A question we are often asked is ‘what equipment will my child need to start swimming lessons?’. On day one you shouldn’t need anything beyond the basics of a costume and goggles. As your child progresses through the course syllabus your teacher will advise you on any additional equipment you might need. Equipment such as floats and noodles will be available from the school to use during lessons.
You don’t necessarily need a swim hat when first starting but long hair should be tied back. At squad and competition level hats should be worn by both girls and boys in order to cut down drag and secure goggles when swimming at speed.
Other equipment such as swimming fins, water bottles and swim hats are available through the school. Just ask your teacher for more information.
We also provide tips on buying certain pieces of kit in the Swim Equipment section of our News page.
We don’t offer trial lessons I’m afraid. We receive so many requests for trial lessons that were we to cater for them all then our existing pupils would be impacted by the increased group sizes and reduced teacher attention.
We are however very happy for you and your child to come and watch our lessons and talk to other parents. Just let us know and we can give you directions and timings.
If your child is unwell and can’t attend a lesson we would be grateful if you could send us a message to let us know. Contact details can be found here. If you are trying to reach use on the day of the lesson itself a text message would be best as we are more likely to see this between teaching sessions than we would an email.
If your child has an injury or illness which will mean missing more than two weeks of the course then we will do our best to offer catch up lessons. These may take the form of an additional weekly lesson or an extra lesson in holiday time.
We understand that you will want to make up for these lessons but a refund or a reduction on a subsequent course cannot be offered.
A number of parents have asked us about the badges and award schemes we use at LWSA so we thought we’d provide a summary of the different schemes we use and how these integrate into our teaching programme.
At LWSA we use both the Swimming Teacher’s Association STA and the Swim England ASA award schemes. There are some differences between the two schemes, for example the ASA scheme has more emphasis on competitive swimming and is great for squads whereas the STA scheme gets new swimmers doing more complicated activities earlier so is good for early stage development. By using both schemes we can make the awards align better with our teaching programme, provide plenty of variety in the lessons and perhaps most importantly, make sure all of our children get the chance to earn a badge and certificate to celebrate their successes, which really helps with motivation.
The table below shows, in broad terms, how the award schemes correspond to our class structures. In addition to the main awards outlined there, children will also be encouraged to take distance awards that provide additional incentives during term time.
|Class||Typical Entry Level||ASA Awards at This Level||STA Awards at This Level|
|Pre School Beginners||Nervous of the water, little experience, building confidence to move independently in the water||
|Beginners||Can submerge under the water, perform flotation and rotation without aids.||
|Advanced Beginners||Can swim 10m + on front and back, confident in deep water.||
|Intermediate||Shows an understanding of front crawl, backstroke arms and breathing. Good technique.||
|Advanced||Can perform all 4 strokes effectively.||
|Mini Squad + Squad||Can swim 200m, perform a dive and can swim all 4 strokes to a good standard.||