“A teacher’s guide to delivering successful swimming sessions. Having taught and coached swimming for over 15 years to an array of students aged from 3-80; I have been delighted to discover this resource. There seem to be so many swim schemes out there which are somewhat elusive and unclear when it comes to “what we are actually trying to achieve…” Not this one.
The beauty of this scheme is that it recognises that individuals learn when they are ready and the structure allows them to achieve this in their time happily without stress.
Each card focuses on an area of aquatic skill which will take the new swimmer on an exciting journey through the water – the destination being learning how to swim. The cards are very easy to follow and plan sessions around, with outcomes for each “looking for”.
The great thing….? All the information on how to do it is on the back!!!!! For curriculum swimming this is a must to give the knowledge of “how to teach swimming” to curriculum teachers (who in many cases may not be strong swimmers) so that they may confidently plan and teach safe, fun progressive aquatic/swimming sessions.
I only wish I had this resource when I did my swim teacher training!!!
Off to try out the white water challenge! Even old teachers are look for new tricks….
I rate this five stars and would like to see it rolled out county/country wide.”

Sanchia Reed,

“The cards …were very helpful. We were able to use them to help with the progression of our learners and also dip in and out of to get some extra ideas to make the lessons flow.
Our teaching assistants were also able to use the cards effectively to plan for their groups.”

Terry Luke,

“After using the Going Horizontal swim cards…. I feel much more confident about delivering a swimming session. Mapping the cards out really helped me to see the progression of skills as well as the journey children will make when they move from one skill to the next. Each card has a clear; objective including a ‘what to look out for’ section that really helped me to assess their learning. I really liked the ‘steps to success’ found on the reverse of the card. These break the skill down into small achievable steps allowing children to be successful every lesson. I look forward to using them again.”

Year Two Teacher

“The Going Horizontal swimming cards are a unique teaching resource. They promote the fact that learning to swim is not a linear process but a process whereby several elements are combined all at once. Each card contains prior learning, teaching points and suggested activities; on a handy A5 size. They are ideal teaching resource; for non-specialist primary school teachers. You can use the cards to form the basis of your lesson plan or dip in and out of several cards at once.”

Sarah Evans,
PE Lead for West Somerset Multi Academy Trust

“My training with Colin was highly professional and effective. It allowed me to fully understand the key stages in a child’s swimming development, from Early Years, to the refining of a county standard year 6 swimmer. At the end of the course, I felt confident in planning a swimming curriculum for my school and in helping other coaches deliver that curriculum.”
“Colin delivered a day of swim coaching CPD for a group of teaching assistants from my school. By the end of this, they all told me how their understanding of swimming had improved and how they felt so much more confident in delivering swimming lessons to groups of children. It has helped us to deliver an effective swimming curriculum across our school which empowers the children to feel confident in the water and gain effective techniques in all swimming strokes.”

Jordan Meaker
PE Lead for Nether Stowey C of E Primary School

“I could not recommend the ‘Going Horizontal’ programme highly enough. I was an experienced Sports coach but had no previous knowledge of swim teaching. The training both theory and practical gave me so many ideas and answered many questions I had about swimming. Colin was full of knowledge and shared past experiences. I completely connected with Colin’s style, I have implemented his teaching into mine and feel I have had huge success with many of my students. Colin is also extremely supportive after the training, he chased me up to arrange a follow up session. This session answered many more questions that had built up after I began my swim teaching. Colin trained five members of staff at St Georges, all of whom have now planned and delivered swimming session independently with confidence and have received high praise from participants and teachers from the schools who use our instructors.”

Jake Chidgey
PE and Swim lead, St Georges Catholic Primary School

“This is an excellent resource for use in our school swimming programme. Easy to use and full of information and support”

Primary PE and Sport Conference

“As a teacher new to the swimming programme this gives me just what I need – a resource that will definitely give me the confidence and knowledge to deliver swimming lessons …”

Year 3 Teacher