Black Hats

Black Hats

Aims and Objectives

Black Hats is the top level in the swim school. Swimmers have now learnt basic Backstroke, Frontcrawl and Breaststroke. Swimmers recap these strokes swimming over greater distance at Spelthorne Leisure Centre in a 25m pool. Sessions now increase to one hour in duration.

The main emphasis is to recap and improve endurance on the three strokes learned in the swim schools 30 minute lessons and learn proficient butterfly. The head coach has designed a unique butterfly teaching method which has been proven over the last decade to teach children the fundamental body movements in a fun way allowing for rapid development of the stroke.

Swimmers will enhance their streamlining, gliding and other fundamental skills alongside poolside diving. The lesson will run on an eight week teaching cycle incorporating all the fundamental skills and movements required to progress to the advanced teaching group.

Swimmers will be ready to progress when they have grasped the fundamental techniques on all four strokes allowing for proficient execution over 25m.

There will be an emphasis on fun learning and they get introduced to their first competitions (called Mini Meets) allowing them the chance to compete a safe, fun environment.


Age Range

Boys 7-10 years and girls 6 to 10 years although swimmers who start lessons later or physically develop at a slower rate will be able to attend this lesson at the discretion of the Swim School Manager.


Progression Criteria - Reference Guide

Class Stage Badges          Progression Criteria
Black Hats Butterfly   

Skills Badges - Black Swan 1 - 3

Diving 4

Distance Badges - 100m, 200m, 400m 


Proficient Butterfly arms clearing water legs together

Strong Backstroke, Frontcrawl and Breaststroke over 20m

Frontcrawl and Backstroke tumble turns

Timed Swim over 50m

Handstand Dive and Plunge Dive

A range of skill jumps



Swimmers will attend one session per week which is an hour in duration.  Currently they swim on Sundays at Spelthorne Leisure Centre and we have a Thursdays group who swim at Egham Orbit.  To book your session please contact [email protected]

Monthly Fee: £55.00


Available Sessions

Sundays 6.15-7.15pm - Black Hats Beginners

Sundays 6-15-7.15pm - Black Hats Advanced

Thursdays 6.45-7.45pm - Black Hats (mixed class)

Equipment Required

1 Litre water bottle (per hour of training)

Training Fins – Kiefer Silicone are good starter fins

Goggles plus spare pair

Swim Hat plus spare

Mesh Kit Bag