ES Swimming Expectations

ES Swimming Essentials

At UNIS we have a committed and passionate group of swimming instructors keen to get every single elementary pupil to a good technical level of swimming where they can enjoy all the joys of a life in water, well after leaving school. Swimming is a life skill with numerous health benefits and the obvious safety benefits.

With this in mind, we have a few expectations before lessons even take place and these are vital in ensuring pupils take ownership and responsibility which is part of the learning process. The communication of pupil-teacher-parent is therefore extremely important for the swimmer to succeed.

Swimming Costumes – Girls must wear a one piece costume during swim lessons and boys can either wear trunks or shorts. Note that baggy shorts can inhibit the swimmer’s progress. UNIS costumes are available from ‘The Shop’, which is situated outside the gymnasium.

Swimming Caps – These are essential for pupils with long hair for both hygiene and clearance purposes. Silicone caps provide a good fit with latex caps often being extremely tight. Cloth caps can also be a good alternative for the younger swimmers.

Goggles – Goggles can be an extremely important part of a swimmer’s experience. Good fitting goggles can promote confidence and exploration whereas ill-fitting goggles, which let water in, can have a negative effect on certain swimmers. Moulded nose bridges rather than adjustable nose pieces are recommended. To test, push the goggles on the face without the strap and if they stay put then they fit well. Masks are not allowed during lessons as they effect the natural breathing process. Finally, goggles should be changed regularly as the rubber seal wears out causing leakage.

Changing – During lessons we have a limited time for changing and it would be extremely helpful if all kit was labelled. Younger children should also be encouraged to change themselves at home to promote responsibility, sense of achievement and coordination.

Absence – If a pupil is unable to swim for any reason then parents should provide a doctor’s note. Unless under special circumstances, if a child is too ill to go swimming then they are usually too ill to attend school. Obviously if they have not been at school the previous days leading up to the lesson then we understand that their immune system may still be low, in which case a parent’s note is adequate. It should be noted that the ‘common cold’ is caused by a virus and not from the temperature of the air or water. Interestingly enough, a low immune system can be susceptible to the virus and swimming, in it’s very nature, builds a strong immune system.

Notes can be sent directly to Mr. Hamilton


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