Learn to Swim: FAQs

What should I expect from each lesson? 

The lessons should be led by a Swim England or Swimming Teacher Association qualified swimming teacher and each class should include up to a maximum of 12 swimmers. The teacher will look to provide a variety of different fun-based activities to help the swimmers learn new skills and throughout the lesson they will provide feedback and instruction to help each individual swimmer develop. 

Some swimmers may be given slightly different activities depending on their strengths and weaknesses to help them focus on their individual needs. 

How long will it take my child to pass each stage? 

This will vary with every swimmer depending on their skills and experience. 

If a swimmer has the experience of pre-school or adult and child sessions then he/she may move faster initially through Learn to Swim Stages 1 and 2. This is because they will be familiar with the environment and should be more confident in the water. 

Some children are more naturally competent and confident in the water and therefore will progress faster. Other children are slower to learn new skills but can quite often become stronger more proficient swimmers as they progress.

The most important factor is that each child learns to swim and enjoys learning to swim. 

Each Learn to Swim Stage will have a number of complementary Awards which recognise that a child has completed a particular skill within the whole Stage. 

Where do disabled children fit into the programme?

Disabled children should be encouraged wherever possible to take part in the various Stages of the Learn to Swim Framework.  


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