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We are a 'fully inclusive' registered ASA swimming school; operating 7 days a week from 2 pools in the Bexhill-on-Sea, Hastings and St. Leonards on Sea areas of East Sussex.
Silverdale Swim Schools offer consistently high quality tuition to children from the age of rising 4 years up to mid teens. Currently we provide lessons for about 700 children per week. Our well managed lessons conform to the 'National Plan for Teaching Swimming' and are geared to all abilities; from nervous beginners up to extremely competent and advanced levels.
Silverdale is run by co principals Trevor and Sue Spinks who are extremely proud of their superb staff team and firmly believe that the ratio of staff to pupils is quite exceptional, and far beyond the norm. They positively insist that child safety, competent teaching, friendliness, fun, confidence building, and a sense of personal achievement and self satisfaction, features high in Silverdale's ethos.
If you have any questions about Silverdale Swim School, please contact Trevor and Sue.
I have been so impressed with Silverdale. The progress our foster child has made since he joined in February has been phenomenal! He has gone from being a complete non-swimmer to swimming strongly and with great style. It has really helped to boost his self esteem and this has spilled into other areas of his life. When his school started swimming lessons in May he was put into the top group - the first time he has ever been in top group at school for anything! He was so proud. Pauline is fantastic - patient but firm - and the youngsters who help out in the pool are lovely. Finally, everyone at Silverdale has been very understanding of the practical issues involved with children in care - unlike some other after school groups I have encountered. I have already recommended Silverdale to a number of people and will continue to do so.
Learning to swim was a turning point for him. His confidence has grown in all areas of his life as a result of his new skill and it is an absolute credit to your team that they have been able to engage and motivate him in such a way. A lot of people view 'looked-after children' as a 'problem' and then the children live up to their expected reputation and become disruptive. This couldn't be further from the truth with Silverdale - he is treated firmly but fairly and it is wonderful, from my point of view, to be able to watch him really listen and put into practice the techniques he is being patiently shown.
Thank you and keep up the good work!
THE VERY BEST SWIM SCHOOL IN ROTHER - In my view Silverdale is by far the very best swim school in Rother. Having regrettably wasted time, money and patience at other local swimming schools/clubs, my children and I were recommended to contact Silverdale. What a difference! This fantastic swim school provides the very best swimming teaching and coaching for all ages and abilities. Their amazingly high ratio of teachers and support staff to pupils is in a different league to anything else we have experienced or could wish for. My children just love it. They are going from strength to strength, earning certificates & badges. But most of all they are having fun and being treated fairly and with respect; as are all the other children. They are part of a great club with a wonderful atmosphere. Other parents that I talk to come to SSS from miles away. I'm not in the least surprised Silverdale is as big and popular as it is. Well done Sue, Trevor and all the teaching staff.
My Daughter cant wait for her swim lesson each week. Siverdale Swim School combines excellent teaching, in a fun group environment through a variety of games and activities aimed at increasing my daughters confidence, whilst also teaching her the correct techniques. With a number of highly trained instructors in the pool with her, I felt that this School combines fun group lessons, with almost one on one instructing and support when in the pool. The instructors are friendly and patient and most importantly of all, my daughter is safe at all times! I am extremely impressed with the skill, professionalism and service the school provide and would recommend Silverdale Swim School to parents with children of any swim ability, as their lessons cater for all skill sets.
Aside from the fact that my daughter is finally learning to swim now we are with Silverdale Swim School - which was the objective when signing up obviously! - I've been impressed by how helpful they've been, and how accommodating. They went out of their way to fit my son into a younger children's class so that he could swim at the same time as his sister. With so many children coming and going, they still take the time to call the children by their name and chat to them. The instruction is terrific and my daughter is responding very well to it - we'll see how my son does next week. He can't wait to get in there! I highly recommend this swim school to anyone looking for something that feels less like a "swim factory" and more personalized and fun!
My daughter has been swimming with your school since July and I want to take this opportunity to say how pleased I am with her progress. Your teachers are so kind and knowlegable. They are not only experts in teaching swimming but also in relating to children. Rosie has gained in confidence and ability so quickly, and enjoys every minute she is in the pool. Your young teachers in the water with the children are probably the ones who impress me the most. Patient, friendly and dedicated. It is obvious that they really know what they are doing and how to remain positive to help the children gain confidence in the water. I will definitely be enrolling my younger daughter when she turns 4 and recommending you to friends.
