Swim School

Our philosophy is that swimming is always learnt best in a structured, safe and caring environment with friendly teachers. Above all we want swimmers to enjoy the water.

Click here to view the Autumn 2019 Swim School Timetable

The Summer 2019 Term comes to a close on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. The Autumn 2019 Term course dates are from Wednesday 4th September 2019 to Tuesday 17th December, except 28th October to 3rd November for half term.


Woodrow Swim School teaches swimming for babies through to adults, seven days a week. Our structured swimming time table is designed for babies from 3 months through to our advanced classes for older children who have progressed through the Swim School.

Swimmers receive a progress report and will frequently be eligible for an award from the Swimming Teachers Association at the end of each term. All teachers who work for Woodrow Swim School are ASA or STA qualified, keep up to date with regular training and hold an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

There is a viewing area at the deep end of the pool with seating. We have single sex changing rooms with showers and toilets.

At Woodrow Swim School we focus on quality rather than quantity. Our lessons run during the school terms with excellent pupil: teacher ratios. Teachers stay in the water until children can swim five metres and we have a qualified lifeguard on poolside for all classes. Each lesson lasts for 30 minutes in a pool temperature of at least 31°C. Lessons are paid for in advance of the term starting.

This is a great opportunity for children to keep fit, have fun and learn a valuable life skill.

What We Offer

Term Time Classes – Adult and Child (From 3 months to 3 years)

Through a series of planned activities, we will help you and your baby to feel comfortable in the water, providing a foundation for further swimming instruction as your child becomes older. Each session lasts 30 minutes and takes place with the pool temperature of at least 31°C.

This class includes learning through play, involving songs and games. This also includes parental participation – bath time is a great time to practice being comfortable in the water together. Adult and child lessons take place on Wednesday mornings, Fridays in the early afternoon and on Sunday mornings.

Term Time Classes

We run lessons Monday – Sunday at a number of convenient times. You can even have your children with different abilities swimming at the same time (dependent upon ability and availability).

Excellent pupil: teacher ratio

We offer excellent pupil: teacher ratios to ensure that every child receives enough attention to flourish.

Teachers in the water

Teachers are in the water until children reach Swimmer 1. We feel that after this stage, children learn best with the teacher on poolside as this gives them a better view from which to correct their strokes.

Siblings can swim together

We run different class levels at the same time meaning that wherever possible, siblings can swim at the same time.

Friendly, experienced and qualified teachers

Many of our swimming lessons will have two Level 2 Swimming Instructors; a fact that, to our knowledge, is unique to us.  Most of our Swimming Teachers have been working with us for a number of years and all of them keep their qualification up-to-date by regularly attending courses and training sessions.

Private Lessons (1:1 or 1:2)

Private 1:1 (or one to two) tuition is available for children and adults that are perhaps nervous, struggling on a specific stroke or simply want dedicated attention. You can be yourself and can express any fears you may have with your instructor, rather than being concerned or embarrassed about what others might think.

During term time, 1:1 tuition takes place every Sunday between 12.30pm and 4.00pm. We also offer 1:1 and 1:2 lessons during school holidays.

Please contact us on 01494 432 433 to find out more about prices.

One to Ones can be booked as one-off sessions, or as a course depending upon the progress you desire.

School Holiday Crash Courses

Crash courses are 30-minute lessons for 5 consecutive days, during the school holidays.

They are beneficial if general practice is required to improve stamina. If a child has just moved up to a new class, they give a preview of the new skills which will be taught in the next level. Many also use these as a taster for our classes and as a way to assess their child’s ability before enrolling onto weekly lessons with us.

During the longer school holidays, Crash Courses enable children to maintain the skills they have already learned during term time.

Find your swim level

So that we can run classes that are pitched at the right level for all members of the group, we make sure swimmers find the appropriate swim level before they begin their first class.

For younger children aged 3 months to 4 years, we initially categorise swimmers into ‘Adult and Child’ or ‘Preschool’ groups. Once children turn 4 they are able to enroll onto our ‘Non-Swimmer 1’ class and when they are confident and comfortable in the water they are ready to move into the ‘Non-Swimmer 2’ class where they learn to swim.  Once children can swim and are confident in the water they move through our groups up to Advanced 2 continually building on and developing their swimming skills.

Children new to the Swim School, who are not at beginner level will need to undergo an assessment with one of our teachers to determine the correct level.

Please click on the ‘Find your swim level’ pdf for further information about what each class involves and to help find your child’s level, or contact the team on 01494 432 433 or by email to helloswimschool@londonyouth.org to find out more.

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