swimming lessons

Here at Summerfields we work in partnership with Swim England to deliver their Learn to Swim Pathway for children and adults.

Therefore our lesson programmes follow a nationally recognised syllabus and awards system produced by swimming’s governing body. We currently run over 115 lessons a week, teaching over 900 children & adults to swim.

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 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

Improving confidence, competence and technique with no age limit.

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lesson structure

The Junior 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 through the Foundation Framework as babies with the support of their guardian in the water to build water confidence. Moving on to the Learn to Swim Framework where they learn basic swimming and water skills through to more advanced techniques in the Aquatic Skills Framework.

The RLSS Rookie Lifeguard programme supports our Learn to Swim programme teaching members essential lifesaving skills

Swim School offers Group lessons, Crash Courses ideal for additional support or learning new aquatic skills and Private lessons for those that need a more individual approach.

Lailah was not very confident in water when she started at 3 years old but Tony her swimming instructor has shown her how to stay safe in water while building her confidence.



The Swim England Awards support the Learn to Swim Pathway by rewarding achievement. The certificates and badges have been designed to 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 Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway. Swim School Member’s progress feedback is provided by individual reports on request to the swim school coordinator The instructors are all DBS checked and supervised by the centre swim course coordinator. 

Unlimited Swimming

Freedom Leisure Active Direct Debit membership includes unlimited swimming for our junior members in all open and family swim sessions. Great time to practice the skills you are learning!


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 6 weeks. Our nursery (accompanied) lessons are from 6wks-18mths, our tadpoles (accompanied) lessons are from 18-36 months and our pre-school (unaccompanied) lessons are for 3-5 years. These all then lead in to after school lessons.

How do I find out about lesson availability?

Simply make an enquiry using the swim school enquiry form at the bottom of this page and our swim co-ordinator will be in touch. We run lessons throughout the week and we will help you to find a convenient time for you. 

How do I pay pay for the lessons?

Lessons run 50 weeks of the year. The most convenient method of payment is via easy monthly direct debit or are FREE on an Active membership.

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

All children under 3 years old start in an adult and child session, when the child is 3 they can they move into stages without an adult. At this point adults can sit on the convenient pool balcony whilst enjoying a coffee from the freedomcafé.

Do you offer adult lessons?

Whether you are at the beginning of your swimming journey learning to swim for the first time or looking to improve your technique and skills, we have a programme to suit you.

Do I pay for certificates?      

Badges & certificates are ordered through our swim school co-ordinator at a cost of £3.50.