Child Swimming Lessons

Currently, over 1,500 children have swimming lessons with us each week. All of our teachers work to the highest standard to ensure that swimming lessons are as pleasant and productive as possible.

Swimming lessons run over a continuous programme of 50 weeks, and lessons are available seven days a week. You can start your child’s learn to swim experience at any point during the year. Children are assessed weekly and are moved up when they are ready.

If you would like your child to start swimming lessons, please call 01453 546441 and we will be able to advise and book your child onto the correct stage.

If you are unsure of your child’s swimming ability, we can organise an assessment with one of the swimming teachers prior to making the booking so that you are confident your child starts in the correct group.

Little Ducks

To begin a child’s swimming journey, we offer Little Ducks parent and child swimming lessons. In these sessions, both parent and child get in the pool to learn water confidence and basic swimming skills. This first step in a child’s swimming journey is a great way to introduce them to the water – not only do these lessons make your child feel more confident in the water, but you’ll feel more confident, too. We offer these lessons for babies from birth up until the age of 3-and-a-half.

Stage 1 – Pre-School Lessons

Before a child starts school, they can join our Learn to Swim Programme at Stage 1 from the age of 3 and a half. Once they start school, they are then able to move into Stage 2. These lessons work on developing basic water confidence and learning to work as a group.

These lessons take place during the week, Monday – Friday. For working parents, we have recently introduced a Sunday afternoon session.

Stages 2 – 7: Junior Learn to Swim Programme

Our Junior Learn to Swim Programme runs every evening and on the weekends. We follow the Swim England National Teaching Plan to ensure that your child progresses as quickly as possible. In some cases, we may ask that you bring your child along to a public swimming session so that we can accurately assess their ability and direct you to the correct class.

Here’s what some of our parents have to say …
My daughter has been attending Stage 2 lessons for the last three weeks. The progress that she has made from very little confidence and skill in such a short space of time is unbelievable. The instructors are amazing and so skilled at supporting each child. The online portal is fantastic too and so responsive to each session. Huge thanks to all involved, so impressed.
– September 2018

My child has developed more in the last three weeks since coming to the Pulse. I am glad we changed centres.
February 2019

Aquatic Development Programme

The Aquatic Development Programme is a progression from the Learn to Swim programme. It will develop a swimmer’s skills with specialism in a certain discipline, whether it’s developing competitive swimming, lifesaving or synchronised swimming techniques, or simply swimming for fun.

Our youth volunteering programme is also included within the Aquatic Development Programme, and is aimed at children aged 14 years and above. This programme provides an opportunity to introduce them to teaching swimming, lifesaving, synchronised swimming and to understand lifeguard duties.

ADP Squad Swimming

Once a child has achieved Stage 7, they can continue their swimming journey within our squad system.

Squad swimming is an introduction to competitive swimming and focuses on good technique, building strength, stamina and speed in the water. If a child is unsure about joining a club, squad swimming is designed to give them the club swimming experience while staying local.

Squads are split into four sections. Each section has its own criteria in order to build and develop the children as they move through the squads. Some club swimmers combine squad swimming with their swimming club in order to continue to enforce good technique.

ADP Lifesaving Club

Lifesaving Club is aimed at 6–12 year olds who would like to learn lifesaving skills and water safety in a fun and safe way. The only criteria to join are that they must be able to swim 25 metres on both their front and back and be able to tread water for one minute.

Sessions usually include a mix of swimming, lifesaving skills, personal safety and resuscitation, where, once perfected, your child will have the opportunity to gain awards as they progress through the years.

Junior Lifesaving Club takes place at the Pulse on Saturdays between 8am and 9am.

ADP Synchronised Swimming

Swimmers are welcomed into our Synchro club once they have completed Stage 5 and above in our Junior Learn to Swim Programme.

Our Synchro sessions have been designed to provide swimmers with the basics of movement to music and timing. Skills include development of treading water, sculling and basic synchronised swimming shapes, working through activities as individuals, pairs and groups.

Synchro sessions are programmed during the holidays as a week intensive, together with a weekly lesson currently running on a Friday at 4.20pm.

Private Lessons

If group swimming lessons are not for your child, we offer private swimming lessons on a 1-to-1 or a 1-to-2 basis. These swimming lessons occur during public swimming sessions and are available for both adults and children.

Bookings are available in a block booking where you pay for a number of lessons and have the same time, same teacher each week or you can book a number of one-off sessions with different instructors that are available.

You can request the teacher works on a specific element of swimming to aid the progression of the particular swimmer.

Have a free swim on us!

Once a child enrols onto our Learn to Swim programme, they have access to free public swimming for as long as they stay on lessons. We have found that bringing your child at least once a week on top of their lesson greatly improves their water confidence and skills.

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