Learn to Swim
Welcome to the ‘Learn to Swim’ section of Newton Abbot Swimming Club.
Want to join?
If you are interested in joining the club and would like your child to come in for an assessment please use the contact details below and we will reply as soon as possible.
Learn to Swim Contacts
National Teaching Plan
The national teaching plan for swimming was developed by the Amateur Swimming Association. The plan consists of 7 stages, each including various outcomes which the swimmers must achieve in order to progress to the next stage.
Stages 1-3 of the national teaching plan are taught in the learner pool where children are encouraged to progress in a safe environment, taking part in activities which build their FUNdamental movement skills with the emphasis being learning through fun. Our main goal in the learner pool is to teach stroke technique rather than stamina, this is due to the children being at a young age. The benefit of your child being young and taught technique means that we can imbed the perfect stroke.
Stages 4-7 are taught in the main pool. Once children move up to stage 4 they will have the chance to gain stamina when they swim lengths, usually on the first Sunday each month. They will also be encouraged to start training for competitions and learn vital water safety skills.
Finally moving in the junior and senior squad, this will allow swimmers to continue to work on their techniques while acquiring speed and stamina which then gives the opportunity of swimming competitively for the club and personally.
We are a team of ASA qualified swimming teachers and coaches with a number of squad swimmers as poolside helpers who work with the children to provide the highest quality of lessons. All our teachers are volunteers who give their time freely to teach your children.
They give up their time because of their passion for teaching children to swim.
- Stage 1 – Katie Trist
- Stage 2 – Olivia Whiting
- Stage 3 – Faye Drinkwater
- Stage 4 – Donna Throgmorton, Larrisa Allton, Emmy Shaddick, Abbie Clarke and Chloe Kemp
- Stage 5 – Donna Throgmorton, Larrisa Allton, Emmy Shaddick, Abbie Clarke and Chloe Kemp
- Stage 6 – Adrian Brown, Donna Throgmorton, Larrisa Allton, Emmy Shaddick, Gabby Martin and Chloe Kemp
- Stage 7 – Adrian Brown, Abbie Clarke and Gabby Martin
- Floating qualified teachers - Dan Taylor, Matilda Stuckey- Howard
Getting ready to start your lessons
When starting your swimming lesson with us, male swimmers are asked to wear swim trunks and not shorts. Shorts increase drag and resistance when moving through the water and therefore swimming is more difficult. Female swimmers are asked to wear a one-piece swimsuit and not bikinis.
It is requested that all swimmers wear swimming hats but the wearing of swimming hats is obligatory for swimmers with hair that falls into their eyes. Swimmers may wear goggles during their lessons, however they may be asked to remove them for some activities in order to improve water confidence and develop water safety skills.
As your child passes each stage they will be given a slip where it can be presented to Coral at reception most Sundays or the Club shop, which is open the first Sunday of every month. Here you can buy a certificate and badge for £2.50. We also have achievement badges for distances, for example 5m, 10m, and 25m.
Want to join?
If you are interested in joining the club and would like your child to come in for an assessment please use the contact details above and we will reply as soon as possible.