Start your swimming journey with Tees Active today!
Start your swimming journey with Tees Active today!
Commonwealth Gold Medallist and proud Teessider, Aimee Willmott, has been named as the Official Ambassador of Tees Active’s Learn to Swim Scheme.
The new partnership with Tees Active aims to raise the profile of swimming in Stockton-on-Tees and inspire the next generation of swimmers. Our scheme allows all our swimmers to take a journey through aquatics and develop a range of skills from their first splash right through to becoming a Tees Active ‘complete swimmer’. Watch the video below to find out more!
Why a fun approach to learning is so important. A question often asked about swimming lessons is “Why is my child just playing games? They aren’t learning.” A fun approach to learning is so important for children and adults alike, whether for swimming lessons or for any other learning opportunity.
The easiest way for a child to acquire the skills needed to be a confident swimmer is through fun and games.
Games are an ideal way for children to develop their jigsaw of skills and may even lead to them learning how to combine one skill with another, without even realising.
The Swim England Learn to Swim Programme takes this approach to learning to swim, giving swimmers the core skills needed to become competent swimmers.
At each stage of the programme, all of the skills learned are crucial and must be achieved easily and without stress.
For example, if the swimmer does not accomplish a skill such as aquatic breathing, the achievement of skills such as rotation, streamlining, travel, buoyancy and balance will become difficult to perform effectively. There are 9 core skills of swimming your child needs to keep afloat in water and to get ready to start swimming. These are 1. Entry 2. Exits 3. Buoyancy and Balance 4. Rotation and Orientation 5. Streamlining 6. Aquatic Breathing 7. Travel and Coordination 8. Water Safety 9. Health and Fitness
Through the journey of acquiring these skills, water competence will develop. Through competence in water, the child will have more fun, will be more likely to be active, follow a healthy lifestyle and participate in sport throughout his or her lifetime.
This process ultimately results in a child being able to swim different strokes, such as front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, as well as learning skills that may become transferable to another water-based or land-based sport.
These parent and toddler courses are perfect for introducing your children into the water. They will be able to have fun whilst learning how to swim and they will boost their confidence in and out of the water.
These Swim England Pre-School Framework Awards are a natural follow on from the Dinky Duck Awards. They are aimed at children who are old enough to follow instructions and can move on their own.
They give the child more independence and start to build their confidence in water. These Awards are used to slowly build up the child ready for the Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-7.
Please contact the venues to find out about enrolling.
Here is an outline of how your child will progress from the Pre-School Ducklings stages right through to our Complete Swimmer stage.
The Swim England Awards celebrate swimming milestones for the children as they achieve a specific skill, distance or complete a Learn to Swim Stage Award.
This adds the star dust for the child – we all enjoy getting recognition for our achievements!
The time it takes for a swimmer to develop the crucial skills and build their jigsaw of skills will depend on their own personal development, as swimmers progress at their own pace.
Parents and swimming teachers play a key role in keeping them motivated by ensuring that they continue to enjoy being in the water and learning to swim.
An ideal opportunity for adults of all ages to renew or learn a new skill. Lessons take place at the following:
Billingham Forum – Wednesdays’s, 19:30 – 20:15
Stockton Splash – Wednesdays’s, 17:15 – 18:00
Thornaby Pool – Wednesdays’s, 19:00 – 20:30
To enrol onto these lessons please visit the centre or contact directly on:
Billingham Forum – 01642 551381
Stockton Splash – 01642 660610
Thornaby Pool – 01642 616727
Take a look at our 3 pools where we offer swimming lessons and see which one would work best for you!
Swim Hub is Tees Active’s free online hub that enables parents to:
To register for this free service, simply click on the link at the top of the page and register your details.
You will be able to find all the relevant parental important information in the below document including information about how to prepare your children for swimming lessons.
Parents can play an active role in increasing water confidence in babies and young children from an early age. Although it’s not essential to take your child to a swimming pool, bath time activities can be a good introduction to the water.
Here are four activities to help build your child’s water confidence:
If you or your children sing into hairbrushes or wave around air guitars then why not try a little underwater humming.
How many turns will it take them to name that tune? If they haven’t guessed it after three turns, tell them what it is and then swap. Ensure you have a good collection of humming tunes ready before you start playing.
