Education, Training and Recruitment

Better Cardiff’s Aquatic programme is supported and delivered by a dedicated team of ASA/UKCC Qualified Aquatic Teachers and Coaches. The Aquatic Officer works closely with the Swim Wales Education Officer to develop Workforce Training across all aquatic disciplines; ensuring that all teachers and coaches are continually upskilled and build upon their knowledge and skills.

To find out more information on how to train to become a qualified ASA/UKCC Aquatic Teacher or Coach or to find courses please follow the links to the Institute of Swimming (IOS) or the Swim Wales Education Training information pages.

http://www.swimming.org/ios/courses

http://www.swimwales.org/education,-training-jobs.aspx

To find out more information when courses are running in and around the Cardiff area please visit the Swim Wales Online website.

Please note: all ASA/UKCC training course places must be booked on line via the IOS.

http://www.swimwalesonline.com/Login.aspx

Recruitment

If you are a qualified ASA/UKCC Level 2 Aquatic Teacher or Coach and interested in working for Better Cardiff, please send a copy of your CV to your local centre or getting in touch via our Contact Us Form.

Learn to Swim

Better Cardiff offer a comprehensive Learn to Swim programme for both children and adults working in partnership with the Welsh Swimming Association (Swim Wales) and lessons follow the Aqua Passport Learn to Swim Framework. All swimming lessons and aquatic based activities are taken by fully qualified Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Level 2 Teachers/Coaches who also hold an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously known as CRB).

Our Learn to Swim programme is designed so all pupils are continually assessed throughout the scheme, in a safe and fun environment. The Aqua passport framework allows pupils to work towards gaining badges and certificates in recognition of their achievements.

Please note: Pupils are required to pass all the elements in each Wave to the recommended standards in order to progress to the next class.

The Aqua Passport has been devised by the National Governing Body of Swimming in Wales ‘Swim Wales’ in association with Sport Wales and supported by the Welsh Government with the vision for children to enjoy swimming and other water-based activities for the rest of their lives. The framework has been designed through extensive consultation by experts in the aquatic and education industry. The basic principles of teaching children to swim remain unchanged and the Aqua Passport promotes the use of the ‘learning through play’. This has been found through educational research, to be the most effective method by which children learn and teachers are encouraged to utilise a variety of methods, games, activities and scenarios to achieve the outcomes.

School Swimming Scheme

Swimming is a compulsory subject on the National Curriculum for Physical Education in Wales in Key Stage 2 and is arguably one of the most beneficial extra curricular activities in helping young people maintain a healthy lifestyle. Learning to swim through school is often the only opportunity some children have and can be seen as a gateway in providing opportunities to take part in a host of other water-based activities where swimming is either a pre-requisite for an activity or makes participation in and around water much safer.

Better Cardiff’s School Swimming Programme follows the Aqua Passport Framework. This framework provides a nationally recognised and consistent approach to teaching swimming at all levels and ability. This also allows a seamless pathway into the Councils’ Learn to Swim scheme should pupils wish to continue with their swimming. The Council’s School Swimming Programme utilises all six of its ideally placed swimming pools across the city, providing an opportunity for all Cardiff Council Primary Schools in to access the programme. The School Swimming Programme has been specifically developed through Swim Wales and the ASA guidance to assist Primary Schools in achieving the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Physical Education swimming requirements.

Contact your child’s school and ask them how they are meeting their obligation to your child’s swimming development: Learning to swim at an early age can go on to save your child’s life – drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children.

For further information on School Swimming in Wales, please go to Swim Wales –

http://www.welshasa.co.uk/learn-to-swim/school-swimming.aspx

Swimming Pools and Activities

Swimming remains the most popular recreational activity in the UK.

Come along and join the fun by visiting one of our multiple Better Centres that have excellent swimming pool provision.

