Academy

We are completely full at the moment and the waiting list is closed for the time being.  We are hoping to hold trials in the new year and will post the date on the website, so please keep checking back.

Leander’s Swim Academy takes children from the age of 5 upwards – our programme allows children to acquire swimming skills, techniques and ability through our carefully structured courses. The Swim Academy follows the academic year, running from September through to July of the following year.

Leander’s teaching groups are run in accordance with the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming which provides a structured, nationally recognised, pathway to swimming proficiency. The aim of the Swim Academy is for pupils to learn all strokes and the water skills required for any aquatic discipline. Swimmers will be regularly assessed to ensure they are in the correct stage for their ability, and will consistently need to meet all the criteria for their current group before moving onto the next stage. Swimmers in all teaching groups have at least 30 minutes of pool time per week.

How to apply to join Leander

There are 8 Academy stages – once completed a child should be ready to progress onto competitive swimming. However, the club cannot guarantee a place for every Academy graduate in our competitive squads.  Entry into Leander’s competitive squads will be determined by the amount of space we have, together with a swimmer’s commitment and aptitude.

Stage 1

For non or weak swimmers who are not yet able to swim 5 metres on front and back without a flotation aid. In this stage we will be devloping safety awareness, basic movement and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids e.g. arm bands, floats etc.

Fees per term (one 30 minute lesson per week) – £120

Stage 2

For children who are confident moving around the water but are still non or weak swimmers and not yet able to swim 5 metres on front and back without a flotation aid. In this stage they will be learning how to get into the water safely, including jumping in, basic floating, travelling up to a distance of 5 metres on front and back. Swimmers may use aids e.g. arm bands, floats etc.

Fees per term (one 30 minute lesson per week) – £120

Stage 3

For children who have passed stage 2 or are able to travel 5m on both the front and back with the use of aids, able to regain standing and blow bubbles into the water. In this stage they will be developing underwater skills, water safety knowledge, travelling up to 10 metres on front and back. At this stage swimmers are assessed with no aids or support.

Fees per term (one 30 minute lesson per week) – £120

Stage 4

For children who have passed stage 3 or are able to travel 10m on the front and back unaided with a basic technique and are confident enough to jump in. In this stage will be developing understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes and swimming 10 metres of a recognised stroke.

Fees per term (one 30 minute lesson per week) – £120

Stage 5

For children who have passed stage 4 or are able to kick 10m of front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and swim 10 metres of a stroke. In this stage we will be improving water skills including sculling, treading water and complete rotation and performing all strokes for a distance of 10 metres.

Fees per term (one 30 minute lesson per week) – £120

Stage 6

For children who have passed stage 5 or are able to swim 10m of front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly all with good technique and are able to confidently tread water and perform somersaults backwards and forwards. In this stage we will continue to develop effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing across all strokes plus swimming a distance of 25 metres using a stroke of the swimmer’s choice, developing understanding of water safety and preparation for exercise.

Fees per term (one 30 minute lesson per week) – £120

Stage 7

For children who have passed stage 6 or are able to swim 25m correct technique of at least 1 stroke and 10m correct technique of other 3 strokes, able to surface dive to the bottom of the pool and are able to swim with clothes on confidently. In this stage swimmers should be swimming twice a week as we are developing quality stroke techniques up to 100 metres, and building on all the skills acquired in the previous stages.

Fees per term (two 30 minute lessons per week) – £180

Stage 8 (Pre-Squad)

A transitional stage aimed at getting swimmers ready for squad swimming. Swimmers will be perfecting their technique in all four strokes and improving their stamina during two 45 minute sessions per week.

Swimmers in group 8 should bring a water bottle, goggles and swimming hat to each session.

Fees per term (two 45 minute lessons per week) – £200

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