Children's Swimming Lessons
NEW for summer 2020: Interim Junior Swimming Lessons
While the Swim Stars and other programmes are temporarily halted (direct debits have been suspended free of charge), we are offering a series of extra swimming lessons for children over the summer holidays. Find out more about interim junior swimming lessons.
If you’re looking for swimming lessons for kids then our Swim Stars programme is a great way for them to gain the skills that will help keep them safe in the water whilst developing their swimming technique.
Our Swim Stars programme is delivered by qualified swimming instructors and follows the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway. Your child will work through the stages set out below, achieving Swim England Badges as they progress from beginner to competitive level.
Our Swim Stars programme links with our local swimming clubs giving children the opportunity to progress to club level.
Home Portal allows you to track your child's progress through the Swim Stars swimming lessons.
No need for queuing at reception, you can manage your child's swimming lessons online. You can change the day of your child's swimming lesson, see notes from their instructor and when your child is ready to progress to the next stage you can move them up to a day and time that suits you.
Our Swim Star swimming lessons are suitable for children aged 4+
The best way to pay for your swimming lessons is by direct debit. Direct debit payments for our kids swimming lessons are charged at £22.50 a month for a weekly 25 minute lesson. Your child will also get FREE unlimited access to Swim 4 All, Inflatafun and Float Fun sessions when you pay by direct debit.
|Stage||Swim England Badges|
|1||Developing basic safety awareness, movement and water confidence skills. Your child will use aids or support to develop their movement and our swimming instructor will be in the water to offer extra support.||
5m Front Crawl5m Backstroke
|2||This stage focuses on developing safe entries into the water and basic floating. There is also an introduction to breaststroke. Children should be able to attempt 5 metres breaststroke.||
10m Front Crawl
|3||This class continues to develop the stroke technique and distance of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke, as well as introducing butterfly leg action. Your child will also be introduced to deep water.||
25m Front Crawl
25m Backstroke10m Breaststroke
|4||Your child will develop an understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes. They will also start to swim to the Swim England expected stroke standards.||
|5||Your child will develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills, complete rotation and also performing all strokes to the Swim England expected stroke standards.||
(Swim England expected standards)
|6||Your child will develop effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing across all strokes and swimming 200m. Awareness of water safety aspects and an understanding of the importance of preparation for exercise.||
|7||During this stage, your child will develop quality stroke techniques up to 100 metres. They will also successfully complete an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills achieved through stages 1-7.||400m|
|8||This stage offers an introduction to competitive swimming, your child will complete timed sets as well as being introduced to streamlining and diving.||600m|
|9||Your child will develop their competitive diving and be introduced to competitive turns as well as competitive ruling.||800m|
|Rookie||The Rookie Lifeguard programme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely. It is a comprehensive and exciting scheme, equipping children with lifesaving skills and building confidence in and around bodies of water.|
|Club Link||This class is 55 minutes long and coaches from our resident swimming clubs regularly come and observe the session. They then invite some of the participants for trials to join there competitive swimming clubs. These sessions include timed sets, tumble turning, diving and much more.|