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.
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:
Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- New pupils may be given an assessment before a final decision is made on their appropriate class
- Parents/carers may be required to accompany non-swimmers in certain locations due to water depth
- Above classes may be run in partnership with swim clubs
- Not all levels may be run at each facility
- We recommend that all children complete their initial immunisation programme before using the swimming pools