FAQ New Swimmers: 4 to 10 Year olds
What class is right for my child?

Children aged 4 years old and above are grouped by ability and experience and not by age. Your first question needs to be whether you are looking for a parent and child class where you would in the water with your child or a child only class. The deciding points on this are:

1. Will your child be happy to be in the water without you?
At Mini Swimming we want happy swimmers who look forward to their lessons. So if a child is really unhappy being without their mum or dad then we would advise booking a parent and child seaturtle class. This could be for a short period of time just to settle your child in with the teacher and the pool and then we can move them to a seaturtle class.

2. Can your child listen and follow instructions?

3. Can you child be safe without you?
This isn’t about being able to swim but about holding the bar when they are asked to, waiting for their turn and not going under the water.

What should my child wear to lessons?
Children should wear appropriate swim wear, not bikini’s ideally as they do have a tendency to fail! We like children to swim swim hats in the academy classes (4yrs old +) but if your child really dislikes them then that is fine.
Will I need equipment for lessons?

Due to Covid we are not sharing equipment any more so the following equipment is required. You can purchase any items you do not have from us: Swim Shop

All items can be bought online and collected from the Stanway or Dunmow pools. For other pools please contact your pool: swim shop

Parent and child Seaturtle
Goggles
Woggle
Kickboard float (size 325 x 242 x 27mm)
Sinker

Seaturtle
Goggles
Armbands
Woggle
Kickboard float (size 325 x 242 x 27mm)
Sinker

Adv. Seaturtle
Goggles
Woggle
Kickboard float (size 325 x 242 x 27mm)
Sinker

Sealion/Dolphin
Goggles
Woggle
Kickboard float (size 325 x 242 x 27mm)
Sinker

Can we watch the lessons?
Under the covid guidelines there is no non-essential spectating. We consider a young child to need one parent there so that they can be helped to the toilet etc but siblings and additional parents are not permitted. The spectating parent can rotate but until the government change the guidelines please only book a space for when you know you will be able to attend with just the child swimming.
When should I arrive for lessons?
We ask swimmers not to arrive more than 7 minutes before their class time. This is so that our cleaners can get in and clean every inch of the changing rooms between swimmers. The 7 minutes should still give you plenty of time to get ready, particularly if your swimming costume is on underneath but it will mean that the cleaner can work without coming into close contact with swimmers which is best for everyone.
If my child is poorly can we still attend?
If your child has a mild cold and is quite happy then please do come along. The water has quite an amazing decongestant ability! If however your child is miserable or has a severe cold or a temperature then its best to not attend as it will not be a good experience for either of you. If your child has any illness that is contagious such as diarrhoea, sickness or conjunctivitis- anything that a nursery for example would send your child home with, please do not attend the class and ensure that you do not attend until 48 hours after the last incident. If you or your child have and covid-19 symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell) please do not attend.
What happens to our swimming lessons once my child can swim?
Each week every teacher submits their lesson notes to the office and those notes will include pupils who are ready to move up a level. The office will action that and contact you with the good news and give you the times and days that the next level up classes run and find a time that works for you and move your booking over. If the class you want is full we will ensure that you are first on the waiting list to move over.
How do I book a space?

You can book your class for all pools except those in South London online by going to: Book Online you will see the full schedule for each pool and if a class has space it will say “add to basket”. The term dates are detailed on each day for each pool including any holidays.

What happens if I go on holiday or my child is poorly?
If you miss your swimming session then I am afraid this will be a missed class as your space can not be filled. We do offer 2 free classes per year should you wish to sign up for a Direct Debit. You can choose to pay monthly so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting and losing your space. It also is better for budgeting of course. Members who pay for direct debits don’t pay for 2 classes a year to cover some missed classes for sickness or holidays. Classes also work out cheaper as less administration! (You are not signed into a contract)
Can I change the time or day I swim?
As long as there is space in the class you wish to move to then yes you can move class. We ask that you look at the schedule online to see the times and days and which classes have spaces and then advise us by email of your change request.
What are the term dates?
We run rolling terms this means that we swim throughout the year and you can join us at any time. There will be some break weeks which will be confirmed in your booking.

For Lexden and Stanway they break weeks are:
Monday 31st of May to Sunday the 6th of June inclusive
Tuesday the 17th of August until Monday the 30th of August inclusive
Monday the 20th of December until Sunday the 2nd of January 2022 inclusive

For Frinton they are:
Monday 31st of May to Friday the 4th of June Inclusive
Saturday the 26th of June only
Tuesday the 17th of August until Monday the 30th of August inclusive
Monday the 20th of December until Sunday the 2nd of January 2022 inclusive

Gladwins Farm follow the Suffolk schools terms dates and swimming is only during term time: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-term-and-holiday-dates/#tab2

South London/Dunmow will confirm separately.

Do you close for school holidays?
Our pools in Colchester and Frinton run all year with the exception of 5 weeks holiday (Usually 2 weeks over Christmas, 2 weeks over the summer, and 1 week over Easter) Gladwins Farm pool closes over the school holidays. For other pools and confirmation of exact dates contact your local pool office. Dates will be confirmed on your booking.