Gresham’s swimming offers lessons and coaching to all ages and all abilities, from the children who attend the Pre-Prep to the swimming team who compete for the School.
Pre-Prep children have weekly swimming lessons and the opportunity to attend non-structured sessions to help develop their water skills through play.
Prep School children continue to develop their swimming skills and there are opportunities for keen swimmers to be coached in the Senior school early morning sessions and an evening recreational swim once a week for the pupils to enjoy a fun session with their friends. We have recently introduced the Rookie Life guard training programme which is proving to be very popular.
There are lots of water-based activities at the Senior school;
Recreational Swimming – These sessions are for swimmers who enjoy and want to improve their swimming, but do not want to take part in team training, so sessions are structured to develop stroke skills, distance swimming and a mixture of both to keep swimmers fit.
Gresham’s Swimming Team – The team trains up to seven times a week during games times and early mornings. A typical games training session would be usually be between 2000m – 3000m with stroke development, drills, sprints, distance and land based exercises. On Tuesdays and Thursdays this can be followed by circuit training.
Each term the swimming team competes against other schools and in March a team is selected to go to Crystal Palace to compete in the National Schools Relay Competition. This is always a really desired team to be part of, so competition between the swimmers is very high. In June we have our annual OG Swimming Gala and barbeque, which is always very popular. Mr Tuck (retired Gresham’s swimming coach) arrives with his team of OG swimmers and we always have a fun filled gala.
Hobbies – Swimming is a hobbies choice, pupils can come to have a swim and receive individual coaching if desired.
Lifeguarding – The NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) is a course open to pupils at Gresham’s and is designed to train pool lifeguards. The candidates complete over forty hours of training to gain the award including adult/child/baby CPR, first aid, pool rescue procedures, manual handling techniques, risk assessment, including all aspects of the day to day running of a swimming pool. Recently The Royal Life Saving Society has introduced Automated External Defibrillator training and a three day first aid qualification, which is offered to pupils at the School.
Gresham’s Lifeguard Club usually has between twenty five and thirty qualified lifeguards with a further twelve undergoing training. The course runs on Monday evenings between 19:00 – 21:00 over one and half terms. After the qualification is gained, lifeguards are expected to attend ongoing training once a month for two hours to further their skill development.
Kayaking – Kayaking has become very popular, with several training sessions in the swimming pool each week. These sessions provide training for outdoor kayaking expeditions for Duke of Edinburgh awards and for recreation.
Sub Aqua – Several students have completed their sub aqua training, using the school pool for practical training.