Academy Classes (3-10 year-olds)

Swimming lessons for 3-10 year-olds

Our academy classes are grouped by level starting with our Seaturtles who are our non swimmers and all the way up to our sharks and whales who we then arrange a trial to join the local competitive swimming club if the children want to continue swimming.

The team at Mini Swimming; teaching is what they are brilliant at and what they love.

At Mini Swimming whilst we would love to find a future Olympian, what we really care about is every year that lots and lots of children learn to swim with us who go on to have a life long love of the water. That when they grow up and have children that they take them for swimming classes because they remember how much they loved them as a child. We want children racing out of school excited that today is their swimming day. We don’t have reluctant children being dragged to the pool. Our swimmers are taught to swim all four strokes to a good standard. We teach them right from the start the correct techniques so we don’t have to re-teach them later on.

We make sure that our swimmers are happy in the water. We can teach any child to swim, but a happy one will learn quicker and easier and will have a positive association with  swimming forever.

Our academy classes are grouped by level starting with our Seaturtles who are our non swimmers and all the way up to our sharks and whales who we then arrange a trial to join the local competitive swimming club if the children want to continue swimming.

Our classes are small in size, with usually no more than 6 to a class with two teachers. With our small classes, excellent teachers and a focus on your child being happy and confident we know our academy swimmers progress quickly through the levels. All children are treated as individuals and we celebrate every child’s progress, not just our future Olympians! We give out lots of teacher awards when we see something brilliant.. brilliant listening, brilliant try at jumping, brilliant first swim, brilliant tumble turn and so on. 

The team at Mini Swimming don’t see teaching as their job, They see it as their passion and vocation. Teaching is what they are brilliant at and love.

Mini Turtle – New Swimmers (3-4 yrs old)

Once a child is ready to swim without mum or dad, which is usually around 3 and a half we can offer them a Mini turtle class which is a structured class where parents are poolside and we are focusing on learning to swim without aids. This class uses language specifically for 3-4yr olds and has a pace to match. We have a lot of fun in this class and we all look forward the children progressing to unaided swimming. Children in this class are included in assessment week and giving out those first 5m and beyond certificates is a moment to cherish forever!

Parent and Child Sea Turtle (3-6 yr olds)

Our parent and child sea turtle classes are designed for children who are ready for a more formal swimming lesson that is focused on proper swimming but aren’t quite ready to go it alone in the pool without a parent. The classes are designed to take a non or new swimmer and get them working towards their first unaided 5-10 metres. Your child will learn correct body position along with front and back paddle arm technique. This class is perfect for developing water confidence and getting your child swimming in the pool without you.

Children must be at least 3 years old. Parents are there to support, encourage, repeat instructions given by the teacher 

Seaturtle- New Swimmers (4yrs +)

Our Seaturtle classes are for children who are school aged who cannot yet swim unaided Classes are small in size and we focus on making sure we build your child’s water confidence and basic skills.  We run regular assessment weeks and all parents get involved cheering every child on for their first solo swim.  Your child’s first solo swim is as exciting to us as their first steps were for you.

In order for your child to join this class we ask the following – 

 

  • Child is emotionally happy to be in the pool without a parent.
  • Child can listen and follow instructions given by the teacher
  • Child can enter the pool on a woggle 
  • Child can keep themselves safe by remaining at the bar
  • Child can climb out with little to no assistance

Advanced Sea Turtle – Progressing Swimmers

 

Our Advanced Sea Turtle Classes are designed for those children who are water  confident and are able to travel 5-10m in a paddle front and back and now need to master the crawl techniques and work on stamina. Your child will learn correct body position along with the proper leg and arm technique. This class is perfect for developing correct body position and working on breathing correctly. 

In order for your child to join this class we ask the following – 

  • Child can consistently swim 5m unaided using front paddle and back paddle
  • Child can jump into the water (with or without a woggle) unaided (no hand holding or catching)
  • Child is comfortable swimming without a woggle
  • Child can climb out of the pool safely unaided
  • Child is confident in the water

 

Sea Lion – Progressing Swimmers

Our Sea Lion classes build on the foundations set out at the Sea Turtle levels. Arm and leg technique will progress whilst developing good breathing techniques. This class will also introduce Breast Stroke and lifesaving skills. We would expect all Sealions to be able to swim at least 25m front crawl and back stroke before they enter the class.

 

In order for your child to join this class we ask the following –

  • Child can consistently & competently swim 20 metres front and back crawl comfortably (using correct techniques). 
  • Child can jump in unaided and return to the bar unaided
  • Child swims with face in the water for front crawl using rhythmic breathing

 

Dolphin – Competent Swimmers

At Dolphin level, swimmers are now swimming at a competent level with their Front Crawl, Back Crawl, and Breaststroke. This class will work on technical improvements to each of these strokes whilst also working on stamina and strength. This class will also introduce swimmers to Butterfly. 

 

In order for your child to join this class we ask the following –

 

  • Child can swim a minimum of 75m front crawl & 25m breaststroke using correct technique 
  • Rhythmic side breathing for front crawl breathing every third arm pull
  • Good quality front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke
  • Can retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool

Whale – Good Swimmers

Swimmers at our Whale level should now be familiar with all 4 competitive strokes. Practices will be used to improve technique and pace to get swimmers swimming more efficiently and at a quicker pace.

 

In order for your child to join this class we ask the following –

  • Can swim 4 x strokes (front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly) competently & comfortably including breathing and timing.
  • Can perform a forward roll in the water
  • Can swim a minimum of 100m front crawl using good technique and correct side breathing.
  • Good understanding of sculling action
  • Beginning to show an understanding of correct starts and turns

*Whales will be learning a series of water skills and their contrasting activity will be one of the four strokes they can already perform so it is important those strokes are already being performed correctly with minimal correction required.