Swim School

St Michael’s Swim School is our popular and successful extra-curricular club, which has been running since the Trinity term of 2015. Run by our Swimming Manager, Helen Dudman, children receive tailored teaching to help them improve their water confidence, ability and technique in many different swimming disciplines.

The Swim School offers a variety of classes to accommodate a wide range of swimmers’ needs and interests. From following the ASA’s ‘Learn to Swim’ programme, to intense squad training and Mini Water Polo sessions, there is a class suitable for every child.

All of our swimming teachers are fully ASA qualified, and bring a wealth of experience to St Michael’s. With links to other swim clubs, including Sevenoaks, our Swim School provides a fantastic start to your child’s swimming life and will guide and encourage all children to achieve their full swimming potential.

To find out more, including availability, please email the Swim School on swimschool@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk

In a group lesson, teachers follow the ASA’s ‘Learn to Swim’ programme – a national swimming qualification in which children progress through various stages focussing on the four basic swimming strokes.

Children are grouped in ability classes of between 4 and 8, which are fun, supportive and help to encourage some competition in order to inspire children to challenge themselves.

Group lessons are available 5 days a week after school, throughout term-time.

If your child needs one-to-one or two-to-one support in the water, we can offer them private swimming lessons. These lessons cater for children who have specific learning needs, or who cannot touch the bottom of our pool safely and securely.

Private lessons also follow the ASA ‘Learn to Swim’ Programme, but are tailored to each child’s specific needs as the child has the full attention of the swimming teacher. This allows them to progress at their own pace, knowing they are fully supported throughout their lesson.

Once a child is able to reach the bottom of the pool and can swim unaided, they are able to progress to a group class. This means children can swim with peers of the same ability and encourages a sense of competition to encourage your children to challenge themselves.

Private lessons are available 5 days a week after school, throughout term-time.

This workshop is run separately from the ASA’s swimming programme and works on improving technique. Classes consist of a series of drills and focus on specific details of the four basic strokes to help children fully understand the mechanics of swimming. Sessions also include work on the different turns used for all strokes, to stretch their swimming further.

As the sessions are run fully in-house, the specific needs and abilities of the children are met and stretched and the lesson progression can follow the course of the children’s own swimming.

The stroke and turns workshop runs once a week after school, throughout term-time.

St Michael’s Swim School currently runs two swim squads. One is an invite-only, early-morning squad for children who swim competitively or aim to do so. This squad is an intensive, one-hour, weekly session, focussing on creating truly great swimmers. This is run by Helen, who, with a wealth of coaching experience, strives to challenge and stretch the swimmers to enable them to perform at their peak.

Children must be disciplined and willing to work hard in order to achieve their full potential.

This squad runs once a week after school, throughout term-time.

 

Our highly qualified and experienced Mini Water Polo coach, Ben, teaches children the tactics, techniques and intricacies of the game. Specific swimming styles needed for mini water polo are covered, as well as the rules of the game. Children are provided with hats and the equipment needed for a full game to take place. This class is a fun team-building session, aimed at children in Year 5 upwards who are deep-water confident and can swim a minimum of 100m.

Mini Water Polo runs on Fridays after school, throughout term-time.

Programmes such as the ‘Rookie Lifeguard’ award, beginners and improvers’ swimming clubs and diving seminars are run during holiday times.

Specific details of what is available during holiday times will be published here periodically.

These swimming sessions are available to St Michael’s parents and incorporate triathletes, masters and those who wish to improve their general health and fitness. All abilities are welcome and all swimmers receive personalised swimming advice and guidance. Sessions include drills, targets and focussing on technique improvement to enable increased speed and distance.

Adult swimming sessions run on Monday mornings, throughout term-time.