We’re excited to let you know that we have now completed our planned changeover to the new improved Scottish Swimming framework levels! As of 21st August 2017, the changover will be complete. The following changes according to the new National Framework:
With an annual programme delivered over 40 weeks, the Trust will provide a minimum of 40 lessons to swimmers, with reduced class sizes. Class times will increase from 30 minute classes to 40 minute classes to ensure maximum swimming practice for swimmers. The structure of the framework will ensure a seamless progression and pathway through class levels for all swimmers. This will mean more regular feedback on progress for parents and the swimmer, alongside free certificates when swimmers progress onto a new level. Additionally, the cost of swimming lessons will spread throughout the year. On top of all this, children in swimming lessons will receive unlimited junior swimming in all Falkirk Community Trust Swimming Pools.
All children should be having fun in a safe environment during their swimming lessons. 'Learning through play' is fundamental to the Scottish Swimming Framework so there'll be plenty of fun activities and games in the pool to help your children learn the core aquatic skills – breathing, submerging and moving in the water. Once they have acquired these strokes, the four swimming strokes (front crawl, breastroke, backstroke and butterfly) should be introduced gradually.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we changing?
The New National Framework for Swimming in Scotland was launched in early 2015 to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in any aquatic discipline they choose, at whatever level they aspire to.
Falkirk Community Trust has entered into partnership with Scottish Swimming, the governing body, to implement this new all-inclusive framework in all our swimming pools.
Benefits of the new scheme
• Annual programme delivered over 40 weeks
• Falkirk Community Trust will provide a minimum of 40 lessons
• Free junior swimming in all Falkirk Community trusts swimming pools
• Cost of lessons spread throughout the year
• Seamless pathway through the class levels
• Triple S (Scotland Safer Swimmer) Award
• Reduced class sizes
• Regular feedback on progress
• Free certificates
How does this affect me?
The new Learn to Swim programme will commence on 21st August 2017.
Falkirk Community Trust will operate an annual programme of 40 weeks and we will deliver a minimum of 40 weeks. Our Instructors will be continually assessing the progress of your child; once the relevant criteria have been successfully met they will be moved accordingly.
The new Learn to Swim programme has 5 levels and all children will be mapped over to the new scheme prior to the end of this term.
Your child will be mapped over to their new level and you will be notified in due course.
The new Learn to Swim programme launches in August 2017, therefore the current Falkirk Community Trust re-enrolment process will remain this term, you will be notified if there is any change to your class times.
Why has the cost increased?
The length of a class has increased by 10 minutes from 30minutes to 40minute classes. The ratio of class sizes have decreased and will give each member of the program more contact time with the Swim teachers
What age can my child start?
For Adult and Baby/Child classes children can start at any age. Government Health experts now believe that it is now no longer necessary to wait until your child has had all their vaccinations before going into the pool. However some Local Authorities do advise 4-6 months and this can be due to the temperature of the pool. Please always consult your health visitor if you are unsure
How long should it take my child to learn to swim?
There is no definite timeline, different children take different amounts of time and find some skills easier to learn than others. If you take your child swimming out with lessons there is a high probability that they will progress more quickly.
There won’t always be leaps of progress every lesson or every week. It is normal for learning to plateau for periods, even regress at times and surge ahead at others.
What should I look for in a Learn to Swim Provider?
If your Learn to Swim provider has Scottish Swimming accreditation (SwiMark) it means it is dedicated to creating the best possible swimming experience for all attendees and to raising the quality of swimming provision across all areas.
It is more than just a stamp of approval. As a parent it is your guarantee of quality provision for your child. SwiMark ensures that a quality structure is in place and is reviewed. It confirms the programme being delivered has quality lessons based on the Scottish Swimming Pathway run by fully qualified teachers, that keep their knowledge and skills up to date and in a safe and appropriate environment.
What is likely to happen in lessons?
All children should be having fun. They should be involved in games-based activities to help them learn core swimming skills such as breathing, submerging and moving in the water. The swimming strokes should be introduced gradually once the child has acquired the basic core aquatic skills. All learn to swim lessons last 40 minutes and children should be as active as possible throughout the lesson.
Why is my child playing Games in a Swimming Lesson?
'Learning through play' is fundamental to the Scottish Swimming Framework so there'll be plenty of fun activities and games in the pool to keep swimming interesting for your child whilst teaching them a variety of skills. The activities are planned by the teacher and will ensure the children are challenged in different ways and are linked to the core aquatic skills which essential for learning more complex skills.
My child has a disability. Can they take part?
Yes Of course. Lessons can be adapted as necessary to help all children achieve their potential. If your child has specific needs, please discuss them with the swimming teacher as we have specific disability classes available.
What Can I do to help my child?
The earlier that a child becomes familiar with the aquatic environment and being in and around water the better. Even if you are not a strong swimmer just taking your child to the pool and playing and having fun in the water will help them develop their confidence and enjoy the positive experiences that the water can bring them.
In the home, encourage your child to have a bath and play in the water. Encourage them to get their hair wet and introduce them to putting their face in the water. Scottish Swimming has an Early Years bag with toys and activity cards to provide you with ideas for the bath and pool.
What concessions are available?
Concession rates of £14.50 and £12.60 for 40 minute swim lessons and £10.95 for 30 minute swim lessons will be given to participants who receive Housing Benefit, or Housing Element of Universal Credit. We will need to see proof of eligibility when you set up your Direct Debit membership. The concessionary discount is only available to customers taking the Direct Debit option.