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NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR BABIES & YOUNG CHILDREN TO LEARN TO SWIM LAUNCHED ACROSS AURA LEISURE SITES IN FLINTSHIRE

Categories
Nofio, Plymio, Nofio Artistig, Polo Dŵr, Addysg
Levels
National, Performance
Region
Cenedlaethol

Swim Wales are excited to share that Aura Leisure have launched the Learn to Swim Wales Early Years swimming programmes – Bubbles and Splash in their leisure centres.

Swim Wales promotes the introduction of babies and young children to the aquatic environment. The introduction of babies and young children to a swimming pool should be safe, positive, fun and progressive to promote a lifelong love of the water.

Bubbles provides a fully supported introduction to the aquatic environment for babies and young children with an accompanying adult, specifically aimed at children aged 0-3 years. There are 4 levels of progression in Bubbles, with aquatic skills progressively developing throughout each level. Responsible adults are taught how to support and aid the child through games, songs and themed fun activities. A certificate is available for successfully completing each level. The existing Splash framework has been reviewed and updated and encourages a young child’s increasingly independent and guided discovery of the aquatic environment to develop water confidence, specifically aimed at children aged 3+. There are 6 levels of progression in Splash, with aquatic skills progressively developing throughout each level, with the child being increasingly independent in the water. Splash is recommended to be delivered in two ways; either starting at 3+ years old with a teacher in the water teaching up to 6 children, or for Splash 1 and 2 it can be delivered in the same format as Bubbles with a responsible adult accompanying each child. This allows for younger children who may progress more quickly through the programme due to starting their aquatic learning early and developing water confidence to not be held up in the system.

Aura Leisure’s Sport Development Manager, Matt Hayes said, “We are proud to be launching the new early years learning programme across Aura Leisure. This new programme provides a stepping stone for young children to be introduced into the pool. It is an amazing opportunity for adults to enjoy the water with their children in a safe and fun environment. We encourage all parents and guardians to bring their children swimming from an early age, as there is no better gift to give your child than the gift of water confidence and swimming.”

National Learn to Swim Manager for Swim Wales, Hanna Guise said, “We are delighted to support Aura Leisure to launch our Early Years programmes across their leisure centres. One of the many positives of swimming is how inclusive it is as an activity, sport or hobby and our Early Years frameworks help provide more opportunities for babies and young children to have a positive and fun introduction to water, as well as provide opportunities for wider physical literacy development, socialisation and bonding experiences with accompanying adults. It has been fantastic to observe the lessons and engage with teachers and participants to see first-hand the positive benefits of getting in the water! We are excited to work with Aura Leisure to help and support them in further developing their Early Years opportunities.”

Providers interested in launching Bubbles and Splash in their programme can contact Swim Wales Aquatic Development and our experienced and passionate team will discuss everything in more detail with you - aquaticdevelopment@swimming.org.

For residents of Flintshire looking for swimming lessons for babies and young children, please contact Wes Billings wes.billings@aura.wales or your local Leisure Centre.