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Disability Swim Stars

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Swimming Lessons for Disabled Children

Learning to swim is an essential life skill that all children should be given the opportunity to acquire. Our swimming lessons for disabled children follow the same Swim England Learn to Swim  pathway as our Junior Swim Stars programme and allow your child to achieve the same Swim England Awards.

We create a more supportive experience by making sure there is a minimum of one instructor per six children during our swimming lessons for disabled children. Our swimming instructors are in the water at all times and are trained to teach swimming to children with any form of disability. We also allow parents to enter the water during lessons to provide more support.

Our instructors will work with you throughout the programme and if your child is able to move over to the Junior Swim Stars programme, these lessons will help to support their transition.

Home Portal

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.

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"The swimming instructors are fantastic and the staff are friendly. We can attend this class without feeling judged or afraid of what others may be thinking"


These swimming lessons are suitable for children 4 years and over.


Children’s swimming lessons can be paid by direct debit. Direct debit payments for our swimming lessons for disabled children are charged at £23.75 a month for a weekly 25 minute lesson. Your child will also get FREE unlimited access to public swim 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 Crawl

5m 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

10m Backstroke

5m Breaststroke

 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 Backstroke

10m 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.

50m Breaststroke

25m Breaststroke

 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.


25m Breaststroke

(Swim England expected standards)

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.


50m Breaststroke

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 
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.  


Facilities and accessibility
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Facilities and accessibility

Learn more about the accessible facilities at all our leisure centres

Private swimming lessons
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Private swimming lessons

Private swimming lessons with one to one instruction, helping your child achieve their swimming goals

Swim Stars
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Swim Stars

Our swimming lessons can support your child onto our Swim Stars programme.