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Learn to Swim - Test

Learn to Swim Is our swimming development programme working in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association, to ensure that we maintain the highest possible quality. There has never been a better time for your children to take to the water and learn to swim - or just polish up on their existing swimming skills. At Milton Road Swimming Pool we run our excellent Learn to Swim programme throughout the year. All Learn to Swim classes are structured so that they are in line with the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) National Plan for Teaching Swimming. We pride ourselves on offering the very best in swimming teaching and there are thousands of confident swimmers who are testament to our success. Bringing our programme in line with ASA's teaching plan adds value and even greater enjoyment and satisfaction.

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10 Stages of the Plan

The 2007 National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) takes the non-swimmer on a journey, from the first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water. The Swimmer’s ‘journey through aquatics’ starts with FOUNDATION, a Programme for developing early years water confidence, which is encouraged through sessions such as ‘adult and child’ and ‘pre-school’ sessions.

The emphasis is upon development of very basic motor skills and introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games. The next stage along the ‘journey’ takes a Swimmer through FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS, STAGE 1 - 7 of the NPTS. 



A brief overview of Stages 1 - 7:

Stage 1

Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats, etc.

Stage 2

Developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel front and back up to a distance of 5 metres, plus rotation to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats, etc.

Stage 3

Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge. At this stage, the Swimmer will be assessed without the use of aids or support.

Stage 4

Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the asa.

Stage 5

Developing ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and complete rotation, also performing all strokes for a distance of 10 metres to the given standard as provided by the asa within the NPTS resources.

Stage 6

Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing across all strokes plus swimming a distance of 25 metres using a stroke of the Swimmers choice; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.

Stage 7

Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 - 7.

Please note:

    1. New pupils may be given an assessment before a final decision is made on their appropriate class 

    2. Parents/carers may be required to accompany non-swimmers in certain locations due to water depth 

    3. Above classes may be run in partnership with swim clubs 

    4. Not all levels may be run at each facility 

    5. We recommend that all children complete their initial immunisation programme before using the swimming pools

 

 

Senior National Squad

Squad Information

At least 2 Regional times. A commitment to train up to 6 times a week in the pool and the land training session. Swimmers age 13+ (Also exceptional 12 year olds)

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Squad Training

Senior National SquadAMPMVenue
Monday 05:30-07:15

19:00-21:00
Wroughton
Link Centre
Tuesday  
Wednesday 05:30-07:15

18:15-18:55
19:05-21:05
Wroughton
Land training
Milton Road Large Pool
Thursday   19:00-21:00 Milton Road Large Pool
Friday 18:30-20:30 St Mary's Sport Centre
Saturday      
Sunday      

Senior and Masters Squad

Squad Information

Senior - Swimmers must show a desire to want to compete & have a County qualifying time. They will have a good attendance ethic of 65%. Age: 13-16yrs.
Masters - Swimmers who have a desire to continue training at a lower level but still compete in some competitions and maintain general fitness. Age 17+

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Squad Training

Senior and Masters SquadAMPMVenue
Monday      
Tuesday
Wednesday   18:15-18:55
19:05-21:05
Land training
Milton Road Large Pool
Thursday   19:00-21:00 Milton Road Large Pool
Friday 05:30-07:15
 

18:30-20:30
Wroughton
St Mary's Sport Centre
Saturday 06:45-08:15   Link Centre
Sunday    

Performance Squad

Squad Information

Swimmers must hold multiple Regional Qualifying time’s or be a National Qualifier in the previous year. The swimmer must have an outstanding training ethic and attend all 8 sessions (unless in extenuating circumstances).

Squad Training

Performance SquadAMPMVenue
Monday

05:30-07:15


19:00-21:00
Wroughton
Link Centre
Tuesday      
Wednesday 05:30-07:15


18:15-18:55
19:05-21:05
Wroughton
Land training
Milton Road Large Pool
Thursday   19:00-21:00 Milton Road Large Pool
Friday 05:30-07:15
18:30-20:30
Wroughton
St Mary's Sport Centre
Saturday      
Sunday      

Junior National Squad

Squad Information

Multiple County times and closing in on at least 1 Regional time. A commitment to train 5 times a week in the pool and at least one land session (unless extenuating circumstances). Swimmers age 10+ (Also exceptional 9 year olds)

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Squad Training

Junior National SquadAMPMVenue
Monday 05:30-07:15

19:00-21:00
Wroughton
Link Centre
Tuesday  
Wednesday 05:30-07:15

19:05-21:05
Wroughton
Milton Road Large Pool
Thursday   18:15-18:55
19:00-21:00
Land training
Milton Road Large Pool
Friday 18:30-20:30 St Mary's Sport Centre
Saturday      
Sunday      

Contact

Tigersharks are always happy to hear from you.

For all ‘Competitive Training’ enquiries
please contact Lesley Leffers on mobile 07707 470100

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