Find out more about our unique learn to swim programme
Our learn to swim programme
Our learn to swim programme sees children move through stages 1 to 10, all of which are aligned with Swim England's 'Learn to Swim Pathway'. We start by teaching the basics of swimming, and end with advanced aquatic skills.
After they have worked through stages 1-8, children will move into our pre-competitive (or pre-comp, as we often call them) sessions. These are a 'step up' from our normal group lessons, and allow children to swim for longer periods of time (60 minutes) in a squad environment. These stages aren't competitive; instead, they focus on further developing swimmers' technique, skills and stamina - perfect preparation for those that do want to move onto competitive swimming.
Stage 9 (pre-comp)
Stage 10 (pre-comp)
Where to next?
For those swimmers who have completed their learn to swim journey, we also offer Junior SwimFit classes. These are designed for children who want to continue swimming for fitness.
If you swim with us already, you can see which stage your child is working towards via your Doddle account. If you have very recently joined us, you may notice that there isn't yet a stage assigned to them. This isn't anything to worry about; it just means we need to see them swim, and make sure we help them work towards the most appropriate stage.
Your swimmer will get an award at the end of each stage - and these are typically given out at the end of each major term. They also have the chance to collect various other badges and certificates during their time with us. You can find out more about these below.