At Strokes Ahead lessons are designed for children aged between 3 and above. Each of our swimming lessons is arranged accordingly to your child’s swimming experience and water confidence.
At Strokes Ahead our priority is to ensure that your child develops excellent water skills. As each child journeys through our swim lessons they will successfully achieve new skills and develop strokes each term until they are ready to move on to the next level.
Our group and 1:1 lessons last 30 minutes each and are filled with not only productive learning skills but also skill learning fun and games. Each group lesson will have no more than 6 children, this is to ensure every child receives the individual attention required for them to reach their potential with Strokes Ahead!
In Stage 1 your child will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. They will also develop confidence and be introduced to movement sequences in the water for a distance of 5 metres with/without aids, equipment or support.
In stage 2, your child will develop safe entries to the water and will continue to practice floating, travel and rotation in the water. Your child will also develop further water confidence in order to travel 10-15 metres on the front or back without aids, equipment or support
In Stage 3, your child work towards being able to swim 20m on their front and back and will be able to swim underwater to collect objects from the bottom of the pool. They will also develop rotation skills and water safety knowledge.
In Stage 4, your child will focus on refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and develop a better understanding of buoyancy, whilst also developing front crawl and backcrawl over a distance of 25-50m.
In Stage 5, your child will focus on swimming all four strokes to the Swim England expected standards. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation.
In Stage 6, your child will focus on developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing, water safety and an understanding of how to prepare for exercise.
In Stage 7, your child will develop quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 - 7.
In stage 8, swimmers will develop more advanced swimming techniques working towards Swim England Expected Standard. They will also focus on turns in Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle and completing a 400 metre set on a specified turn around time.
In stage 9, swimmers will work towards completion of a 800 metre set with a specified turn around time; 800 metre continuous swim; 100 metre Individual Medley and correct starts to Swim England Expected Standards on Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle.