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Swimming lessons

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


We are encouraging and recommending you continue to wear a face covering, unless exempt, in our leisure centres, to protect our staff and each other.

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 Aqualearn 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. 

Get swimming

This class is suitable for non swimmers and will focus on water confidence, flotation and movement. This course will work towards swimming 10 meters.

Stay swimming

This class introduces stroke technique and is suitable for people who can swim 10 meters. The course will work towards swimming 25 meters. 

Feel great swimming

This class is suitable for swimmers who can swim 25 meters and will focus on developing technique. The course will work towards swimming 100 meters. 

How much do swimming lessons cost?

Lessons cost £19 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 ten pools (aquafun inflatable and splash tot sessions are not included), plus a welcome pack.

Join our waiting list

If you are interested in swimming lessons for yourself or your child please sign up to our Do it Online service and apply for swimming lessons. Once we have your form we will notify you when a suitable place becomes available. We currently have a high demand for swimming lessons and are unable to give any timescales on waiting times. 

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. 

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. 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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