Wave Swim School

Welcome to Wave Swim School

Wave Swim School offers an extensive range of lessons, from 5 months through to advanced adult lessons. Wave Swim School’s qualified and experienced Swimming Teacher’s deliver the Sport England Learn to Swim Programme (formerly known as the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Learn to Swim Pathway).

Wave Swim School also offers alternative aquatic activities such as Rookie Lifeguard, Pre Competition, Aqua Fun, Snorkelling and Kayaking. We have a number of links with local clubs to encourage the students to carry on with these activities on a more permanent basis. 

Term length & payment options

Wave Swim School teaches swimming for 50 weeks of the year and offers continuous assessment. This means that the student will be able to progress to the next level at any point within the 50 weeks. In order to progress the child will need to meet all of their current levels criteria.

You will be able to choose to spread the cost of lessons by paying monthly by direct debit or pay in blocks of 15 weeks. For our customers who pay monthly by direct debit, you will receive 50 lessons for the price of 45 plus your child will also receive half price swimming.

Children on a current course paid for by direct debit will be entitled to half price swimming all year on production of a valid Swim School membership card. There is no need for the child to have an accompanying full paying adult to qualify for this benefit, although our normal swimming pool admission policy will still apply.

For example:

  • A child under 8 years – the child will benefit from half price swimming but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • A child over 8 years – the child can swim on their own, but must observe the restrictions of the competency test. Our swimming pool admission policy is available from reception at our swimming pools or on our website.

What’s in it for you?

Fun

  • Swimming can be a wonderful recreational activity for individuals and families.
  • The pool makes a great playground and a great gym. There is so much more on offer now in our pools from aqua-aerobics to swimming lessons, diving to inflatable fun sessions.

Healthy

  • Swimming keeps the body fit and healthy, and helps to fight the health risks of obesity and an inactive lifestyle.
  • Children who keep fit and healthy tend to do better academically.

Safety

  • Learning to swim is not only fun and healthy, it is a life skill.
  • Living in a costal location our children are exposed to the dangers of water. By learning to swim they learn about the dangers of water and how to be safe around and in it.

Our swimming pool admission policy is available from reception at our swimming pools.

MANAGE YOUR SWIMMING LESSONS YOURSELF

Wave Swim School gives you the ability to manage your child’s lessons online, meaning you don’t need to queue to see the teacher or queue to change their lessons as they progress.

Using one simple login, you can manage all your children on swimming lessons from the comfort of your own home, or on the move via your smart phone.

If you have more than one child on lessons with us, you will be able to manage them all from one login.

All progress is logged immediately via a poolside tablet and is accessible as a Record of Achievement.

Once your child is ready to move up to the next level, you will receive an email alert and you can move them yourself to an available slot to suit you. The system will only show you spaces that are available so you are assured a place for the following week.

Key benefits for you

  • Log on at home or on the move via computer, laptop or smart phone
  • Instantly know which criteria your child has achieved and which areas they need to improve
  • View teacher feedback
  • Receive email alerts when your child is ready to progress to the next level
  • Move your child’s classes via the HomePortal
  • Shows how many lessons are left (if you pay every 15 weeks)
  • You can manage all your children’s lessons from one login

If you pay for your lessons 15 weeks in advance, Clarity Swim Live will alert you when you have 3, 2 and 1 week remaining.

To register for online access you need to ensure we have the correct email address for the responsible adult, along with your postcode and your child’s date of birth. Please email us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request access.

If you have already registered your details with us please link directly to the Home Portal

Lessons for Adult and Child

Lessons for babies and Preschool children

The Swim England Pre-School Framework is the first stage of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme. It promotes early water confidence and basic motor skills and underpins Learn to Swim Stages 1 – 7.

It is linked to the Early Years Foundation Curriculum for Child Development, and is delivered in a fun, friendly environment.

Discovery Ducklings 1 – 4 (age range 0 – 24 months)

Discovery Duckling 1

  1. Enter the water safely and comfortably fully supported by an adult.
  2. Bob up and down in the water with full adult support in a vertical position.
  3. Complete an adult supported horizontal back float with a return to vertical position.
  4. Be at ease with water being poured on the back of head.
  5. With full adult support move smoothly through the water in the vertical position.
  6. Exit the water safely with adult support.

