Swim School

A new swimming scheme was launched at the Sports Centre in September 2012. Following the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) awards scheme, lessons are based on ‘The National Plan for Teaching Swimming’.

We believe learning to swim is a necessary skill and rewarding experience. Our vision incorporates opportunities for your child to achieve lifesaving skills or progress to St Mary’s Junior Development Squad (previously Junior Masters) which is the pinnacle of our Swim School programme.

Lessons begin with Duckling Classes for parent and children from the age of 2. These are followed by seven FUNdamental Movement Skill classes (age 4 plus) before the children move on to three FUNdamental Sports Skill classes. At the end of the course your child will be a confident and efficient swimmer.

Low pupil to teacher ratios are designed to maximise learning, with class sizes of 10 for FUNdamental Movement, and groups of 18 for the FUNdamental Sports classes.

You can enrol you child at any time.  If you know the stage your child requires please check to see if we have availability. Application forms can be downloaded here and are also available at reception.

If you are not sure what stage your child requires we recommend booking a swimming assessment, conducted by one of our qualified ASA Level 2 Swimming Teachers. Swimming assessments are free of charge and can be booked on a variety of days and times. The assessment lasts approximately 15 minutes, after which we will be able to advise you on the appropriate stage for your child. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.



Ducklings: It’s never too soon to start! Our foundation programme encourages parents to share ‘confidence time’ in the water with their little ones. Suitable for children 2 - 4 years old. An enjoyable experience with a  qualified teacher learning the basic motor skills and having lots of fun as they start their learn-to-swim journey in preparation to move onto the ASA stages.

Swim England Stages 1 - 10: These stages develop basic safety awareness and stroke technique incorporating all the disciplines of competitive swimming.  See your child progress in to a competent and confident swimmer which will lead to a habitual healthy lifestyle.

Junior Development Squad: Aimed at developing the stamina, fitness and skills required to swim competitively. For those with Stage 8 and above. This session is no longer invitation only, however an assessment will need to be conducted prior to admittance to the Junior Development Squad. 


Dates For Your Diary


2017 Exclusion Dates


Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th, Wednesday 27th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st December.


Adult Lessons | Thursdays @ 7.00pm

Our adult swimming lesson course 'Swim Start' begins again in September, subject to minimum numbers. This course focuses on the basic fundamentals of swimming; water confidence building, buoyancy and balance, aquatic breathing and coordination. Private one to one lessons are also available.


Cancellation Policy - One to One Lessons

Demand is high for one to one private swimming lessons. Payment must be made in advance or at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made giving a minimum of 24 hours’ notice otherwise refunds/credits will not be given.

Centre Opening Times

Tel: 01249 857335

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Monday 06:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 06:30 - 21:30
Wednesday 06:30 - 21:30
Thursday 06:30 - 21:30
Friday 06:30 - 21:30
Saturday 07:00 - 19:00
Sunday 07:30 - 19:30


Dates For Your Diary

Friday 17th November The usual 1.30-4.00pm member swim will finish at 2.45pm on this day.
Saturday 25th November The usual 12.00-1.50pm member swim will finish at 1.00pm on this day.
Saturday 2nd December The 9.00-10.00am Zumba class is cancelled.
Thursday 7th December The 7.30-8.30pm Body Combat class is cancelled.
Sunday 17th December The usual 4.00-6.00pm member swim will finish at 5.00pm on this day.
  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause your visit to St Mary's School Sports Centre