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Here at the Arun Leisure Centre we follow The Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway, meaning your child will be following a nationally recognised syllabus and awards system produced by swimming’s governing body.

We believe that everyone should be able to swim. Not only is it an important skill that can save lives but it also means everyone can enjoy the water and have the confidence to ‘jump in’ on holiday, at the beach or at your local swimming pool.

Children can start their swimming journey with us from as little as 3 months old during our 'Parent and under 5's' sessions. This is the ideal time to start as let's face it, they've been swimming for 9 months (give or take) so this should be 'home from home' and Mum or Dad ( or granny or grandpa for that matter) will be in the water with them.

At school age they can join in either our group lessons which mainly take place after school or at the weekend and we'll take them through the Swim England stages all the way to being a competent and confident swimmer.

Swim England Pathway

The Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway incorporates the following frameworks:

Foundation Framework

Discovery Ducklings Stages 1-4 (0-24 months)
Ducklings Stages 1-4 (2-5 years)

Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-7

Delivering fundamental movement skills and developing all 4 swimming strokes

Adult Swim Programme

It’s never too late to start your swimming journey whether you are at the beginning of your journey learning to swim for the first time, looking to improve your technique and skills or looking for support with training for a specific event.

Within our adult swim programme members will have their own goals and work at their own pace supported by our fully qualified instructors. Private lessons are available for those who would appreciate more individual support.


The world renowned 'Learn to Swim' programme is used in over 1,000 swimming programmes in the UK and internationally and has already taught millions of children to swim.  It continues to be by far the most successful grass-roots programme in British sport.


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lesson structure

The Learn to Swim programme maintains a focus on 'teaching the correct aquatic skills' to help the children develop the skills they need to become competent swimmers. Children are guided from the Swim England Discovery Duckling and Duckling awards to get babies and pre-school children started and progressed through to the 'Learn to Swim' programme, where they are taught more advanced techniques.


The Swim England Awards support the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway.  Covering all ten stages of the syllabus, the colour-coded badges and certificates have been designed to reward and encourage children to learn the core skills of each individual award stage, as well as ensuring that they have fun in aquatic sport.

instructors & supervision

All instructors are ASA or STA qualified with experience and are fully trained to deliver the Swim England swimming lessons.  All the instructors are DBS checked.  Instructors will give feedback via the swimming coordinator on your child's development as well as their progress through the awards system.

Adult and Child Lessons

Our adult and baby classes are 20 mins long and are for children aged 3 months-18 months.  The lessons take place Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Our adult and toddler classes are 30 mins long and are for children aged 18 months to 3 and half years. The lessons take place Monday- Thursday mornings.

Our Pre-School Stage 1 classes are 30 mins long and are for children 3.5 yrs to 4 years and take place Monday to Thursday lunch times.

Swimming  is not just fun …. It provides lots of health benefits which can help to keep your child healthy and happy at the same time. 

adult lessons

Be Water Confident - this Award is about gaining the confidence to enter the pool safely.  It also covers the ability to move around the pool with confidence and to achieve basic core aquatic skills.  These are entries, exits, buoyancy, balance and aquatic breathing.  

Tuesday 2pm-2.30pm

Thursday 6-6.30pm

Be a Swimmer - by the time you earn this Award you will have the necessary skills to start swimming independently over short distances (5 to 10 metres).  You won't need support or swimming aids.  

Tuesday 1pm-1.30pm & 2.30pm-3pm

Thursday 6.30-7pm

Be a Better Swimmer - by this point you'll be able to swim up to 400 metres independently.  You'll also have the confidence to try other pool activities, such as Aqua Aerobics or lane swimming.

Tuesday 1.30-2pm

Tuesday 7-7.30pm

Be a Master Swimmer - gaining this Award means you can confidently enter the Masters section of a swimming club.  It's about more advanced swimming skills to enable you to compete.

Pop into the centre to find out more information.


Swim Squad. 

Junior Swim Squad 6.05pm- 7.05pm

Junior Squad is a perfect opportunity to continue working on stroke technique, Whilst building stamina, timed swims to see improvement, and competitive starts and turns.

Adult Swim Squad  7.05pm- 8.05pm

Whether you can do 8 lengths or 80 lengths per hour – Adult Swim Squad is for you from age 16 upwards.

Designed to improve:

Stroke technique



Enjoyment of swimming

Circle of swim buddies

Warm up lengths focus on improving body balance and front crawl breathing technique. Then each week we focus on technique in one of the four strokes. Finally there is usually a challenge of distance and/or speed, before the warm down.

Some swim for fitness, some for improving their triathlon swim time, some to add swimming to their bike, run skills – all of us swim for enjoyment – especially when the hard work is over!

All swimmers welcome. Training can be adapted to individual aims and abilities.

To book your space please call 01243 826 612




What age can children start learning to swim?

Children can start to gain confidence in the water and get used to the swimming pool environment from as young as 3 months.

How do I find out about lesson availability?

Come into the Arun Leisure Centre or phone us and we will find the right level of class for your child.  Lessons run 7 days of the week and we will help you to find a convenient time for you.

How do I pay for the lessons?

At the Arun Leisure Centre our pre-school lessons run for 42 weeks of the year and our after school lessons are run 50 weeks of the year. Swimming lessons are payable by monthly direct debit.

Do I need to get in the water with my child?

An adult is required to be in the water with their child in the Adult & Baby,  Adult & Toddler and Pre-School swimming lessons. The instructor will teach from  poolside. Once the child moves into the 'Swim Academy' the child will be taught in the water on their own.

Do you do adult lessons?

Yes we do water confidence, be a swimmer and be a better swimmer on Wednesday mornings, Thursday lunchtimes and Thursday evenings.  We also run an Adult Master Swimmer group on a Tuesday evening.

How do I cancel my swimming lessons?

Please tell us the reason for cancelling your lessons and fill in the form here: Request to Cancel Form

Also important to note: Our 50-week lesson programme has a 2-week break through December. Swim School fees are made by Direct Debit with unlimited swimming included for our Direct Debit members in all open swimming sessions.

Swim School also offers Crash Courses during the school holidays - for details of our next holiday crash course dates, please call the centre on 01243 826612.  These are ideal for additional support or learning new aquatic skills.