The Dolphin Centre Swim4Life Scheme is based upon a framework known as the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).
The NPTS has been produced by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the UK’s National Governing Body for all Aquatic Disciplines. We offer swimming lessons for children and adults
New parent and toddler swimming lessons for babies and preschool toddlers aged 0-3 years. For more information visit our myfirstswim academy page.
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A key principle behind the new National Teaching Plan is FUN. Rather than simply learning strokes and distance, the Swim4Life Scheme will now adopt fun and games in order to help children learn to swim.
The NPTS is aimed at developing a wider range of skills that lead to children becoming more competent swimmers. Consequently, parents should notice an increased emphasis on fun and games being adopted as it is proven that the use of fun activities in the water leads to a better and more confident outcome.
The NPTS is 'an all inclusive programme'. It is designed to get children water confident from a young age and hopefully keep them in a form of aquatic discipline maybe leading to the Long Term Athlete Development Plan.
The NPTS begins at the Foundation stage whereby early years water confidence is encouraged through the use of sessions such as parent and toddler classes. Following this, there are 7 key stages based around FUNdamental movement skills. Within these stages, children will learn the basics of swimming such as the different swimming strokes, water confidence and water safety knowledge. Finally, there is stages 8-10 that address FUNdamental Sports Skills. It is at these stages that children can try different aquatic disciplines such as water polo, competitive swimming, diving and rookie lifeguard.
Dolphin Centre swimming lessons run 7 days per week. Lessons days/times are as follows:
Foundation and stages 1-5 are half hour lessons.
Stage 6 and 7 are between half an hour and 45 mins
Stages 8, 9 and 10 are between 45 mins and an hour.
Please be aware that 5 minutes of the session is allocated for the teacher to complete notes on each student within the group. this allows for progress to be monitored carefully.
Please note the scheme is for children aged 3 and upwards. For further information please contact reception on 01325 406000.
There are ten stages - when you enrol your child we will determine what level your child is at.
The Dolphin Centre Reception team will be able to advise you on the appropriate stage that your child should be enrolling onto. Please be aware that Dolphin Centre Swimming Lessons are very popular and therefore you may have to put your child’s name onto the waiting list. For further information about the enrolment process or any other queries regarding the Dolphin Centre Swim4Life Scheme please contact reception on 01325 406000.
The Dolphin Centre 'Swim 4 Life scheme' is currently operating at 90% of maximum capacity with enrolments figures of 1200 people per ten week block.
Swimming Lesson enrolment is now open for lessons starting in January 2017.
Payment for courses must be made at the time of enrolment/re-enrolment and can be made by cash, cheque or debit/credit card.
Swimming lessons are booked in a 10-week block, one x 30 minute lesson per week.
This excludes bank holidays, where the 10-week block may be reduced to 9 or occasionally 8 sessions. The cost of the course is then reduced accordingly.
Badges and certificates will be awarded if the child has achieved the necessary distance or level. Awards are not included in the course fee and can be purchased at the Dolphin Centre Reception. This is not compulsory.
Wednesday: 7pm - 8pm and 8pm - 9pm
Lessons run as a 10-week block (one x 1 hour lesson per week over the 10-week block), with 2 instructors.
Maximum of 18 people in each lesson.
Throughout these lessons, the teachers will liaise with each individual and offer advice and guidance on how the individual can become more water confident, improving their skill and stroke development at the same time.