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Children Swimming Lessons


We’re so excited to start welcoming pupils back to Swim School! As your safety is of upmost importance to us, we have made a number of changes in line with Government and National Governing Body guidance, along with enhanced hygiene measures, to ensure your visits are as safe as possible.

Unfortunately there are some types of lessons and locations that are unable to return yet. Details of these can be found below and we are working hard to resume our full range of lessons as soon as possible.

We have also been working hard whilst we have been closed to make some additional exciting changes to how our lessons are delivered and the way our classes are structured. These changes allow for our lessons to be as fun and more progressive than ever before and your journey with us far easier.

Please ensure to read our frequently asked questions for the most up-to-date information on the new protocols. Your cooperation, along with the safety measures and all the efforts from our swim teachers, will help keep your visit safer, better and stronger than ever.


The Course Structure

Adult & Baby/Swimbies

At Better, our affordable adult and baby swimming sessions support infants and toddlers in building their water confidence at a pace that's natural to them. Our adult and baby programme takes infants from three months old to age four, preparing them for the next stage of their swimming journey and a lifetime of fun in the water. 

Swimbies offers 3 stages for your little one to work their way through.

Dippers:3 months

Splashers:Walking up to 2 years

Paddlers:2-4 years 


Following customer research and insight from our experience of running the UK’s largest Swim School, our National team of Industry experts and tutors have been developing a new framework designed to make our lessons more progressive, provide a stronger foundation in Water safety and enhance the customer journey to ensure accessing good quality swimming lessons becomes easier and doesn’t require you to have to continually change your weekly time table as pupils progress.

We have created a simpler set of classes, which will be led by a Lead Teacher, each class will contain ability groups which will each have a Qualified Swimming Teacher ensuring that each lesson meets the needs of the pupils in that group and increase the amount of ‘Active Learning’ time. Our Lead Teacher will also be tracking the progress of each pupil to ensure they can develop against the achievement criteria of each group.

All our current customers have been moved across to the relevant new class, each pupil will then the assessed to ensure they are placed in a suitable ability group within that class. We are conscious that many of our pupils will have not had lessons for nearly 6 months and our primary focus over the opening weeks of our programme is that their reintroduction to swimming lessons is a safe and enjoyable one.

Our priority is to ensure your child learns to be safe in and around water, developing their skills and strokes to become confident in achieving their milestones. Our new programme focuses on a set of achievements linked to a set of skills and distances achieved which are natural and progressive milestones for every child to become the best swimmer possible. Below is an outline of our new classes and ability groups:


Previously known as:
Stage 1, 2, 3

Teaching pupils the essential swimming skills to ensure they learn to be safe in and around water. Learning the basic techniques for all 4 strokes, achieving 10metre on Front Crawl and Backstroke by the end of their Green milestones.

Ability Groups: 
Red, Amber and Green


Previously known as:
Stage 4, 5, 6, 7

Teaching pupils advanced swimming skills, developing their techniques on all 4 strokes to create efficient and effective swimmers. Lessons focus on a wide range of skills across all aquatic sports. Pupils will learn basic water survival and rescue skills as part of the milestone awards. Here we will also work with other partner clubs to assess each pupils ability to progress in talent pathways.

Ability Groups:
Bronze, Silver and Gold


Previously known as:
Stage 8, 9, 10

Supporting and developing your child to achieve their own person goals in the pool. Setting personal targets related to challenge award in fitness swimming, personal survival and junior lifesaving and other aquatic sports. Here we will continue to  work with other partner clubs to assess each pupils ability to progress in talent pathways should they choose to.

Ability Groups:
Talent Lanes




Prices for Children's swimming lessons -

Direct Debit* 30 mins £19.50
  45 mins £25.50

* Your DD price is based on a 50 week programme over 12 months ( with 2 weeks off for Christmas )

Please note, we operate a rolling swimming lesson programme which is automatically renewed until you tell us to stop. If you would like to cancel please notify us via Contact Us link.

Concessionary prices are also available.

Ensuring Safety

There are always certified lifeguards on hand at the pool during lesson times. We use a number of fun swimming aids to encourage children in the pool and help develop their confidence in a positive way through our lessons.

Track your childs progress using our Coursepro App


Updated by swimming teachers after each lesson, CoursePro gives parents a clear picture of how their child is performing and offers suggestions on how your child can improve. With CoursePro you can be sure your child gets the most from their lessons.

visit the link below to get started:


To comply with physical distancing regulations and to ensure a fair allocation of time for each customer we will be allocating one hour time slots for the gym, fitness classes and swimming. The one hour time slot will include the allowance for safe arrival, movement through the centre, changing and leaving the premises.

Timetables and activity time slots will be made available and bookable on the Better UK app once we reopen.