No matter your age, we’ve got a class for you

Term dates

Spring Term 2020 – 6th January to 5th April 2020, with a half-term break from 17th to 23rd February 2020.

View the Spring 2020 swim school timetable here.

Lessons are paid for before the start of each term. To book, please click here.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Our lessons

Our swimming teachers focus on helping you become a good quality swimmer, not how many lengths you can do. We run different level classes in the pool, so there are times that all your children can have their swimming lessons at the same time, depending upon their level. Read our group swimming terms and conditions here.

Here’s some more information about our swimming lessons:

  • 30-minute lessons with excellent pupil:teacher ratios – everyone gets the attention as they need.
  • Qualified poolside lifeguards in every lesson.
  • Teachers stay in the water until swimmers can swim five metres (Swimmer 1 class).

Swimming abilities

So that our classes that are pitched at the right level for all swimmers, we make sure we’ve found the right swim level for you or your child before classes start.

Our swim teachers assess all children who are new to swim school but not absolute beginners, to decide what class they should join. You can download our Find your swim level guide or click on the pictures below to find out more about each type of class and help us to find the right level. If you have any questions, please email us helloswimschool@londonyouth.org

Swimming Levels

Non-swimmer 1

Non-swimmer 1

Must be four years of age and able to take instruction directly from the teacher. Non-Swimmer 1 classes on a weekend are for children aged three years upwards. Teachers are in the water for this class

Non-swimmer 2

Non-swimmer 2

Must have completed Non-Swimmer 1 or be at that standard. Teachers are generally in the water for this class, but they might decide to progress to teach from poolside depending upon the strength of the class.

Swimmer 1

Swimmer 1

Must have completed Non-Swimmer 2 or be at that standard. Teachers are generally on the side of the pool for this class, although they might decide to stay in the water depending upon the strength of the class.

Swimmer 2

Swimmer 2

Must have completed Swimmer 1 or be at that standard. All skills from this ability up should be performed in a minimum depth of 1.8m, unless stated. Teachers are on the side of the pool for this class.

Improver 1

Improver 1

Must have completed Swimmer 2, or be at that standard. Teachers are on the side of the pool.

Improver 2

Improver 2

Must have completed Improver 1, or be of that standard. Teachers are on the side of the pool.

Advanced 1

Advanced 1

Must have completed Improver 2, or be of that standard. Swimmers have the whole pool for this class, generally swimming in lanes.

Advanced 2

Advanced 2

Must have completed Advanced 1, or be at that standard.

Adult & child

Adult & child

Group classes (3 months – 3 years): In these classes you swim with your baby or child. Through play, games and songs, learn to feel comfortable in the water and lay a foundation for future skills. Wednesday AM, Friday PM.

Pre-school

Pre-school

• Suitable for children aged three to five years.
• Children must be happy and independent in the water and able to take instruction from the teachers.
• Teachers are in the water for this class.
• Parents view the lessons from the viewing area.