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Suffolk Norse Swimming

School Swimming 2014

The importance of swimming has been recognised by its inclusion in the National Curriculum as a statutory requirement for all pupils who, by the end of Key Stage 2, should be able to meet or exceed these minimum expectations.

The 2014 PE National Curriculum states: All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of
    at least 25 metres

  • use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl,
    backstroke and breaststroke

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Suffolk Norse Swimming is committed to achievement beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum. It seeks to ensure that at least 60% of all year 6 pupils that swim with the service achieve its Personal Safety Award.
This award requires pupils to:

  • be confident, competent and safe in deep water,

  • have an awareness of how to be safe when playing in, on and near water.

What we do

Suffolk Norse Swimming provides a comprehensive, centrally organised and administered service to assist schools to meet their individual swimming targets and fulfil National Curriculum requirements.

  • providing a progressive programme of activities to meet National Curriculum requirements including:

    • confidence building
    • stroke improvement
    • self rescue skills
    • water safety
    • basic life saving
    • other swimming related activities

  • providing a comprehensive programme of awards to challenge
    and motivate young children,

  • ensuring the safety and well being of pupils during all swimming lessons run by,
    or in conjunction with, the service.

Other actictivities we offer

We provide additional opportunities for all children to learn about and gain skills in a wide range of swimming related activities.

  • We host Aquasplash Festivals designed to engaged everyone in fun, exciting relays and races

  • We organise local inter school galas for children to experience more formal competitive events

  • We challenge children to swim as far as they can

  • We teach children how to be safe when swimming in water and playing around it and we introduce them to basic life saving skills

  • We give children opportunities to extend their ability to swim by setting swimming challenges in open water

For teachers and other school representatives

  • We run courses to help teachers understand how to deal with emergencies that may arise during school swimming lessons

  • We organise courses to give teachers the knowledge and skills they need to be effective teachers of swimming

  • We provide professional development opportunities for staff to widen their knowledge of other swimming related activities such as water polo and synchronised swimming.

Our staff

All swimming instructors employed by Suffolk Norse Swimming hold the following qualifications, as a minimum:

National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches

Level 2 Swimming Teachers Award

DBS clearance and attendance at SAFE training every 3 years

To find out more about what we do and the packages offered by Suffolk Norse Swimming, contact:

Suffolk Norse Ltd, Phoenix House, 3 Goddard Road, Ipswich, IP1 5NP, Suffolk

Direct Dial:01473 341503
Mobile:01473 341503

We look forward to helping you meet your school swimming targets and goals.

Latest News

Carol Lukins, Manager of Suffolk Norse Swimming arranged for pupils from schools in Suffolk to take part in the Great East Swim on 20th June

After a series of practice sessions in the lead up to the event 57 pupils took part in the swim on a lovely sunny day at Alton Water Carol’s hard work in providing this opportunity was appreciated by the pupils and parents as seen from the responses received from those who took part. Everyone completed the course and were delighted to receive their Gt East Swim Medals

Together with schools across the country Suffolk Norse schools used Drowning Prevention Week 22nd -26th June to raise awareness of how to be safe when playing in and around water and how to self rescue. Over 3,500 pupils in Suffolk took part in these events.