Nofio Swim Academy

Our Nofio Swim Academy provides exceptional lessons for children aged 4 months and above and the opportunity to progress within Wales’ fastest growing swimming pathway. We run in Partnership with STA’s International Learn to Swim Programme.

Return to Lessons

We know you are all just as eager as we are to get all your little (and big ones) into the pool and back to swimming lessons!

Please watch our return to lessons video with your child, so they know what to expect on their first day;

Further to the First Ministers announcement and the details of the National Lockdown in Wales, our facilities at Torfaen Leisure Trust will close as instructed at 6pm on Friday 23rd October 2020 and will re-open on Monday 9th November 2020.

This sadly means that our swimming lessons will be paused until we re-open on Monday 9th November for a new term.

Over the last 5 weeks since our programme restarted, we want to thank you for your ongoing messages and support, in these unprecedented times your comments and feedback help motivate the teams.  

All customers who have returned to our programme during the past 5 weeks will have their places secured for the next term and will be called by our bookings team during the week of the 2nd November to secure the booking for the next term.  Some days/times will have changed to help accommodate phase 2.  

On return, we will run a 6 week term and run from Monday 9th November until Sunday 20th December.  

Our planned return of swimming lessons at Fairwater Leisure Centre has been pushed back but I am pleased to tell you that we will reopen on Monday 9th November.
All customers will have an allocated space for next term however due to our restricted opening hours, your child’s swim days and times will have changed.  On return, we will run a 6-week term and run from Monday 9th November until Sunday 20th December, the 5 weeks currently owed to you prior to lockdown will be credited off this term.

We will also be welcoming back our Under 5's programme and 1:1 Lessons from Monday 9th November. Our Additional Needs sessions will be returning on Sunday 15th November.
On return, we will run a 6 week term and run from Monday 9th November until Sunday 20th December.      

We look forward to welcoming our swimmers back on the 9th November and encourage all customers to follow our social media channels for updates.   Thank you again for your on-going support!
Keep Safe!

New Customers
We are currently holding a waiting list ready to allocate places for new customers, as soon as they are available. If you would like to add your child's details onto our waiting list, please send over their full name, date of birth and best contact telephone number to goswim@torfaenleisuretrust.co.uk

Under 5's Lessons

Children can be introduced to the pool at approximately 4 months of age, before this age we recommend you concentrate on enjoying bath time with fun toys and activities with your child.

Click here for our Under 5's Pathway Leaflet

Nofio Awards

Our Nofio’s build water confidence, skills and aquatic ability through our Gold Accreditation Swimming Academy.
Here are the outcomes for each Nofio to help your child know exactly what they are working towards to get through to the next stage!

Nofio 1

Nofio Un Outcomes

1. Enter the water safely without assistance.

2. Exit the water safely without assistance. 

3. Float in a star position lifting feet off the floor (Aids may be used).

4. Submerge fully under the water, including face & ears.

5. Use an aid to swim a front paddle of 5 metres whilst blowing bubbles.  

6. Move through the water confidently (ie run, jump, hop).

7. Show an understanding of pool rules.  

8. Take part in a teacher lead aquatic game.

9. Perform a jump in unassisted. Minimum depth 0.9m.

10. Move through the water confidently. (ie run, jump, hop).

Nofio 4

Nofio Pedwar Outcomes

1. Push & Glide and swim 10m Frontcrawl demonstrating rhythmical breathing. 

2. Push & Glide and swim 10m Backcrawl. 

3. Swim 5metre Breaststroke (Following FINA Rules) 

4. Swim 5metres Butterfly (Full Stroke) 

5. Submerge and retrieve an object from pool floor without goggles. 

6. Perform a sequence of 3 floating shapes without putting feet down. 

7. Scull 5metres feet first without aids. 

8. Kick 10metres Frontcrawl in a streamline position. 

9. Hold a handstand for 5 seconds 

10. Perform a forward roll. 

Nofio 7

Nofio 7 Outcomes

1. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 50metres frontcrawl demonstrating rhythmical breathing including a correct finish. 

2. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 50metres backcrawl including a correct finish. 

