Marl Pits pool follows the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming which is an 'all inclusive programme' which takes the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water. The swimmer’s ‘journey through aquatics’ will result in the development of a wide range of skills which when put together will result in a competent, confident and safe swimmer.
Children as young as 4 months to 3 years old can get a head start in gaining water confidence by attending our Adult and Child Lessons, which is a class supervised by a qualified swimming teacher who will demonstrate ways in which parents can help their child develop aquatic abilities through fun and play in water.
Pre-school Lessons are especially developed for children aged 3 – 4 years old who are now ready to enter the small pool without their parents, but under the close supervision of a qualified swimming teacher, who will start off in the water with a small group. They will learn early basic motor skills and an introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games. The ASA Duckling Awards provide rewards as they progress through a structured lesson programme.
The next stage along the ‘journey’ takes children from the age of 4 years upwards through FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS, STAGES 1 – 7 of the ASA National Plan for Teaching which develops aquatic skills, water safety awareness and swimming techniques. To supplement these awards we also introduce the Water Skills Awards programme of lessons.
Once the swimmer has developed the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in water they may have the choice to participate in different aquatic disciplines. On offer at Rossendale’s pools are Kayaking, Rookie Lifeguard and for those 16 years and over, the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.