swimming lessons at king alfred leisure centre

Here at King Alfred Leisure Centre we follow The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. This means your child will be following a nationally recognised syllabus and awards system produced by swimming’s governing body.

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.

The ASA Learn to Swim Pathway incorporates the following frameworks:

• ASA Foundation Framework
• ASA Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-7
• ASA Aquatic Skills Framework Stages 8 to 10
• ASA Adult Swimming

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lesson structure

The Learn to Swim Pathway maintains a focus on fun and games to help children develop the skills they need to become competent swimmers. Children are guided from the ASA Foundation Framework to get babies (as young as six months) started, to the ASA Learn to Swim Framework where they learn basic skills through to more advanced techniques.After which they can attend the ASA Aquatic Skills Framework to develop sports skills in water polo, synchronised swimming, diving, rookie lifeguard and swim squads.


The Kellogg’s ASA Awards support the British Gas ASA 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 the instructors are experienced and fully trained to deliver the ASA Swim Pathway. They will provide you with feedback via report cards on your child’s development as well as their progress through the awards system. The instructors are all CRB checked and supervised by our swim course coordinator. 


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 form as young as 4 months. 

How do I find out about lesson availability?

Once you have completed out enquiry form, our swim coordinator will be in touch and find the right level of class for your child. Lessons run throughout the week and we will help you to find a convenient time for you.

How do I pay pay for the lessons?
Lessons can be paid for by block or via monthly direct debit at King Alfred. Please phone reception on 01273 290290 for course costs.

Do I need to get in the water with my child?
All children under 5 years old start in an adult and child session, when the child is 5 or has passed their duckling grades they can they move into stages without an adult in the pool. At this point adults can sit on the convenient pool balcony whilst enjoying a coffee from the cafe. All lessons are fully lifeguarded.

Do you do adult lessons?
We offer many variety of adult lessons; Small groups; Non swimmer and improver sessions in mixed and female only groups; 1:1 lessons.