Our weekly, termtime classes are grouped by age and swimming level. All classes are run in accordance with the ASA Learn to Swim Framework
About Our Classes
All classes take place at the pool at Lancing College (for more info on how to get here, see the Venue page). Please arrive in good time for the class to get ready and prepare. Your Welcome Pack will give you all the information you need regarding kit, expectations and procedures (download the Welcome Packs below if you have mislaid yours). There is plenty of space poolside for parents to watch the class if they wish. Always ask us if you have questions or you aren’t sure of anything.
FAQs and Important Info
What do I need to bring to my lesson?
- Swimming costume or swimming trunks
(Please note that swimming is easier if snug-fitting swimwear is worn. Baggy surf shorts cause drag and resistance in the water.)
- We prefer swimming hats to be worn by swimmers with long hair, which should also be tied back
We have our own soft cloth hats for beginners to use, as well as silicone hats
- We ask all swimmers up to Advanced stage not to wear goggles, unless there is a medical necessity (see below)
- You don’t need to bring any floats or floatation-wear
- We ask that young infants wear swim nappies in the pool
Why No Goggles?
We are often asked why we don’t encourage the use of goggles when children are learning to swim. Here’s why…
- Learning to swim is essentially a lifesaving skill. Goggles would not be available in an emergency or if your child fell into water unintentionally.
- By using goggles, you are only avoiding a problem. When learning to become confident in the water, goggles are a barrier. Children need to be taught how to open their eyes underwater.
- We do believe children earn the privilege of using goggles when they reach the Advanced and Top Squad groups and are able to swim to a good standard. Goggles are a great tool for Advanced swimmers, as they allow them to progress with a more complex understanding of their swimming.
If any children suffer with serious allergies or medical problems in the water, we will, of course, allow them to use goggles.
A Note on Nappies…
If your child is not completely toilet trained, neoprene over-nappies MUST be worn.
Please talk to us if you have an older child with toilet difficulties that may impact on their time in the pool.
What do parents/carers do during lessons?
Unless your course specifically states (eg babies and infants), parents do not get in the water with their child. Parents of younger children must stay for lessons and offer support if necessary. Parents of swimmers up to the age of 16 must remain in the building at all times. There is plenty of space poolside for parents to sit. Please make sure no distraction or disruption to the lesson is created – phones on silent etc. Please note that the entire Lancing College campus is non-smoking.
What Swimming Aids do you use?
We use swim belts to assist non-swimmers (floats fitted around their tummies). We find these work better than armbands, as they allow children to make full use of their arms and legs, and maintain a more horizontal position in the water. Some children do struggle initially to gain their balance in the water with the belt. Therefore we also use noodles, various types of floats and toys to help children become independent at travelling around the pool.
What if my child won’t get in the pool?
Some children can find the environment a little overwhelming at first; we always expect a few nervous children (and parents!). We are more than happy for your child to watch and participate when they are ready. Please do not feel that if your child is not in the pool they are wasting time. We would prefer a child to enter willingly rather than feel forced – this is all part of the process.
How can I prepare my child for swimming lessons at home?
For beginners, baths are a great opportunity to build water skills and confidence. Practice putting chins, noses, cheeks and faces in the water, blowing bubbles, and lying on their front and back with their ears in the water. Go for fun family swims. Talk to your child about their swimming lessons in advance – getting ready, meeting the teachers, fitting swim aids, etc – and keep that dialogue going after their lesson too. Give them lots of positive praise and support in, and outside of, their lessons. We have a visual story available for new Penguins so they can see in advance what to expect.
Penguins kit is available to buy including hoodies, drinks bottles and swimming caps!