The learn to swim pathway for children
Top five facts about children's swimming lessons
- A swimming lesson lasts 30 minutes.
- Learn to swim courses run for 10 weeks.
- Learn to swim courses costs £53.50 or £40.50 with an Active Lifestyle Discount Card.
- Children on our learn to swim programme can swim for free at general swimming sessions (see below for more details).
- Learn to swim courses can be re-booked online.
About the learn to swim pathway
The International Learn to Swim Programme aims to provide a complete progressive pathway for learners of all ages to progress from their first time in the water through to becoming safe proficient swimmers.
The scheme aims to build on knowledge and skill development at each level and reward achievement through a range of exciting awards and certificates.
Starfish series - Baby water safety
Introduces babies to a water adventure while learning confidence and safety skills. Find out more about the Starfish series on the STA website
Stanley series - First steps (for 2 to 5 year olds)
Teaches children basic swimming and water safety skills. Find out more about the Stanley series on the STA website
Octopus series (for 5 to 8 year olds)
Teaches swimmers to develop their confidence, knowledge and skills in the water. Find out more about the Octopus series on the STA website
The next stage for swimmers who have progressed through either the Stanley First Steps Series or Octopus Series. Find out more about the Goldfish series on the STA website
Prepares learners to swim 25m without aid, perform butterfly stroke as well as mastering sculling techniques and entries to the water. Find out more about the Angelfish series on the STA website
Educates swimmers in basic water rescue and survival techniques as well as starts and turns for each of the strokes. Find out about the Shark series on the STA website
Advanced swimmer series
Develops swimming technique, speed, stamina and water polo or synchronised swimming skills. Find out about the Advanced Swimmer series on the STA website
Combines survival and rescue skills with advanced swimming skills, water polo and synchronised swimming. Find out more about the Platinum series on the STA website
Free general swimming sessions
Added swimming practice helps children to progress more easily through the various stages of learning to swim. All children on our learn to swim programme can swim free of charge at our general swimming sessions at each of our sports centres. Our free swimming offer lasts for the full duration of a10-week course and is subject to our pool admission policy.
Achievements, awards and badges
All our swimming teachers keep progress and achievement records for each of their classes. Awards and badges are issued as skills and stroke development are completed within each level. The teacher will hand your child a badge slip for you to take to reception to purchase a badge.
- Your child will progress when the swimming teacher thinks they are ready to do so.
- As children learn and master skills at different rates, progression will not always be at the end of each course of lessons.
- The higher levels and challenge badges may take longer to achieve.