BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN YOU

Swimming lessons are great fun in a safe, structured, supportive environment. #LifeSavingSkill

WITH SAFETY.

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For children who are beginners, the Adult and Child classes are a great way to introduce your child to a structured swimming lesson, with mum or dad in the water for support.

All our instructors are ASA or STA qualified and every session is lifeguarded.

WITH CARE.

At the Aquatic Academy we believe that children excel when learning in a safe, friendly and fun environment.

From Wave 1-4 each class teacher is in the water to offer extra support and give visual demonstrations.

We understand that every child is an individual and will have their own unique way of learning. Our teachers are always ready to support and encourage every child’s progression through the Learn to Swim Wales, Wave Scheme.

WITH SKILL.

Swimming is the only sport that might save your child’s life. We know that every person has the potential to be able to swim. And with a safe, structured and supportive environment, our teachers deliver swimming lessons for children and adults from beginners to pre competitive swimming and triathlons.

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WHO WE TEACH

We believe everyone can enjoy the freedom of swimming in a safe, supportive environment with qualified instructors.

Every child’s first experience of swimming lessons is different.

At the Aquatic Academy we see the full range, from the nervous or tearful, to the calm or fearless. And we know just how important it is that these first few lessons lay the best possible foundations. That’s how safe, confident, happy swimmers develop.

So we offer something that not every swim school does. And it involves you having some fun in the pool too!

Adult and child lessons are about two things: gently introducing your child to the water, and teaching you how to be safe and have fun with them.

Our aim is to develop your child’s confidence, co-ordination, balance, water safety skills and swimming technique during the 16 week course of lessons. The half hour lessons include singing songs, playing games, splashing and swimming, building the FUNdimental foundations to enable your child to join a Wave One group class.

We recommend the Adult and Child class If children are under five years old and haven’t had swimming lessons before, are nervous about a new environment, new teacher or joining a group. Our experience shows that this is a great introduction to swimming and the children progress to the Wave One group class confident and happy in the water.

Not all swim schools are the same, and at the Aquatic Academy we know how important it is that you find the right environment and the right teaching for your child.

Here’s how we do things.

Lessons here are safe, structured and supportive. Our instructors are some of the most experienced around and are committed to developing your child’s swimming into a life-saving skill as well as a hobby. This matters to us as much as it does to you.

We follow the Learn to Swim Wales, teaching plan. So you’ll see progress, and you’ll see smiles. Because we believe in the power of fun-filled learning! It’s how children develop into confident, competent swimmers. And it’s what makes them, and you, look forward to their next swimming lesson.

At the Aquatic Academy, swimming lessons aren’t just for children.

We have some great groups of grown-ups who are learning to swim, improving their stroke, swimming efficiency, and getting fit.

Our adult lessons are carefully structured so that you get the most out of them and that we get the very best out of you. With a maximum of 5 people in a lane class, we put lots of care into making sure the people in each group are matched in ability and objectives

Our non-swimmers class is for people who have never been in the water, or who are fearful, perhaps because of a near-drowning experience. The Beginners class is best for people who are not yet water-confident, and who want to be able to swim short distances comfortably. We have an improver’s category for people who want to develop their technique and become more confident. We also teach advanced swimmers who want to take part in triathlons and long-distance swims.

If you have a medical condition, please tell us, and we’ll make sure that lessons are designed to suit you.

One-to-one sessions are available to anyone, whatever their ability.

Where an adult or child swimmer is particularly nervous of the water, or has a physical or mental impairment, then private lessons are really benificial. The teaching is designed around the individual’s abilities and their aims. It also factors in less obvious challenges that may face the swimmer, for example communication or concentration difficulties.

Private lessons are for a huge range of people, from children with autism, to adults with physical disabilities, to people who have had a bad experience in water or who just want some intensive sessions to boost their fitness or to improve their swimming technique. Our swimming teachers are hugely experienced in working with people of all ages, including those with physical and mental impairments.

