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The best swimming classes for kids in Shanghai

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    October 7, 2019 3:23 AM EDT
    Encouraging your kid to stay active is important in helping them to
    build healthy habits that will carry into adulthood and to keep them
    stress free. Shanghai offers plenty of sports clubs for children, but
    warmer weather might have them excited about splashing around in the
    water than running about on a field. Here are three great swimming
    classes to try (and the best pools in Shanghai to practise their new
    skills).Children swimming in Shanghai

    Sport For Life

    Having started in 2004, this sport organisation boasts being the only outlet in Shanghai

    with a programme verified by Australia’s national organisation for the
    teaching of swimming and water safety AUSTSWIM. Unlike training schemes
    that emphasise mastering skills and techniques, Sport for Life’s courses
    stress a survival-based approach. It starts with building basic water
    confidence before introducing backstrokes and freestyle, with more
    advanced techniques like breaststroke only taught when the learner has
    developed a strong foundation in the basics.

    Loong Swim Club

    Since launching its first branch in 2012, Loong has subsequently opened
    branches in more than ten major cities in China including Beijing,
    Shanghai and Guangzhou. Chaired by the German aquatics educator Uwe
    Leghan (German School Swim Association and the World Aquatic Babies
    Children Network), all of its trainers are certified by the German
    training system BvAP. It offers a range of programmes from
    beginner-level water confidence classes to intermediate-level swimming.
    Each programme includes 78 classes and classes are 30 to 45 minutes
    each. Water temperature is controlled between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius
    all year round.


    Founded in 1983 by South African-born educator, Pierre Steynberg,
    Multi-Sport has since then expanded its venues across East and Southeast
    Asia. Its swimming classes are led by qualified trainers awarded by the
    ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) based in the UK. Available
    programmes range from Parent and Babies classes, Tadpole to progressive
    training courses; from foundational courses that build water confidence
    to training into proficient freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke

    For expressed aqua-thusiasts, Multi-Sport also offers a water polo
    programme. Applicants are required to prove competent freestyle
    techniques and must be over 12 years in age.