Fitness for Less

Learn to Swim

Inverclyde Leisure offers swimming lessons for all ages and abilities at the Waterfront and Port Glasgow Swimming Pool. We deliver the Scottish Swimming Learn to Swim National Framework which provides a clear set of National Standards and a pathway which allows you to see how your child is progressing and what this actually means in terms of their swimming ability.

At Inverclyde Leisure, when we say “Our teachers are really passionate” we really mean it! As a member of our swim school we don’t just leave your child to get on. As part of our unique approach to learning to swim, our high quality lessons have been specifically designed to help your child progress by making sessions fun. Your child will feel secure and respected with our teachers using a number of techniques specific to the needs of your child.
 

Additional Information
 

Benefits of Swimming

  • Swimming is a skill for life but it can also save your life!
  • Fun and exciting activity
  • Make new friends
  • Builds confidence and self esteem
  • Gives parents peace of mind that your child is safer when they are around water
  • Improve health and fitness levels – can reduce the risk of chronic illness, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and stroke
  • Help control stress and help have a feeling of well being
  • Weight loss
     

Benefits of our Direct Debit Plan

Join our Active Swimming Lesson membership today from as little as £20 per month

  • Automatic re-enrolment – no hassle queuing to book spaces
  • Affordable monthly payments
  • No annual contract
  • No cancellation fee
  • 50 weeks a year programme (lessons run during holidays – except Christmas and New Year)

     

We offer a range of lessons:
 

Swimming Assessments

Establish what competency level your child is capable of achieving with our swimming assessments. This initial assessment is a great way of introducing your child to the water, swimming teacher and see how the lessons operate. Book your assessment today by contacting the Swim School. Bring along a friend, family member or distant relative and enjoy the fun with you and your child at the same time! Swim assessments are free to new customers and spaces are limited.
 

Group Swimming Lessons - Children or Adults

Our group Learn to Swim programme runs 7 days a week. Lessons operate:
 

Waterfront Leisure Complex

  • Monday to Friday 15:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday and Sunday 09:00 – 13:30
     

Port Glasgow Swimming Pool

  • Monday and Wednesday 15:30 – 18:30
  • Sunday 11:00 – 14:00
     

Private Swimming Lessons - Children or Adults

Whether you are looking to develop your skills or if you are new to swimming, private lessons offer our customers specialist 1-1 or 1-2 tuition.

  • Child Private Lessons - £150 for a 10 week course
  • Adult Private Lessons - £200 for a 10 week course
     

Swim School Levels and Exit Criteria
 

Adult and Baby

Age: 0 - 12 Months

Aim: To introduce the adult and baby to a swimming environment and develop the confidence and skills of the adult to ensure the safe and effective handling of the baby in the water

Exit Criteria

  • Demonstrate safe entries and exits
  • Demonstrate three progressive supports/holds – prone position
  • Demonstrate three progressive supports/holds – supine position
  • Demonstrate rotation of baby from back to front/front to back in a horizontal/vertical position
  • Baby demonstrates relaxed movements with their arms and legs
  • Baby at ease with water near/over their face and will attempt to blow bubbles
     

Adult and Toddler

Age: 12 - 24 Months

Aim: To encourage independent movement and develop the water confidence and core aquatic skills of the toddler through structured play

Exit Criteria

  • With an adult in the water, demonstrate an independent standing and sitting entry into the pool
  • Demonstrate independently placing face in the water and exhaling (blowing bubbles) into the water
  • Float on front and back with or without buoyancy aids
  • Rotate between front and back lying positions
  • Push off wall to reach adult support on front and back
  • Demonstrate a continuous leg action on front and back
  • Show front and back paddle
  • Exit the water safely with adult support
     

Adult and Child

Age: 24 - 36/42 Months

Aim: To further develop the core aquatic skills through structured play and develop the independence necessary for the next level (without an adult in the water)

Exit Criteria

  • With an adult in the water, nearby but not supporting, make an independent standing and sitting entry into the pool
  • Jump in and turn around, return to wall, monkey to steps and climb out
  • Exit the pool safely without using the steps
  • Blow an object across the surface of the water for 2 metres
  • With buoyancy aids, rotate 360 degrees in a vertical position
  • From front lying position rotate 180 degrees around horizontal axis to back lying, similar round longitudinal axis
  • Float with buoyancy aids, on front and back for a minimum 5 seconds
  • Use arms and legs to travel in any direction for approximately 5 metres
     

Pre-School

Age: 3 - 4 Years

Aim: To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills (without adult assistance but with buoyancy aids as required)

Exit Criteria

  • Enter and exit the pool safely without assistance
  • Display aquatic breathing with full submersion (blow bubbles through mouth and nose)
  • Fully submerge body
  • Demonstrate floatation on front and back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Demonstrate streamlining on front and back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Travel 5 metres on front or back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Jump in without assistance
  • Demonstrate three different movements across the pool
     

