Life @ St Chris
Boasting one of the most impressive training facilities of any school in the Gulf region, St Christopher’s primary aged pupils benefit from the use of a 6 lane 25m indoor pool with attached shallow training pool, while senior aged pupils use an 8 lane, 25m pool. Reception to Year 2 curriculum swim lessons last for 30 minutes and take place every week throughout the school year. Year 3 to Year 6 curriculum lessons last for one hour and take place every other half term. Curriculum swimming in the senior school consists of one block throughout the year, for Year 7, 8 and 9. This includes Swimming; both technical and competitive elements, Personal Survival, Life Saving, Water Polo, Kayaking and Synchronised Swimming.
The primary swimming curriculum follows the ASA Learn to Swim Framework. The ASA Learn to Swim Framework uses fun games to take children from their first splash to full competence in the water through 10 stages. It’s underpinned throughout by Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles, with clear progression between each stage. It includes all aquatic disciplines, and pupils move from developing basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness to refining techniques for all four strokes and finally towards developing quality stroke technique over longer distances.The framework allows our qualified PE specialist swim teachers and swim coaches to deliver consistent lessons with measurable progress markers.
In the summer term our Nursery aged children have a splash day at the pool to familiarize themselves with the pool surroundings and to meet the swim coaches before attending regular swimming lessons. Reception students have the opportunity to show their swimming skills to their parents during a demonstration lesson, while older year groups from year 1 to senior aged pupils participate in annual inter-house swim galas.
Our advanced swimmers can take part in trials to join our competitive Swim Squad, ‘The Sharks’. Our squad is split into mini teams, each team having access to a different level of training depending on their needs and standard. Some Swim Squad teams train twice a week, while others have the opportunity to train nearly every day and partake in dry land fitness activities to aid their flexibility and strength.
St Christopher’s Swim Squad attends approximately five Bahrain based competitions and approximately six overseas swim meets a year. Some of these competitions are open to all members of the Squad while others have qualifying times to enter. Recent overseas competitions have included Hamilton Aquatics competitions, Speedo Dubai, 4LSA meets, BSME Swimming Championships, BSME Games and The Middle East Unity Cup.
Last Updated: 01 December 2019