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Toads

Our Toads classes are for children aged three to twelve years old, that are ready to learn and develop their skills in swimming in the pool without a parent, irrespective of whether they have received lessons previously or not. These class sizes are smaller, so the teacher can really focus on your child and give them the confidence and encouragement to get those legs off the pool floor and swimming. We still keep with our tadpole ethic: to get your little one swimming with a smile on their face, so you can be assured that even though you’re not accompanying them in the water, they will still be having fun which will really enhance their learning.

As our Toads now have the physicality to be able to swim by themselves on top of the water, the majority of our activities are aimed to encourage and develop this. Most of our Toads will have progressed from parent and baby classes and will have gained their own independence in the water on a woggle or a float. We continue to encourage your child to use these, but in a far more specific way, to encourage the first steps of swimming. We will be looking at the four major strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke and the dolphin kick.

     

We will help build your child’s trust and confidence whilst keeping them fully engaged, teaching them both to swim and to be safe in the water at all times.

Toads Pre-school

For children aged three years plus, and who are ready to commence swimming independently.

We're encouraging and progressing towards:

 

  • Children to be happy putting their faces in the water and blowing bubbles.

  • Water confidence and being safe in the water. 

  • Swimming independently on both fronts & backs in a woggle / with a float.

  • Learning our froggy arms (breaststroke).

  • Attempt solo swims on their front & back.

Toads 2

For children who can confidently swim a minimum of three metres on their front & back.

 

We're encouraging and progressing towards:

 

  • Achieving a correct body position whilst travelling in the water, with eyes in the water.

  • Independent floating - no aids. 

  • Swimming 6 metres in front and back crawl.

Progressing froggy arms (breaststroke)

Toads 4

For children who can confidently swim a minimum of ten metres on their front & back.

 

We're encouraging and progressing towards:

 

  • A streamline position on fronts and backs.

  • Swimming distances of 20 metres consistently in front and back crawl.

  • Gaining confidence in the water without the teacher's assistance.

  • Side breathing for front crawl.

  • Coordination of breaststroke arms and legs for 5 metres.

  • Progressing Dolphin Kick to 10 metres. 

  • Introducing treading Water

Toads 1
 

For children who are beginners, aged five years plus.

 

We're encouraging and progressing towards:

 

  • Children to be happy putting their faces in the water and blowing bubbles.

  • Confidently jumping in. 

  • Swimming 3 meters independently in front & back crawl.

  • Learning our froggy arms (breaststroke).

Toads 3

For children who can confidently swim a minimum of six metres on their front & back.

 

We're encouraging and progressing towards: 

 

  • Learning back crawl arms.

  • Swimming distances of 10 metres consistently in front and back crawl.

  • Progressing breaststroke arms to 10 metres.

  • Beginning to learn breaststroke legs.

  • Progressing Dolphin Kick to 5 metres. 

  • Mushroom floats

Toads 5

For children who can confidently swim a minimum of twenty metres on their front & back.

 

We're encouraging and progressing towards:

 

  • Confidence and independence in the water from their teacher.

  • Swimming distances of 25 metres consistently in front and back crawl, with correct technique.

  • Coordination of breaststroke arms and legs for 15 metres.

  • Progressing Dolphin Kick to 15 metres & introducing correct breathing technique. 

  • Introduction to a touch finish.

  • Sculling & Straddle jumps.

Toads 6

or children who can confidently swim a minimum of twenty-five metres on their front & back.

 

We're encouraging and progressing towards:

 

  • Swimming 50m front crawl and back crawl. 

  • Swimming 25m breaststroke and butterfly kick.

  • Building stamina and long-distance swimming.

  • Correct breathing technique in all strokes. 

  • Diving from a sitting position.

  • Basic rescue and life-guarding skills. 

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