We're running a termly competition for all children that swim with us. If you walk/cycle or scoot to your swimming lessons, please take part and tick the relevant days that you did this (with your child's name in the box). At the end of the term, we'll tally up the results and give prizes to the winners. If you have more than one child, feel free to enter for each of them.
You can tick each week, or back date it towards the end of term if you want.
And if you live further afield, why not park in one of the town car parks (Budgens/Godminster etc) and walk/scoot/cycle up, then you can take part too.
Here's the link to the Doodle poll to take part: https://doodle.com/poll/7tntxupm5dvupee9
Summer Camp is back for 2017!
We had a year off last year due to Jessica being on maternity leave, but we're back this year and looking forward to our week of morning swimming and afternoon first aid / lifesaving skills. Children are welcome to join for some or all of it and places are limited to 18 children per day. You must be able to swim 25m front and back crawl to take part. Do get in touch for further information or to book on!
As of September this year, we are very lucky to have three helpers in the water in our Beginner classes. Sophie, Holly and Eva all swim with us in our Swim Club and we're thrilled to have them helping out with our Beginner classes. They are a great asset to the lessons as they mean we have an extra pair of hands to help us which is brilliant when it comes to the non-swimmer groups.
I have been very impressed with Eva and Sophie's manner with the children and their professionalism, especially at such a young age. I have also had similar feedback about Holly from Sarah and Justine (I don't have any Beginner groups when Holly is helping).
All of the girls wear a Bruton Swimmers branded wetsuit in the water so should be easily recognisable as part of the swimming team.
That never-ending battle to get children to keep their goggles on - it's every swimming teacher's bug bear. But in the child's defence, it is very hard to come across a pair of goggles that fit and stay on and don't leak or rub. This post is dedicated to a bit of goggle education.
Firstly, cheap goggles are a false economy. They're often very hard to adjust, steam up quickly and begin to leak after not much use. It's much better to pay a bit more and get a pair that will last for several years and that work as goggles should.
Below are a couple of types of goggles that we at Bruton Swimmers recommend. You can get them from Rich at Ram Sports who is incredibly helpful. He is based in Wincanton on the high street opposite Boots. You can always phone him up on 01963 31779 as he can probably drop off any goggles at my house on Wednesdays and I can deliver them to you at the pool (you can either pay me or pay him).
Aquasphere Seal Goggles:
These are brilliant for children who don't like the idea of goggles as they're more like a snorkel, allowing a great field of vision. It also avoids the issue of the nose band which is often not the right size and can make goggles leak, which of course puts children off using them. Seal goggles are an expensive option, but they often fit children for several years, so they are very much worth it.
Aquashpere Moby Kid
These are more like a traditional pair of goggles and suitable across a wide age range (3 to 11). They seem to fit most children's faces which is very unusual. They adjust very easily and are also easy to put on and off.
A bit about wearing goggles
When should children get goggles?
The answer is not easily answered, as it really depends on the child. However, for younger children that can't swim and are learning water confidence, I wouldn't really recommend goggles as it's good to get them used to swimming without them. When they start practicing putting their faces in is generally considered a good time to start using goggles as they may be reluctant without them.
Some children aren't interested in goggles and that is absolutely fine, as long as it isn't hindering them learning to swim (eg putting face in or swimming in a straight line). We have a few children who swim very well without goggles and manage just as well as those who swim with them.
How can we help our child get used to goggles?
When children first get their goggles, it's a great idea to try them in the bath, both for fit and to practice putting their faces in the water. Equally, it's good to practice putting them on and off (and preferably, keeping them on for longer than 2 minutes)! The best way to get goggles on is to get children to hold their hands over the eye piece whilst you put the strap over their hair. Remember that the strap needs to be quite high otherwise the goggles will probably leak.
Children often want to take goggles off for a bit which is absolutely fine, but they can then get in the habit of on/off/on/off which can waste quite a lot of time during lessons. If they do want to take them on and off it's best to teach them to put the eye piece on their forehead whilst keeping the straps where they are: that way when they need to put them on again it's just a case of pulling the eye pieces back into place.