Swim Skills 1

Aim: To further develop water confidence and develop core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids

Exit Criteria

  • Demonstrate floatation on front and back without a buoyancy aid
  • Demonstrate a mushroom float
  • Demonstrate a push and glide
  • Kick on front and back with or without a float for 10 metres
  • Swim a minimum of 10 metres consistently demonstrating Frontcrawl
  • Swim a minimum of 10 metres consistently demonstrating Backcrawl
  • Show rotation from floating position front to back and back to front
  • Demonstrate a sculling action
  • Demonstrate repetitive bobbing for 30 seconds
  • Swim 10 meters in depth 1.1 meters confidently
     

Swim Skills 2

Aim: To increase the competency of the core aquatic skills and develop basic stroke technique

Exit Criteria

  • Demonstrate a push and glide with leg kick for 5 metres holding streamline position
  • Kick on front and back for a minimum 15 metres
  • Swim Frontcrawl with regular breathing for a minimum 15 metres
  • Swim Backcrawl consistently for a minimum 15 metres
  • Demonstrate Breaststroke leg kick
  • Scull for 10 metres head first on back supported
  • Head first surface dive to collect object on bottom of pool (minimum depth 1.2 metres)
     

Swim Skills 3

Aim: Introduce more advanced stroke technique and achieve Triple S standard

Exit Criteria

  • Travel on front and perform a somersault, finishing in a streamlined position
  • Swim 25 metres Frontcrawl and Backcrawl consistently maintaining correct technique
  • Demonstrate Breaststroke with simultaneous leg and simultaneous arm action
  • Demonstrate basic Butterfly technique
  • Travel 5 metres with an undulating body action
  • Tread water for 30 seconds waving one hand above the head to attract attention
  • Triple S standard – completing the award
  • Enter and exit the pool without using the steps
  • Scull for 10 metres
     

Triple S

Aim: Achieve the Triple S award/Scotland Safer Swimmer Award

Exit Criteria

  • Jump in and submerge head under the water
  • Keep head above the water for 30 seconds and attract attention. Swim to the side and hold onto the side safely.
  • Swim 25metres without stopping or putting feet on the floor.
  • Float on front and then rotate/transition on to back for 5 seconds on each.
     

Swim Skills 4

Aim: To improve the quality of stroke technique, introduce multi aquatic skills/disciplines and basic lifesaving skills

Exit Criteria

  • Swim minimum 50 metres of Frontcrawl demonstrating push and glide, competent technique with bi-lateral breathing, high elbow and reach and pull
  • Swim minimum 50 metres of Backcrawl demonstrating push and glide, good technique, steady head position with rolling of the shoulders round the long axis
  • Swim minimum 50 metres of Breaststroke demonstrating push and glide, good technique and basic undulation
  • Swim minimum 15 metres of Butterfly demonstrating push and glide, competent technique and basic undulation
  • Perform a dive with transition to any stroke
  • Perform a straddle jump and tread water for 45 seconds
     

Club Ready Swim

Aim: To improve and maintain stroke technique over distance and develop basic training and race skills producing a swimmer who is ‘Club Ready’

Exit Criteria

  • Swim 100 metres of Frontcrawl. Maintain efficient technique and incorporate race skills
  • Swim 100 metres of Backcrawl. Maintain efficient technique and incorporate race skills
  • Swim 50 metres of Breaststroke. Maintain efficient technique and incorporate race skills
  • Swim 25 metres of Butterfly. Maintain efficient technique and incorporate race skills
  • Attempt 100 metres Individual Medley incorporate race skills
  • Understand lane discipline and use of timing clock
     

Adult Beginner

Aim: To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills (without assistance but with buoyancy aids as required

Exit Criteria

  • Enter and exit the pool safely without assistance
  • Display aquatic breathing while fully submerging (blowing bubbles through mouth and nose) 3 Fully submerge body
  • Float on front and back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Streamline on front and back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Travel 5 metres without a buoyancy aid
  • Demonstrate a push and glide without a buoyancy aid
  • Kick on front and back with a float for 10 metres
     

Adult Improver

Aim: To further develop core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids and develop basic stroke technique

Exit Criteria

  • Demonstrate a push and glide with leg kick for 5 metres holding streamline position
  • Kick on front and back for a minimum 15 metres
  • Swim Frontcrawl with breathing consistently for a minimum 15 metres
  • Swim Backcrawl consistently for a minimum 15 metres
  • Demonstrate Breaststroke leg kick
  • Demonstrate a sculling action
  • Head first surface dive to collect object on bottom of pool (minimum depth 1.2 metres)
  • Show rotation from floating position front/back and back/front
  • Tread water for 15 seconds