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Junior and adults swimming lessons

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Beginners to swimmers learn to swim scheme

The Swimmer's 'journey through aquatics' starts with FOUNDATION, a programme for developing early years water confidence, which is encouraged through sessions such as 'parent and baby' and 'pre-school' sessions. The emphasis is on the development of very basic motor skills and introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games. The 'ASA Duckling' Awards provide rewards appropriate for this section.

The next stage along the 'journey' takes a Swimmer through FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS, STAGE 1 - 7 of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming. There are smaller stepping-stones for Swimmers who are not yet ready for Stage 1 of the NPTS and who may have ADDITIONAL NEEDS requirements in order to progress into Stage 1 of the NPTS. The Awards range specific to this section is the 'ASA Alpha Awards'.

Lesson times

Classes are generally available Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 7 pm and Saturday mornings from 8.30am  Please note that lessons run throughout the year.


To join the learn to swim scheme you will need to apply at reception to be added to our waiting list or call 01827 719321 Option 1. When space becomes available at your child's required level you will be contacted and informed of a start date. Once enrolled you will be given a medical consent form, which should be filled in before the first lesson.

You can choose to pay for your lessons with a monthly Direct Debit or in 10 week cash blocks.

Progression chart

  • STAGE 1 - Developing basic safety awareness, the 'class' scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, eg arm bands, floats etc
  • STAGE 2 - Developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, eg arm bands, floats etc
  • STAGE 3 - Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge
  • STAGE 4 - Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA
  • STAGE 5 - Developing 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also performing all strokes to the given standard as directed by the ASA
  • STAGE 6 - Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise
  • STAGE 7 - Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout
  • STAGE 8 - Improving quality stroke technique up to 400 Metres. Building speed, endurance and strength, working towards competitive swimming knowledge and skills
  • STAGE 9 - Improving Competitive swim skills up to 800 metres. Building speed, endurance and strength, swimming to specific "turnaround times", honing race starts, turns, medley, underwater and relay starts
  • STAGE 10 - Improving Competitive swim skills up to 1500 metres. Building speed, endurance and strength, swimming to specific "turnaround times", honing race starts, turns, medley, underwater and relay starts
When is it on?

Please check the pool timetable for lesson times.

What do I need to do to book on course?

Booking a space couldn't be easier - just contact using the details below and we will advise you on the most appropriate class for your current ability. Spaces are limited so make sure you don't waste any time.

Reasons on why you should learn how to swim?

  • Swimming is a great way to lose weight and get fit
  • You can spend more time with your children/grandchildren by visiting your local swimming pool
  • And it's a great way to meet new people

Pool Details

Main Pool:

  • Traditional pool with 4 lanes
  • Size: 25 metres x 8.5 metres
  • Depth: 0.9 metres at shallow, end sloping to 1.4 metres, at slope starts at 2 metres at deepest part, then back up to 1.8 metres at deep end wall
  • Water Temp: 29.5 -  30

Learner Pool:

  • Size: 12 metres x 10 metres
  • Depth: 0.75 metres to 0.80 metres
  • Water Temp: 29.5 - 30

Last updated Friday, 18th August 2023

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