Learn to Swim

Women Swimming

We have swimming pools and swimming lessons at two of our sports centres - Moorways Sports Complex and Queen's Leisure Centre.

Our Learn to Swim scheme aims to teach every person to a high standard. It follows the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, ensuring everyone is safe and their learning experience is enjoyable. The scheme provides the opportunity for every individual to progress at their own pace achieving their own personal goals.

We run continuous year-round swimming lessons for all abiliities.


Please read our Safe swimming guide, Child admission policy swim derby and Swimwear policy before you swim.

Boy learning to swim Swim Ducklings

For children aged three months to five years old with a parent in the water. Together with the parent, the child will learn water confidence and work towards the ASA Swim a Song and Ducklings awards.

The Swim Ducklings classes are separated into different age groups...

  • 3 to 18 months
  • 18 to 36 months
  • 3 to 5 years.

Learn to Swim stages 1 to 7

Teaches a wide range of skills and strokes. Here are some of the things children will do at each level, taken from the ASA's website...

  • Stage 1 - Developing basic safety awareness, movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, for example, arm bands and floats.
  • Stage 2 - Developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and motion unaided to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, for example, arm bands and floats.
  • Stage 3 - Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 meters on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.
  • Stage 4 - Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 meters to a given standard as directed by the ASA.
  • Stage 5 - Developing 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also perfoming all strokes to the given standard asdirected by the ASA.
  • Stage 6 - Developing effective swimming skills including cooridinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preperation for excercise.
  • Stage 7 - Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 meters, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 to 7.

Other aquatic activities, stages 8 to 10

Once children have completed stages 1 to 7, they will have demonstrated a core set of skills to be confident and safe in the water. This will mean they're able to progress onto a choice of aquatic disciplines which include water polo, diving, lifesaving and competitive swimming. Each sport skill has stage level 8, 9 and 10.

Activities include:

  • Competitive Swimming - Develop stroke techniques, stamina, and starts and turns. Children will get more experience and confidence, and get the opportunity to join one of our linked swimming clubs.
  • Flip 'n' Fun - Experience diving and learn new skills in a fun and safe environment. Children will also get introduced to the 'FUNdamental Movement Skills' which is the first stage of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.
  • Rookie Lifeguard - Perfect for budding lifeguards, these sessions have been developed by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK. Learn the dangers of open waters swimming, and learn rescue and resuscitation techniques.

Elite Squad

For swimmers who have completed all stages but would like to continue swimming in a fun environment. This is a coached session building on stamina, timed swims and technique through drills.

Learn to Swim for disabled children

Swim Derby encourages integration of all swimming. There are smaller stepping stones for swimmers who are not yet ready for Stage 1 of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, or those who may have additional needs or requirements in order to progress into Stage 1. The Awards range specific for this section is the ASA Alpha Awards.

Children with disabilities can swim either within the mainstream lessons or with an adult in our Starfish lessons. Both classes follow the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.

The Starfish lessons are separated into different age groups...

  • Four to seven years
  • Eight to 14 years.

Man swimming with weights Learn to Swim for older children

Swim Derby provides lessons for young people who have missed learning to swim when younger. Lessons cover water confidence, stamina and stroke technique. It follows the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.

Learn to Swim for adults

Get the confidence and skills to enjoy swimming whether you've never learnt before or are just nervous in the water. We run beginners, intermediate and advanced lesson levels following the ASA adult syllabus.

One to One lessons

Dedicated lessons for both adults and children with the individual attention of an instructor. Improve quicker than in a group lesson, and concentrate on what you and your child need most.

For more information, please contact the swimming pool's reception.

Visit the ASA's website to find out more about Learn to Swim stages.


Moorways Swimming Pool and Queen's Leisure Centre have:

  • ramped or level entry into the centre
  • automatic doors
  • hearing induction loop
  • minicom service
  • braille and tactile signs (Moorways Swimming Pool only)
  • pool hoists
  • easy access steps (Moorways Swimming Pool only)
  • changing rooms and toilets for disabled people
  • disabled person's parking
  • free admission for carers if they are helping a disabled person take part in an activity.

‌ Contact our swimming pools

Moorways Swimming Pool – part of Moorways Sports Complex

Visit our Moorways Sport Complex page for more information about the swimming pool.

Queen's Leisure Centre

Visit our Queen's Lesiure Centre page for more information.


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