Frequently Asked Questions
What is a New Enrollment Assessment?
Most children not currently enrolled onto the KeSS program (because you are new to the club or have taken a break from lessons for a term or longer) may be required to undergo a short assessment of their swimming ability by a qualified swim instructor prior to enrolling onto lessons to establish which stage would be suitable.
Why does my child have to be assessed?
Our aim is for every child to learn the correct techniques, at their own pace, in a fun and engaging environment. To achieve this it is vital children enroll onto a class suitable to their ability and needs.
Does my child need an assessment?
This depends upon age and confidence.
A child is over 3 and a beginner* – No Assessment Required
What does a beginner mean? …
… Exhibiting any one of the following traits. Not able to, anxious, or nervous when:
- Getting face wet
- Jumping in
- Floating on back & front with or without aids
- Kicking on back or front with or without aids
Class recommendation – ‘Impala’ (3+ years and above)
If a child is over 3 and not a beginner – Yes, Assessment Required
It is necessary to determine ability level so as to advise the correct class.
I know the stage of my child an assessment isn’t necessary
It is compulsory for all children who have a level of swimming experience to be assessed by one of Kenya School of Swimming staff.
- A verbal interpretation of skill level is rarely accurate
- Our curriculum is bespoke and unlike any other swim program offering
How do you assess a child’s swimming ability?
First we ask the parent and/or child a few probing questions before getting in the water to determine confidence and what would be a reasonable skill to ask to see first.
- Have you had swimming lessons before?
- Tell me what you can do?
- Are you happy doing this?
Generally the assessor will first ask to see kick on the back to observe body position and kick technique. The main components of each stage will be worked through bottom up until revealing a developmental area and settling on a stage.
How long does the assessment last?
- No more than 10 minutes.
How much does it cost?
Assessments are free of charge.
When are assessments held?
Assessments are held on Thursdays and Saturdays only.
DAY TIME SITE/VENUE
Thursday 15:45 – 15:55 St.Christopher’s Schools Prep School Pool
Thursday 17:15 – 17:25 St.Christopher’s Schools Prep School Pool
Saturday 10:30 – 10:40 St.Christopher’s Schools Prep School Pool
Saturday 10:45 – 10:55 St.Christopher’s Schools Prep School Pool
Saturday 11:45 – 11:55 St.Christopher’s Schools Prep School Pool
- Please arrive on poolside in swimming attire promptly for your scheduled start time. We are not able to accommodate lateness as the assessor’s availability is tightly managed.
- The assessor will be dressed in KeSS branded attire.
- Please ask any member of staff for help to locate the assessor.
How do I book an assessment?
- All bookings are currently done via email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
- Each booking is for a 10-minute slot for one assessment only
- Below is a link to the KeSS Assessment Form
What happens if I book an assessment and am unable to make the appointment?
- We have a limited number of slots available each week. If you are unable to make your appointment please be courteous and let us know so that we can open up the space to someone else.
- Failure to give notice of a cancelled assessment may result in another assessment being charged. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
What happens after the assessment?
- You will be given back the Assessment form with details of the squads. Please remember to carry it to the session.
- Formal communication will also be sent within 12 hours of the assessment
- Day’s and times with availability in the recommended stage will be handed to you.Hopefully a convenient day(s) and time(s) will be available.
- A signed Swim Agreement and payment is necessary for a space to be reserved.
- Registers from delivered assessments will expire after a period of one month. To enroll after this period a new assessment booking is required.
- No stage other than that prescribed can be booked onto.
For the sake of the integrity of the program we do not allow children to move to a higher or lower stage than their ability level demonstrated during the assessment.
We do not place a child into another stage than that recommended … for any reason including these highlighted below:
- … If there is no current availability in the stage recommended
- … At the convenience of the parent
- … To be taught by a particular teacher
- … To ‘push’ a child
- … Or to swim with siblings/ and or friends
Moving to a higher level than recommended:
- Inevitably, a child advanced too quickly will have un-mastered skills. In time these ‘Swiss cheese’ holes in learning will reveal themselves and be problematic.
- We don’t subscribe to the idea that pushing a child beyond their current skill set is advantageous.
- Children in the group inheriting the promoted child suffer as it detracts from their learning opportunities.
- It is very frustrating for a teacher to inherit a child that has not acquired the necessary skill set. Time is wasted covering outcomes of lower stages when it should be spent on the outcomes of the relevant stage.
Moving to a lower level than recommended:
Whilst this practice doesn’t impact on the children in a group inheriting an advanced child particularly (in fact it probably aids them), it does little for the advanced individuals progression, other than to reinforce already learnt skills, as more advanced skills won’t be taught, only those specified in that particular stage.
If a child is prescribed ‘Zebra’ after an assessment but enrolls onto ‘Wildebeest’ (‘Zebra’ is a more advanced stage than ‘Wildebeest’), we won’t teach ‘Zebra’ outcomes for the advanced child and ‘Wildebeest’ to rest. A child in this scenario is un stimulated, not engaged and loses motivation with the real likelihood we will lose then from the sport.
The fact we aren’t prepared to do so confirms our commitment to the long term goal of providing quality swimming lessons.
If I join after the term start date will I have to pay for lessons missed?
Payments are invoiced quarterly but you pay from the month that you join.
Please be aware lessons missed after joining are non refundable and cannot be made up. If you require further explanation on this policy please ask.
Please don’t hesitate to email administration if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).