Children's swimming lessons

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

It is our policy to ensure that all our lessons are enjoyable, interesting and above all we aim for the highest standards of water confidence, water skills and swimming techniques.

The majority of lessons are conducted over short distances allowing each pupil to develop a good level of stroke technique while building swimming stamina. 

Freedom Leisure Swimming Teachers mostly follow continuous assessment which means swimmers progress at their own pace and move class once the assessment criteria has been achieved.

We are very pleased to announce that our Swim School will be restarting on Tuesday 1st September. There will of course be some changes due to the current situation, to how the Swim School is operated and how lessons take place; we need ensure that all our customers and staff remain safe (details of some of these key changes are listed below).

We have tried to keep the new lesson day and time as close to that held prior to the temporary closure of the Leisure Centre, but we have had to make tweaks. We now allow for at least a 10 minute gap between lessons.  This means that lesson times will be different.  A full list of the new times is on our website.

You can confirm your space in the new allocated time by emailing with your childs name and YES

If you wish to confirm your space but need change the day/time of your allocated class please call reception on 01832 734090 and we will try to accommodate this where possible. Please note: our telephone lines are extremely busy. No class changes will be made via email.

If you wish to cancel your child’s place please email with your child’s name and CANCEL.  We will remove your child from our swimming lessons and no more payments will be taken.

If you are happy with the new lesson time we shall re-activate your Swim School direct debit payments from 1st September onwards.

We need to hear from you by Thursday 20th August so that we can be ready for September and adjust your direct debit run accordingly.


WHAT WILL SWIMMING LESSONS LOOK LIKE? Parents, customers and swimmers can be reassured that we are following all available advice from the Government and Swim England with regards to safety and hygiene in our swimming pools.  


SWIM SCHOOL - New Procedure 

Swimmers must come ‘beach ready’ with their swimwear on under their clothes as our changing rooms will NOT be available. 

Please bring towelling robe, wrap-around towel and slip-on shoes for after their lesson.

All swimmers will enter via the main doors 

    • Children under 8 – Are allowed 1 parent/guardian with them on poolside. You will enter through the main entrance in the changing village, turn right and down the side corridor to poolside. Parent/Guardian must remove shoes and then can then go to a seat starting at the far side and the children will go to their teacher. When leaving collect your child and put on their warm clothes and leave following the exit signs through the changing village.
    • Children 8 and over – Will not be allowed an adult to stay in the building. You will enter through the main changing village and down between the lockers and changing cubicles. Drop off your child at the main pool entrance doors where they will go to their teacher and the parent/guardian will leave through the changing village between the lockers and showers following the exit signs. Children will leave via the main fire exit on poolside where parent/guardian can collect.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date through the social media pages and website of your local leisure centre. We really are grateful for your patience and understanding at this challenging time and look forward to seeing you and your child in the pool soon.

  • All other Parents/Carers must wait outside. Please keep socially distanced at 1m+ at all times.
  • The Changing Rooms toilets will be for swimmers access only.
  • The Showers will not be in use.
  • Teaching Aids and Equipment will NOT be shared within the lesson.
  • Swimming Teachers will have to teach all lessons OUT of the pool from the side of the pool.
  • We really are grateful for your patience and understanding at this challenging time and look forward to seeing you and your child in the pool soon.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date through the social media pages and website. Videos of entry exits points coming soon. 

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Please can we say what an amazing teacher Bobbi is. She always teaches with so much energy and enthusiasm. She knows all the children's names and their individual needs. We are really pleased with how much Nikos has learnt with her.

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

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


The Swim England Awards support the 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 ensure that they have fun in aquatic sport.

instructors and supervision

All the instructors are experienced and fully trained to deliver the Swim England Swim Pathway and DBS checked. They will provide you with on-going feedback on your child’s development as well as their progress through the awards system.