Better Swim School

We are the largest provider of swimming lessons across the UK. Across the country, we help over 100,000 people learn to love the water and keep active, by becoming capable and confident swimmers.

We provide:

  • Friendly fully qualified teachers
  • Lesson plans designed by swimming experts in accordance with the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework
  • Access to HomePortal - our online tool which allows you to track progress through the Learn to Swim Framework
  • A fully inclusive and accessible Learn to Swim Programme with additional specialist disability swimming sessions (dependent on location)
  • Free Swimming (dependent on location)
  • And much, much more...

Swim School

Better Swim School teach more than 100,000 swimmers throughout the UK. At over 100 locations, our swim school programme is designed to be flexible and affordable, with prices starting from as little as £3 per lesson (dependent on location). Our experienced, qualified teachers follow Swim England's National Learn to Swim Teaching Plan. We support all swimmers to progress and take the plunge, whatever their level of ability. Fully inclusive and suitable for all age groups, our classes include:

  • One-to-one lessons
  • Parent and Baby Lessons
  • Pre School Lessons for 3-5 year olds
  • Children's Learn to Swim Lessons
  • Children Aquatics Skills including Rookie Lifesaving, Multi Aquatics and Challenge Awards
  • Adult Swimming Lessons
  • And much, much more...

On your first visit you can to collect your child's membership card from reception. You'll also get a free swimming hat from your swimming teacher, as these must be worn for every lesson.

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Progress Tracking

Better Swim School provides an online tool - our Home Portal - that helps you to track your progress or your child's progress in the pool. Once you book a course, it's easy to set up an account using your unique barcode number. Once registered, you'll be able to log in to access information and updates directly from your swimming instructor. Features include:

  • Record of Achievement - clear and regular updates on progress, including achievements and areas for improvement.
  • Book Lessons - choose dates, times and Swim School Stage (subject to availability).
  • One account for multiple children - perfect for schools and families.
  • Allowing you to move up unto the next class upon successful progression.
  • Printing your Parent Barcode to gain quick access to our centres at lesson times.
  • Pay Online - skip the queue and go straight to your lesson.

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Our Lessons

Lessons are delivered on a rolling programme that allows pupils to join at any stage and progress at their own pace. For those who want to make waves quickly, one-to-one lessons are available, as well as intensive courses during the holidays. Our lessons operate for 50 weeks of the year with a gap in lessons over the Christmas period. You can download the full swimming course structure here.

SWIM SCHOOL AWARD SCHEME

Swim School Award Scheme

Level

Entry requirements

ASA Learn to Swim Award

Adult & Infant

This class is aimed at infants from 3 months until they are able to walk with no support from an adult. An adult must accompany the child in the water. The lesson focuses on promoting early water confidence and basic motor skills in a fun and friendly environment.

Discovery Duckling 1 and 2

Adult & Toddler

This class is aimed at Toddlers who can walk with no support from an adult up to 3 years old. An adult must accompany the child in the water. The lesson focuses on promoting early water confidence, basic motor skills and introduces independent movement in a fun and friendly environment.

Discovery Duckling 3 and 4

Pre School 1

This class is aimed at children between 3 – 5 years who are new to swimming lessons or are not yet water confident e.g. unable to submerge their face confidently, float on their front and back unaided.

Duckling 1 and 2

I CAN Awards:

Enter the water

Exit the water

Blow bubbles

Float on front

Float on back

Pre School 2

This class is aimed at children between 3 – 4 years who have previously attended adult and child swimming lessons or are water confident e.g. able to submerge their face confidently, float on their front and back unaided and paddle/kick a short distance unaided.

Duckling 3 and 4

I CAN Awards:

Roll over

Swim

Enter-turn-return

Jump in

Stage 1

For children 5 years and over who are new to swimming lessons and are not yet water confident e.g. unable to submerge their face confidently, float on their front and back unaided.

Stage 1

Stage 2

For children 4 years old and over who have passed Pre School 2 or Stage 1 and are water confident e.g. able to submerge their face confidently, float on their front and back unaided and paddle/kick a short distance unaided.

 

Stage 2

Stage 3

For children who have passed Stage 2 or able to travel 5 metres on both the front and back without the use of buoyancy aids, able to regain standing and blow bubbles into the water.

Stage 3

Stage 4

For children who have passed Stage 3 or are able to travel 10 metres on their front and back unaided with a basic technique. Confident to jump in and submerge under water and have experience in deep water.

Stage 4

Stage 5

For children who have passed Stage 4 or are able to kick 10 metres of frontcrawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly with good technique and swim 10 metres of a stroke.

Stage 5

Stage 6

For children who have passed Stage 5 or able to swim 10 metres of frontcrawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly with good technique and are able to confidently tread water and perform somersaults in the water.

Stage 6

Stage 7

For children who have passed Stage 6 or are able to swim 10 metres with clothes on, swim frontcrawl, breaststroke and butterfly with rhythmical breathing, swim 25 metres correct technique of at least 1 stroke, able to surface dive to the bottom of the pool, confident in deep water and able to swim with clothes on confidently.

Stage 7

Stage 8 - 10

For children who have passed Stage 7 or are able to swim 25 metres of frontcrawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly demonstrating correct technique, swim 100 metres using 3 different strokes, perform a competent sitting dive and tread water using eggbeater leg action.

There are several aquatic routes to choose from:

Rookie Lifesaving, Swimming Challenge, Multi Aquatics, Mini Polo, Synchronised Swimming, Diving, and Competitive Swimming.

Please contact your local Leisure Centre to see which of these are on offer.

Stage 8, 9 and 10

Adult Beginner

For pupils aged 16 years old and over to promote water confidence and develop core aquatic skills which enable a solid foundation to start learning the strokes.

Adult Swimming Stage 1, 2 and 3

Adult improver

For pupils aged 16 years old and over who are able to swim at least 10 metres on their front and back. This lesson will further improve stroke technique and develop on previous core skills learnt with an introduction to deep water.

Adult Swimming Stage 4 and 5

Adult Advance

For pupils aged 16 years old and over who are able to swim at least 25 metres. This lesson will focus on stroke development and endurance.

Adult Swimming Stage 6 and 7

We operate a slightly different programme in Cardiff which follows the Welsh Learn to Swim Framework. 

LEARN TO SWIM SCHEME IN WALES

Locations

Don't dawdle! Learn to swim with us at over 90 locations across the UK. Use our interactive map to discover your nearest pool.

Payment

There are three quick and easy ways to pay:

  • A convenient monthly Direct Debit of 12 equal payments allowing you to spread the cost across the year.*
  • A hassle-free upfront annual payment.
  • Pay as you go - make an upfront payment for 14 weeks and renew at any time**

All payments can be easily managed online through your Home Portal. As an added bonus, customers paying by monthly Direct Debit are entitled to free swimming during general swimming sessions (please check the swimming timetable at your local leisure centre).

*Something to remember! If you select Direct Debit payments for your lessons, they will continue until you let us know otherwise.

**At selected centres only. Not available online

 

 

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