Our teachers have the knowledge, understanding and skill to transform the swimming – and the swimming experience – of every person. So whether you’re looking to become safer and more confident in the water, or to develop your technique and stamina, private lessons are a great option.

TESTIMONIAL

WE ALL HAVE QUESTIONS

FAQ's

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The on-site car-park is free and there are plenty of spaces.

There are changing cubicles and showers on poolside. We ask all parents not to leave belongings in them during lessons.

Please be patient when waiting for a free cubicle and respectful to each other by changing your child as quickly as possible.

There is a seated viewing area for parents/guardians. We do encourage all parents to stay and watch their little swimmers! It gets hot on poolside so please dress accordingly

All you need to bring are bathers/shorts, a towel and a bottle of water or squash. It’s really important to maintain hydration when exercising!

We recommend leaving 2 hours after eating before bringing a child swimming.

So that we can keep the poolside clean and hygienic, shoes are not permitted on poolside unless they are specifically for indoor use only. We provide a shoe storage area is available

Each session is for up to 20 adults and children.

Half an hour of singing songs, playing games, jumping and splashing. The course follows the Learn to Swim Wales teaching plan and the aim is to develop your child’s confidence, co-ordination, balance, social skills and water safety skills.

Absolutely. The lessons are in shallow water and our teachers would be in the pool too, supporting you every step of the way.

If they are under five years old and haven’t had swimming lessons before then, yes, they would need to complete the course before moving on to Wave One lessons. But for others, it’s not compulsory.

For Wave One, it’s a maximum of four. For all other Wave’s, it’s up to six in a class.

If they are under five years old and haven’t had swimming lessons before then they would need to complete an adult and child course before moving on to Wave One lessons.

For Wave One to Four lessons, yes. They provide that bit of extra support and the technical demonstrations those children need. From Wave Five onwards, the teachers are on poolside.

All lessons are for thirty minutes.

Yes, there’s plenty of seating around the pool.

On Saturdays at Howell’s School in Cardiff.

The time depends on your child’s stage.

Between 10 and 15 weeks

Up to five people. We put lots of care into making sure the people in each group are matched in ability and objectives.

All kinds! Some are classed as non-swimmers. These are people who have never been in the water, or who are fearful, perhaps because of a near-drowning experience. Then there are beginners, who are not water-confident and who want to be able to take their children or grandchildren swimming safely. We have an improvers category – people who want to develop their technique and become more confident. We also teach advanced swimmers who want to take part in triathlons and long-distance swims.

Most definitely! Tell us about your medical condition, and we’ll make sure that lessons are designed to suit you.

In Howell’s school in Cardiff on Saturdays between 12:30 and 16:30.

Thirty minutes. Each course runs for between 10 and 15 weeks.

A huge range of people, from children with autism, to adults with physical disabilities, to people who have had a bad experience in water or who just want some intensive sessions to boost their fitness or to improve their stroke. Our swimming teachers are hugely experienced in working with people of all ages, including those with physical and mental impairments.

In Howells school in Cardiff on Saturdays between 12:30 and 16:30.

Thirty minutes. Each course runs for between 10 and 15 weeks.

SOME OF THE GOOD STUFF

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FUN FACTS ABOUT SWIMMING

Elephants can swim as many as 20 miles a day — they use their trunks as natural snorkels!

An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking

The turbopump on the Space Shuttle’s main engine is powerful enough to drain an average-sized swimming pool in 25 seconds.

Niagra Falls has enough water to fill up all the swimming pools in the United States in less than three days!

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

  • Hannah Kane-Roberts
    Swimming Instructor
  • Delyth Sutton – Evans
    Course director and all stages and classes instructor.
  • Tom Haffield
    Swimming Instructor

     

  • Megan Belcher
    Swimming Instructor

WE ARE ALL EARS

GET IN TOUCH

The Aquatic Academy operates from Howells School in the Cardiff area.

Below our contact form you can find these locations but as our lessons are pre-arranged, please do not hesitate to contact us direct to ask for the availability at the pool of your choice.

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07984 492 963
Monday to Friday - 9 am to 6 pm
Howells School