Rainbow Swim Academy FAQ's

Posted: 11th Aug 2016

Category: Swimming


How often should a swimmer move up a group?

This really difficult to put a time frame on how long it takes a child to progress from one group to the next. This because every child progresses at their own rate and each child’s learning rate will change from time to time. This can be dependant on age, how much a child is growing and anything else that they have going on.

My child can swim the distances specified in the group they are in but still hasn’t moved up, why is this?

Each group has set criteria to achieve and not only do the children need to be able to complete the task itself but it also needs to meet the technical description set out for this skill. At 1610 we believe that swimmers that can do each skill to a high standard will have better chances to take their swimming where they want to later during their journey through aquatics and in life.

My child’s technique looks like it has gotten worse, why is this?

There can be many reasons for this but the most common tends to be growth. When a child grows a lot or very quickly they sometimes loose some coordination. This is nothing to worry about and is normal. As a child gets used their body again the coordination will return and normally so will their technique.

Should my child’s class teacher be teaching in the water or from the side of the swimming pool?

The ASA recommended teaching position is actually from the side of the swimming pool. There are some situations where teaching from within the water is preferable. Here at 1610 we issue very specific instructions to our teachers around when and how they can teach in the water to ensure they comply with ASA guidance.

What qualifications do 1610 teachers have?

All swim teachers hold industry recognised qualifications that meet the guidelines issued by the ASA.

How many children can there be in a group?

The number of children in each group varies on ability level but we aim to keep group sizes below the maximum levels set by the ASA.

What can my child do once they have passed stage 7 and the violet group?  

If a swimmer has achieved their stage 7 and the rest of the awards from the violet group they are ready to take up a variety of aquatic sports. All of our pools and swim academies work with their local swimming clubs who can offer session’s inline with stage 8-10 of competitive swimming. If you child prefers then there may be options to to do stage 8-10 of

  • Mini Water polo
  • Aqua Fun (Synchronised swimming)
  • Kids Swimfit
  • Rookie Lifeguard

When is my child safe to stop lessons?

The ASA and 1610 encourage all swimmers to keep up their lessons until they have completed stage 7 of the aquatic stages.

My child currently attends Little Dippers or Rising 4 lessons during the daytime but will start school in September, what will happen?

All swimmers due to start school in September will be offered a place in our after school time swimming lessons. Specific days and times will be subject to availability but you will be offered something.

If my child misses a lesson due to illness or a holiday do we get a refund?

Unfortunately we don’t offer refunds for swimming lessons due to illness or holidays unless its an exceptional circumstance in which case we treat each person on a case by case basis. We do however build in two free swimming lessons per year and FREE public swimming if you pay for your lessons by direct debit.

My child has been ill with diarrhoea, when can they return to swimming?

Anyone who has been suffering from diarrhoea should not swim for at least two weeks after their last episode of diarrhoea.

I can no longer make the day or time I am currently allocated, can I move to a different day or time?

If you simply want to move days or time this can be done at reception for you but is subject to availability.

Are 1-2-1 lessons better than group lessons?

Not necessarily. Some children need that 1-2-1 environment but for most children we find a group lesson is better. This is because children don’t just learn from the teacher but from the group dynamic created by the teacher through;

  • Pupil competitiveness
  • Observation learning
  • The fun social experience created by only being part of a group.