All lessons take place in a privately owned pool measuring 15 metres by 5 metres that is always heated to 29.6c ensuring a comfortable environment for learners to swim in. The pool chemicals used are bromine which is more gentle on the skin than chlorine. The steps and hand rail are designed to make the pool accessible to anyone who would have difficulty entering a pool directly from the side or by a pool ladder.
The tiered depth of the pool ( shallow end 1m and deep end 2m) allows learners to master the fundamentals of floating and swimming in shallow water, but also means that the more experienced and confident swimmers can master diving and skills such as treading water.
The pool and changing areas are immaculately clean and checked on a daily basis to ensure that this level of cleanliness in maintained. There is also a viewing area for parents to watch lessons and a play area to keep siblings occupied while their brother or sister is swimming. The pool is only used by Clare Swimming and is never open to the public or hired out to other groups.
As a 62 year old suffering from total left side paralysis following a stroke, I have been attending weekly lessons with Clare. My ambitions were to relearn how to swim and with Clare's patience and guidance I have now achieved my goal. I am able to swim the length of the pool using both front crawl and back stroke much to the amazement of family and friends. Throughout this period I have always felt safe and secure. Furthermore Clare has of her own volition researched swimming aids and techniques that may assist my lessons. I feel very fortunate to be taught by Clare and would recommend her to anyone no matter what their swimming requirements maybe.
We have always taken Anna swimming with the family since she was a toddler.but due to her level of disability found it difficult to find a swim school that felt able to teach her. Despite her triparesis and slurred speech, Clare worked positively with her right from the very first lesson and designed a specific programme for her. Clare also kept Anna's teacher and physiotherapist up to date with her progress. Anna's swimming lessons are always one of the highlights of her week.
Emma T (Anna's Mother)
The patience and persistence Clare has shown with Edward has been integral to his learning to swim and becoming a strong swimmer. His Aspergers Syndrome, makes it difficult for him to work within a group and his previous swim lessons did not work for him. Clare maintains a calm, quiet and predictable approach to his lessons and sets limits he understands and can work with. Swimming is something that Edward is successful at and truly enjoys.
Rebecca (Edward's Mum)