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The leisure centre payment system will be unavailable on Monday 1 August between 3.30pm and 5.30pm to allow for an upgrade. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Swimming lessons


Our swimming lessons are available for children from four years right through to adults.

Our swimming lesson programme is suitable for all abilities, whether you are a beginner and need to develop water confidence or a swimmer looking to develop your technique. There are a number of stages to work through based on your age and ability - see Swimming lesson stages and awards for more information. This is based on the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway

Swimming lessons for children (birth to 16 years)

Our swimming lesson programme starts from birth, offering sessions for babies and toddlers to develop their water confidence, with parents joining in the sessions. From four years old, your child can join our swimming lesson programme which will learn them to swim independently, develop their technique and water safety skills. 

For young people we also offer Aqua Youth and Rookie Lifeguards as part of our lesson programme. 

Swimming lessons for adults (16+)

Our adult swimming lessons are for all abilities, ranging from non swimmers to improvers. 

How much do swimming lessons cost?

Lessons cost £19 (£23 at Peterlee) per month for children and £23.50 per month for adults.

Our swimming lessons package includes one lesson per week, with unlimited access for your child to general and family swimming sessions, across our 10 pools (fun, inflatable and splash tot sessions are not included).

Join our waiting list

Due to high demand for lessons, our swimming lesson waiting list is currently closed. Our team are working hard to allocate spaces to those who have previously applied and as soon as a space that you have requested becomes available you will be contacted via email.

If you are interested in swimming lessons please enquire at your local Leisure centres for more information on lesson availability.

Check your child's progress

The Learn to swim Home Portal helps you to keep track of your child's progress and competencies, either at home or on the go. You can check which awards and stages your child has completed and what skills they need to complete to achieve their next stage. 

If you have more than one child enrolled on the programme you will be able to add them onto your account so that you can view all of your children's progress in one place. 

Additional information

Direct debit payments

Spread the cost of swimming lessons by selecting to pay by direct debit. Paying by direct debit spreads the cost monthly and no contract is required. 

Terms and conditions

See Swimming lesson terms and conditions.

Contact us
Aqualearn
03000 264 123/580/ 262 250
Our address is:
  • Culture and Sport
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL