From Nursery until Year 2, pupils have one swimming lesson a
week. The children are awarded graded certificates, from Tadpole through to
Super Shark, throughout the early years to encourage their swimming progress
and reward their efforts.
Swimming lessons increase to two a week for Years 3 to 6,
with plenty of opportunities to swim for distance badges. We give the older children
in the Junior School the chance to show off their swimming skills in the annual
inter-house swimming gala. Each child has the chance to represent their house
and earn points depending on where they come in the race.
Mr Bogue also runs an after school swimming club especially
for the Junior School, to enable everyone who enjoys swimming to make the most
of this facility.
In the Senior School, boys and girls have separate swimming
lessons as part of their PE provision, alternating every half a term. The
Senior School also holds a house swimming gala every year, where pupils in
Years 7 to 9 fiercely compete to earn points for their houses.
Those who really love the water can join our Senior School
Swimming Squad, which competes against other schools in swimming galas
throughout the year. There is squad training before school on a Tuesday and
after school on Thursdays. On Friday, the swimming pool again opens after
school for a fun swim, which is open to pupils of all abilities, and has proven
to be an extremely popular way to start the weekend.
OLA Swimming Pool is an accredited site for IQL, which
provides training and competency assessment for pool lifeguards and first
aiders. Many pupils in the Upper School choose to train as lifeguards,
following the NPLQ course, and some can even help teach lessons for pupils
lower down in the school.
In addition to the general swimming clubs, pupils can join
up for synchronised swimming or survive and save courses after school. We have
also run try-diving courses with the Oxford Diving Centre, giving pupils the
chance to try out scuba diving equipment safely.
Mr Bogue has also run a number of trips abroad for OLA
pupils and their families. These have included a diving trip to the Red Sea,
and family snorkelling and diving trips to the Mediterranean. Keep an eye out
for the latest news on summer expeditions!
Our community swimming lessons are open to adults and children, although a waiting list currently applies. To express your interest, please contact Mrs Helen Baker in the Bursary (01235 524658).
We offer various holiday crash courses during the summer holiday period, which are open to all pupils and the local community. These range from swimming lessons for children aged 5 and above, to synchronised swimming workshops and occasionally kayaking proficiency courses, as well as casual swimming. Details of these courses and sessions are available from the Bursary.
Swimming Lessons Information 2016