Starting this month, kids and families have a new place for swim lessons when British Swim School opens at The Fitness 1440 Health Club (411 Metroplex Drive, Nashville).

There's a grand opening event on Saturday, July 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. Festivities include family-friendly activities like a raffle, a balloon artist, special guest appearances and more. You also have the opportunity to observe a typical swim lesson and receive a mini-evaluation of your child's own swimming skills — bring your swim suits!

ABOUT BRITISH SWIM SCHOOL

British Swim School offers a two-step curriculum teaching children (as young as 3 months) and adults water safety and survival skills along with swimming skill development. British Swim School offers the following programs:

TADPOLE

Ages 3 - 36 months with parent
This water acclimation class introduces children to the water for the first time. The class aims to reduce fear of the water. The instructor introduces an assisted back float and submersion. Expect lots of songs and splashing while your infant explores the water environment.

5 Goals of Tadpole:

  1. Water acclimation
  2. No tears/no fear
  3. Assisted back float with ears in
  4. Full gentle submersion
  5. Comfortable in the swim ring
     

SWIMBOREE

Ages 3 - 36 months with parent
This class builds on the Tadpole skills, and little ones begin their water survival skills through a structured program including songs, games and fun. The instructor works one on one with you and your child. Students must meet Tadpole goals in order to enroll in Swimboree.

5 Goals of Swimboree:

  1. Assisted back floating (or independent)
  2. Assisted submerged Torpedo rollover (or independent rollover)
  3. Full submersion sitting or standing
  4. Able to separate from the parent
  5. Independent in the swim ring
     

SEAHORSE

Ages 18 - 36 months
Parents sit on the pool deck while their children are in the water. The instructor works one on one with each child following the same structure and emphasis on water survival as the Swimboree class. Children must meet Swimboree goals in order to enroll in Seahorse.

5 Goals of Seahorse:

  1. Independent back floating
  2. Independent underwater rollover and float
  3. Push from wall plus roll over
  4. Jump, roll and float for 20 seconds independently
  5. Independence from parents
     

STARFISH

Ages 3 years and older
This class focuses on gentle water exploration and developing the child's awareness to the aquatic environment while introducing the water survival exercises used in later classes. This class aims to build confidence and self-esteem in addition to developing awareness and ability to respond to new challenges.

5 Goals of Starfish:

  1. Water acclimation
  2. No fear, no tears
  3. Supported back float
  4. Full submersion
  5. Independence in the swim ring
     

MINNOW

Ages 3 years and older
This small-group class (four children maximum) concentrates on fun, safety and independence in the water.

5 Goals of Minnow:

  1. Safe entry/safe exit with mobility using the wall
  2. Jump in, roll over and float for 20 seconds independently
  3. Independent glides back to the wall
  4. Elementary backstroke 10 yards
  5. Safe entry, stream line from the wall, rollover and float independently for 20 seconds
     

TURTLE 1

Ages 3 years and older
In this small group (four children maximum), children learn propulsion skills for survival. Learning beginner strokes on their backs and fronts, kids will be prepared for our more advanced stroke levels.

5 Goals of Turtle 1:

  1. Streamline with flutter kick independently
  2. Jump in, rollover, float and swim-flip-swim to safety
  3. Independently swim 10 yards of elementary backstroke with arms out of the water
  4. Independently swim 10 yards of elementary freestyle with arms out of the water
  5. Demonstrate breathing on the side
     

TURTLE 2

Ages 3 years and older
Swimmers focus on the correct arm, leg and breathing coordination for three strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke; students also get an introduction to Butterfly. Children are constantly moving in this class, swimming in groups of twos and threes. Six children maximum

5 Goals of Turtle 2:

  1. Backstroke 20 yards
  2. Freestyle 20 yards
  3. Recognizable breaststroke 10 yards
  4. Demonstrate butterfly kick 10 yards
  5. Tread water 1 minute
     

SHARK 1

Ages 3 years and older
Swimmers learn to perfect their techniques in four strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. Children are constantly moving in this class, swimming in groups of twos and threes. Six children maximum

5 Goals of Shark 1:

  1. Backstroke 25 yards
  2. Freestyle 25 yards
  3. Breaststroke 25 yards
  4. Butterfly 25 yards
  5. Freestyle flip turn
     

SHARK 2

Ages 3 years and older
Students are prepared for future swim team participation with attention on drills, starts and turns, individual medleys and increasing speed and stamina in the water. Six children maximum

5 Goals of Shark 2:

  1. Backstroke 50 yards
  2. Freestyle 50 yards
  3. Breaststroke 50 yards
  4. Butterfly 50 yards
  5. Starts and turns for each of the four strokes
     

BARRACUDAS SWIM TEAM

The Barracudas are the "superstars" of the British Swim School program. Experienced instructors coach students to improve their individual techniques. Students swim regularly to further increase distance, stamina and speed. This league develops competition and team-building.
 

ADULT CLASSES

18 years and older, Beginners to experienced
Adult classes are in small groups so each swimmer receives personalized attention focusing on areas of need.

PRICING & CONTACT

British Swim School charges a one-time membership fee of $49 per student or $69 per family. You can opt for one or two class sessions per week. One session per week is $31.50 per class, for two sessions it's $28.50 per class.

For more info, call 615-212-2010 or visit British Swim School online.