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Active Swansea is now following a new swimming scheme called 'learn to swim wales'.

learn to swim wales was devised by the Governing Body, Swim Wales in association with leisure providers and Sport Wales, and supported by the Welsh Government. This innovative scheme is a key element in the plan to get every child in Wales swimming confidently by the time that they leave primary education the age of 11. The vision is for all children to enjoy swimming and water-based activities for the rest of their lives, resulting in a healthier nation.

learn to swim wales is a seamless pathway from a baby's first experience in the water with an adult, to children who are competent swimmers fully equipped to continue with aquatic activities for the rest of their lives. It has four distinctly branded areas:

  • Splash - Babies and toddlers - introduction to aquatic environment and water confidence skills
  • Nofio Ysgol - Key Stage 2 School Swimming
  • Wave - Learn to Swim - learning and developing fundamental movement and aquatic skills
  • Skills -  Aquatic Disciplines - developing specific skills in the aquatic disciplines; swimming, water polo, diving, synchronised swimming and self rescue.

Why is your provider now using the learn to swim wales scheme in their swimming programme?

The various areas of the scheme can be delivered as a stand alone programme or as part of the complete pathway. The outcomes are underpinned throughout by Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles including Physical Literacy skills and cross curricular skills development opportunities.

The scheme has an emphasis on water safety and self-rescue skills, specifying outcomes are completed without goggles, ensuring that the vital skill of treading water is taught in the early phase of the scheme, and highlighting the importance of being able to swim wearing clothes.

The scheme incorporates all of the aquatic disciplines, including swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming, diving and Rookie Lifeguard in conjunction with the RLSS enabling children to have the opportunity and choice to participate in these activities and other water based sports and activities as they grow and develop.

Other notable points about learn to swim wales include:

  • Smoother progress through the scheme - the outcomes have been written so that each part of the scheme progresses on from the previous class so that objectives are realistic and achievable.
  • Seamless links to 'Nofio Ysgol', the school swimming programme for Wales enables school swimming sessions and learn to swim sessions to complement one another and providers to easily signpost children from school swimming into the relevant learn to swim class.
  • Swim Wales provide responses to 'frequently asked questions' from customers to aid understanding of the learn to swim process and programme.
  • Bilingual badges and certificates are available to help reward and recognise the achievements of your child.
  • learn to swim wales is the only swim scheme recognised in Wales by Sport Wales and Welsh Government.


How much are lessons?

Lessons last for 30 minutes for lower levels (45 minutes for higher levels). Each child is assessed and put into an appropriate group.

Our 10 week courses cost £47, or £35 for those with a Passport to Leisure. This does not include a certificate, these can be purchased for an additonal £2.50 once your child has completed a Wave. 

Parent & toddler sessions

Parents and young children will get the chance to take part in special pool sessions at Penlan. Our swim-a-song sessions include water safety, free movement and structured play.

Little Splasher 

We offer Little Splasher sessions for adults with more than one child under eight who are not able to attend normal swimming sessions because of the safety rules (one adult to one child). An extra lifeguard is provided to help parents to keep their children safe.

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