We offer classes for all ages (from birth to adults), including lessons for children with additional support needs in a choice of centres. We have lessons in 9 pools across the City. Click from the list below to find the right class for your or your child:
Learn to Swim - Early Years
Our Pre-School programme specifically designed for ages 0 - 4 years aims teaches you how to safely handle your baby in water and gently introduces your child to the exciting world of aquatics. It will take your child through a seamless journey to becoming a safer independent, confident swimmer.
Duration of each class is 25mins.
A fun relaxed class for both you and your baby. The use of songs and structured play will encourage safe handling of your baby in the water and will ensure a great start to your baby's swimming journey. This class is suitable for children from 0 to 1 year with a parent/carer accompanying them in the water.
The class again uses songs and structured play to encourage your toddler to become more independent and confident in the water. This class is suitable for children aged 1 to 2 years with a parent/carer accompanying them in the water.
For children aged 2 to 4 years with a parent/carer accompanying them in the water. Children's water confidence and independence will grow and grow through structured play, songs, and games.
For children aged 3.5+, your child will work independently learning through structured play and will develop their water confidence and ability to perform a range of aquatic skills without the support of buoyancy aids.
Learn to Swim - Junior
Children will move from a basic understanding of the strokes and how to move through water through to developed stroke techniques, tumble turns and race starts.
They'll be confident swimmers and able to develop both skill and fitness. They'll also have the skills to diversify into other aquatic options such as diving, water polo and synchronised swimming should they wish to do so.
Swim Skills 1
Swim Skills 3
Children who are competent at swimming 15m in a 'recognisable' stroke e.g front crawl, back crawl or breaststroke, will be introduced to a more advanced stroke technique. Duration of class is 25mins.
Swim Skills 4
Children who can maintain the correct technique over 25m in Front crawl, Back crawl and Breaststroke and can demonstrate basic Butterfly. Children will continue to develop a quality technique while gradually increasing distance. Children will move from SS4 to Junior Skills and drills. Duration of class is 25mins.
Junior Skills & Drills
This class is working on technique, developing areas of advanced aquatics in swimming with sections of the competencies concentrated on our other aquatic disciples, which are water polo, artistic swimming and rookie lifeguard.
Junior Skills and Drills is available for children up to the age of 17 years.
Duration of class is 50mins.
In Swim Skills 2, children will increase the competency of the core aquatic skills and develop basic stroke technique. This class is suitable for children who have an understanding of stroke technique and who can swim 10 metres Front crawl and Back crawl as well as attempting Breaststroke and Butterfly leg actions.
Depending on the venue, this level may take place in deep water so children need to be both confident in the water and able to tread water when out of their depth. Duration of class is 25mins.
Bolt on classesOur bolt on classes reflects these competencies so that the children can then choose which of the 4 disciplines they would like to join alongside their class, this can be 1 or all 4, the choice is theirs. Junior Skills and Drills is available for children up to the age of 17 years.
RLSS UK's Rookie Lifeguard programme gives your child the skills they need to be confident in the pool or the sea - which means peace of mind for you. With colourful materials and fun, varied activities, the Rookie Lifeguard scheme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deeper water. This class is best suited for children who are 8+ and confident in deep water.
If you love swimming, gymnastics and dance this class is for you. Participants will learn fun, new ways to move in the water; building on aquatic skills already accomplished - hand stands, somersaults, sculling and treading water - and link skills together to make more complex sequences. Working together as a team to synchronise skills with music and other swimmers.
Interested swimmers must be able to swim 50 meters on 3 strokes (Front Crawl, Breaststroke and Back Crawl).
Club Ready Juniors
These special sessions are the next stage for children who are currently in Swim Skills 4. Children who reach 60% of their competencies will be invited to attend this bolt on class, they can attend this extra session as well as remain in their current Swim Skills 4 class. Strokes, distance and technique will be developed as well as an introduction to starts, turns, diving, racing and a club environment.
Swim Skills 4 will be remaining at 25 minutes, while this Club Ready Juniors class will be a 50 minute session.
If being in the water is where you love to be, then our coached session is where you need to be. We will further children's swimming technique and stamina, as well as develop their starts, turns, diving and racing, all which will prepare them for the next step of joining club swimming. Club Ready is suitable for children who can demonstrate good technique over 50 meters in Front crawl, Back crawl and Breaststroke and 15 meters in Butterfly. If you are looking for a sport where you can make life long friends and get fit together, then Club Ready Swim is for you!
If you love swimming, football and being part of a team, then water polo is the sport for you. It offers exciting opportunities to play a fast paced game in teams with all the health benefits of swimming. Participants will learn how to move through the water using different way of treading water, all while being able to pass and build on aquatic skills. Working in pairs and small teams, swimmers will be introduced to ball handling skills that will ultimately lead to short games where swimmers will understand and follow the rules of water polo. If you are looking for a fun way to get fit, make new friends or take part in a new team sport, then water polo is both challenging and fun.
Learn to Swim - Adults
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to swim and we are proud to offer adult swimming lessons in selected venues. Whether you’ve never swam before or are looking to improve your stroke technique and fitness, our lesson programme will support you. For adults looking to refine their stroke technique further and build their fitness beyond swimming lessons why not try out our Skills and Drills classes, a class designed to improve your technique, make you a stronger swimmer and introduce you to key aquatic drills.
16 and 17 year olds can book into an adult coaching class; they will be charged the junior price until they turn 18.
Duration of each class is 50mins.
Our beginners classes look to build water confidence, introduce a range of aquatic skills, and develop the basics of all swimming strokes. This class is for adults who are new to swimming or for those who are not yet swimming confidently.
Our improvers class aims to develop more efficient swimming technique in the four strokes. This class is for adults who – want to develop their swimming skills over a greater distance and be more proficient in deep water.
Our stroke development class refines effective technique in the swimming strokes, develops effective starts/ turns, and involves more advanced aquatic skills. This class is for adults who can swim lengths of different strokes.
Learn to Swim - ASN
The water provides a fantastic environment for children with additional needs to experience freedom of movement, buoyancy and stimulation. Our experienced teachers will work with you to determine the best approach to swimming lessons for your child. We have a variety of ASN specific classes which are details below, however where appropriate we may recommend and encourage integrating within our main group lessons.
At this time we are
unable to provide a teacher in the water so if your child requires this level
of support a parent/ carer will be required in the water
Adult Stroke Development ASN
Our stroke development class refines effective technique in the swimming strokes. This class is for adults who can swim lengths.
Swim Skills ASN & Carer
A class specific to children within Swim Skills who require additional support in the water by parent/ guardian.