Total Fitness in Wirral launches new Learn to Swim scheme – Wirral Globe

A GYM in Wirral has launched a new programme to encourage more children into the swimming pool from an early age.
Total Fitness, on Prenton Way, has announced the launch of its Learn To Swim programme for three-year-olds and above, as research reveals that seven in 10 children don’t swim regularly.
The study, which investigated the sport and fitness habits of 10,000 households, has revealed low levels of children learning to swim and a lack of water confidence through regular trips to swimming pools.
In children below seven, the numbers were at their lowest, with 74 per cent not swimming regularly.
Now, Total Fitness is looking to encourage more children into the swimming pool as early as possible in order to equip them with these important life-long skills.
The announcement of Learn to Swim comes following the launch of Baby Swim earlier this year, aimed at babies and toddlers aged 0-36 months and completes the Swim Academy offering at Total Fitness.
Swim Academy, which will be rolling out across all 15 clubs this Autumn onwards, will be based on the seven stages of ability set out in the Swim England framework, and unlike the Baby Swimming Lessons, will be based on ability rather than age, so that children can progress through each stage at their own pace.
Lessons will be held in groups of up to six for 40-minutes, it comes with the inclusion of a 10-minute feedback session where parents will be able to chat with their swim teacher and receive feedback, tips and advice on their child’s weekly progress.
The swimming lessons will operate for 50 weeks of the year and will be discounted for members, whilst swimming lessons will also be available for non-members. 
Kerry Curtis, Brand Development Director of Total Fitness, said: “We’re really excited to launch our full Swim Academy offering at Total Fitness, providing a Learn to Swim journey from birth to early teens. We see swimming as more than just a life skill, it is the first step in life’s fitness journey.
“So, when designing our swim academy product, we spoke to a lot of parents to understand how we could create a product that is different in the market and meets their needs as well as their child.
“We know learning to swim is an important commitment from parent and child, so it’s only fair we stay committed too. That’s why our instructors prioritise communication and we developed the 10-minute feedback time at the end of each lesson.”
To learn more and register your interest for the Swim Academy, you can visit the site here.
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