Adult Swimming Lessons with Better

Can’t swim or just not as strong a swimmer as you’d like to be? Join the club! Many adults across the UK are learning to swim and enjoying a whole new world in the water.

Swim Doctor is Better’s adult swimming programme for all your swimming needs. Our range of swimming classes for adults are designed for all swimming levels so everyone can get comfortable in the water. Whether you want to learn to swim for the first time, are training for an event, or simply want to improve you’re technique, we’ll get you to where you want to be.

Our fitness experts and swim instructors can coach you in groups if you want to learn with a friend, or individually, and you’ll be surprised how easy and fun it is once you get started. Our high-quality facilities also help ensure that you get the most out of your adult swimming lessons and learn to love the water.

Get in touch with your local Better leisure centre to find adult swimming lessons near you.

Already registered on a course? Login to your Home Portal account here to view lesson progress, lesson days and times plus any cancelled dates.

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Why learn to swim?

Swimming is a valuable skill to learn in any stage of life no matter your age. Our adult learn to swim classes are fantastic for your physical and mental wellbeing too, as well as being a low-impact sport that most people can enjoy, regardless of age or fitness level.

If you’re searching for ‘swimming classes for adults near me’, look no further, as with Better, you’ll have access to a local indoor swimming pool as well as many more across England, Cardiff and Belfast.

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Who are our adult swimming lessons for?

Much like all swim classes we offer, our adult swimming lessons are suitable for everyone, regardless of age or ability.

Whether you’re looking specifically to improve technique with swimming lessons for adults with disabilities, fitness training to get race ready, or senior citizens swim classes, chat to our friendly team and we can find the ideal class for you. You don’t even have to be a member to start your adult swimming journey!

Talk to the Better team to find out more or book your next adult swim lesson via the Better UK App.

Our Swimming Classes For Adults

At Better, our Swim Doctor classes range from small mixed groups, women-only groups, and one-to-one sessions for beginners to suit your learning style. Whether you want to learn to swim, improve your technique or fitness, or even train for an event, our team will help you make the most of your time in the pool in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Swim Doctor- Learn

Best for: Swimming beginners and improvers

Whether you are getting in the pool for the first time or refreshing and improving your swimming skills, come and learn with our resident Swim Doctor. Swim Doctor Learn are adult swimming lessons, which you can book either as a course, please go to our lessons and course booking site or as a drop-in session (drop-in sessions are not available at every facility). Ideal for beginners, Swim Doctor Learn will cover the basics, giving you a great foundation for improvement.

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Swim Doctor- Fitness

Best for: Confident swimmers looking to improve their fitness

These adult swimming fitness classes are focused on improving swimming technique to help you stay healthy. Whether you’re training for an event or just want to improve your overall health, these series of drills will help improve your performance and meet new people. Swim Doctor Fitness is currently available for Better members who can book drop-in sessions via the app or Better website

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Senior Swim Classes

Best for: Those aged 66+

Come along to one of our senior swim classes for lessons where you can learn at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Our trained and patient swim instructors will assess where you’re at, and help coach you to become more confident in the water. Whether you’re learning to swim or enhancing your strokes, our senior classes cater to all needs.

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Disability Adult Swimming Lessons

Best for: Adults with disabilities

Everyone is welcome to learn how to swim at Better with our swimming lessons for disabled adults. Where possible, we will look to integrate adults with disabilities into our existing group lessons, but we also offer 1-2-1 lessons to support adults to learn to swim. Find out more at your local Better swimming pool.

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Private adult swim lessons

Best for: 1-to-1 learning

If you prefer to learn in a one-on-one environment, at Better, we offer private adult swim classes with a qualified swimming instructor. Find out more at your local Better swimming pool.

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Intensive Swimming Lessons

Best for: Pushing yourself and seeing progress quickly

Whether you want to get a head start on your swimming, need extra tuition getting the basics down, or simply want a taste of what our swimming lessons have to offer - our intensive swimming lessons are a great way to learn the essentials. Master the basic techniques for all 4 strokes and work to complete at least 10 metres on front crawl and backstroke by the end of the course.

Women-only swimming lessons

Best for: Building confidence in a welcoming environment
Build your confidence in the water with sessions led by qualified female swimming instructors.  Catering to girls and women of all swimming stages and abilities, develop a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the social and mental benefits of swimming with our women-only sessions.

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Overcoming your water phobia

Do swimming lessons for adults afraid of water really work?

Our trained professionals are here to help you overcome your water phobia with slow and gradual exercises and plenty of support. We’ll be with you every step of the way to help you feel more confident in the pool. Find out more at your local centre.

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Swimming Tips & FAQs

To help you get the most out of your swim, our Fitness Swimming Ambassador , open water champion and Olympic silver medallist Keri-anne Payne has offered up some top tips to make your swim as easy as possible - swimming smarter, not harder.

  • Keep a regular rhythm, breathe in through the mouth and out through the nose.  The key is to stay relaxed and only breathe as much as you need, not as much as you think you need.
  • Reduce your drag and keep your body in a straight line, look down and feel your legs come up behind you.
  • For efficient propulsion, move the water through the centre line of the body and feel like you're pulling from your finger tips and that you are engaging your lateral muscles.
  • Don't try and master everything at once - work on one thing at a time. Once you've got the hang of this, move onto the next thing.

Adult Swim FAQs

How much does a swimming course for adults cost?

Our adult swimming sessions start from as little as £3.50 for any of our monthly or annual members and are even free for Better Health UK Members. Alternatively, you can pay as you go for £12 per session.

*Pricing may vary for the Camden partnership. Please visit Camden locations for more details.

How do I find adult swimming lessons near me?

Simply use our online booking tool to find adult swimming lessons at your local Better centre.

How many swimming lessons do adults need?

This will entirely depend upon your individual goals when it comes to swimming. A beginner looking to take adult swimming lessons from scratch, will inevitably require more time in the water than someone looking to improve their technique.

Once you’ve started your swim journey, you can discuss your plan with your swimming tutor. Our Swim Doctor programme caters to all levels and training plans, so you can find the right lesson to suit you.

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