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About Learn To Swim - LTS

Introduction

The LTS has two main aims. Firstly, it is there to teach swimmers water safety and the basics of the strokes, so that swimmers benefit through improved health and increased self–confidence. It is acknowledged that swimming is a life skill which every child should have.

The second aim is to prepare swimmers for entry into competitive swimming, if this is their wish. The Club needs new, young swimmers coming up from the LTS to keep the Club balanced. Swimmers are also skilled to participate in other aquatic disciplines, such as diving, water-polo and synchronised swimming.

Aberdeen Amateur Swimming Club is an independent club and it has the tremendous advantage that the LTS can be tailored so that the swimmers develop all the basic skills required for competitive swimming.

Swimmers

Children are invited to join the LTS at any age from 4 years. All swimmers who are not beginners are assessed by the Head Teacher and allocated to a level according to their ability. Swimmers come from all areas of the city and some travel from well outside the city. Most recruitment is by word of mouth and we rely on swimmers bringing friends into the scheme. We do have flyers to advertise the LTS and Club and if you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact a member of the committee.

All swimmers in the LTS are expected to wear a LTS or Improvers cap and at Levels 6 & 7, the swimmers are expected to purchase some of their own equipment. In Levels 6 & 7, boys should wear trunks, not shorts, as shorts hinder performance. Equipment and swimwear can be purchased through the Club shop. The price of equipment and swimwear is shown in Appendix VII.

The Club gives guidance through the teachers on basic Health & Safety issues and all swimmers are expected to follow the guidelines. The teachers must have the confidence that swimmers will follow their safety instructions immediately and without question, as the swimming pool can be a dangerous environment and swimmers must appreciate this.

Teachers

Many of the teachers in the scheme are present or past Club competitive swimmers, who have derived much from the Club and who wish to contribute something back into the Club. The teachers all have the UKCC Level 1 qualification as a minimum and are encouraged to progress to a higher qualification as they gain experience. All L1 teachers are supervised by a L2 or above teacher.

Teachers must be familiar with the Club Code of Conduct and they agree to work under written terms and conditions. All teachers must go through a Disclosure Scotland/ PVG and are expected to have a SportsCoach UK Good Practice in Child Protection certificate. A voluntary licensing scheme for teachers and coaches has been introduced by Scottish Swimming and teachers are encouraged to apply for a licence. The LTS also runs a mentoring scheme, so that the teachers can develop their teaching skills.

Syllabus

The LTS syllabus can be found here and the promotion criteria here.