Useful Swimming & Aquatic Links

Amateur Swimming Association http://www.swimming.org/asa

Beach Safety Advice http://rnli.org/safetyandeducation/stayingsafe/beach-safety/Pages/Beach-safety-advice.aspx

British swimming http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming

City of Cardiff Swimming Club http://cardiffswimming.co.uk/

Disability Sport Wales http://www.disabilitysportwales.org

Institute of Swimming   http://www.swimming.org/ios

Open Water Swimming in Wales http://www.swimwales.org/aquatic-sports/open-water-swimming.aspx

RLNI http://rnli.org/Pages/default.aspx

Royal Lifesaving Society http://www.lifesavers.org.uk

Sport Wales http://www.sportwales.org.uk

Swim Wales http://www.swimwales.org/

Water Safety & Advice http://www.rospa.com/leisuresafety/adviceandinformation/watersafety/

Welsh Assembly http://wales.gov.uk

Welsh Government Free Swimming

“Enjoy the fun and swim free of charge at a swimming pool near you”

In 2003 the Welsh Government launched a Wales-wide scheme offering free swimming for the over 60s, and 16 & under (during school holidays). Most recently a further addition to this provision has been made meaning that members of the Armed Forces and Veterans (based on certain eligibility) can now access free swimming at the Better Maindy Centre.

The Free Swimming Scheme is aimed at promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. To apply to take part in the free swimming initiative, pick up an application form at any of the seven participating Better Swimming Pools.

16 & Under

You can enjoy free swimming during school holidays; centres also run fun, structured aquatic activities such as mini polo, float fun, pool parties, snorkelling and lifesaving. Times will vary at each centre, so please check. To apply for a junior free swim card collect from your local Better Centre. Please note: a parent/guardian signature is required and inset days are not part of the Free Swimming Initiative.

Over 60’s

Over-60s are able to access free recreational swimming during public swimming sessions subject to availability. Other activities include Aqua Fit and Learning to swim, for more information please contact your nearest Better leisure centre.

To apply for your free swim card please collect from your local Better leisure centre. When applying to join the scheme you will need to provide proof of your age by providing one of the following:

  • bus pass
  • driver’s licence
  • pension book
  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate

NB: Please check with your doctor before beginning any activity, especially if you have chronic back, joint, heart, or inner-ear problems

Armed Forces (AFFS)

Free swimming for Armed Forces and veterans is the latest initiative to be launched by the Welsh Government as part of its Package of Support for the Armed Forces Community. Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans are eligible for free swimming using their Defence Privilege Card which is available through the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Discount Service.

Maindy Centre is the only pool offering the scheme in Cardiff and is on offer to Veterans and Armed Forces Personnel on leave and who reside in Wales. The scheme gives access for all ‘adult recreational swimming’ as timetabled at Maindy Centre. Note: Veterans over the age of 60 will automatically qualify for the Welsh Government 60+ Free Swimming initiative scheme.

To access the Armed Forces Free Swimming Scheme (AFFS) Veterans and Armed Forces Personnel MUST hold valid ‘MOD Defence Privilege Card’.  On production of the MOD Privilege Card you will be asked to complete the Councils AFFS application form and you will be issued with your Better Cardiff AFFS card.

 Please note:

  • Only Better Cardiff AFFS cards can be used in Cardiff, cards or memberships from other Welsh Authorities are not valid, a new application form will need to be completed.
  • A replacement Better Cardiff AFFS card will charged at £3.00

For further information on times and activities please contact your nearest Better Centre.

Aqua Fitness

Fit-Swim

Swimfit has been developed by swimming experts at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Swimfit offers a free online poolside club and gym style workout programme for the pool.

Aqua Aerobics

This pool-based cardio session gives you all the benefits of an aerobics class, with the added support and cushioning of the water. Get your body in shape, heart pumping, your fitness levels up!

Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba® blends the Zumba® philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you shouldn’t miss!

Stamina Swim

Stamina Swim has been developed by swimming experts at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Stamina Swim offers a free online poolside club and gym style workout programme for the pool.

Stamina Swim has been developed by swimming experts at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Stamina Swim offers a free online poolside club and gym style workout programme for the pool.