Egham Orbit are affiliated with Swim England who are the home of aquatic sports in England and the governing body for swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo.
Our aim of our Learn to Swim Programme is to help children to become safe swimmers, whilst gaining the tools and skills necessary to enjoy all forms of water-based activities. Swimming is a life skill and swimming lessons give you the perfect way to ensure that you and your children are confident and safe in the water.
The national syllabus used to help teachers deliver swimming lessons. The programme takes the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water. This ensures swimming lessons for all ages are delivered to a consistently high standard.
Babies And Infants:
Infant Aquatics & Pre-School Foundation Framework - This is our entry level programme offering swimming lessons designed for children aged 6 months - 4 years. The parent/guardian takes this class with the child.
Learn to Swim (School-aged program) – Ideal for children aged 4 years + levels are divided into stages, at each stages there are a range of outcomes children must achieve in order to progress to the next stage.
Aquatic Skills Framework - The lessons are focus on technique and skill development. Swim England Stage 8, 9 & 10.
Additional Aquatic Opportunities - Teens Framework (12 years +) Swim Fitness & Lifesaving
Learn to Swim: Our Adult swimming lessons are suitable for anyone aged 16 and over and of any swimming ability - from a complete beginner, to someone who would like to improve their swimming techinque.
All fees are collected via a monthly Direct Debit only.
The payment will be collected on or around the 1st of the month.
Group Junior Lessons – 30mins
Group Junior Lessons – 60mins
Group Adult Lessons – 30mins
Group Adult Lessons – 60mins
Home School Education – 30mins
Swimwear should be specifically designed for swimming, comfortably tight fitting to allow full freedom of limb and body movement and secondly that it must not cause any form of drag or water resistance. This will aid both safety and the learning experience. Pupils may wear a fitted rash tee in the water (t-shirts restrict movement and are discouraged from being worn as swimming attire).
Boys – jammer, square trunk/shorts, above the knee, and must be secure enough to stay put while jumping into the water (ideally not board shorts as this can affect their kicking).
Girls – A full one piece costume.
Children may wear googles (not masks with nose covered pieces), as long as the child can put the googles on themselves and maintain them. The swim teacher would like to avoid disrupting class time and pupils maybe asked to remove them if they are providing a distraction. Swim Teachers may ask children to remove them for certain skills (unless there is a medical reason for goggles to be worn).
A coloured swimming hat will be issued when joining swim school and new hats will be issued when transferring to the next teaching stage. Lost or broken hats can be replaced by purchasing a new hat from reception at a fee of £1.00. Children must wear their hats to lessons. If the pupil has a medical condition which means that they wear the latex swimming hats, please ask at reception for the swim manager who will look into a silicone hat for the pupil. (The first hat at each Stage is included in the cost).
- Membership cards
- Swimming costume/trunks/shrts (for both yourself and your child if appropriate)
- Swimming hat
- Goggles (optional)
- Hair bands (if required)
- Locker money (£1 return coin)
- Shampoo/shower gel (if needed)
- Swim nappies for Baby lessons (these are sold at reception and they are widely available at supermarkets)
- For more advanced levels, ensure your child brings water to drink during the swim lesson
Our team of swimming teachers hold nationally accredited Swim England or Swimming Teachers Association Certificates, along with current first aid and DBS checks. All teachers that teach infant or disability lessons hold specialised qualifications.
The Swim School has a very busy pick up/collection point at the entrance to the main pool and the teaching pool. To help with health and safety, we would ask that you do not arrive too early and stand blocking the area - please arrive just a few minutes before the start of the lesson. Children should not be left alone at the pick-up and drop off points and should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Parents must be available in the event their child needs to use the toilet, as our teachers are unable to take them.
Parents are requested to be available during lessons in case of any emergency.
We believe having a strong support for your child, giving them a lot of positive praise and being involved in their learning can help them to progress faster and gain confidence.
Contact the Achieve Lifestyle Customer Services Assistants and request to be added onto our Learn to Swim programme waiting list. Bookings are taken on a first come first serve basis. We will publish on our website the dates for swimming lessons and timetable. Once your child is booked into a class then they stay in that class until they have successfully completed all the outcomes. Children are continually assessed and they move Stages when they are ready.
Our lessons are available for both members and non-members.
All pupils would need to register and have an Achieve Lifestyle card to be able to gain access to the pool area for lessons. Each pupil is issued with a membership card which must be scanned at reception at every lesson to gain entry to the pool.
Lessons start from aged 6 months for our Babies and Infant programme. For our Learn to Swim programme your child must be aged 4 and in Reception to begin swimming lessons after school / at weekends.
The lessons run for 46 weeks per year, as we believe that children learn through routine and consistency therefore we do not close on every school holiday.
There will be no swimming lessons for 2 weeks at Easter, Summer & Christmas. Intensive crash courses will be running during these weeks and taster workshops.
If your child has completed any of the Swim England Stages before then staff on reception will be able to book them straight into the appropriate class.
Achieve Lifestyle follows strict guidelines as laid down by Swim England in relation to teacher to pupil ratios.
At Achieve Lifestyle we aim to keep all of our classes to lower than this.
Adult / Child lessons 1:12 (that is 12 pairs; adult and baby to teacher)
Small Pool 1:6
Main Pool 1:8
*In certain circumstances it may be possible in the main pool to have more than 10 pupils in a class, for example swimmers in a higher Stage or in the small pool where an assistant teacher is present.
Yes, you are invited and encouraged to observe your children's swimming lessons. Parents spectating the lessons are not permitted on poolside.
We have a viewing area for the small pool lessons by the café with drinks and refreshments available to purchase. For main pool lessons parents can watch from the spectator viewing area.
This all depends on what stage your child is at. In our lower stages, there will be a teacher in the water.
However, as swimmers progress to our higher stages, our teachers tend to teach on poolside – unless they are required to be in the water.
Our pools are kept at a temperature ranging from 28 – 29 degrees Celsius for the main pool and 30-31 degrees Celsius for the small pool.
Yes, we use floatation aids in our lessons for all stages, ages and abilities, whether they are intended for starter swimmers to strengthen their skills and build their confidence in the water, or for more established swimmers who are working to perfect their technique.
The swim teacher should have a good idea of whether or not a pupil is signed up for the appropriate level after the first day. If you have any questions regarding level placement, please speak to the swim team. If a swim teacher feels a pupil is in the wrong level, the pupil may be transferred to the appropriate level, space permitting.
You can view progress on Home Portal, accessed through your online account. Swim teachers will track your child’s progress using tablets which is then updated to Home Portal. It is essential to sign your child up to Home Portal once they have been booked in for lessons.
Unfortunately our swimming teachers have lessons back to back and are often very busy during and after lessons and wouldn’t have time to speak to every parent or guardian there and then. However, if you would like to, you can leave a message for them at reception with the front of house team.
Becoming a capable swimmer does not happen overnight – swimming is a long term process that develops with regular, consistent attendance in a year round environment. Children progress at their own pace. A realistic goal for your child is to be able to swim at least 400m continuously (16 lengths), with solid technique.
If you are encouraging your child to practise at home whilst in the bath, reinforce skills learnt within the existing lessons you are attending. Simple tasks such as making bath time fun or a family swim at the weekend letting your independent swimmer explore the water are great activities to assist their aquatic development. Please don’t hesitate to ask our aquatic team for take home tips that may assist your child’s swimming progress. Remember to always supervise and be within arms’ reach for assistance.
No, photography isn’t allowed during swimming lessons. There is no guarantee of other children not appearing in your photograph, and therefore we cannot allow the use of any photographic equipment in or around the pool hall during this time.