Two girls sit poolside with swimming hats and goggles ready for swimming lesson at Woodrow Leisure Centre

Come on in, the water’s lovely.

Everyone from babies right through to their grandparents can practice their swimming in our well-established swim school. Learn to swim or improve your skills in a caring and safe environment, helped by our expert swim teachers.

Our pool

Our pool is heated to at least 31 degrees, so no more shivering in the shallow end. We have male and female changing rooms with showers and toilets, and you can watch swimmers from our viewing area.

Our swimming teachers

Our friendly and experienced swimming teachers are all ASA or STA qualified and hold enhanced disclosure checks. Their aim is to help you enjoy the water and to provide a safe and fun environment for you to swim in. Teachers will regularly assess children’s swimming skills and you are able to access these assessments through our online portal.


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Group lessons

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Group of swimmers hold onto poolside at start of swimming lesson at Woodrow Leisure Centre

Private lessons

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Swim teacher supporting young person to swim on their back with floats at Woodrow Leisure Centre

Holiday group lessons

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Girl in swimming pool on holiday swimming lessons at Woodrow Leisure Centre

Swimming FAQs

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Swim teacher with group of parents and children in swimming pool at Woodrow Leisure Centre

The benefits of swimming

Did you know…

  • Confidence – Swimming is a great confidence builder, helping children and young people become body confident and develop belief in their abilities and in their social skills, especially as part of a team.
  • Endurance – Swimming will help to build yours, or your child’s muscles and lung capacity, as well as provide the strength of character to push further and endure longer.
  • Balance – Our bodies have to maintain a streamline, horizontal body position when we swim, so swimming regularly can help children develop and improve good balance.
  • Intelligence – Holding your breath can increase your intelligence. Professor Win Wenger says that whenever you start to give attention to any awareness of stimulus, you hold your breath, and your breath is a pace maker for your attention span, so the longer you hold your breath the more you can take in. Swimming, he says is THE best exercise for building lung capacity, which enables you to take in more information.