Go and see what the lessons are about and talk to the teachers.

Have you been given advice when you first called the organisation?

Are the teachers in control of the pupils?

Is there a lot of unnecessary equipment lying about?

Are the pupils being taught or just having “supervised water time”?

Do the teachers look interested in the pupils?

Ask the organisation what kind of programme they have and how it can benefit your child?

In short, NO.

Basic qualifications in the UK are of a relatively low standard.

Floaters considers ASA and STA full teacher qualifications as providing about 40% to

50% of the knowledge that we want our teachers to aspire to.

Few teachers spend time updating their knowledge through CPD.

CPD that is available seldom adds value to teachers.

Go for an organisation that trains own teachers.

In simple terms – NO.

In contrast to other swim schools in the area, because we have control over the pool time we use, we can adjust the timetable and the number of classes we run and when, to suit the number of clients looking for quality swimming tuition.

This means that as a general rule, we can offer you a place the term after you register with us.

Because our teaching programme is progressive, we do not generally add pupils after the 2nd week of a teaching term, so every enquiry is placed on our database “Waiting List” so we can offer you a place for the next available term.

We will generally contact you in the latter part of the preceding term, to offer you a place.

Probably the biggest comment we get for new new clients is “My child can swim, but has no technique”.

  • This is because “swimming” is not defined and everyone has a different idea.
  • This is also because the essential basic skills have been not been taught.
  • The National Curriculum is geared towards survival over 25m, not learning to swim.
  • Most think that being able to “travel” a width (say) constitutes “swimming”. It does not.
  • Swimming needs the technical ability to through the water in a way that resembles a recognised stroke.
  • “Paddling” with hands and “Cycling” with feet do not exist in any swimming stroke.
  • Most children under 5-6 years do not have sufficiently developed instinctive movement to be able to “swim”