Freedom Swim School

At Freedom Leisure we offer an extensive inclusive swimming program at our venues. We deliver the Swim Wales aquatic framework and all our team are trained ASA swimming teachers. Our classes ensure improved water confidence and swimming technique by allowing the individual to progress at their own pace.

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Splash (ages 0 - 5)

Splash 1

For adults accompanying a baby aged 3 to 12 months. 

Splash 2

For adults accompanying a baby or toddler aged 1 to 2 years but appropriate to older toddlers if it is their first experience in the water.

Splash 3

For a toddler aged 2 to 3 years, but also appropriate to older toddlers accompanied in the water by an adult.

Splash 4

For a toddler aged 3 to 4 years, accompanied in the water by an adult.

Splash 5

For a child aged up to 4 years, unaccompanied in the water.

Splash 6

For a child aged up to 5 years, unaccompanied in the water.

Wave (ages 4 - 16)

Click on the links for swim technique videos for each Wave outcomes.

Wave 1 (red hat)

To develop confidence and safety in the water, and when getting in and getting out of the pool. Learn basic floating, sculling and breathing techniques. Start to learn front crawl, backstroke and ether breaststroke or butterfly, with aid if needed. 

Splash water over the face.   Float on front    Float on back    Push and glide on the front.   

Swim frontcrawl for 5 metres     Swim breaststroke or butterfly for 5 metres  

Swim backstroke for 5 metres   Scull in a vertical position


Wave 2 (orange hat)

Be able to jump into the pool. Improve sculling, floating and breathing techniques. Glide in a streamline position. Swim short distances of front crawl, backstroke and ether breaststroke of butterfly, without aids.

Float on the front.    Float on the back.   Kick for 5 metres face in water blowing bubbles   

Push and glide on the front    Push and glide on the back.  Swim 5 metres frontcrawl   

Swim 5 metres backstroke    Swim 5 metres breaststroke or butterfly   

Perform a 360 degree rotation     Scull head first on the back for 5 metres


Wave 3 (yellow hat)

Collect an object from the pool floor. Improve sculling and floating. Learn how to tread water. Learn the SAFE code. Swim short distances of all four strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly without aids.

Collect object from pool floor   Push and glide on the front, log roll onto back  

Swim 10 metres frontcrawl     Swim 10 metres backstroke   Swim 5 metres breaststroke   

Swim 5 metres butterfly          Swim on the front, tuck, rotate then swim on the back  

Scull feet first on the back for 5 metres     Tread water for 15 seconds


Wave 4 (green hat)

Learn how to do dolphin kicks underwater. Learn the HELP position. Improve floating and treading water techniques. Improve the technique of all four strokes. 

Demonstrate 10 metres frontcrawl kick      Demonstrate 10 metres backstroke kick 

Swim 10 metres frontcrawl or backstroke   Demonstrate 10 metres breaststroke kick 

Demonstrate 10 metres butterfly kick         Swim 10 metres breaststroke or butterfly   

Perform a series of floating shapes            Tread water for 30 seconds


Wave 5 (light blue hat)

Learn different shaped jumps. Learn how to do a forward summersault & handstand in the water. Improve sculling and personal survival techniques. Swim longer distances in all four strokes, including 25m of your favourite stroke.

Swim 15 metres frontcrawl    Swim 15 metres backstroke   Swim 10 metres breaststroke  

Swim 10 metres butterfly       Perform a handstand on the pool floor

Demonstrate a forward somersault   Swim 15m without goggles and head out of the water


Wave 6 (navy blue hat)

Learn how to warm up properly for exercise and why. Learn how to do a backward summersault, head first surface dive and sitting dive. Improve personal survival techniques including swimming with cloths on. Swim longer distances in all four strokes, concentrating on technique.

Swim 20 metres frontcrawl   Swim 20 metres backstroke   Swim 15 metres breaststroke 

Swim 15 metres butterfly      Swim 25 metres wearing clothes  

Demonstrate a 'shout and signal' action  Perform a head first surface dive  

Demonstrate a backward somersault


Wave 7 (purple hat)

Learn how to do a plunge dive. Improve floating, sculling treading water and rotation skills. Swim longer distances in all four strokes. Swim an individual medley. Swim as part of a team in a relay race. 

Swim 25m Frontcrawl   Swim 25 metres backstroke   Swim 25 metres breaststroke  

Swim 100 metres IM    Swim 200 metres   Complete a 25 metre obstacle course  

Demonstrate rotation, floating, sculling and treading water     Take part in a relay race


Wave 8/ Junior performance/ Fit swim

Wave 8/ Junior performance/ Fit swim (black hat)

Swim 25 meters of breaststroke and butterfly. Swim 50 metres of backstroke and frontcrawl. Improve floating, sculling, treading water and surface dive skills that are used in other aquatic disciplines. 

Swim 50 metres frontcrawl      Swim 50 metres backstroke  

Swim 25 metres breaststroke  Swim 25 metres butterfly

Tread water while passing a ball over a distance of 2 metres

Swim frontcrawl, surface dive and swim underwater breaststroke


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Rookie Lifeguard

Rookie Lifeguard (grey hat)

Is aimed at children- though the skills learnt throughout the course are just as valuable to people of all ages. The scheme begins with stage 1 of the bronze award and progresses to stage 3 of the gold award, staring off at an ability level suitable from wave 7 and progressing to the level where our rookie lifeguards perform impressive lifesaving tows. 

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Water Polo

Water Polo

Is the entry level introduction for young children into the world of Water Polo. It combines basics such as throwing, swimming and catching and builds teamwork amongst young player.

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Wrexham Swim School – Home Portal

‘Home Portal’ allows parents a greater insight into the Swim Wales award scheme criteria and enables you to view your child's swimming lessons progress on a PC or via a mobile device at any time.

Our swimming teachers use tablets during the swimming lessons to assess your child's progress against the Swim Wales criteria required to complete the relevant Wave.

The information entered onto the tablets is uploaded at the end of each day and enables the Swim School Team to run the Swim School programme more effectively.

You can login (or register an account if you haven’t already done so) by clicking the link below:

and follow the online instructions.

To benefit from this service it is important that you keep your customer contact details up to date. 

You will not be able to successfully set up or use a ‘Home Portal’ account if the information you use to register your child on the ‘Home Portal’ is not identical to the information you gave us when you enrolled onto our Swim School. Please contact us if you think your details may be incorrect or you are having trouble registering. 

The following information is required to set up a Home Portal account

Card Number:

Child's Date of Birth:


Contact email address:

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