Dolphins
4 years +

At Swim School we love swimming and we love to teach children to swim!

So if your child is of school age and is a complete beginner, or maybe already has already had experience in the pool, then we will have a class that’s just right for them.

Swim School’s Dolphin programme is perfect for children aged 4 years + who are ready to get started with their swimming lessons.

This carefully designed programme is suitable for beginner swimmers, and by the end of the five Dolphin levels, each child will be comfortably swimming without the use of buoyancy and flotation aids. They will know the basic techniques of breaststroke, backstroke and front crawl, plus all the associated swimming skills such as swimming under water, floating, sculling, treading water, etc.

Our Dolphin lessons are kept small, with only 4 children per class to ensure plenty of individual attention for each swimmer, and our qualified swimming instructors are in the water with the class too – which provides the additional support that beginner and improver swimmers need at this stage of their swimming.

The Dolphin programme is based around Swim England’s Learn to Swim framework which develops individual’s water confidence, water skills and stroke technique. At Swim School we cover five of the levels with each level structured over a 12-week course.

Throughout the five levels, all our swimmers are continually assessed and when the required standard is achieved, the award will be given and then the swimmers will move to the next level.

Monday

4pm – 8pm

Tuesday

4pm – 8pm

Wednesday

4pm – 8pm

Thursday

4pm – 8pm

Friday

4pm – 8pm

Saturday

8am – 4pm

Sunday

No Lessons

What do we need to bring to Dolphin lessons?

All you need is their swimming costume and towel – we provide floatation aids. If your child prefers to wear goggles, that’s fine with us, please bring your own.

The only thing we ask is for children with longer hair to please have it tied back in a bobble or wear a swimming cap.

How many children are in a Dolphin class?

We only have 4 children per lesson – this is a strict Swim School policy, no exceptions will be made.

Is the instructor in the pool with Dolphin classes?

Yes, our instructors teach from within the pool for all our swimming lessons. Not only does this enable us to provide better support to the children, we feel it gives additional confidence to your child whilst improving water safety at the same time.

To check availability or to book a place, please call or email Martin on the details below:

Email: martin@swimschoollancs.co.uk Tel: 07985 775961

Our Dolphin lessons are structured over a 12 week course.
Payment is required every four weeks – £45

Your swimmer will be automatically re-enrolled onto the next 12 week course until the point where you complete the Dolphin programme, continuing swimming after Swim School, or you cancel your place with us.

Dolphins Award Scheme

Our Dolphins swim courses are structured over 12 weeks to cover one of the Dolphin levels, then move up to the next level and so on until Dolphin 5 is completed and your little swimmer is now ready for a larger pool.

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely / exit the water safely
  2.  Give 3 x swimming pool rules
  3. Hold your breath for 5 seconds with face submerged
  4. Swim with face submerged
  5. Swim on your front for 10m
  6. Swim on your back for 10m
  7. Kicking legs on front for 10m (correct technique)
  8. Kicking legs on back for 10m (correct technique)
  9. Breaststroke legs on back for 10m (correct technique)
  10. Breaststroke legs on front for 10m (correct technique)
  11. Push and glide on back
  12. Star float on back for 5 seconds
  13. Pencil float on back for 5 seconds
  14. Mushroom float on back for 5 seconds
  15. Rotational tuck: front to back
  16. Rotational tuck: back to front
  17. Rotational roll: front to back
  18. Rotational roll: back to front

Floatation aids may be used to pass this stage.
16 out of the 18 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Jump into the pool safely
  2. Give 3 x water safety examples
  3. Hold breath and fully submerge for 5 seconds
  4. Retrieve an object off pool floor (shallow end and with help if necessary)
  5. Swim with float on front (face submerged and correct breathing)
  6. Swim on front for 15m (no floatation aids)
  7. Swim on back for 15m (no floatation aids)
  8. Breaststroke for 10m (full stroke)
  9. Back crawl for 10m (full stroke)
  10. Push and glide on front (face submerged)
  11. Star float on front for 5 seconds (face submerged)
  12. Pencil float on front for 5 seconds (face submerged)
  13. Mushroom float on front for 5 seconds (face submerged)
  14. Rotational tuck: front to back (no floatation aids)
  15. Rotational tuck: back to front (no floatation aids)
  16. Rotational roll: front to back (no floatation aids)
  17. Rotational roll: back to front (no floatation aids)
  18. Climb out without using the steps

Floatation aids may be used to pass this stage.
16 out of the 18 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Give 3 examples of the dangers of water
  2. Swim on front for 25m (any method)
  3. Swim on back for 25m (any method)
  4. Breaststroke for 15m (full stroke and with floatation aids if necessary)
  5. Back crawl for 15m (full stroke)
  6. Back crawl legs for 15m
  7. Front crawl legs for 15m (face submerged and correct breathing)
  8. Retrieve an object off the pool floor (in the deep end and with help if necessary)
  9. Swim underwater for 5m
  10. Tread water for 10 seconds
  11. Head first scull for 10m
  12. Star float on front for 5 seconds (face submerged)
  13. Star float on back for 5 seconds
  14. Pencil float on front for 5 seconds (face submerged)
  15. Pencil float on back for 5 seconds
  16. Mushroom float on front for 5 seconds (face submerged)
  17. Mushroom float on back for 5 seconds
  18. Jump into the pool safely at the deep end

Floatation aids may not be used to pass this stage unless otherwise stated.
16 out of the 18 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Learn the RNLI Water Safety Code
  2. Swim on front for 50m (any method)
  3. Swim on back for 50m (any method)
  4. Breaststroke for 25m
  5. Back crawl for 25m
  6. Back crawl legs for 25m
  7. Front crawl for 25m
  8. Front crawl legs for 25m
  9. Tread water for 30 seconds
  10. Feet first scull for 10m
  11. Swim through a submerged hoop (minimum 5m)
  12. Jump into deep water and swim through a submerged hoop
  13. Star jump
  14. Pencil jump
  15. Tuck jump

Floatation aids may not be used to pass this stage unless otherwise stated.
13 out of the 15 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.

Swimming Section

  1. Swim on front for 100m (any method)
  2. Swim on back for 100m (any method)
  3. Breaststroke for 50m
  4. Back crawl for 50m
  5. Front crawl for 50m
  6. Tread water for 1 minute
  7. Scull and floating sequence
  8. Surface dive (from treading water start)

Water Safety Section

(The following criteria must be achieved wearing clothing).

  1. Demonstrate how to get help
  2. Perform a ‘Shout and Signal’ rescue
  3. Tread water for 30 seconds
  4. Swim (any method) for 25m
  5. Float on back for 1 minute
  6. Jump into deep water, return to side, climb out (no steps)
  7. Answer three questions related to Water Safety

Floatation aids may not be used to pass this stage unless otherwise stated.
13 out of the 15 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.