Whether it’s just about having FUN with confidence or competing seriously, I offer comprehensive personalised swimming programmes specifically designed for school aged learners and upwards (4 years to adult).
My aim is to ensure swimmers develop and foster a ‘swim for life’ mentality by presenting a positive perception of water based activities in a relaxed and friendly learning atmosphere.
The Foundations of all my programs are SAFETY, COMFORT and CONTROL. Once these 3 cornerstones are solid it will strengthen each individual’s ability to swim confidently, providing the ideal opportunity to extend their aquatic journey in a FUN and progressive environment.
I am a specialist provider of personalised swimming lessons for children and adults in the convenience of your designated pool within the Brighton and Hove area. I will travel to you, helping to take the pressure off your busy family schedule.
With over 15 years teaching experience across three continents, I am passionate about swimming, a certified STA Level 2 teacher and STA Level 2 Open Water Coach with an international surf Lifeguard award and enhanced DBS checks.
Swim skills need to be taught - they are not innate, they are acquired. It takes time and depends on the individual. My established and accredited series of progressions enables a route into 'learn to swim' for primary school learners and upwards, building and developing their confidence, knowledge and skills.
30 min 1:2:1 lessons take place at your home or preferred community pool during general swimming times and will focus on the development of swimming technique, water safety, water confidence and survival skills. Following the STA pathway, learners are assessed and placed according to their ability beginning with the Octopus series, progressing through to the Goldfish Series, Angelfish Series and Shark Series.
Book a 1:2:2 lesson and share the cost with a friend or siblings. This allows you the opportunity to choose who you swim with. It is important to ensure both participants are at a fairly similar level to get the maximum benefit from this option.
This is a supported self learning option, running in conjunction with teacher led lessons, which follow the STA 'Learn to Swim' pathway. Participants will receive expert coaching support and personalised lesson plans. To keep up the momentum with progression, at crucial developmental stages all participants will be required to have in water sessions with myself to ensure the learning outcomes are being achieved and any issues addressed.
This will also be the time do do assessments for the various series awards giving you peace of mind knowing that your efforts are rewarded by attaining a recognised national standard.
Enrolment of £20 includes initial 30min in water assessment / lesson and first relevant series stage lesson plan. You then purchase your choice of 1:2:1 SESSION CARD which is valid for three months.
One to One - 5 SESSION CARD
One to One - 10 SESSION CARD
One to Two - 5 SESSION CARD
One to Two - 10 SESSION CARD
If you are not entirely satisfied after the FIRST Learn to Swim lesson, I offer a full 100% money-back guarantee and will refund your entire lesson and session card purchase
55 MINS SESSION (ONGOING)
£8 PER CHILD
SWIM SURVIVAL JUNIOR brings the beach to the pool in a structured and exciting action packed session. This one hour simulated open water pool class, engages 7 – 14 year old swimmers with important education, demonstrations and practical skills vital for personal safety - including an introduction to body boarding and snorkeling.
The focus is on developing respect for OPEN WATER, becoming more aware of this environment and learning a variety of techniques and activities to build confidence and control when in and around all forms of water.
The group sessions are competency based hands on, and on the go from start to finish with maximum time spent in the water. Delivered by an experienced and highly qualified open water coach and qualified surf lifeguard, this course offers important skills and safety information required in the transition from pool to open water swimming.
These ‘on demand’ sessions have a maximum of 8 children in each class ensuring your child benefits from this important water safety education.
Craig was our daughter Robyn’s swim coach from 2011 to 2015. He always coached Robyn in a quiet, patient and encouraging manner. He discussed his plan with her so that she knew what was expected of her in order for her to reach her goals. When times were tough he would remind her of the positive things, encourage her and praise her. It was the manner in which he praised her that she always wanted to do better for Craig and herself. During this time, Craig developed Robyn as a promising swimmer and in the year 2014 she won a gold medal in her age group at the South Africa Regional Age Group Championships. The following year Robyn succeeded in winning 4 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze medal. She will forever be thankful for the way Craig developed her in such a short period of time so that she could reach this milestone.
Trudy Marais - Robyn's mum
Before my son started sessions with Craig I was spending a fortune on 1-1 lessons at a popular swimming club. I noticed very little improvement over a period of months and whenever his aids were removed, he would sink. However, after only 4 sessions with Craig my son is no longer using aids and is able to swim in the deep end. He is 10 years old and has special needs so it was imperative he learned the basics of water safety, and how to float (AT LEAST). I now feel we can take things further, although my son is convinced he is where he needs to be! He's very confident in the water and I can't thank Craig enough, we are finally getting there!
Nicola Potzas - Luca's mum
Craig has been an inspiration to Utah, he has taught her to focus on her goals and achieve them. He has managed to channel all our daughter’s excess energy in the right direction. His instruction on technique is incredible you understand and grasp it immediately, and to be a competitive swimmer this is vital. Craig is an awesome coach!!
Monique - Utah's mum
One of the best recommendations we have received was sending our son to Craig for swimming lessons. Dale refused to put his foot in a swimming pool or the ocean and thanks to Craig he is one of the top swimmers in his grade. Thanks Craig for your caring and professional attitude to teaching kids how to swim!!!
Darlene - Dale's mum
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How long does it take for the average child (5-12years) or adult to learn to swim?
National UK and American Swimming Associations recommend the average child takes at least 25 hours of swimming lessons before they can swim 25 metres front crawl consistently and confidently. This is only an average with some children taking more and others less. Adults who are starting for the first time usually take around 20 hours. Adults tend to have more fear of the water, but since they can think abstractly and have more coordination and strength, they learn at a faster pace. There are always exceptions. Students in their teens are usually quicker learners.
How often should my child take swim lessons?
Obviously every individuals situation is different, but regular lessons throughout the year is best, twice a week would be ideal. Often parents and students get frustrated when they are not as good at the beginning of “this summer” as they were at the end of “last summer”, but yet they had no consistent attendance throughout the year. Swimming is a skill that takes practice. You don’t learn over-night and you can’t retain the skills year-to-year without a continued routine. COACH CRAIG encourages fun family participation as crucial to all young learners swimming development and ‘homework’ tasks will certainly encourage this family inclusive aspect throughout their aquatic journey.
Will learners have an exclusive area at their chosen public pool during swimming lessons?
No, depending on ability the lesson will be conducted in the general swimming area or designated public swimming lanes. However, as I offer flexible scheduling we are able to avoid booking times when the pool is overcrowded. The reality for those of us that do not have our own swimming pool is that we must be prepared to share the water and have the ability to swim confidently with other people around. COACH CRAIG is always in the water during the entire lesson and 100% focused on ensuring both physical and emotional outcomes are reached. Nothing is left to chance when learning to swim it is a process and he will work at every individuals pace. Taking into consideration any anxiety or often fear some individuals may have, clients have found it to be reassuring when watching others around them enjoying the incredible benefits of swimming.
If I choose the TEACH yourself option and have a problem achieving a demonstrated learning outcome what do I do?
COACH CRAIG will be available on the number and skype address provided to help guide you through any issues, with the extensive resources available he should be able to find a solution. If you are still struggling you will need to book a face to face in water lesson.