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Here you can read about all things swimming and have your say on the debates!

By jksswimschool, Apr 10 2015 03:07PM

Many parents regularly ask me what they can do to help their children become happy, confident swimmers, so here's my best advice...

* I realise many families are super busy and have lots of other activities to pack into their schedules, but the number 1 best thing you can do, is to have a regular family swim. The best family swims involve lots of of fun, giggles and games. It is a great activity that everyone can take part in, including younger siblings and grandparents. It is important that there is a big differnce between the child's weekly lesson and their family swim. The children should be allowed to play and have fun rather than being forced to practise skills from their lesson. Family swims are perfect for children to learn to love being in water and it is far more important for them to play and build up water confidence, than to repeat what they did in their lesson that week.

*Bath time is perfect for practising bubbles, gettting faces wet and perfecting those leg kicks. Jugs, watering cans, squirty toys and sinking toys can all be used in the bath to build up water confidence. Being in the bath is a safe environment that children are used to being in, so for nervous swimmers especially, it is a great time to talk about the child's swimming lesson and practice some skills from it.

*Books/magazines/television are all great ways to start a discussion about swimming. For more advanced swimmers, it is great for them to watch swimming competitions on television, for them to see what their strokes should look like and to motivate them. For swimmers just starting out on their aquatic journey, books and magazines are fabulous for teaching about water safety. Copy and paste this link into your browser http://childrensbooksdaily.com/top-5-books-about-learning-to-swim/ to find some suggestions about good books about swimming.

By jksswimschool, Apr 1 2015 04:27PM

Why should you take your little one swimming? Is it important to start swimming as young as possible?

-Stengthens the cardio-respiratory system

-Studies have shown that children who swim regularly within the first two years of their life are more observant and aware of their surroundings

-Helps with relaxation and confidence in new situations

-Builds a strong bond between parents/carers and child

-Helps the child to learn to socialise with children of their own age and other adults

-Toddlers learn potentially lifesaving skills such as grabbing for the bar and basic swimming movements

-Children who have been swimming regularly since a baby often learn to swim unaided at a younger age

Contact us now to book your classes!

By jksswimschool, Feb 23 2015 12:12PM

There's so many swimming lessons out there, council ones, private ones, swimming club ones and more. So how do you know what you should be looking for and what makes our swimming lessons special?

*Small class sizes-this is such an important one, especially for beginners or younger children. Small classes mean that the children get more attention and learn quicker. The intimate lessons make children feel at ease and safe, as they know the teacher is never far away and always has time to help them. We never have more than 6 children in our classes up to stage 5 and then no more than 8 after stage 5.

*Teacher in the water up to stage 5-By having the teacher in the water, nervous or shy children feel a lot safer and are more likely to try new things. The teacher is able to quickly help any child that gets in to difficulty without a big fuss and is always available for demonstrations.

*Experienced, fully qualified staff-Teachers should always be qualified up to ASA or STA level 2 standard at least and have a teacher rescue qualification, first aid certifcate and full CRB check. Our teachers have all the qualifications just mentioned, as well as lots of experience. Olivia, Anna and Chelsea have all swam for swimming clubs for many years and know the work it takes to become a competitive swimmer.

*ASA registered swim school-By being registered with the Amateur Swimming Association, you know the the swimming lessons are regulated and have to meet national standards. We are able to use the ASA logo as part of our advertising, follow their Kelloggs National Teaching Plan and award certificates accordingly.

*Multi stroke teaching approach-We always try to teach all the four strokes in our lessons from the outset. Some children are naturally better at one of the strokes, but by teaching all four together, we produce well rounded swimmers, who are ready to go on to competitive swimming if they wish. We are also very technique focused and encourage swimming with faces in the water, as we are always trying to make our swimmers as efficient and confident as possible. Water confidence skills, such as submersion, jumping, diving, rolling etc also play a big part in the lessons.

*Lessons available for children aged 12months onwards-the earlier a child starts swimming, the more confident and happy they are likely to be in the water.

*One to One lessons-for those children who lack a lot of confidence or have a physical or mental disability, we have one to one slots, so they can get all the attention the need and progress at their own pace.

Get in touch now for more information and to book your lessons!

By jksswimschool, Nov 20 2014 10:01PM

On a weekly basis, I am asked by the parents of my swimmers, for my opinion on wearing goggles during swimming lessons. It is an ongoing debate, which is argued fiercely by swimming teachers across the world.

Pro's of wearing goggles:

-No more sore eyes (no one likes chlorine in their eyes!)

-Can help nervous children over come their fear of getting their face wet

-Opens up a whole new exciting under water world

-Can lead to a great improvement in stroke technique as children forget about their eyes and think more about their swimming

-Prescription goggles are great for children who normally wear glasses

Con's of wearing goggles:

-Children have a tendency to mess with them

-Can waste valuable lesson time due to the teacher having to alter them

-Children can get more frustrated when they are ill fitting and leak

-Children become reliant on them and won't swim properly without them

So which side am I on then? I think goggles are a great accessory and as soon as children are starting to learn their strokes, I think they should be worn. I personally wouldn't want to swim with my face in the water for 30 mins, so I wouldn't expect my swimmers to. Ill fitting goggles cause many problems in lessons though, so I would always advise parents to buy good quality goggles and practice with them in in the bath until the children get used to them. I understand parents fear of their children getting in to difficulty in water and not being able to swim because they haven't got their goggles, so I always teach personal survival and pj's lessons without goggles. I also strongly believe that if children did get into difficulty, that their instinct would take over and they would swim just as well without their goggles.

If you would like more information about the best goggles to choose and how to wear them correctly, please let me know.

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