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Loudoun Mains Swimming Classes

Our Classes take place at the following times

Saturday 8am to 2pm

Sunday 9am to 12pm

Monday 3.30pm to 5pm

Wednesday 3.30pm to 5pm

Thursday 10am to 12pm

Loudoun Mains Swim classes cost £8.50 each for a 30 minute lesson and there are currently no restrictions for how many classes per week you decide your child can attend. When you enrole your child for our classes they will need to bring along a costume, googles and towel with some appropriate footwear to allow them to travel from the changing areas to the poolroom, everything else for their class will be provided.

GENERAL NOTES

 

·         Swimming Lessons are carried out with a maximum of 6 pupils and we normally have two adults in the pool room (one instructor and one poolside helper where needed).

·         Swimming Lesson are 30mins long.

·         Pupils with special needs can be accommodated although we would recommend starting with a course of one 2 one lessons to allow them to become accustomed to the surroundings here at Loudoun Mains.

·         We normally have a waiting list for Swimming Lessons depending on what day of the week and what time suits the parent/guardian bringing the pupil.

·         For the Parent and Baby and Parent and Toddler classes we also use a waiting list system. We would however try to give priority to older babies as we always try to start with babies less than 6 months of age. This does not always suit and therefore is entirely dependent on the waiting list.

·         Booking forms can be obtained from Loudoun Mains Reception, by emailing david@loudounmains.co.uk or the above link or by phoning 01560321246.

·         We take babies from 8 weeks of age or 8lbs in body weight.

·         Parent Baby/Toddler classes require an adult in the water with the Baby/Toddler and we work with one adult to one baby in the pool, and classes have max 6-8 babies in a group.

·         Parent Baby and Parent Child Lessons are 25 minutes long although arriving 10mins early would be prudent to allow the baby/child to become accustomed to the surroundings.

·         Babies do not have to wait until their immunisation programme is complete, but we suggest you do not swim the baby for 4 days after a jab. We recommend that an immunisation programme is followed.

·         We do not offer extra lessons if you miss a lesson due to holidays, but if a child is ill, we will try and rearrange a lesson at our discretion and only if we have the availability.

If a lesson is missed it still has to be paid for although we do offer a simple first come first served Holiday swap for pupils that go on holiday, please ask ast reception for precise details, but basically it works like this; If a holiday is booked and you think that it will clash with lessons please notify us by banking the holiday with a minimum of two weeks before it is taken and we will endevour to reallocate another lesson for your child. Please note there is no guarantee that we will be able to offer a suitable lesson at a suitable time or indeed at a suitable level for your child but rest assured we will try our hardest to accomodate.

 Download and Application for Swimming lessons here

Download a flyer for the Swimming Lessons here

Download a Parent and Baby flyer here

More detailed information regarding swimming classes

Traditionally graded and pre School swimming classes

When your children are given a place within the lesons they should have knowledge of 3 identifiable strokes: front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke. They should be confident without using swim aids and will progress through our swimming club to be graded from Beginner to Advanced and will be taught a mind boggling array of skills to give them technically sound swimming skills with full breath control. By the time they finish our lessons they will have an excellent level of competence using the 4 main strokes and a broad knowledge of life-saving and water safety skills.

These lessons are graded from 1 to 5 and will lead to a swimmer of excellent ability in all water types and depths. If you are joining at any of these levels an assessment may be necessary.

Small examples of some of the skills they will learn in these classes are as follows:

Streamlined Kick 

The Streamlined or Torpedo kick is a great tool to prepare a child’s body for the Freestyle stroke. It involves placing both arms behind the head in a straight line with the hands on top of each other. This position is maintained while the child kicks their legs. The reason why this drill is so important is because it exercises and strengthens the core (abdominal) muscles and prepares the child for more difficult swimming actions. If a child cannot perform a streamlined kick, they certainly do not have the core stability and strength to perform correct Freestyle arms. This is why it is really important to practice Torpedo kick even after the skill is mastered, because it enhances the quality of Freestyle arms by allowing the upper and lower body to perform 2 different actions.

 4 easy steps for a Streamlined kick:

1. Streamlined float

2. Kicking drills

3. Assisted Streamlined kick

4. Streamlined kick

Beginner Freestyle

 This type of Freestyle is different to what you see in the Olympics or what we call conventional Freestyle. Beginner or Catch-up Freestyle is when the hands meet after each stroke, so only one arm is moving at a time. The benefits of teaching Catch-up Freestyle before teaching conventional (Olympic) Freestyle are obvious to those who have done so. Young children find Catch-up much easier to comprehend as they are only using one arm at a time. However more importantly, just like Streamlined/Torpedo kicking, Catch-up Freestyle prepares and strengthens a child’s core region so the swimmer can develop a long, powerful Freestyle stroke. When children are taught conventional Freestyle too early, the arms tend to move too quickly and the correct breathing technique becomes difficult to teach.

4 easy steps to Beginner Freestyle

  1. Standing Beginner arms
  2. Arms on shoulders
  3. Arms on kickboard
  4. Catch-up/Beginner Freestyle arms

Pat the Dog 

If you are learning this skill it means your child can kick on their back while holding a kick-board to their chest. For a child to first start moving on the back without an aid we use a technique called ‘Pat the dog’. This is where the legs kick, while the arms are placed alongside the body with hands making a patting motion (where the name comes from). This skill is all about using the correct muscles to kick, body position and relaxing to allow maximum buoyancy. Never try learning Backstroke without first learning Pat the Dog.

