City of Chester Swimming Club
Developing excellence one stroke at a time
City of Chester Swimming Club provides lessons for children from non-swimmer to an advanced level with a natural transition into competitive swimming or water polo if the appropriate standard is achieved. Lessons are for children from the age of 4 1/2 years and cater for children at Primary School. Prior to starting formal swimming lessons we suggest you visit a pool with your child on a regular basis to build confidence and have fun. Lessons continue throughout school holidays to give continuity and to enhance learning.
All teachers hold Swim England Swim Teacher qualifications, Swim Teacher's Rescue test and are DBS checked. Teacher pupil ratio for Stage 1 & 2 class is 2 : 10 [One teacher on the poolside and one Assistant in the water], all other half hour groups have a ratio of 1 : 10. The hour groups have a ratio of 1 : 20.
Children make progress through the groups as they develop their strokes and achieve the awards set out for each group. Our lessons follow the Swim England Stage awards, Water Skills and Distance awards.
During each course we have 2 lessons when all groups swim lengths of the pool and this gives everyone the opportunity of experiencing shallow and deep water. On the final lesson of each course there is a certificate presentation day followed by a fun session in the pool. There is no additional charge for awards.
Children can join at any point in a course providing there are spaces, there is usually a waiting list for spaces in the Stage 1 – 2 classes.
Half hour lessons -
Swim England Stages 1 to 6:
Stage 1 – 2 takes place in the shallow end of the pool [3 – 3’]
Stage 3 takes place in the middle of the pool [4 – 5’]
Stage 4 takes place in the deep end of the pool [5 – 6’]
Stage 5 & 6 children swim lengths of the pool
One hour Development Group -
Swim England Stages 6 & 7:
A more advanced class for swimmers developing all their strokes to a higher standard with a view to moving into the competitive swimming squads or to the Water Polo team.