Astley Cooper School Pool

Starting Blocks Swim School Established  1993

Starting Blocks Swim School



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The children are divided into small “Blocks” (groups) mainly dependent on their ability and usually these “blocks” are reviewed at the end of each set of lessons (one term). However, I may occasionally find it necessary to move a swimmer to a different “block” midway through a course.

The shallow end of the pool will be divided in such a way, that at least two “blocks of swimmers can learn in their individual groups, the deep end of the pool will be used for the swimmers that are more proficient and are confident of swimming out of their depth.

At Starting Blocks we pride ourselves on running small groups of no more than 6:1 in a 1st beginners group which very often has at least one person in the water to support the swimmers.

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Starting Blocks is a learn to swim program that has been set up due to the success of my summer crash courses back in the early 90s and the need for those children and others to benefit from a continuing program that suits the pocket and allows children to become confident and safe in the water.

We aim to teach an understanding of water safety, knowledge of all four strokes  and a certain amount of watermanship. At the same time we want the children to have FUN!!!

Starting Blocks Swim School


Teachers are all self-employed and highly motivated, they organise/teach/coach their groups based on the National teaching plan although the organisation does have certain criteria for moving swimmers. At the end of a course, in house certificates are given which indicate awards achieved or the next award to aim for. We teach a good understanding of water safety, knowledge of all strokes and watermanship skills.  It is very important for the children to enjoy their swimming lessons as much as possible.


The name Starting Blocks was introduced in 1995 after a lot of thought, In 1997 we produced a logo and had some polo & T shirts embroidered. This made a major difference to the overall appearance of the lessons.  All children wear swimming caps (and always have). This encourages a certain discipline and also props up the rules of the senior schools where we swim, it also ensures a sort of equality between boys and girls and of course keeps that messy hair out of their eyes and the filters