We aim to offer all children the opportunity to learn to swim at their own pace in a happy friendly environment and to provide a relaxed introduction to competitive swimming for those children who are interested.
You can learn more from the section below and also view, print and download documents from Alison Sedgwick, our Learn to Swim Co-ordinator.
The National Teaching Plan for Teaching Swimming
Our popular Learn-to-Swim programme follows the key elements of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NTP) and incorporates our own Learn-to-Swim award scheme. We teach all of the main four swimming strokes as well as the development of key-skills, and improving water confidence.
Penguin 1 NTP Stage 1 – This class provides an introduction to the water for non-swimmers. The aim is to build water confidence and introduce the basic skills required for swimming. Children learn to swim on their front and back using flotation aids and begin to swim independently. Children must be aged 5 years or over.Penguin 2 NTP Stage 2 – Children continue to improve their water confidence and develop their ability to move through the water confidently on their own. Children learn to swim 5m on their front and back and begin to perform key skills such as push and glides and floating without the use of aids.
Penguin 3 NTP Stage 2/3 – Children learn to swim widths of the pool consistently on their front and back. They continue to improve their sculling and gliding skills and begin to link key skills together. From here, children progress to swimming lengths of the small pool.
Otter 1 NTP Stage 3 – Children continue to improve their strokes beginning to swim lengths of the small pool in front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. They develop their butterfly leg kick and aquatic skills such as sculling are developed further.
Otter 2 NTP Stage 4 – This is the final stage in our Learn to Swim programme. Children learn to consistently swim lengths of the pool demonstrating a good basic level of competence in front crawl with regular breathing, back crawl and breaststroke.
After completing all five NTP stages of our Learn-to-Swim programme, children then progress to our ‘Dolphin’ Stroke Development Session. There are 4 levels of ability and children swim widths of the main pool for ¾ of an hour. Children continue to develop their technique across all four swimming stokes and to improve their stamina in preparation for the move to a lengths session. Children also begin to learn to dive.
All our lessons are very popular and we have waiting lists for all classes. If you would like your child to starting swimming with us, we would advise putting their name on the waiting list as soon as possible so that hopefully there will be a place available when they reach the age of 5.
For further information about the Crusaders Learn to Swim programme please contact our Learn to Swim Co-ordinator, Alison Sedgwick, via email.
Latest News from Learn to Swim
Well done to the Saturday morning Learn to Swim group for their achievements during the Spring term (March 2018)
Penguin 1- Molly Gunter, Thomas Hooley, Lucy Myers
5m- William Campling
10m- William Campling, Bethany Crawford, Willow Crawford, Oscar Curzon
Penguin 3- Charlie Parren
25m- Rupert MacFarlan
50m- Bethany Smale, Hollie Ansell, Sophia Tabone
Otter 2- Phoebe Campling, Isla Cohen, Hollie Ansell, Sophia Tabone
Clownfish award- Isla Eldridge, Effie Holford, Henry Stanton, Amy Eldridge, Luca Tabone, Alex White, William Kenny,Annabel Lawlor, Phillip West, Evie Webb, Joshua Kelly, Gisella Richmond, Evan Andrew, Harry Myers, Jack Vernon, Ben Seed, Livia Seed, Harvey Saunders, Kai Mansfield- Sturgess, George Curzon, Thomas Bateman, Robin Bateman, Charlotte Miller
On the last day of term, we were faced with thick snow and a broken heater in the small pool which made it feel positively arctic and swimming in there out of the question. However, those Sunday morning swimmers in Learn to Swim who had braved the elements stepped up to the challenge and swam in the big pool, some of them for the first time ever. Everyone did really well but a special mention to some of our smaller and less experienced swimmers from Level 1 – particularly George Mason and Edward Forsyth who did brilliantly well and were happily jumping and swimming across the pool at the end of the session. A big thank you to the Dolphins coaches and swimmers for making room for us.
The swimmers across all levels have been busy practicing and acquiring new skills throughout the term. In Level 2 Persephone Forsyth and Henry Mason mastered backstroke this term – a fantastic achievement for both of them, and in Level 4 and 5 the teachers were all wonderfully impressed with some really great butterfly swimming from all of the swimmers – not something we really expect to see or are used to seeing at L4 and L5 so it was a real treat for us.
The following swimmers achieved skills badges this term: Penguin 1: James Maunder, Aimee Hill and Sienna Breeze. Penguin 2: Fiona Nicholls, Henry Mason, Emily Lambert. Penguin 3: Sophie Kent, Lauren Haynes, Alexander Sandford, Jacob Breeze, Chloe Hill, Isobel Miller. Otter 1: Alex Springthorpe, Sam Rigby, Cerys Long, Charlie Hall, India Morgan, Leo Sitzberger. Otter 2: Ella Duvivue, Jamie Morgan-Jones, Lily Woodiwiss and Oliver Forsyth.
We recognised the effort and achievement of the following swimmers: Charlie Griffin, Harley Griffiths, George Mason, Edward Forsyth, Persephone Forsyth, Jack May, Ella Morgan- Jones, Mia Brittle, Imogen Wood, Ben Warby, Thomas Woodward, Jack Honey, Harry Pateman, Masie Woodiwiss, Charlie Miller, Oliver Mitchell and Owen Hpa.
Swimmers were busy achieving distance badges too: 5m: Aimee Hill, Ella Morgan-Jones. 10m: Persephone Forsyth, Henry Mason, Imogen Wood, Mia Brittle. 25m: Sam Rigby, Leo Sitzberger. 50m: Jack Honey, Masie Woodiwiss, Cerys Long, Owen Hpa, Oliver Forsyth, Jamie Morgan-Jones. Although we don’t have badges to recognise the achievement in learn to swim, a special mention has to go to Jamie Morgan-Jones and Lily Woodiwiss who both managed to swim 100m in the big pool in good style.
Well done to all of our swimmers – it was a term of great achievements.
We say goodbye this term to Ella Duvivue, Jamie Morgan-Jones, Lily Woodiwiss and Oliver Forsyth, all of whom are heading off to the big pool and Dolphins. Keep up the great swimming.
Finally, we would like to wish all swimmers a happy break. We hope to see you all back bursting with energy and enthusiasm in the new year.
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