Swim Academy

Our Swim Academy is currently structured into two levels:

Learn to Swim (4 y - 9y) classes are offered in

  • Toadfish
  • Blennies
  • Frogs
  • Penguins
  • Ducks


Technical Development Groups (6y - 12y) classes are offered in

  • Turtles
  • Seals
  • Marlins


Doha Dolphins Learn to Swim Programme is broadly based on upon a framework called the National Plan for teaching Swimming (NPTS) produced by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), National Governing Body for Swimming of the UK. This is a syllabus which will result in the development of a wide range of skills. When put together, these skills will produce competent, confident and safe swimmers who can go on to participate in a wide range of water based sports. Jenny Ohlsson has been instrumental in adapting the programme to suit the clubs needs.

The NPTS framework encourages swimming lesson providers to deliver aquatic instruction in a FUN environment to aid learning and understanding. You may notice an emphasis on fun and games within your childs swimming lesson; the use of games and fun activities to deliver learning outcomes is proven to be the most effective way for children to learn and all activities will have a purpose behind them.

A child develops their basic movement range during the ages of 5 years to 8 years for females, and 6 years to 9 years for males. During this stage of 'growing up', children should be taking part in activity that builds their FUNdamental movement skills, with the emphasis being learning through FUN. With reference to this, children need to build up skills that fall under specific categories; in aquatics these are aquatic specific.

Listed below are the main areas of skill which are developed as a Swimmer takes their journey through aquatics, following the ASA NPTS.

ENTRY - safe entry into water, use of steps, side, jumps and eventually dives.

EXITS - safe exits from water, use of steps and side.

BUOYANCY & BALANCE - developing an understanding of buoyancy and balance and what affects it, and how to become buoyant in the water.

ROTATION & ORIENTATION - developing skills such as: how to turn around, how to lie back, how to lie forward, how to regain an upright position, and how to twist from the back to the front and vice versa.

STREAMLINING - understanding of streamlining, how to be streamlined and why it is important.

AQUATIC BREATHING - developing confidence in the water and a feeling of being at ease with the water around the face, learning how to breathe correctly, which consequently is developing a 'safe' swimmer.

TRAVEL & COORDINATION - developing movement forwards, backwards, sideways, how to travel effectively, exploring different ways of travelling in water.

WATER SAFETY - development of a basic understanding of how to keep safe around water.

HEALTH & FITNESS - developing an understanding of why activity is good for you.
Within each Group of the programme all skills are crucial and must be comfortably achieved prior to moving on to the next Group.

Through the journey of acquiring skills, water competence will develop. Through a competence in water, the child will have more FUN, is more likely to be active and follow a healthy lifestyle, and more likely to actively participate in sport throughout their lifetime. Finally, all swimmers' excel at a pace individual to them.

Technical Development Groups

The Technique Development Groups (TDG) are open to all our swimmers that have passed through our Learn to Swim programme and that are willing to swim twice a week. There are three groups which swimmers progress through based on set technical criteria and stroke stipulation times. Swimmers are introduced to advanced stroke technique and the basics of training sets including race starts, turns and finishes and lane discipline.

TDG are also invited to local galas to gain experience in competitions.