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alliance wave breakers
Alliance Wavebreakers is the learn to swim programme of Alliance ASC, the North Belfast swimming club. The primary aim of the programme is to provide children in North Belfast with the swimming skills necessary to keep them safe and healthy in the water. We hope they'll go on to enjoy swimming for life.
The programme runs on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Belfast Royal Academy pool on Cliftonville Road, Belfast. The costs of the programme are subsidised by the club in order to keep prices low, while also ensuring that group sizes are small enough to allow young swimmers quickly to develop water confidence and great swimming technique.
We follow the Swim Ireland Child Learn to Swim programme, which offers progressive and comprehensive learning for the young swimmer. Up to level 3 - the stage by which children will have gained competence in at least two strokes - lessons are taught in groups of no more than 6 swimmers, with teachers and teaching assistants in the water with the children. Thereafter, group sizes are kept to a maximum of 10 swimmers with teachers on the poolside better to oversee the swimmers' stroke development.
On 'graduating' from the learn to swim programme, swimmers can choose to join the swim club and to develop their competitive focus in a friendly and supportive environment. The club also offers a 'swim-fit' stream, and can point its swimmers towards local opportunities to get involved in life-saving and water-polo.
Alliance ASC was formed in 1946 by a group of North Belfast locals after an outbreak of polio had closed all the public pools in Belfast. The group swam regularly at Macedon point on the north foreshore of Belfast Lough. More than 70 years later the club is still thriving as the only competitive swimming club in North Belfast.
Every group lesson at the Alliance Wavebreakers is led by a qualified swimming instructor, with assistance from one or more teaching assistants. Up to level 3, teachers are in the water with the swimmers. As swimmers progress, teachers move to the pool side better to oversee stroke development.
A lifelong swimmer herself, Kirsten holds a Swim Ireland Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics and has been coaching with Alliance for 2 years.
Conor holds a [which certifier?] Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics and has been coaching with Alliance for several years.
Blanaid holds a [which certifier] Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics and has been coaching with Alliance for [x] years.
Lisa holds a Swim Ireland Level 1 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics and has been coaching with Alliance for 2 years.
Rhiannon holds a [which certifier] Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics and has been teaching swimming for [x] years.