FAQS

  • Course Levels

  • What course levels are there?

    There are many different course levels for juniors, adults, as well as parent and child. If you are unsure which level you or your child should be on, please contact your local centre for further help and advice.

    Each level is continually assessed against the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway. This is a nationally recognised standard for the teaching of swimming.

    To move onto the next stage each student is required to pass all the appropriate criteria. After completing each level all students will obtain a badge and certificate in recognition their achievements.

    Please see a guide to the swim levels below and to help you determine the correct level for your swimming ability.

    Class
    Age (guide)
    Entry Criteria
    Ability
    Parent and baby
    4 - 8 months
    An introduction to water movement through songs, games and support.
    Leading to water confidence, whilst providing a social experience for both adult and child.
    Parent and todler
    18 months - 3 years
    Encourages water movement through songs, games and support.
    Leading to independent swimming, preparing students for the Duckling 3 or Pre School Stage 1.
    Pre-School One
    3-5 Years
    Children with no previous experience.Parent should not be in the water for this lesson.
    Good understanding of the fundamentals of swimming.
    Pre-School Two
    3-5 Years
    Children with an understanding of basic floatation and water movements. Parent should not be in the water for this lesson.
    Development of water confidence and the ability to swim 5 metres on both front and back. Can move when reach 5 years old to the next stage.
    Stage 1
    5+ Years
    Children with no previous experience.
    Development of water confidence and the ability to swim 5 metres on both front and back.
    Stage 2
    5-7 Years
    Children with no previous experience. Targeted for the older non swimming child to ensure they are learning with their own peer group.
    Development of water confidence and the ability to swim 5 metres on both front and back.
    Stage 3
    5+ Years
    Children who have completed Stage 2. This class introduces aquatic breathing and different methods of water mobility.
    The ability to swim 10 metres on both front and back.
    Stage 4
    5+ Years
    Children who can swim 10 metres on both front and back and have completed Stage 3.
    The ability to tread water, swim under water and confidently swim 20m on both front and back showing basic technique.
    Stage 5
    5+ Years
    Children who can swim 20 metres on front and back and have completed Stage 4. This class will develop stroke and skills to a good standard.
    The ability to swim 25 metres on both front and back with good technique.
    Stage 6
    5+ Years
    Children who can swim 25 metres on both front and back and have completed Stage 5.
    The ability to swim 50 metres and 100 metres on both front crawl and backstroke, with knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly.
    Stage 7
    5+ Years
    Children who can competently swim 100 metres demonstrating 3 different strokes and completed Stage 6.
    The ability to swim butterfly, introduction to turns and able to swim 200 metres competently.
    Stages 8, 9, 10
    Perfect for children that have completed the Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 looking to develop sport specific skills.
    For children who have passed Stage 7 or are able to swim 25 metres of front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly demonstrating correct technique, swim 100 metres using 3 different strokes, perform a competent sitting dive and tread water using eggbeater leg action.

    For further details please see the Swim England Learn to swim programme PDF.

  • How do I book?

  • How do I book a lesson?

    To book you or your child on to a swimming lesson, you can enquire by either:

    • Contacting your local leisure centre, the team will be able to provide detailed information on availability of classes and help you select the correct level for your ability.
    • Complete the enquiry form, a member of our team will be in contact to discuss your requirements and find the right stage for you or your child.
    • Visit the centre, the Customer Relations Team are on hand to help you with your enquiry and discuss your needs.

    We look forward to helping you with all your swimming goals, where it be learn to swim or develop your existing technique.

  • Lessons for Children

  • Under 5 years?

    The Learn to Swim Pathway starts with FOUNDATION a programme for developing early years water confidence encouraged through sessions such as 'Parent and Baby', 'Parent and Toddler' and 'Pre-School'. The emphasis is on the development of basic skills and an introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games.

    • Parent and Baby (upto 18 month)
    • Parent and Toddler (18 months - 3 years)
    • Pre-School Classes (3-5 years)

    Please note: the age ranges for the classes are a guide only. Children will be put into the best class for their ability. This is generally with children of similar age.

    We will continually access the children and recommend which class they should be in to help them progress with their swimming ability.

    Sometimes other children need to stay in classes with their parents for longer, while other are happy to progress into classes independently. We will always aim to ensure that the child is in the best class for them.

    For Parent and Baby and Parent and Toddler swimming an adult is required to be in the water for lesson. (this does not need to be the parent of the child, but the adult must take full responsibility for the child).

  • Learn to Swim Pathway Stages 1-10

    The Learn to Swim Pathway goes on to set out stages of learning from 1-7 that teach students FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS from basic water safety at stage 1 to developing a quality stroke technique for 100 metres at stage 7. Whilst our swimming lessons are open to people of all ages, these 7 stages have been developed by the Swim England with an emphasis on learning through fun.

    Stages 8-10 are more specialist development classes to progress the swimmers ability further.

    At some centres these classes are delivered by the local swimming club.

  • Lessons for Adults

  • What lessons are available for adults?

    We offer lessons for adult beginners and improvers.

    • Beginner classes are for non-swimmers with little or no water confidence, aiming to improve confidence in the water and swimming front and back crawl.
    • Improver classes develop technique on front and back with further focus on different strokes and improving stamina.
    • Advanced classes help the swimmer to really develop their ability in the water.
    • Some centres will also offer Women Only Swimming Lessons and 50+ Swimming Lessons.
  • One to One Sessions

  • Do you do One to One sessions?

    We offer One to One swimming lessons for both adults and juniors. All lessons are taught by one of our experienced Swimming Teachers.

    Swimming lesson times are arranged on an individual basis.

    For more information, please contact the Swim School team at your local centre