Find answers to our most frequently asked questions:
A: We have 4 main age groups:
Babies and toddlers aged 6 to 48 months old.
Children aged 3 and 4 years old.
Children aged 5 years old and over.
A: Our swim school follows the Amateur Swimming Association Learn to Swim Framework (also known as National Plan of Swimming Teaching). You can find details of the stages here.
A: There are 4 groups for adults:
Beginners (based on stages 1, 2 and 3).
Improvers (based on stages 4, 5 and 6).
Advanced (working on stroke development - stage 7).
A: For all classes for 3 and 4 year olds there is a ratio of 6 students to one teacher. If there is more than 4 children in the class, the teacher will be accompanied by an assistant.
For classes for children aged 5 and over:
Stages 1 and 2 – 6 students to one teacher (with an assistant if more than 4 children in the class).
Stages 3 and 3+ – 10 students to one teacher (usually with an assistant if more than 5 children in the class).
Stages 4 to 7 – 12 students to one teacher.
Beginners – 8 students to one teacher.
A: Parents of children under 8 are required to stay on the poolside for the duration of the lesson.
Parents of children aged 8 to 10 can leave the poolside during the lessons as long as they ensure they bring the child to the teacher on poolside at the beginning of the lesson and collect them from the teacher on poolside at the end of the lesson.
A: If you have a young (3-5 year old) or nervous swimmer please read our page on what to expect and how you can help them: Advice for parents of young / nervous swimmers
A: The easiest way is to book your lessons online, clicking at the Menu option Lessons, and selecting your preferred location. You will find the current term(s), with the list of classes, the up-to-date availability and price.
Alternatively, you can contact us by:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 020 8501 8172
In person at the poolside office at The Community Pool in Waltham Forest College
A: Certificates and badges are given out at the end of each term. If your child has moved up a stage after the initial assessments at the beginning of the term, they will move up immediately. If they have passed their stage at the end of the term, they will be moved into the new stage at the beginning of the following term.
A: Our swim school has a combined stage 1 and 2 class for children aged 5 years old and over as the levels are about building their confidence and balance in the water and the lesson plans are very similar.
A: Our swim school has divided stages 3 and 4 into two intermediate stages, 3+ and 4+ as the stages as a whole are quite challenging. The first half of each stage (stages 3 and 4) concentrate on the majority of the stages’ outcomes and when these are achieved the child moves up to the “plus” stage (3+ and 4+) where they work on the detailed more complicated outcomes of that stage. For 3+ it is most often the 10 metre swim on their front or back unaided and for stage 4+ is usually the butterfly and breaststroke kick. Certificates are only given after passing the complete level.
A: Unfortunately, we do not offer make-up classes. Swapping children from one class to another, even for one week can be very disruptive for the class structure. If for any reason you need to permanently change the day or time of your class, please talk to a member of staff who will try their best to be accommodating, taking into account the availability of spaces in other classes and the reason for the move. Please be aware that once a student has been moved, the place they have vacated will be considered to be available to another student.
A: Our terms and conditions can be found on the back of our printed booking forms, or on our website www.tritons.org.uk. You can also access it directly from the following link: Terms and Conditions
A: We encourage our customers to deal with issues as soon as they arise. If you are unhappy about either the lesson or facilities, please feel free discuss this with a swimming coordinator at the time. They may be able to help immediately, or take a report for further action. If you have spoken to the swimming coordinator on duty and you are still not satisfied, or you would like to make a formal complaint, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com. Our administrative staff will then ensure your complaint is handled with appropriately.
Q: How do I register an account with you?
A: To register an account with us, go to the login page of our website, which can be found here, and click on ‘Create an Account’. This will take you to a new page requesting an email address. Please enter a valid email address and click ‘Next’. On the next page, fill in your details, including students you wish to enrol onto a class. Once done, click ‘Save’.