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Our estore payments system will not be available on Wednesday 21 April due to essential maintenance. This includes payments for council tax, business rates, housing benefit overpayments, invoices and blue badges. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Swimming lessons

This page contains information about our swimming lesson programme.


Our leisure centres are now open, in accordance with Covid 19 measures. Our programme will include gym, swim and outdoor fitness classes only. You can book online seven days in advance. 

For on-demand classes, daily workouts, challenges and run programmes download our Wellness app. Alternatively, see our information on how to keep active during lockdown.

Your child can start swimming lessons from four years old. From birth (up to four years), we also provide sessions for you to enjoy the water with your child, and develop their water confidence.

There are seven steps for your child to work through - see Aqualearn stages and awards for more information. This is based on the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway

How much do swimming lessons cost?

Lessons cost £19 per month when paying monthly by direct debit, or £67 per quarter.

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

Waiting lists

Our swimming lesson programme is due to restart from Monday 19 April, subject to National Government Guidance. In order to help keep everyone safe we are operating a reduced programme with smaller class sizes and we have a high demand for lessons. If you would like to join our waiting list you can complete our Learn to swim waiting list online form and we will contact you once a place becomes available. Due to the high demand we are unable to give any timescales on the waiting list.

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. 

If you wish to find out further information that is not available on the portal, please complete the Learn to swim Progress Request Form and your child's swim teacher will reply to you.

You can also download the Swim England Learn to Swim app as a fun way to help your child keep track of their progress. 

Swimming lessons for adults

Swimming lessons and waiting lists are currently suspended due to COVID-19

Additional information

Direct debit payments

Spread the cost of your child's swimming lessons by selecting to pay by direct debit. Paying by direct debit spreads the cost monthly and no contract is required. View our Icon for pdf Aqualearn - direct debit FAQs (PDF, 485.4kb)  for more information.

Terms and conditions

See aqualearn/Time to Swim terms and conditions.

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  • Culture and Sport
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  • Durham
  • County Durham
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