Learn to swim with Swimming Academy

Swimming Academy

Our lessons follows the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association's) learn to swim framework. The swimmers journey through aquatics will result in the development of a wide range of skills. These skills when put together with fun and games result in a competent, confident and safe swimmer.

Summer holiday learn to swim courses now available click here for more information


Junior Swim Academy Programme

Parent & Child

Babies – 3 yrs

A class designed to encourage water confidence and to have fun in and under the water.


3 – 4 yrs

A pre-school class to encourage water confidence and provide progressive practises leading to unaided swimming.

Stages 1 – 9

From Pre Learner to Advanced Swimmer, each stage is progressive and takes swimmers from nervous beginners to competent swimmers. Focusing on water confidence, stroke techniques, speed and stamina, introducing diving, personal survival skills, mini polo and ASA Challenge Awards.

All of the ASA Learn to Swim Programme is supported by the Kellogg's ASA Awards scheme.RiverParkSwimAcademyalso requires a number of additional skills at all levels of the Swim Programme.

Download the River Park Swim Academy Stage Criteria

Reflecting our commitment to continuously improving the delivery of swimming lessons, we have invested in the latest technology to record the performance of children during their lessons.

Through an internet based Home Portal parents/guardians will be able to access information about your child’s swimming lessons including:

  • Your child’s performance against the key competencies for their course level E.g. Swim 100m efficient backstroke.
  • A rating from the teacher on how they are doing against this competency E.g. Needs practice/ Fair/ Good
  • Notification of when your child is ready to move up a level and the ability to choose from the available times for your child to move into
  • Record of all assessments and pass dates for each level



All swimming lessons are paid on a direct debit basis. These payments are taken on the 28th of every month (excluding weekends and bank holidays where it will be taken earlier at the closest possible date). All new swimmers are required to pay a one off administration fee of £15.

If you wish to enrol your child on toSwimAcademyplease pop into the centre and fill out an enrolment form and direct debit mandate.

Crash Courses

We also run a number of Learn to Swim crash courses during school holidays at swiminis, stages 1, 2 and 3. These courses take place in the learner pool and the main pool. To help children continue to progress while weekly Swim Academy lessons break for school holidays. They are also a great opportunity for non-swim academy members or individuals who can’t join us in academy lessons, to learn skills rapidly over consecutive days. Courses are run for the following levels:

Swiminis: Pre-school children

Stage 1: Nervous beginners

Stage 2: Confident learners

Stage 3: Swimmers able to swim 5 metres unaided in front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and dolphin.

River Park Extra Programmes

We also offer the following classes for stages 9 and above.

Swim Extra

This class includes Mini Polo, Snorkelling, Sprint and Distance Swims, Training Stamina and Rookie Life Saving.

Stamina Training

For the competent swimmer who's looking to continue developing technique, water skills and stamina.

Rookie Life Saving

For stage 7 swimmers and above. Learn accident prevention, water safety, survival and rescue skills.

*This does not run every term. Please express your interest by contacting reception on 01962 848700.


Adult Swimming Programme

From Learner to Advanced, these sessions aim to improve confidence in the water leading to developing stroke techniques and stamina. Ideal if you have a fear of the water, panic just think of the deep end or even ideal training for competitive swimming!

Not a strong swimmer? If you learn to swim you can have fun in the water with your friends, children and grandchildren. You can also make a splash in the water while on holiday. The important thing to know is that you are not alone. One in five adults across the country can't swim - but it's never too late to learn. Our pool offers adult classes in a friendly and supportive environment. Our learner lessons take things at comfortable pace - starting off with teaching you to how to stand up and regain your feet, float and move through the water without fear before being taught specific strokes.

If you are unsure about starting lessons, ask if you can watch a class or two to get a better idea of whether it's for you, or ask to speak with one of the teachers.

Swim Fit

Led by qualified Swimming Teachers, this adult lane class on Tuesdays 10.55am - 11.40am aims to help develop technique on all strokes and increase stamina. This class is attended on a drop in basis and is paid for on the day at reception.


Swimming Term Dates 2016/2017

11th April - 24th July (Excluding Bank Holidays & Half Terms)

5th September - 18th Decemeber 

3rd January - 9th April 

Contact our Swimming Co-ordinator for more information on 01962 848700

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