LANE 1 Coaching Ltd was founded in 2007 by myself Ken Hardy. Previously working as a European Sales and Marketing Director with Dometic, formally Electrolux, I decided to leave the “Rat Race” to set up my own coaching company. LANE 1 Coaching Ltd has more than 30 years of swimming experience.
Working as a coach assessor Ken Hardy the MD of LANE 1 has been heavily involved with Derbyshire Sport, Borough Councils and a number of other coaching companies, ensuring that Lane1 coaches work to the highest standards possible which in turn ensure safety, inclusion and above all fun for all involved.
All of our teachers at LANE 1 are ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) Level 2 qualified and are members of the IOS (Institute Of Swimming) which means they hold the highest qualifications and are all very experienced. In addition to this we only employ teachers that come highly recommended and have a background in competitive swimming.
When considering enrolling your child into swimming lessons it maybe worth checking which qualifications the teachers hold. For example a level 1 teacher is an assistant teacher only and must have a level 2 teacher with them at all times leading the lesson.
The LANE 1 swim schools have a maximum of 6 swimmers per lesson; however in some of our higher competitive stages we do sometimes go to 7 per class which helps with further progression towards lane discipline creating a competitive swimming club feeling, however still maintaining an element of technique work.
Stages 1 – 3 which are the early learning stages our teachers go into the water with the swimmers. Working this way means we can work using lanes rather than across a pool which we have found from experience helps encourage quicker progression as the swimmer when gaining confidence can move into slightly deeper water. Safety being a priority floatation aids are still being used and the teacher remains deep side of the class.
We always encourage two way conversations between the parents and teachers as we feel it is important you feel comfortable bringing up any concerns you may have or wish to find out how you can help in your child’s progression when away from the lessons. At the end of the term each swimmer will receive a full Lane1 report indicating where they are at with regards to the stages and the outcomes they are trying to achieve. Progression is important and Lane1 gives very clear guidelines as to the outcomes that have to be consistently performed to gain the award.
Swimming is a life skill and being a competitive swimmer for many years and passionate about the sport I believe that learning to swim is an opportunity that every child should have.