Classes @ Methodist College & Inst RBAI Belfast
All classes are based on ability and we carefully assess our pupils to ensure the class suits their needs. Our classes have a maximum class size of 4 pupils per teacher except for the hour long classes for advanced swimmers. In addition we provide different ability classes at the same time which is much more convenient for families with multiple children. The instructors are in the pool during all classes except the hour long classes. This helps to build a good relationship with each child and also ensures that swimmers feel safe in the water. Parents can sit on the poolside throughout the lesson so they can see and hear what the instructor is saying which means parents can continue the instruction if they go swimming as a family.
Our classes incorporate lots of fun whilst developing confidence and swimming skills/stroke techniques. We use our considerable swimming experience to develop all our pupil’s aquatic skills. Throughout the year we will assess our swimmers using the STA and keen2swim awards and this encourages our swimmers to celebrate their achievements. Classes take place on Saturdays mainly during term time.
Pre-School Swimmers from age 3+
Our pre school swimmers develop their confidence in the water by swimming on their own or with swim aids. We encourage them to increase the distance they can swim using games, toys and/or floats. We only take 3 pupils in this class to ensure all our little ones get the individual attention they need to develop.
Beginner Age 5+ (at school)
This class is aimed at swimmers who cannot swim unaided and require floats and/or armbands to swim. Swimmers will develop skills gained at pre-school stage to improve their strength and stamina. This class has a maximum of 4 pupils per class. The small class size ensures that even the most nervous swimmers gain confidence and have one to one time with the teacher throughout the lesson.
This class is aimed at swimmers with a little more confidence who can submerge their face in the water but can swim less than a width (10m) without aids. We will introduce them to the correct body position, leg kick and breathing at this stage.
Intermediate 1 (10m +)
In this class pupils will develop Frontcrawl and Backcrawl whilst also introducing them to Breaststroke and Butterfly. Pupils should be able to swim at least 10 meters. At this stage pupils should be water confident and have the correct body position. A greater focus is made on breathing whilst carrying out the swimming strokes.
Intermediate 2 (25m+)
Swimmers in the intermediate 2 class should be able to swim at least 25 meters. They will now be able to swim Frontcrawl and Backstroke well, whilst also developing Breaststroke and Butterfly. At this stage swimmers will be improving their stroke technique and stamina. By gaining strength in the water they will be ready to start swimming lengths. In this class swimmers are expected to carry out the swimming strokes to ASA expected stroke standards.
At this stage swimmers should be able to swim at least 100 meters distance and will develop all four swimming strokes. We encouraged each to swim lengths and improve their stroke technique and stamina by using a variety of swim aids. This allows them to work on individual parts of their swimming strokes which makes the lessons fun an enjoyable with plenty of variety. Water safety also forms part of this stage especially as pupils may be attending swimming at school or are old enough to attend public swim sessions without parents. This class takes place in Inst RBAI and Methody.
Advanced Improvers (200m+)
At this stage swimmers should be able to swim at least 200 meters. The class will take place in a pool with a deep end. The class will aim to develop all four swimming strokes to a proficient standard along with dives and competitive turns. Our swimmers are encouraged to swim lengths and improve their stroke techniques and stamina but we will also cover how to dive, complete tumble turns, life save. Join us at INST RBAI on Saturdays from 10-11am.