The Galleon Swim School
Your journey to effortless swimming
At the Galleon Swim school we aspire to teach safe fun and explorative lessons, so that each swimmer learns to swim with fluidity and ease.
- Class sizes are small at 2:1 or 4:1 tuition
- Non use of floatation devices
- Each stroke is broken down by using simplistic skills and practices
- All students are taught in the water by our teachers.
- All teachers will hold a Level 2 Swimming Qualification
- Each teacher will hold a current water safety qualification and will participate in regular training sessions in house at The Galleon Club
- Quarterly CPD will be held to keep up to date on swimming techniques and teaching methodology
- Everyone will hold a full Enhanced CRB Certificate.
Lessons will run Tuesday to Thursday for 30 minutes.
Tuesday- 3.45pm to 6.15pm
Wednesday- 3.45pm to 6.15pm
Thursday- 3.45pm to 6.15pm
Preschool/Non Swimmer lessons
We strongly believe that before starting school children should start swimming! It’s a life skill and Preschool swimming lessons develop the essential confidence and core skills that young children need to be safer in water.
Aim: To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills with the assistance of a swimming teacher.
- Introduce complete non-swimmers to the aquatic environment and establish an understanding of safety in and around water.
- Develop and progress water confidence
- Establish an understanding of basic core aquatic skills
1. Enter and exit the pool safely
2. Shallow water confidence
3. Putting your face in the water
4. Practising blowing bubbles, nose and mouth
5. Aided floatation
6. Encouraging freedom of movement.
- Develop skills through enjoyment, fun and self-discovery
2. Water waving
3. Jumping in (aided).
Swim Skills levels 1-4
When learners have developed a basic level of confidence in water they can start to progress through the Swim Skill levels to develop their aquatic competence and become a safer swimmer. Each level of Swim Skills has:
- An overall aim of clearly defined objectives.
Swim Skills 1
Aim: To further develop water confidence and develop core aquatic skills.
- Develop confidence and ability to perform a wide range of core aquatic skills
- Full breath control
- Correct body position on back and front
- Floating back and front (working towards unaided)
- Submersion for sinkers (dolphin technique)
- Gliding and streamlining
- Kicking technique Back and front (backstroke and front crawl)
- Travelling through the water, aided and unaided up to 5 metres
- Floating award, front and back (certificate).
Swim Skills 2
Aim: To increase the competency of the core aquatic skills and develop basic stroke technique
- Introduce and progress new core aquatic skills using techniques such as:
1. Travelling up to 5 metres
2. Kicking back and front 10 metres.
3. Body rolling
5. Introduction to backstroke arm pull technique
6. Deep water confidence..
- Introduction to diving (pool permitting)
- Kicking front and back 10m award (certificate).
Swim Skills 3
Aim: Introduce more advanced stroke technique.
- Further develop competency in backstroke technique
- Stamina building to obtain a distance of 25 metres
- Front crawl breath control (breathing to the side)
- Breakdown of front crawl technique using individual skills and drills
- Travelling up to 5 metres of front crawl
- Kneeling dive technique.
- Backstroke timing and rhythm
- Backstroke 25m award (certificate)
Swim Skills 4
Aim: To improve the quality of stroke technique, introduce multi aquatic skills/disciplines and basic lifesaving skills
- Front crawl stamina building 25m
Backstroke challenge, 50m distance
Front crawl timing and rhythm
Backstroke and front crawl starts and turns.
Development of standing dive.
Front crawl 100m award (certificate)
Backstroke 200m award (certificate)
Introduction to breaststroke leg kick
Breaststroke arm action
Breaststroke timing and rhythm
Breastroke 25m award (certificate)
Club Ready is the final stage of the National Learn to Swim programme when swimmers will have mastered all the three main strokes and be ready to further develop in a club environment.
Aim: To improve and maintain stroke technique over distance and develop basic training and race skills producing a swimmer who is Club Ready
- Advance swimming stamina for all three strokes whilst maintaining technique. Backstroke, Front Crawl and Breaststroke
Front Crawl 200m award (certificate)
Introduction to Butterfly technique.
Develop starts and turns for all three strokes
Butterfly timing and rhythm
Breaststroke 100m award (certificate)
Butterfly start and turn.
Improve efficiency in all four strokes
Butterfly 25m award (certificate)
Backstroke 400m award (certificate)
Individual Medley award (certificate)
|Block 1: Tuesday 9 January – Thursday 21 March = 10 weeks (Closed for half term: Monday 12 February 2024 – Monday 19 February 2024 inclusive)|
Easter holiday dates Friday 29 March 2024 – Monday 15 April 2024 inclusive
|Block 2: Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 21 June|
|Block 3: Tuesday 27 August to Thursday 10 October|
1:1 lessons are not currently available.
All lessons are taught in the water with a swimming teacher, without the use of floatation devices.
Our lessons run 36 weeks of the year during school term time.
Swim Holiday Clubs
We will also run intensive swimming camps, Monday to Friday for 30-60 minutes. This is a great opportunity for your child to work on their swimming skills over the school holidays and have fun!
Camps will run over Easter, Summer and Autumn prices TBC.
To make an enquiry, contact Karen McArthur (Swim School Coordinator).
Tel: 0131 446 6066