Don't stop swimming lessons too early!

May 5 2021

Nurture a skill to last a lifetime

Normally, by the time children reach around 7/8 years old and have been swimming for a few years, they can swim a width of a pool (around 10 metres) without any trouble. They enjoy swimming during lessons and in leisure time, and don’t show signs of trouble in the water. It is often at this point that a lot of parents/guardians believe that it is the right time to stop lessons believing that their child has reached a level that they are safe around water.

We believe a child will only have created a lifelong skill once they have completed all Swim England stages 1-7 which have been designed to develop skill in progressive stages. They are designed to reward your child for their development of the essential aquatic skills they need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

If you really believe that it’s time to stop swimming lessons for your child, here are the minimum benchmarks it’s recommended they reach:

  • Your child is able to swim 200 metres continuously
  • Your child can swim 3 different strokes (front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke)
  • Your child can tread water for at least 1 minute (preferably 3 mins)

If you take your child out of swimming lessons before they have achieved these targets, it’s likely their skills will regress over time and all that hard work and money invested will have been wasted. 

Contact us today to book on to Stages 3-7.

The Swim England Learn to Swim Programme is a world-leading syllabus, helping children and adults to learn how to swim. It’s a fantastic experience that opens up new possibilities for everyone, as well as supporting their confidence, enjoyment and safety in the water.

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