From Little Bubbles to Mighty Waves – Learn to Swim Upskilling Series 2023

The ‘From Little Bubbles to Mighty Waves’ Upskilling Series will get underway on the final day of the annual Learn to Swim Week campaign, which will run from Saturday 20th May to Saturday 27th May 2023.

After listening to feedback from our network of Learn to Swim providers, Swim Wales will now host an online series of upskilling sessions for our partners in place of an in-person Learn to Swim Conference for 2023 and beyond.

We hope the new format will prove to be the most effective and practical way of communicating with, engaging and inspiring the swimming teachers who are on poolside across Wales delivering swimming lessons. 

Workshops will be delivered across a range of days and times; morning, afternoon, evening and weekends to maximise the opportunity for attendance. Sessions will be either free or low cost with a range of topics to be covered, with at least one opportunity available each month from May through to December, including:

  • Understanding Child Development and its impact on delivery
  • Capturing Participants Attention!
  • Swimming Lesson Themes
  • Maximising Effectiveness
  • Aquatic Games for Wave 3 and beyond

National Learn to Swim Manager Hanna Guise said: “We are excited to share these upskilling opportunities for swimming teachers across Wales. We are very aware of barriers teachers who want to obtain current information and developments face, and we hope that this series will enable those teachers to maximise the impact of their delivery to give their learners the best possible experience.”

The confirmed schedule of the Upskilling Series will be shared soon directly to Learn to Swim Wales providers and on Swim Wales’ communication channels; and can be booked here.

Please share this information with your teaching workforce.

For more information, please contact Learn to Swim Manager, Hanna Guise – [email protected]

Current Confirmed Schedule (more workshops to be added when confirmed):

To book on confirmed sessions please click here

Date / Time Speaker Topic Cost pp 
Wednesday 21st June 7.30pm – 9.30pmHelen HughesLesson Themes  A years’ worth of fun and engaging themes to enhance and ignite your lesson delivery£5
Wednesday 14th June  7.30pm – 9.30pm Helen Hughes Creative ways to use your pool space £5 
Thursday 6th July  7pm – 8pm Penny John-PearseIntroduction to Autism Aware Aquatics FOC 
Wednesday 1st November  7.30pm – 9.30pm Helen Hughes Capturing their attention!  Inventive ways to capture participant’s attention and different ways to allow for repetition. £5 
Tuesday 14th  November  7.30pm – 9pmMatt Adams Y Gymraeg: Amdani! / Welsh: Give it a go!  Defnyddio’r Gymraeg mewn dysgu Nofio Using the Welsh language in learn to swim FOC 
Wednesday 6th December 7.30pm – 9.30pm Helen Hughes Aquatic Games for Wave 3 and beyond  Fresh and engaging ideas to inspire creative, innovative and dynamic delivery of Learn to Swim. £5