We provide a range of services to help children and young people learn how to swim and improve their water safety and support Northamptonshire schools in the delivery of school swimming lessons so that they can meet the statutory requirements set down in the national curriculum.
Curriculum Swimming Lessons
Pupils are taught to :
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Community Based Swimming Lessons
Making Waves is our community learn to swim programme that runs at The Duston School Pool. The lessons are delivered by ASA level two Swimming Instructors who have a wealth of teaching experience. Making Waves caters for all abilities from beginners up to advanced swimmers. For those looking to try a different aquatic skill we also deliver the Rookie Lifesaving programme.
Our instructors teach in the water during the early stages enabling them to provide confidence and support to those who need it as well as supporting swimmers with their individual needs to ensure they become the best swimmer they possibly can be.
Using a wide range of teaching aids we are able to differentiate the support needed for each swimmer to develop at their own pace in each stroke.
In each group swimmers are working towards a skills based certificate as well as towards distance certificates as their strokes develop. Following the Amateur Swimming Associations Learn to Swim pathway throughout all our lessons enables each individual to build on the skills they have already learnt and develops a confident and competent swimmer.
Our lessons are programmed to work with the school terms. Therefore we don't swim during the school holidays, this allows you to spend time as a family without having to interrupt your holiday fun to rush back for a lesson.
While each group has its own space in the water the Swimming Instructors use the pool flexibly to allow each group to use an area that allows for the best development of the skill they are working on.
Rather than having a dedicated assessment week we prefer to continually assess each individual during the lesson. This way a soon as a swimmer is ready to move to the next group we will contact you to make those arrangements. Therefore each swimmer is always working at the right level.
Details of certificates
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Schedule of lessons
The RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Programme offers swimmers who can swim 200m competently the opportunity to learn skills that will keep themselves safe as well as learning aquatic rescue skill alongside first aid skills like CPR.
The nine awards of the main scheme cover a range of skills from casualty recognition and safe rescues to timed swims and rope throws. The Rookie programme also helps to develop confidence and communication skills as the swimmer starts to learn how to direct casualties and bystanders.
Our team of instructors:
- Are qualified to Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Level 2 in teaching swimming.
- Hold (as a minimum) the National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches.
- Hold the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) Rookie Instructor qualification.
- Teach groups of school pupils in different ability groups to develop their skills in swimming, enabling them to work towards the National Curriculum level and beyond.
- Will organise the testing of both distance awards and the fish and star certificates.
- Provide advice and support to the school staff
- Ensure that the schools are following the 'Safe Practice in School Swimming' guidelines.
For more information about the services that we offer, please contact:
School Swimming Manager
- 07734 459915
Water Safety & Drowning Prevention
Northamptonshire Sport are working in partnership with the University of Northampton and the Nene Whitewater Centre to train trainee teachers in drowning prevention as part of the "RLSS UK Adopt a School Scheme".
Leading up to Drowning Prevention week between the 16th – 26th June 2017 Steve Jackson, Schools Swimming Manager, will work with Emma Whewell, Curriculum leader in Physical Education, to deliver workshops to the Year 1 PE Specialists to give them the knowledge and skills to lead sessions during their next school placement in the summer term. The trainee's will have the opportunity to experience open water at the Nene Whitewater Centre as part of the training.
Steve Jackson 'Working effectively with our partners in Northamptonshire helps us to up skill both current and future teachers in the dangers of open water helping to reduce the number of accidental drownings (approx. 400) in the UK per year. Around half of these didn't intend to be in the water in the first place. Teaching people from a young age to know the dangers and sign posting them to safe places to enjoy open water is key.'
Emma Whewell said 'Educating the county's young people in water safety is an important lifesaving skill, and involving our trainee teachers in this project is an exciting opportunity for the university to work with its partnership schools.'
Kerry Downes added 'We are delighted that The Nene Whitewater Centre can support this project that will give our future teachers the skills they need to help pupils in their classes stay safe near open water.'