Sylvestrian Swim School, is located within Forest School, providing swimming lessons to Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Wantstead, Woodford, Chingford and Loughton.
Sylvestrian Swim School provides fantastic swimming lessons for children aged 3 years and over, 7 days a week for non-swimmers, beginners and improvers through to advanced swimmers.
Our swim school offers lessons Monday to Friday from 5pm and at weekends from 8.30am.
Each term is 10 weeks, with classes running for 30 minutes in duration, with the exception of our advanced classes and Rookie lifeguard courses which run for 60 minutes.
Our lessons are both fun and educational with our instructors engaging each child, to get the best from them and encouraging them to enjoy learning to swim safely.
All of our swimming instructors are qualified swimming teachers through either the ASA or STA and we strive to employ swimming teachers who are not only committed to motivating swimmers but that are also passionate about teaching swimming.
We follow the STA International Learn to Swim Programme. Each level has 10 learning outcomes to achieve, offering colourful swimming badges and certificates for each completed level. In addition, we also offer badges and certificates for distances achieved.
Assessments & Rebooking
Swimmers are assessed on week 6 or week 7 of each course and a rebooking form is emailed to parents, detailing which class their child needs to be booked in for the following term. There is a two week priority re-booking period for existing swim school customers to rebook for the following term. We then allow customers on our waiting list to book any remaining spaces.
We encourage all parents to rebook on-line as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Non-Swimmers (Starfish & Octopus)
All of our non-swimmers are taught in our teaching pool, where we can safely teach water confidence skills and begin to teach basic swimming skills.
We offer Starfish classes for our younger non-swimmers, these classes are aimed at our 3-4 year olds and learning is done through a mixture of water confidence skills and games. These lessons are perfect for those children who have not had any swimming lessons before or have little water confidence.
Our Octopus classes all take place in our teaching pool, usually with an instructor in the water, however, by the time a child reaches Octopus 3, the instructor may teach from the poolside, if appropriate.
These swimming lessons are for any child over 3 years old who cannot swim. Great for children who have had some swimming experience but no formal lessons. Here you will learn to put your face in the water, blow bubbles, kick with floats on your front and back using noodles or floats.
These lessons are for children who have achieved Octopus 1; they are confident in putting their face in the water and are able to kick 5 metres on their front and back with floats.
In these classes they will learn to push and glide on their front and back without floats and paddle 2 metres on their front and back unaided, along with other water confidence skills, such as submerging to pick up objects.
These lessons are for children who have achieved Octopus 2 and are now ready to start learning strokes and attempting to swim unaided on their fronts and backs without floats or the support of the swimming teacher.
In these classes they will learn to jump in, push and glide and swim for 5 metres, perform a star float for 3 seconds, begin to learn breaststroke and dolphin leg kick.
Beginners (Goldfish Series)
In the Goldfish series, swimmers should be able to complete all of the Octopus skills and should now be swimming a few metres unaided on their front and back.
In Goldfish 2 children will be encouraged to transition from the teaching pool into the main pool. From Goldfish 3 and beyond, swimmers will only be taught in the main pool.
Swimmers must be able to complete of all the water skill sin Octopus 1, 2 and 3.
In these classes swimmers will learn to tread water, swim 5 metres on their front and back, together with dolphin leg kick for 5 metres and head first sculling.
Swimmers are prepared for learning to swim in the main pool, ideally this is done by spending part of the end of each lesson practising some of the skills gained in the deeper pool.
In these classes swimmers will strive to swim 10 metres of a recognised front crawl or breaststroke, 10 metres of backstroke, mushroom float and head first sculling for 5 metres.
Swimmers should be able to complete all of the skill in the Octopus series along with those in Goldfish 1 and 2 and should now be ready for learning in the main pool only.
Here swimmers will continue to learn front crawl side breathing and work towards improving the distances they can swim on their front and back to 15 metres or more. They will learn breaststroke and dolphin legs.
Improvers (Angelfish and Shark Series)
Swimmers should be confident in the main pool and able to swim comfortably and confidently with their face in the water for 10 metres front crawl, swim 10 metres of backstroke, together with 5 metres of breaststroke and 5 metres of dolphin legs.
Swimmers should be able to complete all of the skills in the Octopus and Goldfish series.
In this class swimmers will learn straddle entries, treading water, push and glide into a forward somersault, swim 15 metres of front crawl, 20 metres of backstroke, 10 metres of breaststroke, 10 metres of dolphin and will be introduced to sculling head first and feet first.
Swimmers should be able complete all of the skills in Angelfish 1 and now be able to swim a length of front crawl and backstroke, at least 10 metres of breaststroke and have made good in roads to dolphin kick.
In this class swimmers will learn to tread water whilst wearing a t-shirt, survival jumps and to swim confidently underwater in the main pool. We will teach correct finishes for front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke and whilst the distances achieved in this level are not much further than Angelfish 1, the techniques of the strokes should start to be improving.
Swimmers should be able to complete all of the skills in Angelfish 1 and 2. Swimmers should be confident at swimming at least two lengths continuously.
In this class swimmers will learn how to safely and effectively remove their t-shirt whilst in the water, perform head first and feet first surface dives and full stroke butterfly (butterfly arms with dolphin legs), together with sitting dives.
Swimmers should be able to complete all of the skills in Angelfish and now swim confidently in the main pool.
In this class swimmers will strive to achieve 50 metres of front crawl and backstroke, together with 25 metres of breaststroke and old English backstroke, kneeling dives and other advanced water skills.
Swimmers should be able to complete all of the skills in Shark 1.
In this class they will learn to swim 10 metres of butterfly, 75 metres using three recognised strokes with smooth transition and correct turns, perform back somersaults and other water safety skills including side strokes and reaching rescues.
Swimmers should be able to complete all of the skills in Shark 2.
In this class they will learn to swim individual medleys; using all four of the strokes, perform a competitive start, swim 100 metres of backstroke and front crawl using the appropriate turns, together with 50 metres of breaststroke. Upon completion of Shark 3, swimmers can go on to our Advanced series, where lessons will be for 60 minutes.