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Swimming Lessons

Lessons for all ages and abilities, from the very young, to those who might think they are too old to learn - don't worry, you're not!

Current Lessons

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Learning to swim with us

Delivered by friendly, professional teachers, our swimming lessons build confidence in swimmers of all ages and abilities - babies to adults, complete beginners to improvers.

Lessons run in courses of 10 weeks from September to June, starting in September, November, February and April. During July and August weekly Crash Course lessons are available.

You will have the same teacher throughout your course. Lessons for the youngest pupils take place in our Minor Pool which is separate from the Main Pool, so it is quiet and more conducive to learning with an ideal pool temperature for teaching.

Follow pupil progress on our Swim Portal.

See below for a description of our lessons and view the timetable for the current course.

Which lesson should I pick?

New pupils can join in the first four weeks of a course. Pupils move to the next level when 100% assessment is achieved at their current level.

Please see our levels below and the skills taught at each.

Lesson Levels

See the teacher/pupil ratios and skills taught at each level.

Baby Wave - 3 months to 18 months

Involves babies and parent/carer in the Minor Pool. 

This gives young ones a gentle introduction to water.  Parents/carers and children learn skills to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the pool.

Please note: children under 3 months will not be allowed in lessons.

Lesson ratio 1:12

Baby Wave - 18 months to 3 years

Involves babies and parent/carer in the Minor Pool

Children continue to develop their water skills until they are able to submerge and swim unaided.

Lesson ratio 1:12

Toddler Wave

For 3 to 5 year olds new to the pool and non-swimmers, lessons take place in the Minor Pool.
Armbands used.

An introduction to the pool. Children learn water confidence and propulsive skills they need to progress to Toddler Wave 1.
Those in Primary 1 move to Ripples, pupils under that age move to Toddler Wave 1. 

Lesson ratio 1:10

Toddler Wave 1

For 3 to 5 year olds, non-swimmers, lessons take place in the Minor Pool.
Armbands used.

Children develop their water skills, swimming a width of the pool on their front, then their back to progress to Toddler Wave 2.  
Those in Primary 1 move to Ripples, pupils under that age move to Toddler Wave 2. 

Lesson ratio 1:10

Toddler Wave 2

For 3 to 5 year olds, swimmers in the Minor Pool. No armbands.

An introduction to the frontcrawl. Children swim front and back unaided to progress to Toddler Wave 3.
Those in Primary 1 move to Ripples, pupils under that age move to Toddler Wave 3. 

Lesson ratio 1:10

Toddler Wave 3

For 3 to 5 year olds, swimmers in the Minor Pool. No armbands.

Development of frontcrawl and backcrawl skills to 3 metres.
Those in Primary 1 move to Ripples 1, pupils under that age stay in Toddler Wave 3. 

Lesson ratio 1:10

Ripples

Non-swimmers in the Minor Pool

For children in Primary 1 and above. This introduces pupils to the pool environment and develops their confidence in water. They must demonstrate a 3 metres swim on their front unaided to progress.

Lesson ratio 1:10

Ripples 1

Swimmers in the Minor Pool

For school age children. This class develops frontcrawl skills. Children must swim 5 metres frontcrawl to progress.

Lesson ratio 1:12

Ripples 2

For school age children. More development of frontcrawl and breathing skills. Pupils must swim one width frontcrawl with correct breathing to progress.

Lesson ratio 1:12

Ripples 3

Swimmers in the Minor Pool

For school age children. This class develops backcrawl and refines frontcrawl to 10 metres to progress.

Lesson ratio 1:12

Ripples 4

Swimmers in the Minor Pool

Develops butterfly and continued development of front and backcrawl to 15 metres to progress.

Lesson ratio 1:12

Ripples 5

Swimmers in the Minor Pool

Develops breaststroke and continued development of front and backcrawl to 20 metres to progress. 

Lesson ratio 1:12

Ripples 6

Main Pool, deep water

Lessons take place in 2 metres deep water to ensure swimmers are competent in deep water before they progress to Personal Survival Bronze.

Lesson ratio 1:10

Personal Survival Bronze, Silver & Gold

Main Pool. Clothes worn throughout the lesson

Successful completion of personal survival at Bronze level leads on to the Silver and Gold levels. All three require a clothed skills assessment - T shirt at Bronze and Silver level and long sleeved top at Gold level. Those achieving Gold can progress to Stroke & Stamina.

Bronze level lessons take place in 2 metres deep water to ensure swimmers are competent in deep water before they progress.

Lesson ratio 1:10

Stroke & Stamina Training

For swimmers able to swim 100 metres Frontcrawl without stopping.

