About

Making Waves was founded in 2003. Our very first lesson was held in Glasgow with just four children in attendance - now we teach over 1600 children a week across Central Scotland. We teach girls and boys from 2¾ to 16 years. Our lessons are designed to be fun and enjoyable, whilst still being structured, organised and progressive.
During the early stages of learning, our teachers remain in the water with the children. Parents are encouraged to watch from the poolside where possible. Each course usually runs for 8 weeks. At the end of the course, parents are given a written report that details their child's progress and areas for improvement.


Our Team

Making Waves is a family-run business, set up by Tom and Nicola Mitchell. All our teachers are UKCC or STA qualified, and are required to participate in an ongoing unique training programme while they are with us. Our lifeguards also complete a Royal Lifesaving Society training programme each month. Additionally, each of our co-ordinators receives lifeguard and swimming teacher training.

Track Record

To date, we have taught over 12,000 children. Each child is given the opportunity to develop their swimming skills and learn all four strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. We build confidence first, then use the BLABT system to help our students progress.
BLABT stands for Body Position, Leg Action, Arm Action, Breathing and Timing.

Competitive Structure

We have established a club structure that enables our students to progress towards competitive swimming training. These sessions are coach-led and focus on honing swimming skills. Lessons are structured so children are inspired to excel, but enjoyment is still central to our programme. Entry to Club sessions is dependent on assessment - contact us for further details.