3. Using the correct start, swim 25metres breaststroke including rhythmical breathing. 

4. Using the correct start, swim 25metres butterfly including rhythmical breathing. 

5. Swim 100metres IM without  stopping. 

6. Swim 200metres using all 4 strokes without stopping. 

7. From a standing dive, swim 5metres underwater and swim 25metres without stopping. 

8. Tread water using egg beater leg kick for 30seconds. 

9. Swim 75metres with correct starts and turns. 

10. Swim 20metres side stroke or  lifesaving backstroke. 

Nofio 2

Nofio Dau Outcomes

1. Float on the front with face in the water without aids. 

2. Float on the back without aids. 

3. Push and glide from the wall, arms extended with face in the water. 

4. Push and glide on back with arms extended. 

5. Swim for 2-3 metres with face submerged in the water (Unaided)  

6. Jump into shallow water. Minimum depth 1 metre. 

7. Kick across the pool for 5 metres with 1 float with face in water & attempting to turn to the side to breath 

8. Scull on the back for 5 metres using aids. 

9. Kick backcrawl for 5 metres using 1 float. 

10. Perform a rotation from back to front without putting feet on the floor. 

Nofio 5

Nofio Pump Outcomes

1. Jump confidently into deep water Min 1.5 metres depth 

2. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 15metres frontcrawl demonstrating rhythmical breathing  

3. Push & glide and swim 15metres backcrawl 

4. Submerge fully under the water, including face & ears.

5. Use an aid to swim a front paddle of 5 metres whilst blowing bubbles.  

6. Move through the water confidently (ie run, jump, hop).

7. Show an understanding of pool rules.  

8. Demonstrate a throw rescue. 

9. Perform a backward somersault. 

10. Perform a sitting dive. 

Nofio 8

Nofio 8 Otucomes

1. Swim 100metres IM with correct transitions. 

2. Swim 50metres in 70 seconds. 

3. Swim 100metres frontcrawl using correct starts, turns and finishes.

4. Swim 100metres backcrawl using correct starts, turns and finishes. 

5. Swim 50metres breaststroke using correct starts, turns and finishes  

6. Swim 50metres butterfly using correct starts, turns and finishes.  

7. Swim 25metres of polocrawl with a ball. 

8. Scull 15metres head first then continue for 15metres feet first. 

9. Tread water for 90seconds. 

10. Swim 50metres side stroke or  lifesaving backstroke. 

Nofio 3

Nofio Tri Outcomes

1. Without goggles jump into water of a minimum depth of 1 metre.  

2. Push & Glide and  swim 5 metres Frontcrawl.  

3. Push & Glide and swim 5 metres Backcrawl. 

4. Push & Glide on front with arms extended and hold for 5secs before rolling onto the back. 

5. Scull on back for 5 metres without aids.  

6. Demonstrate breaststroke legs without aids. 

7. Demonstrate butterfly legs.  

8. Kick for 10 metres using 1 float demonstrating rhythmical breathing 

9. Answer 2 water safety questions. 

10. Demonstrate breaststroke arms. 

Nofio 6

Nofio Chwech Outcomes

1. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 25metres frontcrawl demonstrating rhythmical breathing  

2. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 25metres backcrawl.  

3. Swim 15metres breaststroke including rhythmical breathing 

4. Swim 15metres butterfly including rhythmical breathing. 

5. Swim 75metres continuously using any stroke. 

6. Swim underwater for 5metres. 

7. Swim 25metres with clothes on and perform a reach rescue with a partner.  

8. Perform a kneeling dive including 5metre underwater phase.

9. Perform a head first and feet first surface dive. 

10. Perform a straddle entry, tread water for 30seconds and swim 25metres in clothes. 

Nofio Awards

Our Nofio’s build water confidence, skills and aquatic ability through our Gold Accreditation Swimming Academy.

Here are the outcomes for each Nofio to help your child know exactly what they are working towards to get through to the next stage!