Pupils receive instruction on how to improve their stroke technique whilst swimming drills. Stamina improved through gradual progression in distance for aerobic fitness.

Lesson ratio 1:10

Adults 14 year olds & over

Beginner and Improver lessons in the Minor and Main Pool

These lessons follow the same format as Ripples to Stroke & Stamina but they are structured to reflect the different needs and abilities of adult non-swimmers and improvers. 

Beginner and Mixed lessons take place in the Minor Pool with a ratio of 1:12

Improver lessons take place in the Main Pool with a ratio of 1:10

The Benefits of Waves:

  • all our teachers hold A.S.A, I.A.S.A or S.T.A. Teacher Certificates and Lifesaving qualifications and follow specific course guidelines to ensure a consistency of high teaching standards.
  • you can take the programme at your own pace.
  • progress can be followed on the Home Portal
  • successful completion at each level is recognised
  • instruction is given by a team of dedicated teachers who motivate pupils and ensure they fully enjoy their lessons.
  • incorporates the National Curriculum Water Skills Programme.

Lessons

Course Duration

Courses are held over 10 weeks (except where Bank Holiday closures occur) starting in September, November, February and April. Crash courses run Monday to Friday during July and August compressing 10 x 30 minute lessons into 5 x 60 minutes lessons.

Lesson Duration

All lessons will be 30 minutes long until further notice.

Teacher Pupil ratio

  • see ratios for each level above
  • where lessons are held in the Minor Pool, the pool is split to allow two lessons to run concurrently.

At this time parents/carers are not allowed on poolside at any time.

Course Dates and Enrolment

Our Waves Swim Programme runs from September to June.

2021/22 Course Dates
November 2021
Start date: 6 November
Last date: 4 February
Duration: 10 weeks
No lessons 18 December to 7 January
Enrolment opens online on 22 October at 12 noon
February 2022
Start date: 5 February
Last Date: 8 April
Duration: 9 weeks
April 2022
Start date: 23 April
Last date: 1 July
Duration: 10 weeks, Monday lessons 9 weeks
No lessons 2 May, Jubilee Bank Holiday to be confirmed.

Enrolment

New pupils can apply either online or at the complex, this will be indicated on our Lesson Timetable page.

Pupils already in lessons will be automatically moved up or held in their current level for the next course. 
Pupils paying by cash must have enough credits in their account to enable movement. Accounts can be topped up at anytime.
Pupils paying by direct debit must inform the complex at the end of a course if they do not wish to continue. This can be done by emailing leisure@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Payment and Price

Payment is monthly by Direct Debit or by cash for blocks of ten weeks.

If paying by Direct Debit, at the time of enrolment payment for the first month is by cash, payment thereafter is by Direct Debit on the 1st working day of the month and will continue until June or enrolment is cancelled.

Cash payments will be for the full course amount at the time of enrolment.

All pupils will be issued with a Waves membership issued at time of enrolment.

We are unable to issue refunds under any circumstances.

Lesson Prices from September 2021
Baby Wave, Toddler Wave, Juniors
10 weeks: £65
Monthly payment: £25.35
Adults
10 weeks: £70
Monthly payment: £27.30
Crash Course Lessons
£65

For your information

Read our current Covid safety procedures.

Follow Progress Online

Parents/guardians can follow their child’s progress on the online Swim PortalTo register on the Swim Portal you need the pupil's membership card number, date of birth, email or postcode.

Pool Changing

Pool changing is located in the Aqua Zone.

For lessons taking place in the Minor Pool changing is in the blue zone, located immediately left when entering the Aqua Zone. Access to the Minor Pool is from this area.
For lessons taking place in the Main Pool changing is in the purple and green zones with access to the Main Pool via the yellow showers.

No Outdoor Footwear Policy

To improve the hygiene of the Aqua Zone a No Outdoor Footwear policy is in place.
All footwear worn on arrival to the complex must be changed before entering the Aqua Zone.
Seats are provided outside the entrance to the zone to sit on to take off your shoes. You may bring ‘clean’ footwear (flipflops, sliders or sandals) to use while in the changing area. Please ensure you bring all your belongings into the zone when ready.
When leaving the Aqua Zone please remember not to put your outdoor shoes on until outside the zone.

Lockers

Our lockers are operated using £1 coin, which is refunded.

Buggies/push chairs should not be brought to the Aqua Zone where possible. A Buggie Park is available at the bottom of the stair case adjacent to reception on the Ground Floor.

Please Note: The pool temperature will be between 27 degrees and 32 degrees and the air temperature between 28 degrees and 31 degrees for all lessons. Changing facilities will be maintained to agreed standards at all times.

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