SWIM Aberdeenshire Learn to Swim Information

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SWIM Aberdeenshire Membership

Sign up at your local Aberdeenshire Council facility from 27 June 2015.

What is the Swim Aberdeenshire Membership?

The membership is a monthly direct debit payment option for Junior swimming lessons.

Who can sign up for the Swim Aberdeenshire Membership?

Children who have received a space in Junior swimming lessons at an Aberdeenshire Council facility.

What are the benefits?

  • Inclusive access to our swimming pools during public sessions.
  • 50 percent discount on holiday intensive swimming lessons.
  • One swimming cap when the membership commences.
  • One swimming cap on progression to a new level.
  • One progress record to assist in tracking your child's progress through the scheme.
  • No need to rebook lessons each term or pay for the whole term upfront.

How much does the membership cost?

View the junior swim lesson charges

How do you sign up for the Swim Aberdeenshire Membership?

You can sign up at your local participating Aberdeenshire Council facility from the 27 June 2015. If you would like to save some time you can print off / complete the direct debit form and fair processing notice, then bring them in to the facility. The membership will commence on the 1 August 2015.


Under 5 Classes

Adult and Child

These classes take place with the adult and child in the water. These classes are taught with up to 12 children and adults: 1 teacher.
There are four age groups for these classes:

  • 3 to 15 months
  • 15 months to 2 1/2 years
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years
  • 3 1/2 years to 5 years


These classes take place with the child in the water without the parent. These classes are taught with up to 6 children: 1 teacher.
There are two types of classes:

  • Preschool – 3 1/2 years to 5 years
  • Advanced preschool – 3 1/2 years to 5 years

The advanced preschool classes are for the more confident children and entry to these classes will be by invitation only.top of page

Children must be at least 2.5 years of age before applying to join any preschool waiting list , entry into these lessons will be from 3.5 years of age.

Over 5 Classes

These classes take place with the child in the water without the adult. Entry onto the waiting list can be from 4 years of age, with entry into these lessons from 5 years of age or once attending Primary one.

We aim to keep the child to teacher ratios lower in Level 1 & 2, this is to promote an improved learning environment and for safety.

The following skills are examples of those taught at each level. Please note this is a brief overview of the skills covered and not an exhaustive list.

If you feel your child should enter the scheme from Level 2 upwards please contact your local centre to arrange an assessment of your child's ability.

There are up to seven levels available:


Aim - Introduction to the swimming pool environment, and early water confidence practices.

This class is designed for children who have little or no experience in the pool environment.

  • Safe entries and exits
  • Answer two questions on pool safety & rules
  • Move around the shallow end with an aid, unassisted
  • Blow bubbles with the mouth in the water
  • Using a float, float on back with assistance
  • Push and glide on front and back with an aid


Level 1

Aim - Introduction to basic movement skills, water confidence and orientation in shallow water. Introduction to body position and leg actions for all four strokes.

  • Using a float, float on back unassisted
  • Kick on front and back with an aid, for 5 metres
  • Propel on front and back for 5 metres with feet off the pool floor (no aid)
  • Submerge head fully and pick up an object from below the surface
  • Push and glide on front and back


Level 2

Aim - Improving submersion, buoyancy, balance, body position and leg action. Travel for up to 10 metres on front and back.

  • Float on back for 5 seconds
  • Travel through a submerged hoop and pick up an object from the pool floor (min. 0.9m)
  • Kick on front and back for one width (no aid)
  • Propel on front for one width using an alternating action (frontcrawl)
  • Propel on back for one width using an alternating action (backcrawl)
  • Propel on front for one width using a simultaneous action (breastsroke or butterfly)
  • Maintain head above water for 5 seconds out of depth


Level 3

Aim - Introduction to the swimming strokes, focus on arm action. Developing buoyancy, sculling, rotation and breath control. Confidence in deep water.

  • Swim one width frontcrawl recovering arms over the water, taking at least one breath to the side
  • Swim one width backcrawl recovering arms over the water
  • Swim one width breaststroke, taking at least one breath to the front
  • Kick using butterfly legs for 5 metres
  • Jump in and tread water for 15 seconds
  • Sitting dive and glide
  • Push, glide and kick in a streamlined position for 10 metres (no aid)
  • Rotate from front to back and back to front (log roll)


Level 4

Aim - Improving swimming skills, including reinforcing body position, leg and arm action, and improving breathing.

  • Swim frontcrawl for 15 metres, breathing to the side
  • Swim backcrawl for 15 metres, with a continuous alternating arm action
  • Swim breaststroke for 15 metres, breathing every stroke
  • Swim using butterfly legs for 10 metres, including at least one arm cycle
  • Kneeling dive, glide and swim for one length
  • Foward somersaults
  • Collect an object from the pool floor out of their depth
  • Jump in, tread water for 20 seconds, then swim 5 metres (without goggles)


Level 5

Aim - Developing swimming strokes for up to 50 metres and an introduction to survival skills.

  • Swim frontcrawl, backcrawl and breaststroke for a minimum of 20 metres
  • Swim butterfly for 15 metres, including at least three arm cycles and a breath
  • Standing dive, glide and swim two lengths continuously
  • Tread water for 30 seconds, then swim one length
  • Assist a peer to the edge of the pool using your voice only (lifesaving scenario)
  • Front somersaults finishing with feet on the wall

Level 6

Aim - Combining movement and swimming skills to develop swimming strokes for up to 100 metres. Developing survival skills.

When swimmers complete this level they can continue their swimming education with the
local swimming club.

  • Swim four lengths continuously
  • Straddle and dive entries
  • Tumble and touch turns
  • Further practice on stroke technique in individual medley (I.M.) order
  • Sculling
  • Combining aquatic skills into a short group routine


Adult Lessons

These classes are for 16 years and over.

  • Beginners
  • Improvers
  • Developers

Lifesaving Sessions

  • Rookie Lifeguard (8-12 yrs)
  • Survive & Save (12-16 yrs)
  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (16+ yrs)

General Information

Movement through the levels will be made through teacher assessment. This is continual throughout the term and parents will receive feedback regarding this three times a year. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress during the term please speak to the instructor out with class times.

The following leaflet contains useful SWIM Aberdeenshire contacts and a list of current classes.

SWIM Aberdeenshire Application Form

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