Nofio 1

Nofio Un Outcomes

1. Enter the water safely without assistance.

2. Exit the water safely without assistance. 

3. Float in a star position lifting feet off the floor (Aids may be used).

4. Submerge fully under the water, including face & ears.

5. Use an aid to swim a front paddle of 5 metres whilst blowing bubbles.  

6. Move through the water confidently (ie run, jump, hop).

7. Show an understanding of pool rules.  

8. Take part in a teacher lead aquatic game.

9. Perform a jump in unassisted. Minimum depth 0.9m.

10. Move through the water confidently. (ie run, jump, hop).

Nofio 2

Nofio Dau Outcomes

1. Float on the front with face in the water without aids. 

2. Float on the back without aids. 

3. Push and glide from the wall, arms extended with face in the water. 

4. Push and glide on back with arms extended. 

5. Swim for 2-3 metres with face submerged in the water (Unaided)  

6. Jump into shallow water. Minimum depth 1 metre. 

7. Kick across the pool for 5 metres with 1 float with face in water & attempting to turn to the side to breath 

8. Scull on the back for 5 metres using aids. 

9. Kick backcrawl for 5 metres using 1 float. 

10. Perform a rotation from back to front without putting feet on the floor. 

Nofio 3

Nofio Tri Outcomes

1. Without goggles jump into water of a minimum depth of 1 metre.  

2. Push & Glide and  swim 5 metres Frontcrawl.  

3. Push & Glide and swim 5 metres Backcrawl. 

4. Push & Glide on front with arms extended and hold for 5secs before rolling onto the back. 

5. Scull on back for 5 metres without aids.  

6. Demonstrate breaststroke legs without aids. 

7. Demonstrate butterfly legs.  

8. Kick for 10 metres using 1 float demonstrating rhythmical breathing 

9. Answer 2 water safety questions. 

10. Demonstrate breaststroke arms. 

Nofio 4

Nofio Pedwar Outcomes

1. Push & Glide and swim 10m Frontcrawl demonstrating rhythmical breathing. 

2. Push & Glide and swim 10m Backcrawl. 

3. Swim 5metre Breaststroke (Following FINA Rules) 

4. Swim 5metres Butterfly (Full Stroke) 

5. Submerge and retrieve an object from pool floor without goggles. 

6. Perform a sequence of 3 floating shapes without putting feet down. 

7. Scull 5metres feet first without aids. 

8. Kick 10metres Frontcrawl in a streamline position. 

9. Hold a handstand for 5 seconds 

10. Perform a forward roll. 

Nofio 5

Nofio Pump Outcomes

1. Jump confidently into deep water Min 1.5 metres depth 

2. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 15metres frontcrawl demonstrating rhythmical breathing  

3. Push & glide and swim 15metres backcrawl 

4. Submerge fully under the water, including face & ears.

5. Use an aid to swim a front paddle of 5 metres whilst blowing bubbles.  

6. Move through the water confidently (ie run, jump, hop).

7. Show an understanding of pool rules.  

8. Demonstrate a throw rescue. 

9. Perform a backward somersault. 

10. Perform a sitting dive. 

Nofio 6

Nofio Chwech Outcomes

1. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 25metres frontcrawl demonstrating rhythmical breathing  

2. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 25metres backcrawl.  

3. Swim 15metres breaststroke including rhythmical breathing 

4. Swim 15metres butterfly including rhythmical breathing. 

5. Swim 75metres continuously using any stroke. 

6. Swim underwater for 5metres. 

7. Swim 25metres with clothes on and perform a reach rescue with a partner.  

8. Perform a kneeling dive including 5metre underwater phase.

9. Perform a head first and feet first surface dive. 

10. Perform a straddle entry, tread water for 30seconds and swim 25metres in clothes. 

Nofio 7

Nofio 7 Outcomes

1. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 50metres frontcrawl demonstrating rhythmical breathing including a correct finish. 

2. Push & glide with 3 butterfly kicks into 50metres backcrawl including a correct finish. 

3. Using the correct start, swim 25metres breaststroke including rhythmical breathing. 

4. Using the correct start, swim 25metres butterfly including rhythmical breathing. 

5. Swim 100metres IM without  stopping. 

6. Swim 200metres using all 4 strokes without stopping. 

7. From a standing dive, swim 5metres underwater and swim 25metres without stopping. 

8. Tread water using egg beater leg kick for 30seconds. 

9. Swim 75metres with correct starts and turns. 

10. Swim 20metres side stroke or  lifesaving backstroke. 

Nofio 8

Nofio 8 Otucomes

1. Swim 100metres IM with correct transitions. 

2. Swim 50metres in 70 seconds. 

3. Swim 100metres frontcrawl using correct starts, turns and finishes.

4. Swim 100metres backcrawl using correct starts, turns and finishes. 

5. Swim 50metres breaststroke using correct starts, turns and finishes  

6. Swim 50metres butterfly using correct starts, turns and finishes.  

7. Swim 25metres of polocrawl with a ball. 

8. Scull 15metres head first then continue for 15metres feet first. 

9. Tread water for 90seconds. 

10. Swim 50metres side stroke or  lifesaving backstroke. 

Exit Route Pathway

For those swimmers who have progressed through the Nofio Academy there are further development routes available including;
○ Rookie Lifesaving
○ Multi Aquatics
○ Mermaid and Shark Academy
○ FitSwim

Torfaen Leisure Trust works closely with our partner Swim Clubs to ensure that there is a pathway through to elite performance swimming, including a Disability Swimming Pathway.

We are currently running a FREE Club Link session where children who are at the further end of the Nofio Swim Academy to have the opportunity to book into a FREE session with the Club.
For young people interested in a more competitive development route contact our Clubs:

Torfaen Dolphins
Email: membership@torfaendolphins.com

Cwmbran Otters
Email: membersotters@outlook.com

Click here for our Exit Route Pathway Leaflet

Nofio Medal Winners

Here are our Super Swimmers showing off their Nofio Medals!

If you want your little swimmer to appear in our Medal Winners Gallery, please send your photos over to us!