start swimming.

• Children will be working towards & able to gain the ASA Duckling Awards

 

Qualified and experience swimming instructors

Lifeguard on poolside throughout lessons

Limited numbers in each class

Children aged from 2.5 years

Parents not in the pool

Warm water, 0.7m deep pool.

 

Lessons are provided to meet the needs of the individual children, for those who are new and less confident through to those who are confidence and those who are swimming.  The structure of the lessons is less formal, with teachers in the water with the children, demonstrating and providing support to children to encourage them to increase confidence and swim.

 

 

PRE – SCHOOL LESSONS TAKE PLACE AT:

 

SCOTT BADER POOL, WOLLASTON:  (SHALLOW END)

FRIDAYS TERM TIME ONLY 9.30-10AM / 10-10.30AM & 2-2.30PM / 2.30-3PM

 

THE DIAMOND LEARNING COMMUNITY, WELLINGBOROUGH: (TEACHING POOL)

FRIDAYS TERM TIME ONLY 12.15-12.45PM / 12.45-1.15PM

SCHOOL AGE LESSONS

 

THE DIAMOND LEARNING COMMUNITY SCHOOL POOL, WELLINGBOROUGH

 

Lessons provide children from complete beginners to advanced levels, the opportunity to develop and improved technique.

 

The pool at the Diamond Learning Community School is a Teaching Pool, raised out of the ground and ideal for building confidence and encouraging development of skills and stroke technique for children from age 4-9.  At this Pool, only one lesson is taught at a time, enabling children to focus, concentrate and learn more easily, with no distractions. Parents sit on poolside, so you can see the children and they can see you, again providing reassurance, and you are able to watch the lessons to see how the children are progressing.

 

When it is appropriate and the children are ready, they will be invited to continue lessons at a deep-water pool.

 

THE SCOTT BADER POOL, WOLLASTON

 

Lessons provide children from competent to advanced levels, the opportunity to develop and improved technique in a deep-water 20m pool.

 

The pool is split down the middle and all lessons involve the children swimming lengths to help to build up stamina and endurance, whist maintaining and improving technique.

 

Seating is available at one end of the pool. A patio area outside allows parents in the summer to view from outdoors and younger children to play, within the enclosed garden area.

 

Lessons allow the opportunity for children to gain up to their Mile distance badge, and up to Stage 7.

 

Children will be invited should they wish to do so, to join the Development Squad, if they would like to continue to develop strength, stamina, endurance, in an hour long session.

 

 

 

THE HIGH SCHOOL, NORTHAMPTON

 

Lessons provide children from competent to advanced levels, the opportunity to develop and improved technique in a deep-water 25m pool.

 

30 minute lessons allow the children to swimming lengths to help to build up stamina and endurance, whist maintaining and improving technique.

 

Seating is available via a balcony where you can view the children and session.

 

Lessons allow the opportunity for children to gain up to their Mile distance badge, and up to Stage 7.

 

Children will be invited should they wish to do so, to join the Development Squad, if they would like to continue to develop strength, stamina, endurance, in an hour long session.

 

SCHOOL AGE LESSONS TAKE PLACE AT:

 

THE DIAMOND LEARNING COMMUNITY SCHOOL, WELLINGBOROUGH

(PREVIOUSLY THE OAKWAY JUNIOR SCHOOL)

 

MONDAYS  – 4-7PM

TUESDAYS – 4-7PM

WEDNESDAYS  - 4-7PM

THURSDAYS  - 4-7PM

SATURDAYS  - 9-11AM

 

 

THE DEVELOPMENT SQUAD

 

The Development Squad sessions allow the more advanced children the opportunity to train in an hour long session at the 25m deep water High School Pool, Northampton. These sessions include continued development of swimming technique, stamina, endurance and fun sessions.

 

These sessions are about the continued enjoyment of swimming through a variety of practices and a mixture of activities each week. The sessions are taught by Ed Reeves, and additional experienced teachers.

 

Children will also have the opportunity to compete if they wish to do so, each month in locally run County Swimming Galas, as part of team S.O.S. Competing is not obligatory, however many children have found it a fantastic experience, to compete as part of a team, cheering each other on, producing some great times, and learning to win and lose.

 

Team support is provided poolside by Ed and Michelle, attending every Gala, to help and support the children providing guidance and assistance throughout the competition evening. Parents can come along to cheer on too !

 

In order to assist with continued training and to help build on strength and endurance, we have produced a high quality training bag which includes Speedo Training Fins and Paddles, for you to purchase. We have researched the best products to find competitive prices, that will enhance the sessions and allow the children to progress further.

In addition an SOS T-shirt, SOS Bag and SOS swimming hat can be purchased for the children, competing as part of Team SOS at the Galas.

Please find details of prices on the for sale page (link) whilst these items would enhance the sessions they are not a pre-requisite for attending.

 

ADVANCED DEEP WATER LESSONS TAKE PLACE AT:

 

THE SCOTT BADER POOL, WOLLASTON

SATURDAYS 12.15-2.15PM

 

THE HIGH SCHOOL, NORTHAMPTON

THURSDAYS 6.30 – 7PM

 

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD 7-8PM