FAQ on the NAIS Swimming Curriculum
Every pupil has one 45-minute swimming a week. Here are some frequently-asked questions and answers about our swimming curriculum:
How do we prepare for the class?
If your child is inexperienced in swimming or changing in and out of swimming costumes/shorts, please take the time to practice with them. You will be informed about your swimming time shortly.
What should my child wear on days when they have swimming?
Your child should wear their normal uniform on swimming days. They need to bring their swimsuit, goggles, towel and swimming cap in a swimming bag. Please remember to clearly mark the swimming bag, towel, swimming cap and swim suit with your child’s name.
How deep is the swimming pool?
Our pool is 1.1m throughout the pool. This ensures that almost all children will be able to touch the bottom of the pool at all times. We also have sections of artificial pool floor matting which can also be used the lower the depth of the pool to build confidence if required.
How do we monitor and guaranteed the quality of the pool water?
Our swimming pool is equipped with an advanced filtration system and chlorination system. It runs automatically 24/7 to ensure the water quality reached the statutory requirements and is supervised by our two lifeguards. In addition to that the pool water will be checked every hour by our lifeguards to ensure the water quality reached the standard.
What is the temperature in the swimming pool area and water?
The temperature of the water will be kept between 30°C to 31°C to ensure that the children do not get cold. The temperature of the pool area and changing rooms is between 28°C and 30°C.
How many swimming staff will be in supervising my child?
For each lesson of around 24 children, we have two lifeguards, four swim coaches and one PE teacher. In total seven swimming and supervising adults for a maximum of 24 children. All of our coaches have HKASA Swimming Teachers’ Certificates and/or are AUSTSWIM accredited.
How can I check my child’s swimming timetable?
The full-school swimming timetable will be on Firefly (in the ParentsàSchool Life section) in the Summer holidays.
What kind of swimsuit should my child wear?
Girls wear a one-piece swimming costume (no two-piece bikinis, please!) and a swimming cap. No swim t-shirts. Boys wear swimming shorts (jammers) and a swimming cap. No beach-style shorts, please. No swim t-shirts. Please note that we have NAIS swimsuits and caps for boys and girls
Can my child wear arm bands or another floating aid?
No. Our pool is 1.1m deep in all areas of the pool so your child will be able to touch the bottom of the pool at all times. Our coaches are experienced at encouraging non-swimmers to be responsible and safe in the water. As your child progresses, our coaches will use buoyancy aids such as kick boards to encourage more confident swimming.
Can I come and assist my child during swimming lessons and changing times?
No. Swimming is part of our curriculum, so unless parents are invited by our teachers to get involved in the lessons, the pool area is only open to our trained teachers and coaches during swimming lessons.
How do we teach multiple-ability children during swimming lessons?
With four coaches and a PE teacher (as well as two lifeguards), we have a strong ratio of coaches to children. During the first sessions we will be evaluating your child’s ability and different ability groups will be taught in separate groups. We will also offer additional swimming lessons outside school for beginners, intermediate and advanced groups. Please see our ECA timetable when available.
What kind of changing rooms and shower facilities do you have?
We have separate changing rooms for boys and girls. Each is supervised by a female or male teacher or coach. Children will change into their swimming costumes by themselves, so it is important for the younger children to be able to change independently. Your child may shower quickly and soap and shampoo dispensers are available in each shower.
What happens if my child forgets their swimming costume/shorts?
Please encourage your child to be independent and to remember their PE/swim day! If they do forget, your child will sit in the pool area and watch the swimming lessons.
In what circumstances can my child be excused from swimming?
Swimming is an important part of our curriculum and we expect every child to swim. If your child has an injury or medical condition which means that they are not able to swim, please provide an email or letter to their form teacher outlining why your child is not able to swim.
Will we have a swimming squad? What age-groups can compete?
Our aim is to provide the best possible swimming squad environment for our pupils, the first term of the school will be focusing on Learn to Swim and Water Safety. Our PE Department will be planning a Swim Squad programme as our knowledge of the children’s abilities and levels develops.