You can learn to swim at any age. For those wanting to start swimming we offer learn to swim classes for all age groups from parent & baby through to adults. All of our lessons are taught by qualified instructors who will help to develop confidence both in and around the water.
Our lessons follow the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA), Learn to Swim framework. This uses fun and games to take children from the first splash to full competence in the pool and will ultimately help your child develop confidence in the water.
The ASAs Learn to Swim Programme guides your child through ten clearly defined stages, and there's a foundation level to get babies as young as six-months-old started. All of the ASA Learn to Swim Programme is supported by the Kellogg's ASA Awards scheme.
Reflecting our commitment to continuously improving the delivery of swimming lessons, we are investing in the latest technology to record the performance of children during their lessons.
Through an internet based Homeportal parents/guardians will be able to access information about your child’s swimming lessons including:
- Your child’s performance against the key competencies for their course level E.g. Swim 100m efficient backstroke.
- A rating from the teacher on how they are doing against this competency E.g. Needs practice / Fair / Good
- Notification of when your child is ready to move up a level and the ability to choose from the available times for your child to move into
- Record of all assessments and pass dates for each level
Contact our Swimming Co-ordinator today for more information on 020 8336 7782
Holiday Swim Courses
Our crash courses run for half an hour each day for the week (dependent on Bank holidays). The children book according to their age and ability through Reception at the Malden Centre on a first come first served basis. The beginner classes have 6 children per teacher and the Main Pool classes can cater for a maximum of 8 children.
We regularly run crash courses in the following categories over the school holidays:
All Beginner classes
For children who are non swimmers and those who cannot swim 5metres unaided. Booking is done according to age either 3-4yrs, child 5yrs+ or juniors 8yrs+.
For children who can swim 5m front crawl and backstroke unaided. Equivalent to Stage 3 or 4 teaching pool, to develop stroke technique and breathing before moving to the main pool.
Introduction to Main Pool
For children who can swim 10m front crawl with breathing and backstroke unaided. This class is in the main pool and is equivalent to Stage 3 or 4 Jnr, to develop stroke technique and stamina.
This clinic focuses on developing stroke technique and introducing timing and breathing. Children MUST be deep water confident. For children who can competently swim 25m front crawl with breathing & backstroke and can do 10m dolphin and understand the components of breaststroke.
Intermediates Main Pool
For children who can competently swim 25m front crawl with breathing, backstroke, breaststroke and 10m butterfly. To increase stamina and build further on technique. Equivalent to Stages 5/6.
Intro To Diving
For children who can swim a minimum of 25m front crawl and backstroke to ASA standard and who are deep water confident. To learn basic diving techniques relating to swimming ending in diving off blocks.
This course is designed to give an introduction to Lifesaving and various Lifesaving techniques. Swimmers MUST be able to swim 50m in clothing in 2minutes. For those Stage 6 and above.
If you have a fear of the water, can’t get your face wet or panic just thinking about the deep end then it’s easy to think swimming is not for you.
But if you learn to swim you can have fun in the water with your friends, children and grandchildren. You can also make a splash in the water while on holiday.
The important thing to know is that you are not alone. One in five adults across the country can't swim - but it's never too late to learn. Most pools offer adult classes in a friendly and supportive environment.
If you are unsure about starting lessons, ask if you can watch a class or two to get a better idea of whether it's for you, or ask to speak with one of the teachers.
Most lessons take things at a slow pace - starting off with teaching you to how to stand up and regain your feet, float and swim without fear before being taught specific strokes.
Our Adult lessons run 39 weeks of the year during term-time only and lessons are either 30mins for Beginners or 45mins for Improvers each week.
This membership includes ongoing access to use the pool in public swimming time. Classes are available on Wednesday mornings between 9am - 12noon and Monday - Wednesday evenings between 8.15pm - 10pm.
Contact our Swimming Co-ordinator today for more information on 020 8336 7782.