My daughter attended other swimming classes but Silverdale is in a class of its own. From being tested initially by Trevor and Sue she was placed in a class that is constantly challenging, pushing her to learn and achieve. My daughter has come on so quickly and the class is a pleasure to watch. Trevor and Sue are working the whole time, watching and making notes. When they spot a child needs a little help they are given one to one training to really get their technique and confidence flowing. My daughter really has aspirations to become a swimmer in the space of the few weeks she has attended and we are both delighted.
Silverdale is a friendly, inclusive swim school. It is exceptionally well-organised and well-priced, without hidden fees, and the lesson times on offer make it easy for families to find a slot that fits with a busy schedule. Most importantly, the swimmers are safe - with plenty of hands on deck -, they are encouraged, praised and clearly learn to love the water. Whilst the school is busy, they notice the efforts of each swimmer. Where a child needs a little extra help, they get it and when ready they move - no pressure. All in all, this makes for happy, confident swimmers.
We were very impressed at this well run school with exceptional professionalism. The ratio of helpers in the swimming pool to swimmers gave us confidence that our child was well cared for. The teachers are vigilant to spot individual weaknesses and helped to rectify them. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Such a shame that we didn't know about Silverdale Swim School 10 years ago for our eldest child to learn to swim but at least our younger children can have the benefits now. We highly recommend Silverdale Swim School to teach your child /children to swim.
This is a fantastic swimming school. My daughter joined at 4 years old. She never liked going into the water but since attending her lessons with Silverdale she has gained so much confidence she is now no longer frightened of water. She has been attending for a year and has now moved up into the next class. The school is very structured on how to teach the students and ensure they are ready to move into the next group. My daughter and I are extremely happy with the school and would recommend to anyone looking for lessons for their children.
My daughter loves swimming and we looked for ages trying to find a local swimming school that she enjoyed. At Silverdale the coaches are very friendly and make the kids feel very relaxed. My daughter enjoys every lesson and is always pleased with the progress she's made, especially now shes just graduated onto the next level. The value for money is so good compared to other out of school clubs. I would definately recommend Silverdale to everyone!
Reece has made such good progress and loves to go each week to his lesson. Considering he used to be nervous in the water the difference in him now is unreal, he has made such good progress and his confidence in the water has just got better and better. The staff are very friendly, organised, professional, good individual attention, and just provide a brilliant overall service. I am very happy and would definately recmommend to others :)
We were so surprised and pleased to find the 2.1 ratio for our grandchildren in this friendly, highly organised and safe environment, all three children are gaining in confidence and ability, after only four lessons the eldest has been moved up a class.
I have been extremely impressed with Silverdale Swim School for the following reasons:
1) My daughter was immediately assessed and placed in a group appropriate to her level. There is no waiting for the term end - the children are constantly reassessed and if they improve, are moved (subject to availability of places) to a more advanced group straight away. So they don't spend much time doing stuff they can already do easily.
2) There are a LOT of staff - out of the water and in - so problems with technique etc are ironed out very quickly
3) Two previous schools we tried had a "play session" at the end of term, ie every 6th lesson or so - not very motivating for the children who come to lessons to progress. They can always play swim (more cheaply!) when you take them yourself. Anyway, none of that at Silverdale - so the value for money is actually a lot better.
4) The administration of billing etc is clear and well organised and you get the impression that their systems are tried and tested. Again, no faffing about.
5) Sue and Trevor make every effort to accommodate particular requests, like timings of lessons, to get the best possible fit with the needs and wants of demanding parents!
Both my children attend Silverdale Swim School at the Battle Abbey Pool and I am incredibly impressed by the level of instruction, care and responsibility shown by Trevor and Sue and by their well trained and competent instructors and student teachers, that has seen my children become excellent swimmers. I am employed as a Company safety officer and am impressed by the professional approach to the well-being and safety of students whilst under their care. The level is above and beyond their duties imposed upon them as organisers, and has been reflected by the introduction of an extra level of accountability for swimmers should an emergency situation occur. The coverage of instructors (and lifeguards) to swimmers, protocols and enforcement has provided an excellent, safe and fun environment for my children to learn how to swim. I have passed on the club's details with no hesitation to several of my friends who have children. Well done and keep up the good work.
