Aberystwyth University launch Aqua Passport


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From right to left - (right Darren Hathaway, centre Jeff Saycell both Aberystwyth University, left Mark Tancock Swim Wales.) 

Date 28/01/14

 Aqua Passport launch at Aberystwyth University

  Aberystwyth University has joined the new scheme which incorporates the 'National Learn to Swim Framework' which is aimed at teaching children of all ages and abilities to learn to swim. This new and exciting scheme uses poolside touch screen tablets to monitor and increase the experience for the learners. These tablets are connected to an interactive website where children can log in and track their progress and unlock games to play online.

This technology now means that teachers can track the performance of a class, an individual, the attendance and identify early any problems a child could be having and aim to resolve them quickly and efficiently. Parents can also log in and view their child's performance and what skills they need to achieve through the interactive website.

  Darren Hathaway Business & Operations Manager said: 'We are thrilled with the new partnership with Swim Wales. Our aims have always been to follow best practice and the introduction of the Aqua Passport Programme will ensure this continues. The ability for parents to track each session via the website provides greater transparency and understanding of their children's progression. The web also rewards the children's improvement through the interactive gaming portal which helps to motivate them for their next swimming lesson'.

  Aberystwyth University swimming lessons are currently held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays evenings with qualified staff and lessons are held on a course basis. 









Mark Tancock, Regional Business Manager, Swim Wales stated: 'At present the University and Llandysul Aqua Centre are the only providers delivering to the national framework for Wales in Ceredigion. We hope to support and develop their program in line with what is seen as best practice across Wales by ourselves, Sport Wales and Welsh Government.  Ultimately it is all about what is best for the child learning to swim and the outcomes and techniques used are a reflection of this'.

For more information about the swimming lessons please contact the Centre on:

01970 622 280 or  sports@aber.ac.uk Sports Centre, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3AR 


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