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About our Swim School

A new swimming scheme was launched at the Sports Centre in September 2012. Following the Swim England (formerly 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 Aqua Development (formerly Junior Development Squad) which is the pinnacle of our Swim School programme.

Lessons begin with Duckling classes for parents and children from the age of 2. These are followed by our main Swim School stages 1 to 10 for ages 4+. All swim stages have low pupil to teacher ratios which are designed to enhance learning experience, with maximum class sizes of 8 students for Stages 1-3 and 10 students for Stages 4-10.

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.

All children are required to have a short swimming assessment which is conducted by one of our qualified ASA Level 2 Swimming Teachers and are free of charge. Booking is flexible throughout the week and 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.

 

Stages 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 Aqua Development: 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

 

 

 Swim School Exclusion Dates

Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February

 

Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April

 

Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May

 

Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July

 

Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August

 

Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Saturday 31st October

 

Sunday 1st November

 

Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th December

 

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.

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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

 

Swimming Pool Closure

Friday 14th February
1.30pm - 4.30pm

Children's First Aid Course

17th - 21st February

Children's Sports Camp

17th - 21st February

Intensive Swimming Lessons

17th - 21st February

We apologise for any inconvenience these changes may cause. St Mary's School Sports Centre.