Swimming Development Introduction – What we offer
East Dunbartonshire has one of the most diverse learn to Swim Programmes in the country and throughout our pages we will explain what we can offer you or your child throughout your time with us.
We run 3 terms a year - our Autumn Term starts in August, our Winter term in November and our Spring term in March. During the Easter and Summer school breaks we have a comprehensive Holiday Programme where we offer many exciting aquatic activities for both Adults and Children.
Our highly experienced teachers are fully qualified and are kept up to date with current techniques and principles. We also have teachers qualified in Water Polo, Synchro and Diving. Teachers take a keen interest in each child, their learning and their progress and are dedicated to our ethos of ‘child centred lessons’. All of our highly experienced staff are PVG checked and trained in Children's Rights and Wellbeing and details of this can be found on our Swimmer Wellbeing page.
Lessons for children start when they are 4 months old and then children progress through the different age groups of our Adult and Child programme. Children are not assessed throughout these classes.
Once children reach 5 years old they go into classes on their own. We have eight levels and the basic aims are outlined here. More emphasis is put on technique and not on distance as it is vital that swimmers can swim 10m with good technique rather than 50m poorly.
Children in Levels 1 - 8 are continually assessed and will move up a level when they can consistently achieve all the learning outcomes.
Don’t think that by Level 8 it is all over!! We have many other classes and activities, both term time and during our holiday programmes. Here you can find details of Aqua Active, Diving, Junior Lifesaving and Water Polo.
We also have classes for Adults, from those who are totally terrified and can’t swim at all, to classes for those who are more confident and want to swim to keep fit but just need a little guidance. We have both term time classes, which must be prebooked, and ‘drop in’ classes for Adult learners
In addition we can offer one-to-one lessons for both children and adults. These lessons are ideal for those who have had a fright or are struggling with a particular skill and need a little more help. One-to-one lessons are arranged at a time suitable for both you and the teacher so can be perfect for those who may not be able to commit to a term of lessons. Please contact us for further information.
How to enrol
We no longer hold mailing lists for our lessons, instead application forms and timetables are made available on our website just prior to the start of a new term, (August, November and March). Application forms are available for a maximum of 2 weeks into the term as long as there are spaces available. All you need to do is download the forms and return them as per the instructions shown on our website.