This game is a watery version of piggy in the middle and will get everyone jumping around.
Take with you a medium-sized soft/inflatable ball for each group of three players. Always check with the pool staff that you are ok to use these. Some pools run family splash session where they will supply balls.
How high can your child jump out of the water? When the fishy catches the ball the person who threw it takes a turn in the middle.
Starfish Tag is derived from another classic playground game. It is loads of fun in the pool and good at helping build water confidence.
Try setting a time limit to the game and see who can win the most tags.
This is a fun game and good for developing swimming and water confidence under the water.
If you find this a bit easy, try getting two people standing with their legs open and try to swim through both in one go.
Initially you will be required to visit or call the venue:
Alternatively you can email our aquatics team on firstname.lastname@example.org to check the availability and book your place onto the scheme. If a place cannot be found immediately, names can be placed on the Learn to Swim enquiry form and contact will be made as soon as a place is available.
How much does it cost?
Lessons are available to purchase in blocks of 10 (weeks)
Pricing is as follows:
Standard price – £67.40
Tees Active Leisure Card Holder (Option 1) – £52.65
Tees Active Leisure Card Holder (Option 2) – £52.65
Tees Active Leisure Card Holder (Option 3) – £37.90
Where can I learn to swim?
You can learn to swim at Stockton Splash , Billingham Forum and Thornaby Pool. The times you desire may mean you are enrolled at any of these venues.
How do I make payment?
Initially you will be required to visit the venue to book your place on to the scheme. From then on you can buy credits through the online ‘swim hub’ and make payments quickly and easily. Alternatively, you can visit the venues reception to make payment. You will also be notified via email when your credits are running low.
How do I track my child’s progress?
Each swimmer will learn at their own pace and we appreciate that some will be ready to progress to the next stage of the scheme earlier than others. You can track your child’s progress against each aspect of the criteria needed to progress when you log in online to the free swim hub. This will give you an insight into the areas that require more attention allowing you to practice in your own time and progress quicker.
How do I re-enrol when the stage is complete?
The learn to swim scheme is based on a programme of continuous assessment. As soon as the swimmer is ready to progress to the next stage you will automatically receive an email alert. You can then log in, check availability and book into an available slot.
How long do lessons last?
All lessons are 30-45 minutes depending on which stage they are at on the scheme.
What if my child has behavioural/medical issues?
We ask that you communicate any issues with the venues reception team at your earliest convenience and this information will be passed onto your coach.
What happens if I cannot attend a lesson?
Unfortunately we cannot refund or credit lessons for the occasional missed lessons. However, we do have a refund policy where by the swimmer is unable to attend their lessons over a sustained period due to a medical condition. Details of the learn to swim refund policy are available upon request.
How will your child learn?
Our Learn to swim Scheme is 100% practical based and all our coaches are level 2 qualified and trained to help and motivate the swimmer to improve their technique and confidence in the water.
How do I access the free online swim hub?
Simply click on the swim hub link on the Learn to Swim homepage, register your details using your email address and card number and complete your registration.
How quickly will the swimmers progress be updated on the online swim hub?
Any progress made by the swimmers will be updated within 24hrs of the end of that day’s lesson.
I have followed the link on the website to register for swim hub but it says my details can’t be found?
To enable you to register for swim hub your personnel details on our system need to be correct. Please contact the Reception team and they will be happy to update your details for you.
How should I prepare for my child’s first swimming lesson?
Starting swimming lessons is a big step for many children (and often for those taking them!).
Even if you are a pool regular yourself, it’s not always obvious what to bring for your child’s first swimming lesson.
So we thought we’d help out by highlighting some steps to take beforehand and what to bring to the first session.
Before the lesson
We strongly recommend you familiarise your child with the local pool and swimming pool environment. Family trips swimming are the perfect way to do this, as well as a fun day out!
It may also be worthwhile checking what their dress code is for lessons and whether you need to take anything extra.
The lesson itself
It’s a nice idea to involve your child in what they need for their swimming lesson so they know what to expect when they get to the pool. Use our checklist below to make sure you have all the essentials.
First Swimming Lesson Checklist
Here is our list of things to think of when taking your child for their first swimming lesson.
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