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Swimming classes for children

Children can learn to swim, develop technique and gain confidence in the water with our classes for pre-nursery age upwards.

Our Learn to Swim programme follows the new National Swimming Framework for Scotland. The framework provides a clear set of national standards and a pathway which allows you to follow your child’s progression and their ability to swim.

Within the National Swimming Framework we deliver an Early Years Programme and Learn to Swim Programme.

Early Years Programme 

Our teachers introduce you and your baby to a swimming environment. We encourage independent movement, water confidence and core aquatic skills using fun, games and songs.

Learn to Swim Programme

This programme helps teachers to plan and deliver classes for swimmers who want to achieve 'club ready' or 'ready for lifelong swimming' levels.

  • Swimming levels
    Programme
    ClassDescription
    Early Years
    Adult and Baby / Adult and Toddler   (0 - 18 months) To introduce the adult and baby/toddler to a swimming environment and develop the confidence and skills of the adult to ensure the safe and effective handling of the baby in the water.
     
    Adult and Child (18 - 36 months)
    To encourage independent movement and develop water confidence and core aquatic skills of the child through structured play, and develop the independence necessary for the next level (without an adult in the water).
    Learn to Swim Pre-school To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills (without adult assistance but with buoyancy aids as required)
      Swim Skills 1 To further develop water confidence and develop core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids 
      Swim Skills 2 To increase the competency of the core aquatic skills and develop basic stroke technique 
      Swim Skills 3 Introduce more advanced stroke technique and develop diving.
      Swim Skills 4 To improve the quality of stroke technique, introduce multi aquatic skills/disciplines and basic lifesaving skills
      Club Ready To improve and maintain stroke technique over distance and develop basic training and race skills producing a swimmer who is ‘Club Ready’ 
      SwimFIT To maintain stroke technique and fitness for those who have achieved or working towards completing Swim Skills 4.
  • Booking details

    Due to high demand for places, we have waiting lists for the children’s programmes. Spaces become available on a regular basis.

    To add your child to the waiting list you can: 

    • complete the online waiting list form
    • phone the Sports Centre reception on 01786 466900
    • go in person to the Sports Centre or Swimming Pool reception

    When space becomes available you’ll be contacted by e-mail or phone. You can contact us on learntoswim@stir.ac.uk to find out where you are on the list or update your contact details.

    Children who are ready to progress to the next class will be informed by the class teacher.

    To book or register, please complete and return a registration form, which can be picked up from reception or downloaded on the Sports Centre application page.

  • Class schedule
    Block dates
    1. Monday 27 August – Sunday 14 October 2018 (7 lessons)
    2. Monday 22 October – Sunday 21 December 2018 (9 lessons)
    3. Monday 7 January – Sunday 31 March 2019 (12 lessons)
    4. Monday 15 April – Sunday 16 June 2019 (9 lessons)

    The details for Block 1 are as follows:

    ClassDayTimeCost
    Pre-school

    Monday

    Wednesday

    17.00 - 17.30

    16.00 - 16.30

    £36.75
    Swim Skills 1

    Monday

    Wednesday

    17.00 - 18.40

    16.00 - 17.05

    £36.75
    Swim Skills 2

    Monday

    Wednesday

    18.45 - 19.15

    16.35 - 17.05

    £36.75
    Swim Skills 3

    Monday

    Wednesday

    Friday

    18.45 - 20.30

    17.10 - 18.15

    18.30 - 19.00

    £36.75
    Swim Skills 4

    Monday

    Wednesday

    Friday

    20.00 - 20.30

    17.45 - 18.15

    18.30 - 19.00

    £36.75
    Club Ready Wednesday 18.15 - 19.00 £54.95
    SwimFIT* Friday 19.00 - 20.00 £36.75

    SwimFIT* (19.00 - 19.30, 19.30 - 20.00). Second class booking half price.

  • Individual tuition

    Our individual swimming lessons are completely tailored to you and your swimming experience. Lessons are available to both members and non-members of the sports centre, and we accommodate both 1-1 and 1-2 lessons. Please contact learntoswim@stir.ac.uk for more information.

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