Discovery Duckling 2

  1. Enter the water safely and comfortably fully supported by an adult.
  2. Float on the back with full adult support.
  3. Splash hand in water.
  4. Adult to move in 360 degree turn holding child facing away from them. First close to them, then at arm’s length.
  5. Move through the water in a streamlined position on their back with full support from an adult.
  6. Be at ease with face being washed/ splashed.
  7. With full adult support move smoothly through the water in the vertical position.
  8. Travel on front or back with full adult support.
  9. Make progress towards holding the side of the pool with adult support.
  10. Exit the water safely with adult support.

Discovery Ducking 3

  1. Enter the water safely supported by an adult. Swimmers should be encouraged to sit on the side and wait for adult instruction.
  2. Float on the back with full adult support behind the head, shoulders and hips.
  3. Reach and grab toys on the water surface.
  4. Rotate 180 degrees either horizontally and vertically with adult support.
  5. Move through the water in a streamlined position on their front with full support from an adult.
  6. Be at ease with water being showered over their face.
  7. Travel on back using aids with adult support.
  8. Hold rail/ side of pool and move towards step/ ladders with adult support and buoyancy aids.
  9. Exit the water safely with adult supervision.

Discovery Duckling 4

  1. Enter the water from seated or standing position with full adult support from an adult and return to the wall/ pool side.
  2. Float on the front with aids and adult support.
  3. Reach and catch toys on top of and under surface of the water.
  4. Rotate 180 degrees either horizontally or vertically with minimal adult support using support aids.
  5. Push away from wall with an adult holding them throughout in a streamlined position.
  6. Be at ease wetting splashing own face and putting their chin in the water.
  7. Travel on front using aids with adult support.
  8. Hold rail/ side of pool and move towards step/ ladders with adult support and buoyancy aids.
  9. Exit the water safely with adult supervision.

Ducklings 1 – 4 (age range 2 – 5 years)

Duckling 1

  1. Make a supervised safe entry with adult support if required.
  2. Float on back with adult support behind the head without aids.
  3. Blow bubbles at the water surface.
  4. Wet the head without submersion.
  5. Kick five metres on back with adult support.
  6. Travel without assistance five metres to a floating object.
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with adult support.
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support.

Duckling 2

  1. Make sitting entry with adult support if required.
  2. Using a buoyancy aid, rotate through 180 degrees without assistance.
  3. Submerge the face with confidence under adult supervision and without force.
  4. Blow an object for a distance of two metres.
  5. Travel three metres using arms and/ or legs without assistance.
  6. Move five metres along the rail or wall without assistance.
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with minimal adult support.
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support.

Duckling 3

  1. Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support.
  2. Float on front or back without adult support.
  3. Show a streamlined shape on front or back when push off from a supporting adult.
  4. Blow bubbles with mouth and nose underwater.
  5. Travel five metres on front to the side of the pool without assistance.
  6. Kick five metres on the front holding a float.
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side without adult support.
  8. Climb out of the water with assistance if required.

Duckling 4

  1. Jump in unaided but supervised into the water.
  2. Show a mushroom or star float.
  3. Rotate 360 degrees either horizontally or vertically.
  4. Push and glide achieving a streamlined position on the front or back.
  5. Submerge completely.
  6. Travel without assistance 10 metres on the front or back.
  7. Show the sequence to jump in the water, turn around, swim back to the point of entry and hold on to the side or rail.
  8. Climb out of the water with assistance if required.

Lessons for Children

Lessons for school age children.

The Swim England Learn to Swim Framework (Learn to Swim Stages 1 – 7) is part of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme, the all inclusive programme which takes the non swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water.

Stage 1

  1. Enter the water safely.
  2. Move forwards for a distance of 5metres.
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5metres.
  4. Move sideways for a distance of 5metres.
  5. Scoop the water and wash face.
  6. Be at ease with the water showered from overhead.
  7. Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support.
  8. Regain an upright position from on their back, with support.
  9. Regain an upright position from their front, with support.
  10. Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall.
  11. Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules.
  13. Exit the water.

Stage 2

  1. Jump in from poolside safely.
  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged.
  3. Regain upright position from their back without support.
  4. Regain an upright position from their front without support.
  5. Push from wall and glide on the back.
  6. Push from wall and glide on the front.
  7. Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used.
  8. Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used.
  9. Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position.
  10. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position.

