Our twenty-five metre pool is open to our members and their guests. The pool is kept at a comfortable temperature for all ages with regular lanes available for keen swimmers. A lifeguard is always on duty so you can feel comfortable when enjoying your swim, be it on your own or with the family. Training aids are available to use as well as our swimfit sessions cards which can be found on poolside.
Our ASA qualified instructors teach babies, children and adults. There are regular aqua aerobic classes, family splash sessions and lifesaving instruction. The pool is open seven days a week with adult only sessions during holidays. Unwind in our Sauna and Steam rooms after your workout to complete your activities and help those aching muscles recover!
Full details of our Swimming lessons are on the following slides. If you wish to join our swimming lessons please complete this Swimming Lesson Waiting List form.
Children’s Swimming Lessons:
Swimming courses are held each term (3 times per year) and the courses are from 10 to 13 weeks.
4 months to 24 months: Swim a Song
For babies (subject to baby swimming advice being followed – check with your health visitor) and young children who are new to swimming. Lessons are delivered with parent/carer and child and ideal for gaining water confidence before progressing to the Duckling stage.
Lessons are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings
24 months plus Duckling
Lessons are delivered with parent/carer and child – suitable for children old enough to follow instructions and who can move independently. Ideal step to increase water confidence and familiarise with essential skills before progressing to the ASA Learn to Swim Framework Stages.
Lessons are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings
Learn to Swim Framework - Stages 1 to 7
All outcomes in the plan have to be achieved before a child can be awarded a badge. However, if, after considerable effort, over a few terms, a particular skill is still not achieved, a child may move on to the next stage/class without issue of the badge. The teacher will be required to keep practicing this missing skill with the child in their new class and once achieved, the badge can be issued. Additional stroke/distance specific badges will be available to order. Based on our sound experience there are some additional/amended outcomes as set by the King's School Recreation Centre.
Stage 1: Non-swimmer
Stage 2: Confident non-swimmer
Stage 3: Able to travel 5m unaided on front and 5m unaided on back
Stage 4: Able to travel 10m unaided on front with face in the water, and 10m unaided on back
Stage 5: Able to swim 10m confidently to a basic standard on a recognised stroke of choice
Stage 6: Able to swim all four strokes for 10m to a basic standard, with one stroke of choice to an efficient standard
Stage 7: Advanced and the last stage before joining the School of Swimming.
Lessons are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings (additional session for Junior King’s pupils only on Friday afternoon)
Aquatic Skills Framework - Stages 8 upwards
King’s School of Swimming
The King’s School of Swimming runs along similar lines to a junior swimming club and is available for swimmers who are ready to start Stage 8 of the Aquatic Skills framework. The main emphasis is on the development skills and effective techniques to include starts, turns, stroke drills, use of the pace clock. Includes time trials on each stroke and a mini gala.
Mini and Water Polo
Water Polo is a fun, high energy ball game in the pool. Mini-polo is a beginners version of this physically demanding but fun sport. It combines ball and swimming skills as well as team work. Once a term a friendly match is organised and in the summer term the players are invited to join in the Kent Festival for Water Polo.
STA Lifeguard Academy
The STA Junior Lifeguard Academy is a survival and rescue training programme. The fun packed programme offers something for everyone; from lifeguarding skills and first aid, to distance, sports skills and health and wellbeing. The Junior Lifeguard Academy gives swimmers the opportunity to extend their aquatic journey as well as gain important lifesaving skills in a fun and progressive environment.
Adult Swimming Sessions:
These sessions follow the same structure as the School of Swimming and incorporate beginners and improvers training schedules for fitness, coaching tips on stroke technique, and diving and turns instruction.
* Beginners – for nervous adults or those new to swimming.
* Improvers – for adults who can swim 50 – 100m and would like to improve their water confidence, stroke technique and stamina.
* Training – for adults who wish to participate in lane swimming, an informal club. Develop strokes, skills and drills including starts and turns.
Swimfit –Interactive, motivational and social. Based on the concept of a gym programme, Swimfit provides structure and purpose to a pool session, combines a range of length-based and goal-based sessions to keep you motivated.
Visit http://www.swimming.org/swimfit for further information
Childrens Crash Courses
Crash courses are held during the half term and term breaks for 4 or 5 days. The course is for children from 4 yrs of age upwards and for beginners to advanced (Stage 1-7 of the Learn to Swim Framework). Courses are stroke specific for improvers and advanced (Stages 4 and up). Lessons are for 30 minutes.
One Day Swim Clinics
The one day swim clinics are aimed at early competitive swimmers who are Stage 8 and above and for club swimmers. There are 5 clinics during the year which include stroke drills and turns, with each clinic having a different specific focus.
These 30 minute lessons are available for adults and children of all abilities and are with a qualified instructor. Lessons can be booked with reception depending on the instructors availability and full payment is made at that time. 24 hours notice is required for any cancellation. 2 people maximum may share a private 30 minute lesson.