Swimming lessons are for everyone with lifeguard certification. Whether you are eleven, thirty, or eighty; you can learn it too! Already have diplomas, but want to improve your swimming skills? Or do you want to get familiar with water again? You can also participate in the swimming lessons for adults.
Learning to swim
Swimming starts with confidence in your own abilities and lifeguard certification. That is why we focus on a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere when swimming for adults. Under the guidance of our swimming instructors, you will become familiar with water. In a small group, you quickly learn the principles of independent swimming.
Taking up swimming again
Swimming is a healthy sport that you can do risk-free until old age. Do you want to get familiar with water again? Do you like to practice under supervision? You are most welcome!
Improving swimming skills
Even if you want to learn how to swim better, you can go to swimming lessons for adults. You will work on your skills in small groups under the guidance of an experienced swimming instructor.
Exercise & Swimming
At the Panda, we think it is important that children move a lot and enjoy themselves. Research shows that a lot of exercise helps to learn better for lifeguard certification. We also encourage a healthy lifestyle, which reduces the risk of being overweight.
That is why there is gym twice a week at the Panda, swimming lessons in group 4, and sports and games activities during the breaks. Also in the classroom: between lessons, the children regularly do movement exercises for lifeguard certification.
All children in groups 1 to 8 get gym twice a week. The physical education classes are provided by a specialist physical education teacher.
Physical education is good for the motor skills, fitness, and health of the children and lifeguard certification. Children also learn to work well together and to play sporty and fair.
In accordance with the core objectives for primary education, we work on the following goals:
Motor learning objectives: children learn the skills of various games (basketball, football, etc.), gymnastics, athletics, moving to music, and fighting games
Socio-emotional learning goals, such as cooperation, sportsmanship, honesty
Cognitive learning goals, such as why is exercise healthy?
During the breaks, we work with the Playground method.
- This helps our children to move (more) in a playful way. Free play is given an extra impulse so that children develop more motor and social skills.
- There is also more structure on the square, there are fewer conflicts, children feel safer and have more fun!
For the safety and self-reliance of children, it is important that they can swim.
That is why we offer group 4 children one hour of swimming lessons per week in the Den Hummel swimming pool for lifeguard certification.
There they first learn to familiarize themselves with water in the instruction pool.
When the children have learned to float and swim, they go to the deep pool.
Most children can complete a swimming certificate within a year.
The more often your child swims, the better and faster he or she learns. Therefore, make sure that your child also goes swimming outside school hours.
Swimming lessons and transport are paid for by the municipality of Utrecht. The children are collected and returned by bus.
We think it is important that 1 or 2 parents accompany each swimming lesson. You can register for this with the teacher.
The researchers surveyed 7,000 parents of young children and tested 180 children. According to lead researcher Robyn Jorgensen, the study shows that children who start swimming early develop many different skills earlier than children who don’t. These skills help children transition to a formal learning environment at school.
National Swimming Safety
‘The study showed a clear difference between the children who did and did not swim without lifeguard certification. This was independent of the socio-economic background’, says Jorgensen. ‘The children in the two high socio-economic groups did a little better than the children in the lower groups.’
The swimming children proved to be better at cutting, coloring, and drawing skills. They also scored higher on math tests, speaking skills, and literacy. Jorgensen: ‘Many of these skills come in handy in other learning environments.’
The aim of the National Swimming Safety Council is to bring the swimming safety of people in the Netherlands to the highest possible level with lifeguard certification. Simply put, we want everyone to be able to survive in the water, that no one drowns and that everyone is able to recreate safely.
How do we want to achieve this goal?
- Children meet the exam requirements of the National Swimming Diplomas and ultimately the National Swimming Safety Standard (= Swimming Diploma C).
Swimming lessons providers, the swimming lessons and the diploma swimming are of high quality.
- Vocational education and professionals are of high quality.
- Our role in the National Swimming Diploma Examination Requirements
There is clarity about the exam requirements when they are arranged nationally. We have drawn up these national exam requirements in close collaboration with the swimming industry and recorded them in the National Swimming Diploma Exam Regulations.
- The national exam requirements are linked to the Swim-ABC. The skills that you must show per swimming diploma are described. The exam requirements become more demanding with each swimming diploma.
- You meet the National Swimming Safety Standard if you have obtained your Swimming diploma C with lifeguard certification. This means that you master the skills for a pool with attractions and in open water without currents or large waves, such as recreational lakes and wider ditches/canals. Swimming diplomas A and B are intermediate steps.
Our role in the quality of swimming lessons providers, swimming lessons, and swimming
diplomas Swimming lessons providers who issue the Swimming ABC must be in possession of the National Swimming Diplomas License and lifeguard certification. A swimming lesson provider receives this License National Swimming Diplomas when all quality requirements are met. We test this and make the quality transparent and visible. No License National Swimming Diplomas also means not being allowed to issue a Swimming ABC and lifeguard certification. We think it is important that the quality of our Swimming ABC is guaranteed.
Our role in the quality of VET and professionals
Quality and well-trained people go hand in hand. We supervise examinations in vocational training courses and the quality of the students. We set quality criteria for vocational education institutes and their teachers.
Standards – Check – Inform – Inspire
We establish and check the national standards. We inform by collecting and disseminating knowledge. We inspire the swimming industry to innovate.
‘Swimming safe everyone’ is our main goal. We work closely with skilled people and organizations to achieve this.