At Freedom Leisure we offer an extensive and inclusive swimming program at all of our venues. Maldwyn LC deliver the Swim Wales aquatic framework through our team of Level 2 trained ASA swimming teachers. Our classes ensure improved water confidence and swimming technique by allowing the individual to progress at their own pace. Swimming lessons also teach children the key water survival techniques from the RLSS Safecode and educate on how to spot and avoid potential dangers associated with water.

Our swim school members also get free swimming during school and holiday time*.

*Inflatable sessions not included

our class programme explained

bubbles (Ages 0 - 2.5)

Bubbles provides a fully supported introduction to the aquatic environment for babies and young children with an accompanying adult, specifically aimed at children aged 0-3 years. There are 4 levels of progression in Bubbles, with aquatic skills progressively developing throughout each level. Responsible adults are taught how to support and aid the child through games, songs and themed fun activities. A certificate is available for successfully completing each level.

splash (Ages 2.5 - 4)

Splash 1 & 2

For adults accompanying a baby or toddler most commonly aged 4 months to 18 months but appropriate to older toddlers if it is their first experience in the water.

Splash 3

For a toddler aged up to 2 years, but also appropriate to older toddlers, accompanied in the water by an adult.

Splash 4 & 5

For a toddler aged 18 months to 3 years, accompanied in the water by an adult.

Splash 6

For a child aged 3 years or older unaccompanied or accompanied by a parent in the water subject to teacher and class numbers

The existing Splash framework has been reviewed and updated and encourages a young child's increasingly independent and guided discovery of the aquatic environment to develop water confidence, specifically aimed at children aged 3+. There are 6 levels of progression in Splash, with aquatic skills progressively developing throughout each level, with the child being increasingly independent in the water. Splash is recommended to be delivered in two ways; either starting at 3+ years old with a teacher in the water teaching up to 6 children, or for Splash 1 and 2 it can be delivered in the same format as Bubbles with a responsible adult accompanying each child. This allows for younger children who may progress more quickly through the programme due to starting their aquatic learning early and developing water confidence to not be held up in the system

waves 1- 8 (Ages 4 - 16)

Wave 1 (Red Hat)

To develop confidence and safety in the water.

Learning how to enter and exit the pool safely and independently. 

Learning how to float and the fundamentals of the 3 main strokes.

Learning how to push off from the wall with their face in water.

All learning is in a fun and playful environment.


Wave 2 (Orange Hat)

Safely jumping into the water without goggles.

To float unassisted and stand up.

Learning the basics of breathing through blowing bubbles whilst kicking.

Building stamina to swim 5 meters in the 3 main strokes.

The ability to push and glide from the wall and the fundamentals of rotation and sculling.

Wave 4 (Green Hat)

Begin to show an understanding of the importance of preperation for exercise.

Refining stroke technique through focusing on body position/streamlining using drills to focus on different stroke aspects (including underwater dolphin kick).

Demonstrate the HELP position from RLSS Safecode.

Develop the technique of effective treading water and maintaining above the water for 30 seconds. 

Building the stamina and improving on stroke technique to be able to swim all strokes 10m.

Perform a series of 3 floating shapes.

Learn how to do dolphin kicks underwater. Learn the HELP position. Improve floating and treading water techniques. Improve the technique of all four strokes. 

Wave 3 (Yellow Hat)

Safely jumping into the water without goggles and retriving a sinkable object.

The ability to correctly answer 4 questions on the RLSS Safecode.

Learning the basics of treading water for a minimum of 15 seconds.

Building the stamina and improving on stroke technique to be able to swim 10m Front Crawl and Backstroke and 5m Breaststroke and Butterfly.

Learning to scull feet first on their back for 5m.

Wave 5 (Light Blue Hat)

Learning to jump 3 different jumps without goggles into a minimum of 1.5m.

Devolping stamina and stroke technique to be able to swim up to 25m in a stroke of their own choice.

Learning how to safely perform a handstand and a forward somersault.

Demonstrate a series of sculling movements.

Learning how to throw a rope or buoyancy aid to rescue a casualty in the water.

The ability to tread water whilst demonstrating actions for getting help and move into the HUDDLE position.

Wave 6 (Dark Blue Hat)

Progressing to be able to swim 50m following FINA stoke rules.

Demonstrate an underwater pusha nd glide with 3 dolphin kicks into a 20m swim (front crawl and backstroke). 

Swimming 25m with clothes on (pyjamas are reccomended).

Learning how to perform a sitting dive and a head first surface dive.

Demonstrate a backwards somersault.

Performing a shout and signal and a reach resuce to a casaulty in the water.

Wave 7 (Purple Hat)

Demonstrate an underwater push and glide into a 25m swim for all 4 strokes.

Swim 200m continuously using 3 different strokes.

Continuosly swim 100m Individual Medley.

Safely perform a plunge dive. 

Tread water whilst passing a ball to a partner for 30 seconds.

In a group demonstrate a series of skills.

Take part in a relay race.

Wave 8 (Silver Hat)

Demonstrate an underwater push and glide into a 50m swim for all 4 strokes.

Stay vertical and static with their head out of the water for 20 seconds using correct technique.

Using a buoyancy aid hold the HELP position for 2 minutes.

Swim 50m with clothes on (pyjamas are reccomended).

Demonstrate an effective surface dive with controlled breathing.

Demonstrate a push and glide to a surface dive and retrieve a sinkable object.

Demonstrate a tuck float to stretch position.

Pass a ball accurately using one hand to throw and two to catch accurately over 2 meters.

Post wave 7 Swimming options

Rookie Lifeguard

Although our Rookie Lifeguard sessions are aimed at children, the skills learnt throughout the course are valuable to people of all ages. These fun filled sessions will teach the basics of water safety, water rescues, lifeguard strokes and CPR; providing an insight into what the role as a lifeguard consists of.The scheme begins with stage 1 of the Bronze award, progressing through to stage 3 of the Gold award. 

Children must be able to swim at a Wave 8 level (able to swim a minimum of 100m) to join Rookies and also need to bring a t-shirt or pyjamas to swim in during the session.

Our Rookie scheme is proven to help guide swimmers into a career in the leisure industry with a number of our lifeguards supervising the swimming pool today participating in the rookie lifeguard program when they were juniors at Maldwyn.

Newtown Swimming Club

We are a small, friendly but professional club with trained, experienced coaches.  Training is at Maldwyn Leisure Centre in Newtown.  Club nights are every Tuesday but we train on other nights too.

Generally we ask that swimmers are age 7 years or over and have reached Wave 8 in swimming lessons - but why not contact us and come for a trial session and meet us in person.

adult swimming lessons

It’s never too late to start your swimming journey whether you are at the beginning by learning to swim for the first time or looking to improve your technique and skills, Freedom Leisure has the programme to suit your needs.

 Our Adult Swimming Programme provides support and instruction for all abilities and ages, such as:

  • Learn to Swim – introduction to the swimming pool environment, water confidence and swimming skills.
  • Stroke Improvement – building on existing skills to develop more efficient strokes.
  • Fitness Swimming – moving the gym to the pool, you can get just as an effective workout in the pool as you can in the gym!
  • Swimming to improve muscle tone and support weight loss.
  • Swimming for Competitive or Challenge Events – to support your goals for Triathlon, Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming or Charity Challenge Events.

Within our adult swim programme customers will have their own goals and will work at their own pace supported by our fully qualified instructors. Swimming is for life. What a great way to keep fit and if you're not confident or you're returning to swimming after a long break we can provide the support and guidance you need.