Activities of Swimming Lessons with Lifeguard Training

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Swimming Lessons

The Easy Swim method works on the basis of four pillars and lifeguard training that are optimally geared to the way young children learn. With these pillars, we achieve the highest swimming pleasure and the highest involvement, which leads to the best results.

Straight into the deep end with Easy Swim flotation suit

  1. Working independently and in small groups
  2. Connection with teacher and children
  3. High involvement
  4. Swimming lessons last one hour and are offered six days a week. During the week, classes take place in the afternoon and on Saturdays in the morning. There are no swimming lessons on Sundays.

Children who like to learn even more after passing the Swimming ABC can further improve their swimming skills with the general and specific swimming skills diplomas and lifeguard training.

Swimming ability

The general swimming skills and swimming safety can be further increased with the swimming skills diplomas. There are three diplomas for swimming skills.

During the swimming skills lessons, the condition in the well-known swimming strokes is improved with lifeguard training. In addition, new swimming strokes are taught such as the compound backstroke, the butterfly stroke, and the polo crawl. Rescue swimming is started and new ‘tricks’ are taught such as race start, turning points, scaled water-treading, and making flotation devices.

Survival

During the Survival lessons, children learn extra skills to help themselves if they unexpectedly end up in the water for lifeguard training. Children also learn what absolutely not to do when someone else is in need.

Snorkeling

During the snorkeling lessons, the basic principles of snorkeling are introduced to lifeguard training. Children learn to handle the basic equipment and learn snorkeling techniques.

Mermaid and shark swimming

Do you want to feel like a fish in water? Do you want to know what it’s like to zoom through it like a mermaid or shark? That is possible in De Wile! Boys and girls can go into the pool with a real mermaid or shark tail!

You learn to move in the water in a whole new way for lifeguard training. You learn special new movements and feel yourself being pushed forward by the power of your tail. After six lessons you will receive the Bronze diploma. Bet you haven’t had enough yet? Luckily you can swim for Silver and Gold!

You can participate up to shoe size 36. Children under 7 years old are required to have swimming diplomas A, B, and C; after that, only an A or B diploma is required.

Mermaid and shark swimming will be given in the form of a clinic as soon as there are enough registrations for lifeguard training. We also try to offer the clinics during holidays

viewing week

Every week before a school holiday you have the opportunity to watch your children’s swimming lessons for lifeguard training. When the next viewing week takes place.

During the last half hour of the swimming lesson, you can watch the swimming room, along the edge of the pool with lifeguard training. In this half-hour, you can see how far your child has come, which things still need to be learned/improved and you can ask the teacher short questions.

For safety and hygiene in the pool, you may enter the swimming room with bare feet, slippers, or shoe covers (which can be purchased at the reception). In addition, we ask you to come without other children as much as possible. An exception is made for little ones in a baby carrier or Maxi Cosi. Children without diplomas are not welcome in the swimming room, not even with straps or life jackets on.

Swimming lessons for adults

There is of course nothing more fun than going to the swimming pool with your child or grandchild. But that is not for everyone. For example, if you can’t swim well enough for that, or if it makes you anxious.

Fortunately, there is good news. You are not the only one. And, more importantly, you can do something about it!

Swimming lessons for adults in De Wile are aimed at teaching you how to swim and/or improving your swimming skills. The lessons, which last thirty minutes at a time, are given in the 1.10 meter deep instruction pool and in the competition pool. Together we ensure that you quickly and safely enter the swimming pool (again) with confidence so that you and your (grand) children can enjoy the water carefree!

Development definition of National Swimming Safety Standard

A definition of swimming safety has been developed on the basis of the NL project. Being safe to swim is being able to survive in and around water and to be able to move and recreate safely in Dutch water culture. Swimming safety is seen as a dynamic concept. It is influenced by, among other things, mastery of skills, circumstances, experience, development, and self-confidence.

During swimming lessons, basic skills of lifeguard training are taught that are necessary to be able to save yourself in the water for lifeguard training. Diploma swimming is used to test whether the learned skills are sufficiently mastered. The swimming diploma is therefore a measure of being swim-safe (being able to move safely in the water and save yourself). Due to the influence of circumstances, it is impossible to define one level of swimming safety.

Swimming safety is always partly determined by the swimming situation. In one situation someone can manage just fine, in another situation that is not the case.

Swimming ABC linked to levels on the way to the National Swimming Safety Standard

Within this National Swimming Diploma Examination Regulations, different levels are used on the way to swimming safety. These levels are in line with Dutch water culture and are geared to situations in which adults and children go swimming. Here we see four common situations:

  1. A swimming pool without attractions.
  2. A swimming pool with attractions, such as a (whitewater) slide, a wave pool and a rapid.
  3. A swimming pool with attractions and in open water without current or large waves, such as recreational lakes and wider ditches/canals (except the sea).
  4. Open water/sea with the possibility of currents and strong waves.

The National Swimming Safety Council focuses on levels one to three. For level four (open water with current/sea) the conditions are very specific and highly unpredictable lifeguard training. This can hardly be practiced in a swimming pool. In addition to skills, specific knowledge and sufficient strength and endurance are also required.

The first and second levels are positioned as ‘on the way to safe swimming’ (A and B Swimming Diplomas, respectively). The level of the National Swimming Safety Standard for the entire Dutch population, pursued by the National Swimming Safety Council, is level three (Swimming Diploma C).

At this level, the National Swimming Safety Council assumes that swimming is safe in swimming pools with attractions and in open water without a current or large wave action.

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