Lessons and Courses

At Better, we’re all about helping everybody achieve their goals. That’s why we run a wide range of lessons and courses that are open to everybody, whatever their age or level of ability. 

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

 

Leisure Centres

You’ll find a variety of lessons and courses at your local Better leisure centre, from swimming and gymnastics to football, tennis and much more. And when it comes to swimming, Better Swim Schools are the perfect choice for anyone wanting to learn and develop one of life’s most important skills, teaching over 90,000 people.

When it comes to meeting your goals, staying motivated is key. That’s why our expert coaches will keep checking in with you to make sure you’re on the right track. And because we’re committed to giving you the best possible guidance, you’ll be happy to know that we work closely with National Governing bodies, wherever possible.

Affordable, convenient and local

With affordable, inclusive programmes and simple, flexible payment methods, reaching your goals with Better couldn’t be easier. Our classes run in over 100 locations across the country, so you’re sure to find one near you. Take a look at our full list of lessons and courses below and get ready to start your journey, wherever it takes you.

Find a course

Libraries and Children’s Centres

If you’re looking to introduce your child to a new activity, or try something for yourself, the courses and programme at your local Better library or children’s centre are well worth a look. Brush up your culinary skills with our cookery club and healthy eating workshops, or build your mental strength in our brain workshops. If you or your child would like to uncover your hidden talents and meet new friends, our drama and music classes could be just what you’re looking for. And from bonding with baby and baby massage to positive parenting and first aid for parents, there’s plenty to do for Mums and Dads, too.