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Junior swimming frequently asked questions

We've compiled some of our most frequently asked questions to try and help you as best we can.

What age should I start my child on swimming lessons?
Experts at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and pediatricians would usually recommend that a baby starts swimming at around six months old, but you can always start to get them prepared before they go to the pool. You can use the bath to get them used to the feeling of being immersed in water.

At Active Swansea, we provide sessions that can get you and your baby comfortable and confident in the water. Look out for parent and toddler sessions, swim-a-song and water confidence sessions.

As a general rule, we provide lessons for children aged 3 years and up. The session for 3 year olds are programmed to take place at weekend at Morriston, Penlan and Penyrheol. Swimming lessons for those aged 4 years and over take place at weekends and weekdays.

During school holidays, crash courses are available for aged 3 years and over.


What should I expect from each lesson?
Each lesson should be productive, structured and most of all fun for all swimmers, regardless of ability. Every lesson is led by an ASA qualified instructor, who is fully CRB checked.

For the lower abilities (non/weak swimmers) the instructors will be in the water.


How long will it take for my child to learn to swim?
That all depends at which point your child joins our programme, and every child will progress at different speeds.

The average time to start from a complete novice and progress through all the stage awards is 3-4 years. We find that children who leave the programme when they can only swim a length of the pool have low chances of maintaining the sport for lifelong participation.


Will I be able to watch the lesson?
Yes, you will be able to watch the lessons from the spectators section at each centre.

Please note there is a strict ban on any photography at any of the pools.


My child has a disability, can they join?
The great thing about swimming is that children of any age, size or ability can take part - and it is more accessible to children with disabilitiesOpens new window  than most other sports.

Every effort is made to accommodate children with disabilities.
Depending upon the type of disability; a child is allocated to either a group lesson or recommended for private lessons.


What happens if my child can't make a lesson?
We do not offer refunds or catch-up lessons for general absences.

However, if it is long-term please contact the leisure centre to discuss the situation.

Further queries
For further details on our swimming programme, please contact Dave Osborne.

 

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