Swimming is a sport for all – it is an inclusive activity for people of all ages, all sizes, all abilities and all backgrounds, whether using this hugely popular sport for fun, fitness, health or wellbeing.
At The Pickaquoy Centre, we offer a range of classes to cater for all ages and abilities, from toddler to adult. Regardless of whether you are a complete beginner, or looking to improve your technique, our trained Swimming Instructors can help you to reach your goals.
Please note that due to COVID-19, there have been many changes to our Learn-To-Swim programme. Please read our COVID-19 Learn to Swim guidelines in advance of your child's swimming lessons.
Early Years Swimming Lessons
The earlier you introduce your child to the water the more confident he or she will become.
The Early Years Swimming Lessons are designed to introduce your child to the water. It will provide the confidence and skills for parents to help teach their child to swim.
Following the launch of the Scottish Swimming Learn to Swim Programme in the Spring 2019, we have launched the Early Years Programme with new content & syllabus. The lessons are progressive & build on previous skills learnt, getting children ready for the Learn to Swim programme.
It consists of 3 certificated levels with pass criteria for each level:
- Adult & Baby (3 months-1 year)
- Adult & Toddler (1 year - 2 years)
- Adult & Child (2 years - 3/3.5 years)
Learn to Swim
We run Learn to Swim courses during school term time throughout the year, click the following link to download the Term 3 timetable (23 January - 2 April 2021). The course content follows the National Framework for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland; representing affiliated clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway, from development and healthy living through to performance. The Learn to Swim courses are split into the following levels:
Pre-school (Age 3 - 5yrs)
To become water confident & develop core aquatic skills (without adult assistance but with buoyancy aids as required). Pre-school lessons are there to help the child with water confidence & to develop core aquatic skills essential for swimming lessons progression. These are done with no parent in the session, but at small ratio of 6:2. Children who complete their Pre-school lessons have an opportunity to progress onto Swim Skills 1 from the age of 4.
Swim Skills 1 (Age 4+ if completed Pre-school, 5+ without completing pre-school)
To further develop water confidence & develop core aquatic skills without aids.
Swim Skills 2
To increase the competency of the core aquatic skills & develop basic stroke technique.
Swim Skills 3
Introduce more advanced stroke technique & achieve Triple S standard.
Swim Skills 4
To improve the quality of stroke technique, introduce multi-aquatic skills/disciplines & basic lifesaving skills.
To improve & maintain stroke technique over distance & develop basic training & race skills producing a swimmer who is “Club Ready”.
Bronze, Silver & Gold
Through your child’s journey in the Learn to Swim Programme your child will be working towards attaining the National Standards, these are split into three levels - Bronze, Silver & Gold.
Becoming Water Confident
Developing a Safer Swimmer
Achieving Aquatic Confidence
Click this link for more information in regards to the Learn to swim Frame programme & National Standards. For further information about Scottish Swimming, activities to enhance your child swimming & the Learn to Swim Programme please visit the Scottish Swimming Learn To Swim website.
Adult Swim Classes
This class is designed especially for those who would like some help and advice on their swimming technique and confidence in the water. Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to improve on your swimming, we aim to help you reach your goals while helping you to feel comfortable too. The adult swim classes are delivered weekly and the course block must be booked in advance.
To introduce adults to the swimming pool environment, where they can learn the core aquatic skills & early introduction to basic stroke techniques. This is a private session held out with public swimming times.
As well as the adult swim classes, we also offer Skills & Drills, Masters Swim and Power Swim which are coached swimming classes that run as part of our Group X classes. Please see the Pool Timetable for session times.
Any further information needed in regards to swimming lessons or your child's progress, please email the Courses team.