Aspiring swimmers can learn to swim and progress basic water skills at the Camana Bay Aquatic Club Swim School from next month.
Classes for children, adults and caregivers will be at the Camana Bay Pool and term will run from Monday 7 January to Sunday 3 March. Registration is now open.
Swimming is an essential skill for people living in the Cayman Islands. Ensuring children learn to swim at an early age not only provides a number of health and social benefits – but could also one day save a life.
The philosophy behind the new programme from the Islands’ top competitive swim club is to provide an environment where the enjoyment and practice of water-based skills leads to happy, confident and competent swimmers.
“The great thing about swimming is that people of any age or ability can take part,” said Camana Bay Aquatic Club swim instructor Caleb Miller.
“We teach swimming in a way that provides young swimmers with the grounding they need to progress successfully into competitive swimming at an early age. The start they make at the club’s swim school provides them with that opportunity if they wish.”
Miller joined the Camana Bay Aquatic Club in September with 11 years of coaching and teaching experience, ranging from learn to swim to national level swimming.
Miller began teaching swimming aged 15 at his local YMCA and has a level 3 ASCA certification.
The swim school began in October with 25 swimmers and great results. “Lessons are centred on developing strong foundation skills today, to create successful swimmers tomorrow,” said Miller. “The student-instructor ratio of each class is designed to give beginner swimmers the positive reinforcement they need to get swimming off to a good start.”
“We also offer adult beginner and intermediate lessons, and caregiver classes for adults working with children around water.”
This series covers water safety and rescue skills, while increasing swimming ability and comfort levels in the water.
The small group classes are broken down in to eight levels to ensure appropriate placement of each child for their water experience and age. Each level represents a certain set of skills that a swimmer must complete before moving up to the next level. Youth classes run throughout the week, while adult and caregiver classes take place on Saturday mornings.
“I’m excited to see how far the club has come in two short years,” said club president Jeffrey Wight. “And I’m looking forward to the launch of the next phase of the CBAC story as we continue to grow and develop.”
Wight notes that the success of the club – and growing interest in the sport – owes a good deal to the pool and sports facilities at Camana Bay.
At 25 metres, the Camana Bay pool is the largest heated competition pool in the Cayman Islands.
“Having access to the Camana Bay pool helps advance the sport and provides more opportunities for swimming and youth,” he says. “We are pleased to be able to offer introductory level swimming to the local community interested in learning to swim, whether competitively or just for fun.”
For the Swim School schedule and price list or to register, contact [email protected] or call 326-7580.