Adult & Child

Parents/Guardians are required to get into the water for this class. The class is suitable for children aged between 3 months to 3 years before they make the transition into the stage 1 class where their parent/guardian is no longer required to get into the pool and the teacher takes over. This class is aimed to get children familiar with the pool and surrounding environment. The children will learn basic water confidence and water skills to prepare them for stage 1.

Learn to Swim Award Stage 1

Fun and enjoyment are critical at any stage of learn to swim but particularly at this stage. The main emphasis is placed on developing water confidence whilst working with the parent or accompanying adult. The stage takes babies from the initial introduction to the water through to achieving independence. Children who complete this stage are ready to move straight on to level 2, the beginner stage.

Learn to Swim Award Stage 2

This category covers the initial process of introducing those with no previous experience of swimming to the new water environment, developing confidence and being at ease in the water. Achieved to a great extent through informal play, the main outcomes involve moving around quite freely, submerging and opening the eyes, floating, and using the arms and legs to achieve a simple form of traveling through the water.

Learn to Swim Award Stage 3

In this category, the emphasis moves from initial confidence to building a sound foundation in those aspects of “watermanship” which later on will underpin the performance of sound swimming technique. As well as becoming completely “at home” on and under the water, these include developing control in water breathing and beginning to experiment with the different methods of using the limbs for propulsion.

Learn to Swim Award Stage 4

The focus is now on building competence in the basic elements of propulsion, using the main swimming strokes with a continuing emphasis on the importance of good streamlining and breathing control. This is accompanied by the introduction of a range of aquatic skills such as sculling, treading water and swimming underwater.

Learn to Swim Award Stage 5

The aim here is essentially to consolidate the aquatic skills along with controlled breathing, so that pupils can swim competently, using correct basic techniques on three of the main strokes over the standard distance of 25 meters and on Butterfly over 10 meters. In addition, turns and essential safe foundation practices for diving are introduced

Learn to Swim Award Stage 6

Once an acceptable degree of basic competence is achieved in the fundamental skills at Improver 2, it is time to progress to the development of more efficient swimming. This level also consolidates the wider range of associated aquatic disciplines, synchronized swimming, water polo and diving as well as providing for the development of a greater awareness and expertise in personal water safety and survival swimming. From this stage, pupils with the interest and enthusiasm will be ready to move on to participation across the range of swimming and aquatic sports with a solid foundation.

Learn to Swim Award Stage 7

As well as the further development of the main swimming strokes, this category acts as an introduction to the early stages of training in competitive swimming; provides a basis for swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle and continues with some more advanced activities in the other disciplines. The development of both basic aerobic swimming endurance and of swimming speed are integrated within the programme.

Learn to Swim Award Stages 8, 9 & 10

This level leads logically on from Advanced 2 and has been designed specifically to lay the foundation required to prepare young swimmers to take part in the developmental coaching and training programmes run by swimming clubs in preparation for taking part in competitive swimming. The stage focuses on the consolidation of effective technique, the racing skills associated with them and a suitable range of drills and practices. The final stages introduce the more demanding aspects of training development.

Link group for Bolton Swimming Club

After children have completed ASA swim stages 1-10, we then offer a class for children to help develop their skills even further as well as learning how to dive, turn and use a pace clock. This will help get them ready for swimming club. When the teacher thinks they are ready, Terry (Bolton swimming club’s coach) will come down to assess the children.

Private Swimming Lessons

We also offer private swimming lessons for both children and adults. Private swimming lessons are suitable for anyone aged 3 years and above, at any ability. Whether you are a complete beginner or you are looking to improve your stoke technique, we have a teacher that can help!