school years lessons (4+)

Our staged lesson programme allows your child to become competent, confident and safe in the water. The children will be working to achieve ASA National Plan Awards and before moving on to the next stage. We have classes for all abilities. Follow our guidelines to choose the right one for your child.

Stage 2

(incorporates Stage 1). For children who cannot yet swim one width on their back and front confidently. Develops basic safety awareness, movement skills and water confidence. Includes safe entry into the water, jumping in, floating, independent travel and rotation unaided to return to upright positions. Swimmers may use aids which will be reduced as they progress and gain confidence

Stage 2

(8+ yrs). For children of 8 and over who cannot yet swim one width on their back and front confidently in basic paddle

Stage 3

For children who can confidently swim one width of the teaching pool unaided on their front and back and are water confident. They will develop techniques in the main strokes, safe entry including submersion, improve rotation skills and water safety knowledge

Stage 3

(8+ yrs) For children of 8 and over who can confidently swim one width of the teaching pool unaided on their front and back and are water confident

Stage 4 

(In the Splash Pool) For children who can swim 10 metres showing basic skills in front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. They will develop an understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refine kicking technique for all strokes and develop technique and stamina

Stage 5

For children who can swim half a length of the main pool in basic front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. The course includes an introduction to sculling, treading water and somersaults, as well as improving stroke and stamina development

Stage 6

For children who can swim one length in front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. They will develop effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing, and developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise. Stroke development continues with stamina being improved

Stage 7

For children who can swim two lengths in front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop starts (diving) and turns. Combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout Stages 1–7

Stage 8

For children who can swim 100 metres in all three strokes confidently and consistently. Continues to improve stroke technique and stamina, development of starts (diving) and turns and the introduction of timed sets

Stage 9

For children who can swim 200 metres in all three strokes confidently and consistently. Timed sets incorporating previously learnt turns. Development of stamina and starts for all four strokes

Junior Pre Club

Stage 5 and above (recommendation by assessment only). For children aged 6 to 8 who have been ‘talent spotted’ by the teachers. As they progress and acquire more skills and stroke efficiency, they will be given the opportunity to attend a taster session with Swim Bournemouth Swimming Club

Junior Swim Fit

For children of 9 and above who have completed Stage 8 of the National Plan Awards. Focuses on fitness, involves swimming lengths to develop stamina and drills to give stroke correction. Other areas covered include personal survival and challenge swimming awards

Swim Fit Open Session

For swimmers able to swim 100 metres in three basic strokes. Adults and juniors (9 and above) every Sunday 8am-9am. Swimming sessions focusing on improving stamina and general fitness, including basic stroke correction

Course Fees for April-July

12 week term £71.40

11 week term £65.45

No lessons – Monday 1 May (Bank Holiday) and Half Term Monday 29 May-Sunday 4 June

Private Swimming Lessons

Learn to swim or improve your swimming strokes and skills whatever your ability

One pupil to one teacher – £22.50 for 30 minutes

Two pupils to one teacher – £32.00 for 30 minutes

Direct debit option available

If you book and pay for a block of five private lessons in advance, you’ll get the sixth lesson free

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