Learn To Swim


Welcome to the LEARN TO SWIM section

We currently have swim lessons on Sunday afternoons at the Newton Abbot Pool. In summer we also have the use of Chudleigh Open Air pool.

>Want to join?

If you are interested in joining the club and would like your child to come in for an assessment please use the contact details below and we will reply as soon as possible.

The email address of the Learn to Swim section can be found on the CONTACTS page

>National Teaching Plan

The National Teaching Plan for swimming was developed by the Amateur Swimming Association. The plan consists of 7 stages, each including various outcomes which the swimmers must achieve in order to progress to the next stage.

Stages 1-3 are taught in the learner pool.
Here children are encouraged to progress in a safe environment, taking part in activities which build their FUNdamental movement skills with the emphasis being learning through fun.
Our main goal in the learner pool is to teach stroke technique rather than stamina, this is due to the children being at a young age.
The benefit of your child being taught technique while young is that we can embed the perfect stroke at the earliest opportunity.

Stages 4-7 are taught in the main pool.
Once children move up to stage 4 they will have the chance to gain stamina when they swim lengths, usually on the first Sunday each month.
They will also be encouraged to start training for competitions and learn vital water safety skills in the higher stages.

The next stage will be moving into Junior squad where the swimmer can continue to achieve badges for additional stages 8, 9 and 10 beyond the National Plan.
Once this has been achieved they will be offered to swim in our Senior squad. This will allow swimmers to continue to work on their
techniques while acquiring speed and stamina which then gives the opportunity of swimming competitively for the club and personally.

>Competitive Swimming

We run our learn to swim to a higher standard than many other learn to swim or swimming programmes that you may have been to or heard of. You will probably find that are stages are more thorough in detail as we try to ensure the finer points of the swimming strokes are correct before moving them to the next stage in preparation for competitive swimming.

We hold an annual Ribbon Gala for swimmers aged 10 and under: - a simple competition held usually on a summer Sunday in which swimmers enter races of 25metres (1 length) of each stroke. Results of the most recent gala are available at the foot of the Swimming/Competition Results page.

Simplified Rules of Competitive Swimming can be viewed here

>Our Teachers

We have a team of Swim England Qualified swimming teachers and coaches plus a number of squad swimmers as poolside helpers who work with the children to provide the high quality tuition.
All our teachers are volunteers who give their time freely because they have a passion to teach the children how to swim.

>Getting ready to start lessons

When starting a swimming lesson with us male swimmers must wear swim trunks or fitted swim shorts and female swimmers must wear a one piece swimming costume.

All swimmers must wear a swimming hat during their lessons. We encourage the use of googles in the earliest stages but they must be worn from stage 4 upwards.

>Achievement badges

As children pass each stage they will receive an email to confirm the movement to the next stage. This may then be shown to Coral who sits in the main reception area most Sundays from 5.00pm. You can then buy the appropriate certificate and badge for £2.50. Achievement badges for distances are also available, for example 5m, 10m, and 25m.


British Swimming Site
Swim England SW Site
Devon County ASA Site
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