I had my eldest son enroled in another Bexhill swim school and after nearly a year of sessions he was still wary of water and therefore could still not swim unaided. I was beginning to think that I should give up when someone suggested Silverdale Swim Schools. I contacted Trevor and Sue and immediately they had found a time and class suitable for him. Within a few short months and several swimming awards later he can now swim unaided; and better than that, he loves going swimming. Joe says that swimming is fun and friendly and having instructors in the pool has helped with his confidence. I am so grateful to SSS for taking the weekly worry for both my son and myself out of the swim sessions and look forward to my daughter starting her lesson under their structured and professional guidance.
My two sons and daughter moved to Silverdale after 2 years at another swim school. They were immediately assessed, and put into groups that reflected their ability. So I have experience of the beginner groups and intermediate. I am very impressed by the instruction that is given at Silverdale - 1. Tailored to ability. 2. interesting and imaginative methods and utensils used within the lesson. 3. The 2:1 ratio of student to teacher. 4. Constant monitoring of achievement. I am extremely pleased I made the move to Silverdale. My daughter (intially a real water baby) seemed to be losing confidence in her previous lessons, and now after 3 weeks at Silverdale is putting her head completely underneath the water, brimming with confidence and enjoying her lessons.
My 4 year old daughter has just graduated from Ducklings to Goslings thanks to the dedicated efforts of the SSS team! Her confidence and ability in the water is amazing. Somehow, the instructors manage to teach every child in the class individually to their own level of confidence and ability, so no child is ever forced to do something they're scared of and no child is ever bored or not making progress. All the teachers are brilliant at making lessons fun while making sure the kids are learning and progressing. The fantastic ratio of staff to pupils also means the kids are never standing around, shivering, waiting for their turn like at so many other swim schools. I've recommended SSS to all my friends and can't rate them highly enough.
I've been so impressed with Silverdale Swim school so far. My daughter was very nervous about putting her face in the water and had been with another swim school for over a year with no progress but after just 2 lessons (!!) with Silverdale she was like a completely different pupil. On her 3rd lesson she spent 50% of the time under water and was so keen and eager to please the teachers/helpers. Now she looks forward to her lesson every week and it's a pleasure to take her and see her enjoy herself so much! My son is starting next week and we can't wait to watch him thrive in the same way! Thank you Silverdale.
I am very impressed with SSS! My daughter has gained great confidence in the water and has progressed very quickly with such excellent teaching. The staff to student ratio is fantastic so that although she is in a group teaching situation she actually gets individual tuition. Trevor and Sue are also closely watching what is going on all the time and monitoring everyones' progress -students and teachers! The teachers are professional and friendly and fun. My daughter looks forward to her lesson each week which speaks for itself. Thank you to SSS for teaching her such an important life skill.
Silverdale Swim School is an exceptional swimming school. My son has been having lessons there since he was 4 and has slowly been progressing through the levels at his own pace. Children are continuously assessed and are taught to a very high standard and their individual needs are well met. There is a very high ratio of staff in the pool which is especially reassuring when children are starting out in the Ducklings beginner group. I have nothing but confidence in Silverdale Swim School and will be enrolling my other son when he is old enough
My Daughter has improved so quickly since starting at SSS. I am so impressed with the number of staff that are involved both in and out of the water. This high ratio has meant her technique is being corrected at every stage. We spent over a year at other lessons but with one instructor on the poolside to 10 children we saw very little improvement. I cannot recommend it enough, We have already got my 3 year old down on the waiting list and can't wait for her to start when she turns 4. Keep up the great work !!
My son has made significant progress at SSS. He has been at Silverdale for 3years and the reason we have stayed with SSS is the flexibility and willingness to support my son through his swimming - he is now a strong and confident swimmer. The grading and assessment helps my son stay motivated.
Also as working parents the flexibility of working around days and time has been brilliant!
5 stars all the way for Trevor and Sue.
Silverdale is the best of the best! My 7 year old has been with them for a while now. Her confidence in the water has increased 200% and her swimming lesson has become something she so looks forward to every week. It is personalized, professional and their methods are proving very effective. I can't wait for my little one to start. Swimming is a very important skill and I feel Camilla is in the better hands right now.
My son has been swimming with Silverdale for the last 7 years. They have not only taught him to be a great swimmer but he has also learnt self-discipline and life skills which he would otherwise not have developed so easily. Above all though, he has enjoyed himself immensely and been guided into a love of swimming which we are hopeful he will keep for the rest of his life.