Learn to swim scheme for children

ANGUS Council leisure services have relaunched The Kellogg’s Scottish Swimming’s Learn to Swim and Awards Scheme which caters for children from five years old.

To mark the relaunch, life sized costume characters Splish and Splash will visit four Angus swimming pools - Montrose, Arbroath, Forfar and Webster’s - on April 21 and 22.

Scottish Swimming is the National Governing Body for swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming in Scotland, setting high standards of teaching, coaching, training and child protection, providing a safe and high quality framework of skills through the Learn to Swim programme that introduces the first step onto the pathway of swimming development.

Amanda Church, National Business Manager for Scottish Swimming said: “Swimming really is the unique sport for all – everyone can swim – it is an activity very suitable for people of all ages, all sizes and all abilities, whether using this hugely popular sport for fun, fitness or for all round health and wellbeing. It is vital that children are taught to swim in order that they may feel confident and safe in and around water and throughout their developing years. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Angus Council to promote their Learn to Swim programme and look forward to meeting some of the young swimmers.”

Amanda added: “Along with being an essential life saving skill, learning to swim can make a whole range of water sports accessible, such as surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, or water polo, so the whole family can make the most of their holidays and leisure time”.

The Awards Scheme has been developed to set nationally approved standards across Scotland. It takes children through exciting, progressive and carefully monitored stages, for example:

Learn to Swim Levels 1 – 4 will cover the FUNdamentals of learning to swim

Learn to Swim – 5-8 will cover the Swimming Strokes, Skills and Techniques