If your child is aged from 3½ and a complete newbie to the water, our Ducklings crash course over five consecutive days could be the perfect way to introduce them to the water, promoting increased independence and water confidence to help prepare them for our Ducklings Learn to Swim sessions and Stage 1 of the Learn to Swim Framework. With a guaranteed maximum ratio of four children to one teacher, this course is suitable for toddlers.
Monday 25 – Friday 29 October: 09:00-09:45
Give your child a head start with a 45 minute swimming lesson over an intensive crash course of five days. With a guaranteed maximum ratio of four children to one teacher, this course is suitable for complete beginners unable to swim unaided.
Monday 25 – Friday 29 October:
09:00-09:45 or 09:45-10:30
45 minute improver sessions, in low ratio classes, for five consecutive days, should see your child growing in confidence and taking leaps forward in their swimming. Suitable for swimmers likely to be on Stage 2 or 3 of the Swim England Plan, able to swim 5-10m on their front and back.
Monday 25 – Friday 29 October: 10:30-11:15
A 45 minute session for five consecutive days to rebuild your child’s stamina in the water and enjoy a mix of stroke improvement, distance swims and water safety. Suitable for swimmers likely to be Stage 4 and above and able to swim 25m with a basic idea of three strokes.
Monday 25 – Friday 29 October: 11:15-12:00
Childcare vouchers are not accepted when booking onto our swim crash courses.
Please remember to set up an online account for your child if wanting to book them onto one of the swim crash courses.
Follow our step-by-step guide below on how to create your child’s account with us:
This part of our programme aligns with the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework, building confidence and competence in the water and preparing children for more advanced aquatic skills and club activity.
We run Learn to Swim stages 1-7 and Club Foundation.
Mondays to Fridays: 16:00 onwards
Saturdays: 09:15 onwards
Ideal for adults who would like to start to learn how to swim, or return to the pool after a long break.
This part of our programme aligns with the Swim England Adult Swimming Framework, which has four progressive stages to work through.
21:00-21:30 Beginners and Intermediate
21:30-22:00 Beginners and Intermediate
Monday 6 September – Saturday 18 December 2021
My son enjoyed his first lesson; it was a really small group of 5 children so he had a lot of time with the teacher. He was jumping in by the end with no arm bands which he’s never done before.
The coach was excellent with the kids and was extremely patient with them throughout. My child has grown in confidence in the water and enjoys coming every week.
We are really excited to present HomePortal, your new reporting & progress tool for your lessons! This new tool will allow to track your child(rens) progress through their staged swimming lessons; almost in real time – you can track results as we assess. It will also allow you to view how many sessions you have left, manage and move lessons and re-enrol and make payments. You will first need to register to enable your Homeportal account. Our team can help you with this if you get stuck, but here are the instructions:
You will need your ID which should be your membership number, or your key fob number if you have one. Please report to reception to collect your child’s personal ID – you will need one per child.
We are really excited to present HomePortal, your new reporting & progress tool for your swimming lessons! This new tool will allow to track your child(rens) progress through their staged swimming lessons; almost in real time – you can track results as we assess. It will also allow you to view how many sessions you have left, manage and move lessons and re-enrol and make payments. You will first need to register to enable your Homeportal account. Our team can help you with this if you get stuck, but here are the instructions:
Please try to ensure that your child is ready to swim 5 minutes before their swimming lesson, having used the toilet etc, so that the teacher only has to explain the aims of the lesson or activity once, to everybody.
It would greatly assist us and help with the Health and Safety requirements around poolside if you could come no further than the exit to the changing rooms after the first week. We have ample space on the balcony and in the café for you watch the children and it makes things so much easier for the teachers.
To further facilitate this the teachers will explain, during the first lesson of term for each class, where to wait for their lesson on poolside once the carer's have dropped them poolside.
If you have booked onto a swim crash course and can no longer attend, we require a minimum of 7 days notice in writing for a full refund. If your request to cancel the course is under 7 days, we will not be able to issue a refund.
We require the children to wear hats (colour coded by Stage to the colours of the Rainbow). The first hat at each Stage is included in the cost. Replacements are available at a cost of £2.00 each.
If possible try to get the children to come to lessons without goggles. If they do have to wear goggles for eye health reasons, please ask the supplier to let you try them first so that a correct fit can be found. Goggles should stay in place around the eyes, albeit briefly, without the straps in place if pressed gently to the eye and they are the correct size and shape. Again, once on, impress on your child the need to leave them in place during the lesson. ‘Goggle fiddlers’ are a key cause of lost time during lessons.
Please be aware that there are other users of the centre and pool as well as our Learn to Swim pupils. All belongings should be locked in one of the available lockers before moving poolside. The lockers accept £1 coins, returned on opening the locker after the lesson, and this keeps the changing facilities clear for other users. The male change is the biggest area of concern.
Hertfordshire Sports Village
de Havilland Campus
Hatfield Business Park
Hertfordshire Sports Village, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Herts, United Kingdom, AL10 9EU.