Friday 27 March 2015

Swimming lessons in West Sussex for babies

Swimming Lessons in West Sussex from Baby to Adult

Toddlers and baby. The former partners Mandy and Tracy Lowe swim school
Welcome to Robins Garth. Swimming lessons in Small Dole, Henfield, West Sussex.

Robins Garth has been a wonderful location for swimming lessons in Small Dole, West Sussex since 2009. At the foot of the Southdowns, with views across to Bramber Castle and the river Adur, on the edge of the Southdowns National Park.

The pool was renovated in 2009, with swimming lessons and pool hire in mind. Things such as parking and changing rooms were all carefully planned to ensure the best use of space. Set in the countryside, its a beautiful, relaxed location for parents to bring their baby to learn to swim.

Our pool has proved itself to be the most successful, privately owned in the area. We hire our facilities to only the most prestigious swim schools, pushing the standards of coaching. If you choose one of the companies listed in our Partners page, you can be sure your child will receive an excellent level of tuition.

The first experience in a swimming pool should be a pleasant, positive and relaxed one. We have even had babies drift off to sleep whilst floating through the starry tunnel. Baby swimming has been proven to aid your babies sleeping and feeding patterns. It also, on a really positive note, tires them out!

We have lots of toddlers and preschool children attending lessons. They love the toys, games and the animals that are often seen wandering around. The chickens and ducks are friendly and love to be fed! All children are made to feel welcome, making them comfortable in the environment. Many come with their friends and classmates from our local village schools in Henfield, Steyning, Ashurst, Storrington and Horsham.

As parents, we encourage our children to try many activities. Being so close to the sea and river a lot do watersports, such as sailing and surfing. So we take water safety very seriously. To this end, only the best swimming companies West Sussex has to offer are invited to join us:

Water Babies

The Water Babies team teaches from birth to preschool. They teach over 35,000 babies every week in the UK. This makes them the largest baby swim company in the World. They have a unique instruction program, designed so you and your baby gain as much as possible from every lesson. All Water Babies teachers have completed the same training scheme. This ensures continuity even if you move home.

They have adopted Tommy's as their charity, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years with their fun filled Splashathons.


For adults and toddlers. WetWetWet takes your child on to be a confident young swimmer. Adults are equally welcome, with dedicated lessons.

All teachers are fully ASA qualified. The school is fully compliant with all current child protection procedures. Swimming is a good option for anyone recovering from injury, as it is non weight bearing. WetWetWet therefore also offer adult fitness and Aqua Zumba classes. They run dedicated classes for deaf children, so they too can enjoy this fantastic sport.

The Sussex Swim School

The Sussex Swim School was founded in 2004 by Hilary Silverman, an experienced ASA Level 2 instructor also qualified as an Adult and Child teacher.

In October 2014, The Sussex Swim School won the ASA National Swimming "Silver Award" for 'The Best Swim School in the UK'. A fantastic achievement proving the motivation, passion and enthusiasm of all their teachers. Their small class size allows time for the personal tuition of each child, resulting in them receiving the maximum benefit from the lessons.

1st Swim School

To keep children safe in and around water is the main focus of 1st Swim School’s teaching. Knowledge of when it is safe and not safe to enter water, good technique and water skills, all taught in a fun, non-competitive manner.

All teachers are fully ASA/STA qualified, hold lifesaving certificates and have undergone Paediatric First Aid training. Philomena Geary started the school in 2000 for those children up to 12 years old. They have formed many links with other swim organisations both nationally and internationally. Phil works closely with the STA to help develop their training and teaching methods. She runs the STA teacher training courses, allowing swim teachers to become fully qualified instructors.

Simply Swim

Lucinda Hope started her school to provide a more flexible approach to teaching, accommodating the needs of each child. Her calm, patient and friendly nature has earned her great respect with both parents and toddlers alike.

Lucinda is an ambitious, fully qualified STA instructor with future plans to be able to offer tuition to disabled children. Her plans also include coaching for adults and those wishing to improve their fitness. Simply Swims rapid growth goes to show that she has struck a great balance between fun, enjoyment and structure whilst shaping a child's confidence.

Adult Courses

It is often harder for an Adult to learn to swim. They can feel embarrassed and nervous. Our pool is ideal for adults, being quiet, uninterrupted with no spectators. The small adult classes allow for a more personal approach, aiding concentration.

Would you like to get away from the hustle, bustle and parking costs of Brighton and Worthing?. Perhaps you're looking for somewhere local to work, home or nursery. Robins Garth at the edge of West Sussex is the perfect setting to embark on your swimming journey.

Old swimming partners Mandy and Tracy Lowe swim school. Swimming in Sussex

The Towers Convert School in Upper Beeding

Partners Mandy and Tracy Lowe swim school for kids

The Towers Convent School in Upper Beeding has a fantastic pool facility. Its located just to the west of us. There are ten changing rooms with a spacious area pool side for parents to watch the lessons.

It is an indoor pool, 17 meters in length with plenty of free car parking. Being a much larger and deeper pool, its ideal for stronger swimmers and those wishing to develop their technique.

The Towers School pool is available during the weekend on Sunday afternoons between 2pm and 6pm. Being at the weekend means the whole family can spend a little time together, whilst enjoying watching the progress of their children.

Pool Environment

Local Environment

Water Temperature and Quality.

Water temperature plays an important part in the enjoyment of swimming. Ours is kept at 33 Deg C, perfect for babies.

To ensure the best quality water is always available, we have invested heavily in industry standard control equipment. This provides us with water quality to match that of a commercial pool. This equipment is checked by a Company who specialise in process and analytical equipment.

Current Small Dole Weather:
Baby swimming Henfield, Steyning and Horsham. Previous partners Mandy, Tracy Lowe swim school Temperature: 2C (36F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Humidity: 80%, Pressure: 1017mb, Rising, Visibility: N/A

Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, its always a lovely warm 33 Deg C in the Robins Garth pool !