Stage 3

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9 metres).
  2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position.
  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back.
  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front.
  5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return to the back.
  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object.
  7. Answer correctly three questions on the Water safety Code.
  8. Travel 10 metres on the back.
  9. Travel 10 metres on the front.

Stage 4

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy.
  2. Perform a tuck for 5 seconds.
  3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating at the surface.
  4. Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor.
  5. Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional).
  6. Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional)
  7. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back.
  8. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the back (equipment optional)
  9. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (equipment optional)
  10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position.
  11. Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front.
  12. Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onot back.
  13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional.

Stage 5

  1. Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back.
  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back.
  3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30 – 45 seconds to include a rotation.
  4. Tread water for 30 seconds
  5. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water.
  6. Swim 10 metres backstroke.
  7. Swim 10 metres front crawl face in the water.
  8. Swim 10 metres breaststroke.
  9. Swim 10 metres butterfly.
  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds.
  11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water.
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help.

Stage 6

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise.
  2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke.
  3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl.
  4. Swim 10 metres wearing clothes.
  5. Swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  6. Swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  7. Swim butterfly to include a least three rhythmical breaths.
  8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional.
  9. Perform a shout and signal rescue
  10. Perform a surface dive
  11. Exit water without using steps.

Stage 7

  1. Swim 25 metres backstroke
  2. Swim 25 metres front crawl
  3. Swim 25 metres breaststroke
  4. Swim 25 metres butterfly
  5. Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills.
  • Sculling: head first, feet first
  • Rotation: forward/ backwards somersault, log roll
  • Floating: star on the front/ on the back, tuck float, create your own
  • Eggbeater: moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water link skills with strokes and sculls
  1. Perform a sitting dive
  2. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke.
  3. Swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes.
  4. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds.
  5. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout.

Aquatic Skills Framework

The Swim England Aquatic Skills Framework (Learn to Swim Stages 8 – 10) is the section of the Learn to Swim Programme that follows on from the Swim England Learn to Swim                 Framework Stages 1 – 7.

It is targeted at swimmers who have achieved the basic fundamental movement skills which allow them to be competent and confident in the water and are at stage where they are ready to learn         a more advanced range of skills.

Stage 8

  1. Complete a set lasting 400 metres (e.g. 16 x 25 metres) on a specific turn around time set by the coach (e.g. 1 min for each 25 metres).
  2. Swim 400 metres continuously using one stroke.
  3. Kick 25 metres backstroke with/without using a board.
  4. Kick 25 metres breaststroke with/without using a board.
  5. Kick 25 metres butterfly without using a board.
  6. Kick 25 metres front crawl with/without using a board.
  7. Perform a backstroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  8. Perform a breaststroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  9. Perform a butterfly turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  10. Perform a front crawl turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.

Stage 9

  1. Complete a set lasting 800 metres (e.g. 16 x 50 metres; 8 x 100 metres; 4 x 200 metres) on a specific turn around time set by the coach e.g. 1.30 min for 50 metres; 2.45 min for 100 metres; 6.00 min for 200 metres.
  2. Swim 800 metres continuously using one stroke.
  3. Swim a continuous 100 metres Individual Medley using legal turns.
  4. Perform a 15 metres underwater kick on front in a streamlined position.
  5. Perform a backstroke start then butterfly kick in a streamlined position underwater until 10 metres from the start point (wall), transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.
  6. Perform a front crawl start, underwater kick in a streamlined position underwater until a minimum of 10metres from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.
  7. Perform a butterfly start, kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10 metres from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.
  8. Perform a breaststroke start, perform a 1½ pull underwater, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.

Stage 10

  1. Complete a set lasting 1600 metres (either 16 x 100 metres; 8 x 200 metres; 4 x 400 metres) on a specific timed turn around set by the coach (e.g. 2.30 min for 100 metres; 5.30 min for 200 metres; 12 min for 400 metres).
  2. Swim 1500 metres continuously using one stroke.
  3. Perform a continuous 100 metres Individual Medley kick without using a kick board.
  4. Swim a continuous 200 metres Individual Medley using legal turns.
  5. Perform a 15 metres underwater butterfly kick on back or front in a streamlined position.
  6. Perform a front crawl relay take over – as an incoming swimmer.
  7. Perform a front crawl relay take over – as an outgoing swimmer.