Swimming lessons of a different kind…

Inspiring swimmers with our unique range of books…

Optimise your children’s swimming lessons with our collection of picture books and stories. 30-minute swim classes once a week do not provide much time for learning. There are four main swimming strokes and a range of skills to cover. Teachers often cover a different stroke each week, and swimmers may have to wait their turn in order to allow the class to be managed safely. In reality, some swimmers are only given a few minutes per lesson to actually practice their skills. When lessons are missed because of illness etc. the opportunity to learn is reduced even further, and for swimmers who are afraid of certain skills, progress can become extremely slow.

We all learn differently, but swimming teachers are limited to simple arm signals whilst the noisy poolside environment can be distracting. The short amount of contact time and a concern to get kids moving means that they may be rushed into doing what they are told instead of having the opportunity to explore, discover and understand concepts for themselves. Seeing pictures in a book or watching the skill performed on video often makes more sense than listening to a teacher describing it. Spending time in a quieter place with opportunities to ask questions can help children understand technical concepts and talk through any worries.

Thinking about swimming outside of the 30-minute lesson slot and practising moves at home can significantly improve performance in the water.

Our PICTURE BOOKS aimed at under 5’s introduce some of the main activities taught in swimming lessons:

Our books are written in a fun, friendly way, designed to inspire an interest in swimming. Rhyming stories help children to remember important safety rules and the consequences of breaking them, whilst other books use association and action to practise difficult skills such as bubble-blowing.

LILY & MIA is a series of stories aimed at children over the age of 5.

Each of the 22 books in this series incorporates a key stroke or skill such as Front Crawl or Treading Water into a fun narrative as Lily, her family and friends learn how to swim. Other books feature relevant issues such as fear, safety, hygiene and coping with different teachers. Each of our stories reflect the skills and problems commonly found in group swimming lessons between the ages of 5 and 12. They are ideal bedtime stories to read together, or for older children to read by themselves.

THE INCREDIBLE JOURNALS OF REEF take a more factual approach to explaining key swimming lesson concepts.

Using association, technical drawings and short anecdotes, Reef’s 11 scrapbook-style journals are aimed at children over the age of 5 who prefer shorter books with a faster pace. Ideal for reading and discussing together, or for older children to read by themselves. Each book features one key concept that is commonly taught in group swimming lessons for children aged between 5 and 12 and are useful to refer back to when learning that skill in the pool.

Taking the mystery out of swimming…

Do you want to take your child swimming but just don’t know what to do when you get there? Are you an adult learner who wants to know more about the strokes and skills?

Oshun Swim has developed a range of FREE ONLINE LEARNING COURSES designed to expand your knowledge and increase your confidence to practise skills in between swimming lessons or at home. The courses feature explanations of the purpose behind each skill and tips for practising. Learn more about each skill then decide which ones you can practice safely and which ones you should leave to the experts!

screenshot of course content showing list of lessons

Watch and learn…

Oshun Swim has produced a range of video content designed to teach and inspire swimmers of all ages.

Oshun Swim for Kids is our series for younger children describing one key skill per episode. Children can copy the actions on screen and practice the moves at home. If your child has missed lessons because of illness or lack of availability, they can catch up on learning they might have missed. If your child is struggling with a skill, watching and learning from the comfort of your home can help alleviate fears and provide an opportunity to practice the moves, giving them a greater sense of understanding and confidence to try in the pool.


For older children and adults, our How to… videos demonstrate clear skills both under and above water, using slow motion to highlight key points. From the very basics of how to put on a hat and goggles to more advanced skills such as treading water…there’s something for everyone!

screenshot from instructional video on somersaults in the pool


Oshun Swim’s approach to technique:

Staying inspired and motivated…

Swim schools usually follow a curriculum based on a competitive standard of swimming. Sports science research has developed techniques for fast, efficient swimming. However, many swimmers do not necessarily want to swim perfectly. Just being able to swim safely and confidently for enjoyment, leisure and fitness is enough.

There is an enormous drop-out rate in swimming lessons for children aged 9+ who achieved the basics but are put off by the extensive distance and speed required to pass the upper levels of the curriculum. It is hard work and those who do not wish to be competitive swimmers cannot see the point in endless laps of the pool. Some children enjoy the jumping-in activities at the end of class and may be more interested in joining a diving club. Children who enjoy somersaulting and sculling skills may thrive in a synchronised swimming class. Adventurous children may realise they wish to continue swimming lessons for the fitness and skills required for watersports such as rowing or surfing.

Our aim is to inspire swimmers with ideas of how swim skills can be used.


Swim schools cannot always cater to each personal goal, especially in a group lesson. Many instructors are reluctant to take a “substandard” approach as they have been trained to teach excellent technique. A classic example is breaststroke where swimming with the head out of the water is technically incorrect for competitors but many recreational swimmers prefer to keep their head above water for comfort, or to chat with a friend as they swim. Telling recreational swimmers that it is compulsory to put the face in might put them off enjoying an otherwise very healthy activity. Our aim is to explain a variety of approaches and options so that the learner can understand the pros and cons and make a choice as to the style of swimming that suits their needs.


Swimmers who found a method or tip that made a real improvement to their learning will encourage everyone else to do exactly the same. They will say it is the best way, or the only way to swim. Some coaches have even branded their own styles of teaching. However, this can add to the mystery around learning and be confusing for people new to the sport. Parents and grandparents can be reluctant to practise swimming with children for fear of teaching them the wrong thing and adult learners can worry too much about doing it wrong, but Oshun Swim recognises that every learner has their own unique needs. From experience, what works perfectly for one swimmer may not always give the same result in another. Much like the breaststroke example of head in the water or out, doing it the wrong way might be just the right way for you!

We aim to show of a variety of techniques to help you decide which methods suit your personal goals.

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