Swimming programmes

We have been delivering swimming lessons for over 20 years, providing a positive learning environment for children and adults to develop their swimming ability.

We make swimming fun and enjoyable whilst building confidence in the water. We work in partnership with the Swim England (previously known as ASA) to deliver the nationally recognised Swim England Learn to Swim Framework. Lessons delivered in this way use fun and games to take children from their first splash to full competence in the pool.

Adult's lessons

We offer lessons for complete beginners through to advanced. Please note that dates, times and course length may vary according to school term dates, pool availability and closures.

STAGE DAY TIME LOCATION
 Beginner    Wednesday    1-1:30pm  Teaching Pool  
 2-2:30pm
 7:30-8pm
 Intermediate    Wednesday    1:30-2pm  Teaching Pool  
 2:30-3pm
 8-8:30pm

Adult lessons prices

Price per 30-minute group lesson (Ratio 1:6)

  • Members and Public: book of 10 tickets: £80 or £10 pay as you go

Children's lessons

Your child can start in our Stage 2 class from 4 years of age. All of our lessons are taught by Swim England qualified teachers, DBS checked and qualified as lifeguards. We run group classes and private lessons.

STAGE DAY TIME LOCATION
 Stage 2  Mon, Tues, Weds  4-4:25pm  Teaching Pool      
 Saturday  9-9:25am
 Stage 3  Mon, Tues, Weds  4:30-4:55pm  Teaching Pool
 Saturday  9:30-9:55am
 Stage 4  Mon, Tues, Weds  5-5:25pm  Teaching Pool
 Saturday  10-10:25am
 Stage 5   Mon, Tues, Weds  5:30-5:55pm  Teaching Pool
 Saturday

 9-9:25am 

 10:30-10:55am

 Main Pool Lanes

 Teaching Pool

 Stage 6   Mon, Tues, Weds  6-6:25pm  Teaching Pool
 Saturday

 9:30-10am

 11-11:25am

 Main Pool Lanes

 Teaching Pool

 Stage 7   Mon, Tues, Weds

 6:30-6:55pm

 7-7:25pm

 Teaching Pool

 Main Pool Lanes

 Saturday

 10-10:30am

 10:30-11am

 Main Pool Lanes 

 Stage 8, 9 & 10

 Rookie Lifeguard 

 Monday  7:30-7:55pm  Teaching Pool
 Water Polo  Wednesday  7-7:30pm  Teaching Pool

Children's stage descriptions

The aims of the stages are:

  • Stage 2 (combined Stage 1&2 due to water depth) (Ratio 1:5) To develop further water confidence to travel 5 metres on the front or back with or without aids,equipment or support.
  • Stage 3 (Ratio 1:6) To develop confidence in travelling through the water without support for 10 metres on the front and back.
  • Stage 4 (Ratio 1:6) To develop stroke technique on the front and back working towards swimming 10 metres to the Swim England Expected Standards on one stroke.
  • Stage 5 (Ratio 1:6) To develop technique of Front crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly, working towards swimming 10 metres to Swim England Expected Standards on all four strokes.
  • Stage 6 (Ratio 1:6) To develop technique of Front crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly working towards swimming 25 metres to Swim England Expected Standards on all four strokes.
  • Stage 7 (Ratio 1:8) To develop stroke technique on Front crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly, working towards swimming 25 metres to Swim England Expected Standards on all four strokes
  • Stage 8-10 (Ratio 1:8) We offer as part of the Swim England Aquatic Skills Framework Water polo, Rookie Lifesaving and Snorkelling. We are also planning to offer Swim Fit (lane session) and Synchronised Swimming later on this year.

Full stage descriptions are available on the Swim England website.

Children's lessons prices

  • Group Lessons per 25 minute lesson, £7;
  • Private lessons per 30-minute lesson:
    • 1-2-1 - £22
    • 1-2-2 - £16
    • 1-2-3 - £12
    • 1-2-4 - £10.

Book your place

To book your place contact us or speak to a member of staff at the swimming pool reception desk.

Contact

0117 331 8577

seh-swimschool@bristol.ac.uk