Swimming lessons

Learning to swim is great fun for both children and adults alike!

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Learning to swim is an essential life skill. The ability to swim out of danger can be a life-saver and having fun at your local pool is great for health, fitness and confidence.

Our 'Learn to Swim' programme takes a non-swimmer from their first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water, following Swim England's 'Learn to Swim' pathway. Learners will develop a wide range of swim skills becoming safe, confident and competent swimmers. They will have the skills to take part in lots of water-based sports throughout their lives.

Swimming lessons run through all the School Holidays, we operate 50 weeks of the year. We don't hold lessons on Bank Holidays. Swimming lessons run in 30 minute slots, except the junior swim skill lessons and adult group lessons which are 45 minute lessons.

Where can I learn to swim?

Swimming lessons are run at the following centres for all ages and all abilities. Swimming lesson courses may vary for each centre.

Fast Track Swimming

Aimed at children aged 5yrs plus that are non-swimmers or with limited swimming ability (5 -10 metres).

Lessons run 30 minutes a day over a set period, with aim of developing aquatic skills and stroke development. This will then ultimately provide the foundation skills to move into our mainstream lessons.
Please note that places are limited and will only be secured with full payment.

Where can I go for Fast Track Swimming?

Swimming lessons

Discovery Ducklings 6 months - 3 years

Discovery Ducklings is a game based learning environment, which introduces babies and young children to the water and the world of swimming”.

Infant Starter Lessons Adult and Child 3 - 5 years

Lessons for children under 5, which focuses on the FUNdamental movement through water, while engaging your child through the enjoyment of water-based games. Supported by an accompanying adult, these lessons help your child to take the progressive steps towards Swim England’s journey through aquatics​.

Swim Starters (Stages 1-2)

Stage 1
Developing basic safety awareness, the 'class' scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use buoyancy equipment, for example arm bands and floats

Stage 2
Developing safe entries into the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use buoyancy equipment, for example arm bands and floats.

Swim Improvers (Stages 3 - 7)

Stage 3
Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.

Stage 4
Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the A.S.A.

Stage 5
Developing 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also performing all strokes to the given standard as directed by Swim England​.

Stage 6
Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.

Stage 7
Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 - 7.

Swim Skills (Stages 8 - 10)

Provides the opportunity for swimmers to diversify in their disciplines, introducing water polo, rookie lifeguarding, synchronised swimming and competitive swimming.

Adult swimming lessons

Our adult swimming lessons are for anyone 16 years old or over. If you are a beginner, you will learn to be more confident in the water. If you are a more advanced swimmer, you will benefit from technique and stroke work.

Age does not have to be a barrier if you want to learn to swim!

We understand that learning to swim can be a daunting task, that is why we have designed our ‘beginners’ lesson programme specifically for adults who are non-swimmers or lack water confidence.

With a maximum of one swimming teacher to eight adults, you will gain individual tuition, empowering you to develop your skills and confidence. Equipment is provided for you throughout your sessions.

Don’t miss our new session starting on 10 September

Venue: Featherstone Sports Complex
Time: *New session starting 10 September on Mondays 6pm – 6.45 pm
Price: £84 for twelve 45 minute lessons

To enrol of for more information please contact the Aquatics Team on aquatics@wakefield.gov.uk

Adult beginner swimming lessons are also held at Sun Leisure and Pontefract Swimming Pool.

Fast Track Lessons 5 years+

Fast track swimming lessons take place during most school holidays. The Fast Track programme consists of several 30 minute lessons, daily for a week. Fast Track swimming lessons are a great way to improve water confidence and swimming ability over a short period of time. A certificate is awarded at the end of the course to congratulate each swimmer on their progress.

After every Fast Track course a place will be offered on our mainstream lessons. * subject to availability.

After school Swimming Club

If your child is currently attending our School Swimming Programme and hasn’t reached the National Curriculum Key Stage 2 standard for swimming, which is to swim a minimum of 25 metres, the After school Swimming Clubs could be the answer.

The After school Swimming Club is for children in year 4, 5 or 6 at primary school and aims to improve swimmers confidence and ability to achieve the Key Stage 2 Swimming Standard.

The After school Club will be delivered by a Level 2 Swimming Teacher at one of our swimming pools. The lessons will cost £4 per lesson and your child will need to attend for a minimum of half a term unless they reach the required standard before then. Lessons will last 45 minutes. In order for this scheme to benefit your child’s swimming potential, it is recommended that your child attends for the full course.

To enrol your child on the After school Swimming Club please contact our Aquatics team at aquatics@wakefield.gov.uk or call 01924 30725.

On-Course progress tracker

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You can follow your child's swimming progress online through our Oncourse home portal.

You will be able to see:

  • your child's lesson day, time and teacher
  • your child’s assessments, what they need to practice and the percentage they achieved in their lesson – please note the date is not the last time they were assessed, it is simply the last time they made progress to the next stage
  • how many weeks you have remaining on your lessons before a top-up is required.
  • When your child reaches 100 per cent, you will be able to move them to the next stage to an available time slot - you will only be able to move to the stage that has been assigned by the swimming teacher.
  • Find out what your child will be learning in their lessons and when they will be ready to move up to the next stage.

How to log into the swimming home portal

To register you will need your Oncourse registration number. If you are a member, this is your membership card number, otherwise please contact reception for your card.

Log into the home portal here then click 'Register Now' and follow the on screen instructions.
Please be assured that parents and carers can only view their own child's records.

To find out more about swimming in the district please contact our Aquatics team at aquatics@wakefield.gov.uk  

Contact us

Sport and Active Lifestyles

Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

01924 307820