About the Swimming Academy
At Generation Swimming Academy Sunningdale, we feel that it is important for all children to learn how to swim. Learning to swim is not only an important skill for children to learn for themselves, but it is also important should they need to help others. Swimming is not only a great life skill, but it is a great form of exercise. Swimming improves cardiovascular fitness, coordination and balance.
At Generations Swim Academy, we want our swimmers to learn to feel confident and safe in the water, as well as develop a love for swimming. Whether you join us for our Moms & Tots Class, our Learn To Swim Programme or our Squad Training, Generation Swimming Academy is the one stop swimming academy for you!
Generation Schools Swimming Academy Registration fee is R220.00
Generation Schools learners will pay R100.00 per lesson.
Generation Swimming Academy Only learners will pay R110.00 per lesson.
We offer these classes for children that are ready to do advanced drills and prepare the learners for training sessions. Our emphasis is on stroke technique which is continued in the training classes. The squad classes will have up to 8 children per lesson. This is for children who have a love for swimming and a competitive drive. We will focus on swimming and stroke techniques, including the breathing, kicking and arm strokes that need to be in sync. When children start swimming we can see what their strongest stroke will be right from the beginning. Swimming is a great form of fitness and rehabilitation, as it uses many muscles that we would never think we use.
We aim to make your baby’s early swimming experience a memorable and happy time in a relaxed environment. We present the babies with challenges that are age appropriate. The key factor in bonding with a baby, is for them to experience a loving environment, while learning too. Our lessons are fun but structured. We have a gentle approach to get the children used to going under the water in a controlled manner. Swimming improves cardiovascular fitness, coordination and balance by forcing babies to move.
These lessons are given without a parent in the water. We use the multi-stroke method which enables us to teach all the strokes on a basic level. With this, our children will be introduced to all the different strokes. Once the children have competently completed this, they will proceed to stroke correction. Our classes will be structured with having two children in the swimming pool per lesson. This has been proven to be very effective as children like the competitive aspect of swimming, as well as watching and learning from their fellow swimmers.
How does the payment of fees work?
Fees are payable up front on a monthly basis. An invoice will be sent out with the fees for the month, including a breakdown of the amount of lessons for the month.
What happens if one of our lessons falls on a public holiday?
The school will close during Public Holidays and for a period in December and re-open again in January. We will also close during the Easter break. The months that have 5 weeks in them, normally balance out the lessons missed during these periods.
What happens if my child misses a lesson?
It is unfortunate that children do get sick or have other unforeseen commitments that may interfere with lessons. However, our staff make a commitment to be at the pool, therefore fees are still payable for lessons missed.
What is the temperature of the pool?
The temperature fluctuates between 28°C & 30°C.
How long do children take before they can swim by themselves?
All children are different, and will learn at a different rate. Some learn quickly (a few months), others take longer. It is impossible for us to say how long they will take. This will depend on each child’s determination, level of concentration and confidence in the water.
What can we do at home to improve their ability to learn?
The more time that a child spends in the water in a safe and happy environment, the quicker they will learn. If you have access to a pool, practice anything that you remember from their lessons. If you do not have a pool, get your child to lie in the bath and blow bubbles. Ensure that your child is safe at all times.
Is it possible to drown proof a child?
No! No-one is ever drown proof. We do however say that a child is “water safe” once they can swim by themselves. Different people react differently to different situations, and even the most experienced swimmers can drown in certain situations. The emphasis needs to be on safety and responsible adult supervision should be present at all times when children are swimming.
Is 15 minutes long enough for a lesson?
15 minutes is the perfect length of time for a productive swimming lesson. Children can’t concentrate on one thing for too long before losing focus. So if the lesson was any longer that 15 minutes, the end of the lesson would actually be unproductive and a waste of money in most cases.
What is the perfect age to start lessons?
Once again, this differs from child to child due to fact that they develop at different rates. We recommend that children start with us from 2 years of age.
Is it worth coming to moms and tot’s lessons?
The purpose of moms and tots swimming is to build the child’s confidence in the water and to get them familiar with and comfortable in the water. This provides the basis for learning to swim and once they are strong enough to learn to swim they will learn faster.
Does swimming in winter make you sick?
No. Viruses are transmitted by direct contact between people and this causes illness. Cold weather does not influence this. People do tend to get sick more often in Winter due to us spending more time indoors which creates a prime opportunity for germs to spread.
Why do we insist on swimming caps in the water?
All children are required to wear swimming caps while in the swimming pool. This is for hygiene reasons, to ensure that hair does not block the pump and to keep the children’s hair out of their faces while swimming.
Should my child wear a swimming nappy?
We request that all children under the age of 3 years wear a waterproof swimming nappy. However, should your child be older than 3 years and not yet potty trained, we request that they also wear a waterproof nappy.