 4 easy steps to Pat the dog:

1. Standing Pat the Dog

2. Supported back

3. Supported elbows

4. Independent Pat the Dog

 

Freestyle Breathing

 When first learning how to correctly breathe in the Freestyle stroke, we recommend you only get your child breathing to the one side (either right or left), and keep it consistent. This is why we label each arm, one is the Breathing arm (the side that they breathe to), the other is the Bubble arm (the side you can attach a bubble to as a reminder, as this is one skill we think an aid really helps). Later on down the track your swimmer will learn bi-lateral breathing or breathing on both the left and the right. There is no right or wrong side children should breathe to, simply whichever side turns better and feels more comfortable to the swimmer. Once you have decided on which side to breathe, this skill will show you how to incorporate the breath into Beginner/Catch-up Freestyle.

4 easy steps to Freestyle breathing: 

1. Select bubble arm

2. 6 kicks and breathe

3. Bubble arm, roll, breathing arm.

4. Freestyle Breathing on board


Backstroke

If your swimmer is competent at performing Pat the Dog, then the backstroke arms can be introduced. Just like Freestyle, we simplify the stroke when first teaching it and use a technique called Single-arm Backstroke. Just like Beginner Freestyle, Single-arm makes it easy for a child to understand and perform the skill that’s being asked. If they find this easy, then simply move on to conventional (Olympic) Backstroke. 

Four easy steps to Backstroke:

  1. Standing Single-arm
  2. Single-arm drills
  3. Standing Olympic Backstroke
  4. Olympic Backstroke

 

Freestyle (front crawl)

Making the transition from Beginner Freestyle to Olympic Freestyle is not hard. In this skill we will make sure our swimmer can do correct Catch-up (beginner) Freestyle, and then teach him/her to begin changing the arms so the stroke will begin to resemble the Freestyle you see in the Olympics. Once your swimmer gets the basic action, we then provide you with drills that will refine the stroke, build stamina and increase strength. We would advocate the use of flippers as a tool. Flippers allow the swimmer to concentrate on arm technique because it improves the efficiency of each kick, helping to maintain momentum. Teachers should be careful children do not become dependent on flippers and lazy with their kicks.

4 easy steps to Olympic Freestyle:

1. Catch-up/Beginner Freestyle

2. Freestyle

3. Flippers

4. Training drills

 

Parent and Baby swimming classes

·         Our swim classes will be your baby's first experience of a professional swim lesson. It is also great bonding as you are with your baby in the water. We will be teaching you life-saving skills and laying the foundations for a long swim career. All courses run for 10 weeks, with one lesson per week. Although multiple classes can be attended each week should you require?

·         Swimming can have physical, emotional and intellectual benefits for babies. Many parents have commented on the fact that their swimming babies are stronger, feed and sleep easier and develop word association skills early on. Parent and Baby courses are also great for socialisation.

·         Taking babies as young as 8 weeks old to water safety classes helps keep their natural dive reflex alive, which enables them to move freely underwater by holding their breath. This in itself could save your baby's life one day.

·         Babies with special needs sometimes really benefit from swimming as it can compliment physiotherapy. Be sure to discuss his or her particular needs with your GP and instructor first as submersions may not always be appropriate for every baby.

·         Mums and dads too are enjoying the endless benefits of taking their babies to swimming lessons. Learning about water safety is of vital importance now that so many of us travel to seaside resorts for our holidays and even more so for those who live near open water or in coastal towns. Parents enjoy knowing that their babies are safe and confident around water, as well as learning how to deal with them in it. Parents find swimming with their babies strengthens the bonding process too, as it enables them to spend true quality time with them.

Parent and Baby classes have 6 progressive skill levels to each programme with each level normally taking a number of classes to achieve. These will progress to 6 levels of the Parent Toddlers programme, and then on to the Pre-School programme which will eventually lead to the more traditional graded swimming lessons.

·         Currently the Parent and Baby swimming lessons are £130 for a 10 week course.

 

 

Parent and Toddler swimming classes

The aim of the Parent and Toddler swimming lessons is to have the child move towards going into the water on their own. We introduce the use of buoyancy aids, and try to get the children to think and listen for themselves, promoting social skills and pool safety. Swimming offers your Toddler a unique sensory experience and develops confidence in the water that lasts a lifetime, as well as truly magical one-to-one time for you and your child. Taught in our lovely warm pool with a maximum of six children, our classes incorporate rhyme, music and movement based on extensive child development research. We also teach invaluable water-safety and personal survival skills in our classes which the children love practicing.

And although we have spent many years carefully developing our progressive lesson plans to develop swimmers, our teachers adapt every activity to suit each child. Our approach ensures that your child's needs are expertly fulfilled - never forcing development, but rather nurturing it to ensure a positive experience and love of swimming.

By the end of these sessions the parent should be able to leave the poolroom and watch the lessons progress from the comfort of the Club lounge.

Parent and Toddler classes also have 6 progressive skill levels to each programme with each level normally taking a number of classes to achieve. These skills will lead on to our Pre School swimming lessons programme, which will eventually lead to the more traditional graded swimming lessons.

Currently the Parent and Toddler swimming classes are £130 for a 10 week course of lessons.