Swimming Lessons

You’re never too old or too young to start your exciting journey towards water confidence. Where better to learn than a leading Swim Ireland approved centre? We provide a warm welcome and ongoing support for anyone who wants to swim, with classes for babies, children and adults alike.

 

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Learn To Swim


We’re proud to offer Swim Ireland’s “Learn to Swim” programme. The programme is designed to empower and inspire children to challenge themselves on their own personal journey of learning to swim. Your child will benefit from well-planned lessons, featuring repetitive, accurate and quality practice, with elements of guided discovery. And if that all sounds a little serious, don’t worry. The programme is based on structured play, so every lesson feels like loads of fun.
Level 1
  • Enter and Exit the pool safely WITH assistance.
  • Submerge face in the water and exhale through mouth and nose.
  • Float on front WITH support.
  • Float on back WITH support.
  • Push and glide on FRONT with arms side by side with support.
  • Push and glide on BACK with arms side by side with support
  • Propel through the water for 5m, with support.
  • Push and pull the water to complete one vertical rotation.
  • Jump in, complete one vertical rotation and propel to the side of the pool with help.
  • Sit and swivel into deep water and climb out.
Level 2
  • Demonstrate 10 consecutive submersion, exhaling through mouth AND nose.
  • Retrieve an object with face fully submerged at full extension of the arm.
  • Float on FRONT in a streamlined position.
  • Float on BACK in a streamlined position.
  • Rotate from front to back and back to front with arms by side.
  • Push and glide on FRONT with arms.
  • Push and glide on BACK with arms.
  • Propel through the water for 5m.
  • Push and pull the water to complete one vertical rotation, face fully submerged.
  • Jump in, complete a horizontal rotation onto back and propel to the side of the pool.
Level 3
  • Demonstrate 5m flutter kick action on FRONT in a streamlined position.
  • Demonstrate 5m flutter kick action on BACK in a streamlined position.
  • Demonstrate one breaststroke leg action in a streamlined position on BACK
  • Demonstrate 5m dolphin action in a streamlined position on FRONT.
  • On BACK, rotate up to 90d on each side, with arms by side for 5m whilst kicking.
  • Perform a surface dive to retrieve an object.
  • Push and pull the water to complete one vertical rotation clockwise and one anti-clockwise WITH legs in the tucked position.
  • Scull 5m on BACK, head first utilising a figure of 8 action to move backwards with arms by side.
  • Tread water, using arms and legs for 30 seconds, call for help, receive an aid and float 60 secs.
Level 4
  • Demonstrate 10m flutter kick action on FRONT.
  • Demonstrate 10m flutter kick action on BACK.
  • Demonstrate 5 consecutive breaststroke leg actions on front.
  • Demonstrate 10m dolphin kick action on front.
  • Demonstrate frontcrawl arms over 5m.
  • Demonstrate backstroke arms over 5m.
  • Demonstrate 5 consecutive breaststroke arm actions in a standing position.
  • Demonstrate one butterfly arm action in horizontal position.
  • Propel 10m, tread water for 60 seconds, receive float aid and propel to the nearest wall.
Level 5
  • Demonstrate 15m flutter kick action on FRONT.
  • Demonstrate 15m flutter kick action on BACK.
  • Kick 15m breaststroke in a streamlined position on FRONT.
  • Demonstrate 15m dolphin action in a streamlined position on FRONT.
  • Demonstrate front crawl arms over 10m.
  • Demonstrate backstroke arms over 10m.
  • Demonstrate breaststroke arms over 10m.
  • Demonstrate 5 consecutive butterfly arm actions in horizontal position.
  • Scull 5m on back, FEET FIRST, utilising a figure of 8 action to move forwards with arms extended.
Level 6
  • Demonstrate 20m flutter kick action on FRONT in a streamlined position.
  • Demonstrate 20m flutter kick action on BACK in a streamlined position.
  • Kick 20m breaststroke in a streamlined position.
  • Demonstrate 20m dolphin action in a streamlined position.
  • Demonstrate front crawl arms over 15m.
  • Demonstrate backstroke arms over 15m.
  • Demonstrate breaststroke arms over 15m.
  • Demonstrate butterfly arms over 15m.
  • Scull 5m on front, HEAD FIRST, utilising a figure eight action.
  • Demonstrate a grab start.
Level 7
  • Demonstrate front crawl WITH bilateral breathing over 20m.
  • Demonstrate backstroke over 20m.
  • Demonstrate breaststroke over 20m.
  • Demonstrate butterfly over 20m.
  • Demonstrate 100m of continuous swimming utilising full stroke technique.
  • Demonstrate a front crawl tumble-turn.
  • Demonstrate a backstroke tumble-turn.
  • Demonstrate 5m underwater undulation, front & back from a backstroke start
  • Scull 5m on back, FEET FIRST, utilising a figure of 8 action to move forwards with arms extended above head.
  • Demonstrate a track start
Level 8
  • Swim 60 metres freestyle demonstrating good rhythm and breathing.
  • Swim 60 metres backstroke demonstrating good rhythm and breathing.
  • Swim 40 metres breaststroke attempting to pull out and regular breathing.
  • Swim 10 metres using a butterfly action.
  • Using a kickboard kick 4 x 20 metres freestyle and backstroke.
  • Pull 20 metres freestyle using a pull buoy.
  • Using a pull buoy, scull 15 metres on FRONT and BACK, HEAD FIRST and FEET FIRST.
  • Demonstrate a good push and glide on front and back; hold and kick underwater for 5 metres.
  • Swim 80 metres using 2 different strokes holding good technique and turns without stopping.

Certificate of achievement


 

Swim Academy At Gym Plus Certificates

Learning to swim is an essential life skill, to be encouraged and rewarded. As your child achieves 100% in each level, we will reward them with a certificate of achievement so they can celebrate their progress. Swim Plus Academy also offers a parent-friendly technology platform that allows you to log on from home to review your child’s progress.
Once you’re set-up, you can book further blocks of lessons online at a time that suits you. Our highly experienced, friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated swim team and modern pools provide the perfect combination of support and setting for your child’s learning journey. We look forward to welcoming your special someone into one of our exciting lessons very soon.

Adult Swim Lessons


Whether you’re a serious swimmer looking to up your game ahead of your next triathlon or a complete beginner who’s toes have never left the pool floor, we have adult swimming lessons to help you achieve your goals. Highly qualified and experienced instructors can work with you in a small group to ensure the smoothest of strokes and complete confidence in the water.

1:1 Private Swimming Lessons


Whether you’re in pursuit of the perfect stroke, a nervous non-swimmer looking to build their confidence or anything in between, private lessons are a great option to learn at your own pace.

Single lessons and courses are both on offer, just fill in our short enquiry form and tick “private lesson” for more information.

Parent and Toddler Classes


Introduce your child to the water in a gentle and relaxing parent and toddler class. The perfect way to build your toddler’s confidence in the water while having fun. These classes are designed to foster a strong bond between parent and child leading to long term love of water.

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Let us know what type of swimming lessons you’re interested in and we’ll provide information on the best classes to suit you. If you’re not sure about the right level for your child, we can also offer a free virtual assessment to help you make the right choice.

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