Learn to Swim

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Join us at our swimming pool, Queen's Leisure Centre, where we host a variety of aquatic activities to suit your needs. Our swimming programme includes slots for lane swimming, family swimming, group exercise classes in water, Learn to Swim programmes and more.

Our Learn to Swim programme offers group and private lessons for adults and children. These sessions are designed to meet individual needs and will be suitable for you whether you are a complete beginner or looking to develop your skills and technique further. Our fully qualified aquatic instructors use the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Learn to Swim pathway to allow swimmers to learn in a safe and fun environment.

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 ages and abilities.

Learn to Swim times

Cancellations: on Saturday 25 March there will be no lessons 

Queen's Swimming Pool
Teaching pool Family pool
Monday 4pm to 6pm  
Tuesday 4pm to 6pm 4pm to 6pm
Wednesday 4pm to 6pm  
Thursday 4pm to 6pm 4pm to 6pm
Friday 4pm to 6pm  
Saturday 9am to 1pm 9am to 1pm

Please ensure that we hold the correct email and postal address for you by checking with reception in our centres. This will enable us to get in touch with you to arrange for suitable sessions.


Please read our Safe swimming guide, Child admission policy swim derby and Swimwear policy before you swim or for enquiries please complete the Learn to Swim Booking Form.

Swim a Song (3 months - 36 months)

Swim a Song sessions are fun and innovative sessions specifically designed for babies and young children who are new to swimming and focuses in increasing their confidence in water.

Ducklings (3 years - 5 years) 

The Ducklings Awards are designed to help children to explore and enjoy the fun of learning to swim. With the help of their parents/carers, your child will develop confidence both in and out of the water, whilst working toward the ASA Duckling Awards.

Learn to Swim Stages 1-7

These stages of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Learn to Swim Pathway will take your child through fundamental stages. They are based on developing skills, movement in the water, and having fun.

For more detailed information on the Learn to Swim stages please see the ASA website.

ASA Aquatic Skills Stages 8-10

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 other aquatic disciplines.

These stages are called the Fundamental Sport Skills of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework. 

These activities include:

  • competitive Swimming - your child will learn a range of advanced techniques such as swimming continuously over a long distance using a single stroke and advanced starts. There are also awards for each stage.
  • rookie Lifesaving - this offers you the comfort of knowing your children are aware of the dangers of swimming in open water, and know resuscitation and rescue techniques. A perfect introduction if you are interested in becoming a Lifeguard.

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 ASA Learn to Swim Framework, or those who may have additional needs or requirements in order to progress into Stage 1. 

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

The Starfish lessons cater for children between the age of 4 and 14. 

Learn to Swim for older children

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

Adult Swimming

Get the confidence and skills to enjoy swimming whether you are a complete beginner or lack confidence whilst in water. We provide Adult Learn to Swim sessions based on the ASA Adult Swimming Framework. This programme offers:

  • be a swimmer
  • be a setter swimmer
  • be a great swimmer classes.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are suitable for both adults and children at all ages and abilities. The private lessons setting will enable you to work together with your designated instructor, whilst focusing on specific skills or strokes to refine or develop your aquatic skills.

Private lessons are more flexible than group lessons and therefore they will give you more flexibility, be more tailored to suit your needs and help you progress through the stages much quicker. 

Visit www.swimming.org for the latest Aquatics news and information


Queen's Leisure Centre has:

  • ramped or level entry into the centre
  • automatic doors
  • hearing induction loop
  • minicom service
  • pool hoists
  • 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.

What do our customer have to say about our Learn to Swim sessions?

A parent of one of our swimmers recently said: "My son has attended swimming lessons here for three and half years and has very much enjoyed them. He has gone from being a non-swimmer to currently being on Stage 7 in this time, which initially was his goal. The staff have been helpful and overall it has been a good experience".

Another parent of one of our swimmers said: "Chris and Steve (instructors) have been outstanding in their coaching and have brought my son on leaps and bounds hence the fact he has now joined a swimming club along with his sisters who also had Chris and Steve."

‌Contact our swimming pools

Queen's Leisure Centre

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


Learn to Swim prices 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016
Learn to Swim courseStandardRecreation Passport
Swim Ducklings
12 week block £63.00 £40.30
Learn to Swim stages 1 to 10
12 week block £63.00 £40.30
Older children's lessons
12 week block £63.00 £40.30
Adult lessons 
12 week block £63.00 £40.30
Aquatics Strand - 1 hour
12 week block £83.80 £45.15


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