Learn to Swim

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Come swimming at one of our swimming pools! We have swimming pools and swimming lessons available at two of our sports centres - Moorways Swimming Pool and Athletics Track and Queen's Leisure Centre.

Both leisure centres offer a great programme filled with 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.

New pool programme from Monday 15 June 2015

Following customer consultation, Derby City Council are changing the pool timetables to improve the customer experience and meet the needs of the local community at Queen's Leisure Centre and Moorways Swimming Pool.

The new pool timetables aim to increase the amount of quality water space available to new and existing customers and the pool timetables at each site complement each other by offering different sessions on different days of the week, so no matter where you live, work or play, there should be an appropriate session that you can access to suit you and your lifestyle.

The new timetables will start from Monday 15 June 2015 and can be viewed here for Queen's Leisure Centre pool programme and Moorways Pool Programme.

Pool opening times


Moorways Swimming Pool

Queen’s Leisure Centre


4pm to 7pm




4pm to 7pm


4pm to 7pm




4pm to 7pm


4pm to 7pm



9am to 12pm

9am to 1pm


4pm to 7pm


Learn to Swim customers will be contacted directly with information on the potential changes to days and times of current classes and instructions on how and when to enrol on the new classes.

Please ensure that we hold the correct email and postal address for you by checking with reception in our centres.


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

Parent and Baby (3months – 18months) and Parent and Toddler (18months – 36months)

Working toward ASA Swim a Song Awards Parent and Baby offers a fun, progressive programme for introducing babies and young children to the exciting world of aquatics. Thirty two songs are used to introduce basic water skills and confidence and can be used at bath time too.

Swim Ducklings (3 years – 5years)

These sessions are designed for babies and toddlers to help them 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.

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 1-7

These stages of the British Gas Learn to Swim Pathway will take your child through fundamental stages. They are based on developing skills, movement in the water, and having fun.

  • Stage 1 - This stage helps develop safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as armbands and floats.
  • Stage 2 - This stage focuses on safe entry to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel on the front and back up to a distance of 5m, and rotating the body to regain an upright position. Swimmers may use armbands and floats.
  • Stage 3 - More on developing safe entries into the water – including submersion – traveling up to 10m on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous stage.
  • Stage 4 - This stage aids the learner in developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Also covered is refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer has to swim 10m to a standard directed by the ASA.
  • Stage 5 - During this stage swimmers develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and body complete rotation. They perform all strokes for 10m to a standard provided by the ASA in the Learn to Swim Framework.
  • Stage 6 - Developing effective swimming skills – including coordinated breathing – across all strokes is the focus of this stage. Learners also have to swim a distance of 25m using a stroke of their choice. Children learn about aspects of water safety.
  • Stage 7 - Children develop quality stroke techniques up to 100m incorporating the skills they have learned, and combine them to develop a linked routine. They also complete an obstacle course combining skills accomplished through stages 1-7.

ASA Aquatic Skills Framework 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 British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. They are discipline-specific and build on the swimming skills learned in Stages 1-7.  They have been developed with the grass roots programmes of the individual sports so are great if your child wants to take up competitive swimming, water polo or become a lifeguard.

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 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.

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 British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.

Learn to Swim for adults

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.

Once you have mastered the basics why not try SwimFit and further develop your fitness and Aquatic skills.


If you’re looking for an alternative way to working out in the pool, then Swimfit is for you. It is your very own motivational tool for the pool which you can take up at any time or use as part of a class with an instructor.

Swimfit is all about getting results and helping you achieve your goals, whether that is to lose weight, to tone up, to improve your technique or just to become fitter and stronger. It is a fun and effective way of helping you reach your goals, since water is 800 times denser than air, you are most likely to get there a lot quicker than by taking part in any other workout!

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. 

Elite Squad

These sessions are designed for swimmers who have completed all the stages and are looking to keep swimming in a coached environment. This class is perfect if you are looking to progress in to club swimming or just want to swim to keep fit or improve your stamina and technique.

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


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.

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

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.


Learn to Swim prices 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016
Learn to Swim courseStandardRecreation Passport
Swim Ducklings
12 week block £59.50 £38.35
Learn to Swim stages 1 to 10
12 week block £59.50 £38.35
Older children's lessons
12 week block £59.50 £38.35
Adult lessons 
12 week block £59.50 £38.35
Aquatics Strand - 1 hour
12 week block £79.40 £43.00


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