Swimming Lesson Timetable
Welcome to Lillypad Swimmers, a small and personal swim school for all ages.
We offer Baby and Toddler Aqua classes, Swim Scheme lessons and 1 to 1 sessions for children and adults and Aqua Natal Sessions.
We follow the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) Swim Awards scheme to build water confidence and safety awareness
while teaching you how to support your child in the pool until they become independent swimmers!
We work hard to ensure our lessons are energetic, fun and enable you and your child to see real progression during your time with us.
This is the first steps on our swimming journey where we introduce you and baby to the swimming pool. The STArfish awards are for babies from 0-2 years of age. This first step is baby led and allows them to explore and discover enjoyment of the water in a safe and relaxing environment. We build your confidence as a parent and show you how to safely support your baby in the water. Fun activities include back floating, swimming with baby and baby led submersion. We show you how to move with your little one in the water and work on balance, water confidence and start building an awareness of water safety.
STAnley awards are where we first start developing independence in the pool and is aimed at 2-4 year olds. These lessons are accompanied by a parent who is there to offer any additional support the child may need. These classes are fun and energetic and we work on building water confidence, developing swimming techniques and strokes as well as water skills such as floating, jumping in, putting faces in water and breathing. These classes are a great step between the STArfish and independent swimming awards but also great for older children starting to swim who lack confidence or have a fear of the water.
Octopus and Above
We teach up to the ASA equivalent of Level 6 which is our Shark series. The swimmers progress through Octopus where we assist the children moving independently in the water with floating aids, to Goldfish, Angel Fish and on to Shark where our swimmers will be covering distances of over 50 m with a good stroke. During this process we will develop good swimming techniques, entries, floating, surface dives and rescue techniques. The awards are fun to progress through with an even consideration given to swimming techniques and stroke transition as there is to movement, safety and water skills.
As well as our skills awards we also develop distance and stamina and these are recognised by our distance awards. We believe that award serves as great motivation to our swimmers so we recognise every achievement. Your child will receive a certificate and badge every term they swim with us, either a distance or skills award or if they have not quite reached the next milestone during the course, then a well done or special Lillypads badge of recognition will be presented instead. These are included in our course prices so are no extra cost to you. We also aim to offer life saving awards in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the water temperature like?
Unfortunately, we do not have a hydro pool at our disposal, but our pool is warmer then most public swimming pools at around 31 degrees. We find even the younger babies are fine in the water for a full 30 min lesson, with the aid of a baby wet suit or neoprene wrap which can be purchased on line.
What does my child need to bring to the lessons?
Just themselves in their swimming costumes. We supply all the swimming aids required. They can wear their own goggles and swim hats, or even bring a favorite toy if it helps them to feel more at ease. Babies and toddler who are not toilet trained must wear a double layer nappy system. Our preference is a disposable swimming nappy and a neoprene nappy, like a happy nappy.
What age can my child start?
We teach children of all ages, our youngest swimmer so far has been just 6 weeks old. The prime time to start baby swimming is from between 3-4 months old as they still have their natural swimming reflexes but are physically developed enough to be able to hold their head up and do more in the water.
How many swimmers will there be in a class?
We have a maximum of 8 child and parent pairs in our baby and toddler classes and 6 swimmers in our main stream classes. The group size will also depend on the confidence and ability of the group.
How do I enroll?
Contact Lillypad Swimmers by either email, phone or via our Facebook page and tell us what class you would like to enrol in. We will enrol you to start straight away if there are places available or we will put you on our waiting list.