Children's groups (4 to 11)

Our children’s group lessons are designed for children aged between 4 and 11. Classes are arranged according to your child’s experience of swimming and being in the water. To give you an idea, here’s a list of the criteria for our classes:

This class is for your child if they are at least 4 years old and happy to get in the water and float independently wearing armbands. They should have no problem getting splashed by water. They will learn to become confident and advanced beginners who can jump in, enjoy putting their face in the water and start to swim on their front and back wearing armbands.

Beginner plus
Your child is confident in the water without armbands and can swim about 5 metres on their front and their back.

Children entering Swimtime lessons at improver level will already be able to swim at least 25m on their front and back using a recognised swimming stroke. Your child will swim with their face in the water and will have learned how to breathe whilst swimming. They will swim with and without goggles.

Your child can swim 400m and demonstrate three strokes with the correct breathing. In this class they will work on Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Pupils will develop survival and rescue skills, good stroke technique, speed, and stamina. They will also have the opportunity to work on water polo or synchronised swimming skills.

Master class
This class is ideal for pupils who enjoy their swimming lessons with friends. They want to continue a progressive fitness programme without the pressure of a competitive environment. Youngsters who have achieved Gold Awards in skills and safety may progress to the Platinum Award in this class. Also included are survival and rescue skills, advanced swimming skills, and the option of either water polo or synchonised swimming.

It is important that your child is placed in the correct group so we recommend that you get some advice from your local Swimtime representative before booking your child’s next class.

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