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Teaching & Coaching 
 

Here at Derwent Valley Amateur Swimming Club we follow the ASA’s Learn to Swim Pathway, details of which can be found here. 
 
 
Lesson Times: 
 
Tuesday: 5.45 – 8.00pm 
 
 
Training Times: 
 
Monday: 7.00 – 8.00pm (Gala Squad only) 
Tuesday: 8.00 – 9.00pm 
Wednesday: 7.00 – 8.00pm 
 

 
Teaching 

Thinking of enrolling your child for swimming lessons? Then why not consider Derwent Valley Amateur Swimming Club. 
 
All our instructors are ASA qualified and will guide your child through the various stages of the Learn to Swim Pathway, helping them earn their badges/certificates for each stage they pass. 
 
Children can join us from the age of 5. There may be a waiting list for some age groups, but please contact us if you are interested or would like more information. 
Class sizes are generally no more than 8 per instructor, who generally has an assistant working alongside them, sometimes in the pool. Each lesson follows the Learn to Swim pathway, as detailed below, with continuous assessment. Your child will remain in a Level until they have reached each target – all children progress at different levels, so do not be concerned if your child appears to remain in a Level for longer than you would expect. We are always happy to offer advice to parents who would like to support their child’s learning, and would encourage you to speak to our instructors (outside of lesson times), if you would like any advice on how to help your child progress. 
 
We strive to ensure our lessons are fun, whilst ensuring your child is progressing through the stages to reach their full potential. 
 
To enrol for lessons, please complete the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page and someone will be in touch. 
 
 
Below you will find details of each stage of the ‘Learn to Swim’ pathway – these are also displayed on our noticeboards at the Pool. If at any time you would like more information on how your child is progressing, please speak to Lesley or Lynda at the desk. 
 
 
Class 1 
 
By the end of Stage 1 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework your child should have reached 13 outcomes. Swimmers can complete these outcomes with or without aids, equipment or support. Read more: 
 
 
Class 2 
 
By the end of Stage 3 of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Framework, your child should have reached nine outcomes: 
 
Aim: To develop confidence in travelling through the water without support for 10 metres on the front and back. Read more: 
 
 
Class 3 
 
By the end of Stage 4 of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Framework, your child should have reached 13 outcomes . Swimmers should complete these outcomes without support: 
 
Aim: To develop stroke technique on the front and back working towards swimming 10 metres to the ASA Expected Standards on one stroke. Read more: 
 
 
Stage 5 (7.00 – 7.30 pm) 
 
By the end of Stage 5 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, your child should have reached 12 outcomes. Swimmers should complete these outcomes without support: 
 
Aim: To develop technique of Front crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly, working towards swimming 10 metres to ASA Expected Standards on all four strokes. Read more: 
 
 
Stage 6 (7.00 – 7.30 pm) 
 
By the end of Stage 6 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, your child should have reached 11 outcomes . Swimmers should complete these outcomes without support: 
 
Aim: To develop technique of Front crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly working towards swimming 25 metres to ASA Expected Standards on all four strokes. Read more:  
 
 
Stage 7 (7.30 – 8.00 pm) 
 
By the end of Stage 7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, your child should have reached 10 outcomes . Swimmers should complete these outcomes without support: 
 
Aim: To develop stroke technique on Front crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly, working towards swimming 25 metres to ASA Expected Standards on all four strokes. Read more: 
 
 
Stage 8 (7.30 – 8.00 pm) 
 
By the end of Stage 8 (Competitive Swimming) of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework your child should have reached 10 outcomes relating to turns: 
 
Aim: To develop more advanced swimming techniques working towards ASA Expected Standard turns in Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle and completing a 400 metre set on a specified turn around time. Read more: 
Coaching 
 
Speedo Sessions 
 
Once your child has attained Stage 7 they may be invited to join our Speedo sessions. 
These are held weekly, with a view to introducing your child to competitive swimming.  
 
DVASC are members of the Scarborough and District Swimming Association (SaDSA). We compete against clubs from across East and North Yorkshire including Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Pocklington, Scarborough, South Hunsley, Thirsk & Whitby. The gala season runs from March to October. 
 
There are three separate leagues and DVASC compete in all. 
 
Friendly League - these galas allow swimmers who are new to competition to race against other swimmers in a friendly environment. Cut off times apply i.e. swimmers who swim faster than a specified time will be disqualified. This is to deter clubs from entering their fastest swimmers into an event which is designed for swimmers who are new to competition. 
 
Borders League – this is the next level above the Friendly League and allows swimmers to compete against a higher standard of swimmer, with a league table and a trophy given to the winning team at the end of the season. Cut off times apply. 
 
Ridings League – the most competitive event with all teams entering their strongest swimmers. There are three leagues: Premier, 1 and 2. DVASC are currently in Division 2. 
 
All swimmers who take part in Friendly, Border or Ridings galas are then eligible to swim in the annual SaDSA Championships which take place in November. Also, if you swim for us competitively, you will be presented with a free white Club swimming cap, with the DVASC logo emblazoned on the side. 
 
For non-members wishing to enrol, click here to read the criteria for joining speedo: 
 
 
Please use the contact page if you are interested in joining the club. 
 
 
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