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15 November 2017

Expanding Opportunities in the Community

In January 2017, King’s College launched a new swim school, opening up their swimming facility and providing lessons for young children in the community.

The initiative began with just two 45-minute classes per week and only six children. However, in just 10 months, the sessions have expanded exponentially and King’s Community Aquatics now has a fantastic team of eight swimming instructors, teaching 12 classes per week.

Class sizes are small and lessons are 45 minutes in length, allowing more time for our teachers to focus on each child. We provide a structured lesson whereby swimmers can increase their confidence and develop their skills, while still having fun and enjoying their time in the water.

The King’s Community Aquatics Academy provides lessons for adults too. We offer bespoke classes exclusively for adults, led by a highly experienced coach, Emily Taylor.

Teachers, Toni Wrayford and Maria Santrian have also been supporting the programme, providing expert coaching for all abilities, from complete beginners to club level swimmers.

Almost a year on, we have recently launched an exciting new expansion to the Community Aquatics by now offering swim training sessions. A weekly schedule of training is available and swimmers can access anything from one to six hours per week.

Our aim is to provide individuals with a flexible approach to training. Sessions can focus on skill and technique development, improving stamina and fitness, maximising speed and strength, and even training for optimum performance.

Whatever your goals in swimming -- whether you would like to swim for fitness, complement other sports, or have an event you wish to train for -- King’s Community Aquatics can design a personalised programme just for you.

Nyah Tomlinson, a Year 8 pupil at Castle School, recently joined the Aquatics Academy. She says: “King’s College Community Aquatics is amazing. It has really helped me with my short sprints and long stamina training. I recently trialled for the South West water polo team; and, thanks to King’s, I was successful! I love the independence I feel while in the water, and the friendly staff that go the extra mile to make sure you are swimming to your ability.”

Also commenting on the programme, King’s Sixth Form pupil, Jimmy Yeung, said: “I love the idea of having extra training. It gives me the time to improve my skills. It can be tiring, but I can see a significant improvement! I would like to thank all of the staff involved.”

We are also pleased to offer further opportunities in a range of aquatic sports, including water polo, lifesaving, and kayaking. During the school holidays, we also provide intensive crash courses for those wishing to learn a new skill within a short period. These intensive classes are a great way for swimmers to focus and develop their skills, and are available for those of all ages and abilities.

Spaces are now available on all courses – so get in touch today to find out more about our varied classes, and to sign up to the King’s Community Aquatics Academy.

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