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Community Swimming at St Michaels School



S.O.S. School of Swimming was established in 1984 and soon gained its excellent reputation. The high standard of teaching has continued over the years and S.O.S. achieved a centre of excellence award. With pupils coming from as far as Dorchester and Salisbury (both 25 miles away) to our venue at St Michaels School, Colehill, evidence of how far our reputation has spread.

In December 2008 the founder, Maureen Bursey, decided to give up the running of the swim school, so in January 2009 I took over the swim school at two venues: St Michaels School, Colehill and Lodge Hill Pool, Canford Heath. I have taught swimming for S.O.S. and also worked alongside Maureen with the running of the swimming lessons since 1987. The excellent standard of teaching still continues, the only difference is the small change to the name of the swim school; we are now called S.O.S. Swim School.

We cater for all ages and abilities, from babies to advanced swimmers.  The groups are small (up to 5 for Pre-School and up to 7 for after school classes). Our approach is Friendly and Fun, after all children learn best when they are also having fun. The staff are friendly, energetic and enthusiastic. The children are constantly being assessed as children progress at their own pace and because of the flexibility of the swim school can move to the next level as soon as they are ready (not having to wait until the beginning of the next term to move up a level). We have exclusive use of the pools during lesson times.

Our beginners (group 1) and weak swimmers (group 2) have water based teachers as we have found children gain in confidence much quicker when their teacher is in the water with them and close to hand.

All our teachers are A.S.A. (Amateur Swimming Association) or S.T.A. (Swimming Teachers Association) qualified teachers, all are insured and CRB checked. We regularly share ideas and discuss new developments.

 A little bit of information about me: I qualified as a swimming teacher in 1987 and went on to train as an advanced teacher of swimming and I still absolutely love teaching. I get such a thrill when a previously nervous beginner takes their first few strokes unaided. It is lovely to see the progress of the children and I often watch them swimming like fish and remember how nervous they were when they first started. I don't think there is a more rewarding job.

I also have qualifications for teaching Synchronised Swimming, Diving, Parent and Child Water Activities, Aquafit, Rookie Lifiguard instructor, Commmunity Life Support Instructor and Save a Babies Life Instructor.



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