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Welsh Olympic Medallist Opens Swim School in Cardiff


Two-time Olympic swimming medallist, former World, Commonwealth and European champion David Davies is bringing his own brand of swimming School to Cardiff at Easter. Opening with a week long crash course of half hour and one hour lessons  for beginners and intermediaries, David will be passing on his expertise to the next generation of budding Olympians at the DW Fitness Centre, Leckwith Cardiff on Monday 4th April.

David Davies

Swim Champs is the brainchild of David and his wife Laura, a former sports teacher and champion swimmer in her own right. The swimming school caters for babies having their first experience in the pool through splash and play sessions. As they get older babies and toddlers up to 3 years old graduate to ‘Baby Bubbles' and ‘Swim Champs' sessions where water confidence and basic motor skills development is key. New learners can start formal swimming lessons from 3 years old and progress through seven different levels to emerge as squad competitive swimmers, if that is their goal.

The school has been running successfully for the last 12 months in Llanelli and Merthyr Tydfil. A winning partnership with DW Fitness Centres in both locations means that new swimmers can enjoy a consistent learning experience in quality surroundings. With class sizes limited, new swimmers build their confidence and skills in the water over a six to eight week course of lessons.

David Davies says

“I am pleased and very proud to say we have built up a successful business across South Wales that continues to grow.”

Children who swim start smarter, a study by researchers from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research in Australia suggests. Children who learn how to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm. Researchers surveyed parents of 7,000 under-fives from Australia, New Zealand and the US over three years for this study. Lead researcher Professor Robyn Jorgensen says “the study shows young children who participate in early-years swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population.

Many of these skills are those that help young children into the transition into formal learning contexts such as pre-school or school.

The research also found significant differences between the swimming cohort and non-swimmers regardless of socio-economic background.”

Jenifer Gilmore has enrolled her children for swimming lessons with Swim Champs and recently noted on Facebook:

“Back from my two boys first swimming lesson at Swim Champs and they loved it. I'm happy because the facilities are spacious, clean and warm and every member of staff (there were many) that we came across at DW Fitness was smiling and happy to assist us. It's rare to get all boxes ticked for service and facilities so i'm confident after day 1 that it's well worth the money”

David is one of the most successful Welsh swimmers of all time, having won two medals from three Olympic Games. He won a 1500m bronze medal at the 2004 Games in Athens then secured a 10km Marathon silver medal in Beijing in 2008. Before retiring after the 2012 London Olympics David was also the leading British male distance swimmer for the previous decade, winning 1500m bronze at two World Championships as well as 1500m GOLD at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006. He was chosen as the flag bearer for Wales at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dheli. Winningn two silver and two bronze medals at World Championships in both long course and short course, and 5 silver medals at European Championships, David still holds the Great British records for the mens 1500m and 800m freestyle events.

Crash course swimming lessons in Cardiff can still be booked online here.