Hopefully that will help and as always, please get in touch with any questions!
We are looking for a qualified and experienced swimming teacher to work after school hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, term time only (33 weeks per year).
The role is for Maternity Cover and will be needed from January 2016 until at least September 2016 and possibly right until December 2016.
The hours are 4pm - 6:10pm on Tuesdays and 4pm -5:20pm on Wednesdays.
We teach small classes (normally 4 per class) and teach from age 4 and upwards. We follow an in-house scheme of work and offer termly training for all of our staff.
For the right candidate, hours may be offered at the end of the maternity post, depending on the returning teacher and her requirements.
Bruton Swimmers is delighed to announce that last week we became the 9th Swim School in the country to achieve our Gold Level STA Mark.
The STAmark is run by the The Swimming Teachers Association (STA), one of the two national governing bodies for swimming in the UK. It is a definitive mark of excellence for swim school businesses and swimming pool operators.
STAmark aims to provide a standardised level of accreditation that organisations can work to that demonstrates prestige in the key areas of running a swim school or leisure facility, according to industry standards and best practice. STAmark accreditation acts as a symbolisation of excellent standards and operational provision to swimmers.
I would like to thank my wonderful teachers for providing such a great standard of teaching and to Sexey's school for hiring the pool to us Without you, Bruton Swimmers would not be the success it is today.
As a thriving local business, Bruton Swimmers is keen to ensure that our business has a positive impact on the local community and our town.
With over 200 pupils a week attending our classes, we are conscious that business could be generating a lot of extra additional car trips and we are keen to encourage our customers to consider alternative ways of arriving to their swimming lessons such as walking, cycling and scooting. The added benefit will be that pupils will arrive already warmed up which has huge benefits for their readiness to learn.
We are therefore delighted to announce our initiative to help encourage people to leave their car at home. Children will gain points every time they walk, cycle or scoot to their lesson and at the end of each term the points will be added up. These will then be transferred into either a monetary donation to a swimming charity helping those less fortunate than ourselves to learn to swim, or be transferred into equipment donation to a similar cause.
For those that live outside of Bruton who are keen to take part, alternatives such as park and stride from one of the town's car parks will be allowed.
The added benefit of this initiative is that it will ease parking problems at the school and in neighbouring roads, helping to keep the local community in support of our business.
We're delighted to announce that we have achieved our Bronze Level in the STA's Swim Star Swim School Accreditation scheme. This means that we're committed to work towards the highest standards in the industry across all levels of the business - from teaching to health and safety to marketing and advertising.
I've already signed up to go for Gold and we're hoping to achieve that at some point during 2015.
I think everyone who went will agree that the day was a fantastic success and I for one really enjoyed myself. The children were all brilliant and showed very good sportsmanship. Parents were hugely supportive both with donations and all the cheering. Thank you to everyone who helped by baking a cake, or taking down names, or helping with the clearing up or pouring tea: we needed all of you!
Thanks also to Mr Latif for very kindly helping me to hand out the first prize certificates, and for saying a few words afterwards. It's great to have the support of the school and I felt so proud of what this little business has achieved in just one year. Long may it last.
Here are the race results. You all did brilliantly by the way, every single one of you!
SWIM CLUB - 2 lengths.
ADVANCED: 2 lengths
INTERMEDIATE: 1 length
BEGINNERS: 1 width
Final Race: 2 widths of Freestyle:
WELL DONE EVERYONE!! And in the process we've raised £302.22 for Yeovil Hospital's Baby Specialist Care Unit. Big pat on the back to everyone involved.
I can't wait for next year's which I promise will be bigger and better. Happy Swimming!
As the warmer weather approaches, families across the country as likely to be thinking about heading to the beach, or an outdoor pool for a weekend activity. Here are my top tips for taking your children swimming outside of lessons: