PreSchool Classes

(18 months-4 years)

Any little ones who are new to the pool will be supported fully on the surface, whilst encouraged to start splashing and enjoying the water with our water confidence activities, before starting to make the move towards more independent work. Our instructors will guide you to support this development and ensure little ones are happy and growing in confidence in the water.

When confident, your little ones will begin jumping into the pool independently, and diving down to catch fishies, along many other exciting skills. Confident swimmers will be covering short distances unaided on surface and learning to link these to safety skills, amongst other new, fun and challenging skills!

Lessons progress smoothly towards independent classes, and when ready, little ones move into either our Stage 1 classes (no adult in the water) or our Stage 1P classes (transitioning the adult out of the water at a slower pace). These classes are available from ages 2.5 years upwards and your instructor will guide you when they are ready to take this next exciting step!

Stage 1P (ages 2.5-4yrs)

Our specially developed transition classes are perfect for those who are not quite ready to swim in lessons on their own, but are ready to move on from the Adult and Child lesson format. These classes are designed for those who may be more nervous, those who haven't taken lessons before, or those who simply need a slower pace in starting independent lessons without you in the pool. These classes have just 4 swimmers per lesson!


Classes are run in a Stage 1 format, with little ones encouraged to become more independent in their movements, whilst learning basic swimming skills and growing in confidence. They will have you there to support and encourage them whilst they are starting out and taking the next steps of their swimming journey!

Why swim with us?

  • Free Trial class available, and a 4 week initial enrolment option.

  • A full range of classes for all confidence levels 

  • Spectators welcome at all our venues!

  • Easy and flexible online payments - choose from 4, 6, 9 or 12 weeks on each payment.

  • A focus on building confidence and enjoying their learning experience! 

  • Collect Swim England stage badges along the way, at no extra cost, to celebrate your little one's achievements!

  • Adult and Child classes have 6 maximum per lesson, and just 4 swimmers per class in PreSchool Stages 1 and 1P!

  • We offer a catch up lesson where possible if you miss a class (see terms and conditions for full details).

Sibling/Twin Lessons

Sibling Courses

These are the perfect interim swimming lesson when you have a toddler who isn't ready to swim on their own, and a new baby ready to start on their swimming journey! We run with smaller numbers than Adult and Child classes so your instructor can give specific attention and guidance, and help toddlers learn to move freely with floats, and make the steps to lesson on their own. At the same time, babies can begin to grow in confidence in the water and complete activities from our baby programme. 

Twin classes

These lessons run for little ones aged 2 years upwards, and need just one adult in the pool. These courses will also run with smaller numbers than Adult and Child lessons to enable your instructor to guide and help them become more independent in the pool, and start their journey to water confidence.. and to lessons without you in the pool!

Enquire with us to find a class!




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