Edge Swim School – Parental Information

Welcome to Edge Swim School where we pride ourselves on delivering high quality swimming tuition.

Our teachers are all trained to the standards within the awarding body of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), combined with our own professional development programme so to ensure teachers are delivering the most up to date techniques for stroke development, and high standards are being maintained.

Swimming is a great activity, as it is a skill that will stay with your child for life, as well as being a fun fitness hobby. What’s more, it can help to improve your child’s strength, flexibility and increase their confidence. We believe swimming lessons should always be fun whilst progressive, allowing each individual swimmer the opportunity to reach their full potential whilst enjoying the water safely.

What to expect from our swimming lessons

Edge swim school progress swimmers by their ability and not their age. Our classes are kept small with the teacher being supported by a water helper (where applicable), and it is hoped that you should see progression at the end of each term. It cannot be guaranteed that your chid will learn to swim in a certain number of lessons as it must be understood that every child is different, and sometimes progression may take slightly longer. 

What you need to bring

Each swimmer will need swim shorts/costume and a towel.

Goggles

Goggles are not essential for beginners. We encourage all beginners to practise getting their faces wet without using goggles initially. Once swimmers are swimming without aids and are learning aquatic breathing they will need to have goggles in order to see underwater effectively. 

Term time swim course dates

Our lessons are held over three terms (Summer, Autumn and Spring) and run for a period of 12 – 14 weeks (in addition to our intensive holiday swim courses), and will not include the school half term breaks. Term dates are available on the website and in your confirmation email.

Can you watch the lessons?

All parents are able to sit on the poolside and watch their children swim, but outside footwear must be removed before entering. You are reminded that you are responsible for the behaviour of your child when they are not under the guidance of the swimming teacher. Parents and children with time to spare are welcome to sit quietly on poolside. No children should be allowed to run, wander or play on the poolside while waiting. Also, we do ask that you refrain from interrupting the lesson as this can make the child unsettled, and they can lose their concentration. Parents are also reminded that the taking of photos and video recording are not permitted due to child protection guidelines.

Prior to every swimming lesson

All parent are ask to ensure that they arrive to lesson on time. Also, children must shower and go to the toilet before they enter the water as this helps to keep the pool clean and maximises their learning time.

Changing facilities

Edge Swim School adheres to the ASA Changing Room Policy (The ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures). Children of the age of 8 years and above are required to change in the gender correct changing room.

Accompanying adults must also abide by gender correct changing facilities. Please refer to: www.swimming.org/go/library/document/wavepower-2009-11-section-2

Award Scheme

Edge swim school follows the Amateur Swimming Association national teaching plan framework and will progress through the award scheme. These are only awarded when the skills are obtained correctly, and may not necessarily mean they move up each term. Badges and certificates are free as part of your termly fees.

Priority booking (Re-booking)

Once you have a place in swim school you will be invited to rebook for the new term. Your place will be held for you within the priority booking period after which it will be offered to swimmers on the waiting list. You will still be able to make a booking after this date, but please be aware that we might not be able to offer your first choice of day/time. Once we have your rebooking application we will email a confirmation of the place offered with a request for fee payment before the beginning of term.

Changing your swimming class day, time or venue

If you need to change your swimming class time, day or venue for the new following term please email us with as much notice as possible. We will endeavour to find a suitable space for you but cannot guarantee movement during the term or at the end of the term.

Progressing to the next swimming class/stage

Swim classes are reviewed at the end of each term, and generally tend to progress together as a group. However, if for any reason a different group would be more suitable to your child’s ability we will notify you and suggest alternative classes.

Directions to the pool when arriving at All Hallows Catholic School

When approaching the school, please use the entrance to the far right-hand side of the school building, and follow the road down. As you follow the road down into the car park you will see a set of double doors on your left hand side and that is the entrance to the pool. On the first and last day of each term, a member of the Edge Swim team will be at the desk inside the entrance to assist you. We do advise that you arrive early on the first session, so as to allow ample time to familiarise yourself with the pool facility.

Directions to the pool when arriving at Ash Grange Primary School

When approaching the school, please use the school entrance on the right-hand side of the building, and follow round to the car park. Once parked up and facing the school building, please follow the path round to the right-hand side of the school (On the first day, we will have Edge Sports and Activities flags up) that leads into the school playground. The swimming pool building will be in front of you, and if you follow this round to the entrance of the pool.  A member of the Edge Swim team will direct you to changing rooms. We do advise that you arrive early on the first session, so as to allow ample time to familiarise yourself with the pool facility.

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