Learn to swim in Cannock Chase

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Swimming is a fantastic way to get fit, whatever your age or ability.

Teaching your child to swim is not only a great way to meet new friends and take part in fun activities, it's the only sport that can save your child's life.

It's also a wonderful way to improve your child's fitness for other sports.

No matter if they love splashing around in the shallow end or venturing out into the deep, swimming and aquatics has it all.

The Swim England Learn to Swim framework is a national syllabus supporting the delivery of swimming lessons.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles has implemented this programme and we feel it’s the best way to teach children and adults to swim.

We offer an all inclusive programme which takes the non swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in water.

Swimming is a life skill. Whatever your age, whatever your ability we have a range of swimming to options to help you take the plunge.

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Swimming lessons for children

We teach the Swim England Learn to Swim framework meaning as a parent you can understand easily the progress made by your child in the pool.

Here's a guide to the various stages of the Swim England Learn to Swim framework.

Swim England Learn To Swim Pathways

Stage 1

Swimmers will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. Don't forget the swimmers will be able to use aids e.g arm bands and floats to help complete all outcomes at this stage.

Stage 2

Swimmers will develop safe entries to the water including jumping in, floating practices, rotation skills and be able to travel over a distance of 5m in the water on their front and back without the use of aids.

Stage 3

Swimmers will work towards being able to swim 10m on their front and back and will be able to fully submerge to pick up objects from the bottom of the pool. Rotation skills and water safety knowledge will also be developed.

Stage 4

Swimmers will develop a better understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and swimming 10m on one stroke to a given standard as directed by Swim England.

Stage 5

Swimmers will focus on swimming all four strokes to Swim England standards over a distance of 10m. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation.

Stage 6

Swimmers will focus on developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing for all four strokes, water safety and an understanding of how to prepare for exercise.

Stage 7

By the end of this stage swimmers will have developed quality stroke techniques up to 100m, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout Stages 1-7.

Stages 8 - 10

Once your child has mastered the basics which allow them to be competent and confident in the water there's plenty of reasons why they should keep on developing their swimming skills into adulthood. Why? Because it's a great way to keep fit, improve performance in other sports and even get a job.

Find out more about the Swim England framework.

I love swimming. What have you got for me?

At Inspiring healthy lifestyles we offer stage awards in competitive swimming and rookie lifesaving.

To support youngsters interested in swimming competitively we will also help your child with their aquatic aspirations by working with community swimming clubs.

Our RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) rookie lifeguard programme gives your child the skills they need to be confident in the pool or in the sea.

If you’re looking to take your swimming to the next level you can also book Honours Swimming Lessons - which is Stage 8-10 of the Swim England Framework in Competitive Swimming. These sessions cost the same as standard swimming lessons (see below).

Swimming lessons for adults

Can't swim? Don't worry, we're here to help. If you've never got round to learning to swim, lack confidence or want to improve, we've got it covered.

Swimming is a great way to stay healthy, socialise and relax. All our leisure centres offer instruction for adults with professional teachers who understand and appreciate your needs.

For more information about swimming lessons for adults, email our team in Cannock Chase, at swimming@ihlmail.org.

Our swimming teachers

All our teachers are fully qualified to Level 2 and are professional, passionate and pupil focused. Our experienced, qualified teachers follow the Swim England framework and go through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, for your peace of mind and the safety of your children.

Teachers also have Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep them up to date with all the latest aquatic developments.

With the focus on fun and enjoyment, swimmers progress faster, with greater confidence and with increased self-belief.

How much do swimming lessons cost?

Pay by Direct Debit and it’s just:

  • £22.50 per month for a weekly, 30 minute class for juniors up to Stage 7.
  • Rookie and Honours (Swim England Stages 8-10 in Competitive Swimming) cost £25 per month
  • Adult swimming sessions are £29.16 for a weekly, one hour session.

When are swimming lessons available?

Swimming lessons are available every day of the week.

For those wishing to make waves immediately one-to-one lessons are available as well as intensive courses during the holidays. Our lessons operate for 50 weeks of the year with a gap in lessons over the Christmas period.

Pool sessions for little ones

We offer a wide range of ways for young ones to get their water wings. You will need to accompany the child for each session. Choose from:

  • Swim Tots. Fun, innovative and effective programme for introducing adults with babies or very young children into the world of aquatics. The main concept of Swim Tots is to teach children how to swim through "song and rhyme" within fun adult and child swimming. Swim Tots is suitable for babies from 4 months old up to 4 years of age. Swim Tots sessions are available at selected leisure centres. Speak to your membership advisor for more information.
  • Parent and Child. These are structured lessons for children aged 2-4 years of age which focus on developing water confidence and basic movement skills. These lessons are suitable for children old enough to follow instructions and who move independently.

Parent and Child classes are all about having fun in the water, building water confidence, playing games and making friends before progressing to the Learn to Swim Framework Stage 1. Awards are available for each programme.

Swim Tots and Parent and Child Classes are pay as you go. Check out the pool timetables on the websites for Chase Leisure Centre or Rugeley Leisure Centre to find out when these sessions are available.

Track your child's swimming progress

We've introduced a new and fun way for you to check out how your child is progressing at their swimming lessons.

Log in to Home Portal to get the latest news on their achievements.

If you haven't received information about Home Portal, please speak to child's swimming teacher.

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Admission Policy

A parent is defined as someone over the age of sixteen or younger if the person is the biological parent of the child or children. The parent must be in the water with the children. They must maintain a constant watch over them and be in close contact with those of the children who are weak or non-swimmers. Parents who are supervising children must themselves determine that they have the required competencies to undertake this task. . The maximum number of children under the age of 8 that can be supervised by one adult is two. A responsible adult must accompany children aged 3 years and under on a one-to-one basis. The sole exception to this is if both children are wearing armbands or other approved buoyancy aids.