Enroll. Learn. Develop.
It’s never too early or too late to learn to swim. For those wanting to start swimming we offer lessons for all age groups from babies through to adults across our 3 swimming pools. Our lessons are designed to develop confidence both in and around the water for any age and our friendly qualified teachers and instructors are there to guide you through each stage of your learning journey. From Waterbabies to competitive swimming, as the largest provider of swimming lessons in the district, we are confident that we provide quality sessions with fantastic instruction in the best facilities in the area.
Age 2½ months – 3 years
By introducing your baby to swimming from an early age, you are starting them on a habit that will last a lifetime and teaching them an important and potentially life-saving skill. A fun and rewarding experience, Water Babies sessions help build the bond and trust between you and your baby. It’s also a great way to exercise.
The following Water Babies sessions are available at Herons Leisure Centre and Whitstable Swimming Pool.
LITTLE FLOATERS: Age: 2½ – 12 months
LITTLE KICKERS: Age: 12 – 36 months
These classes must be booked in advance. These will be found under Family Swim in the app and web bookings. A booking of 1 adult will cover 1 adult and 1 child.
Age 3 – 5 years
The Nursery is split into three levels based on ability and age. Each stage has been carefully designed with a balanced set of activities including swimming technique, safety skills, floating, individual and group work including songs and games. However, the emphasis remains on learning through having fun! Your child will develop their water confidence, stroke development and learn essential life-saving skills.
The following Nursery sessions are available at all 3 of our swimming pools:
STARFISH – Age: 3 – 4 Years. Ability: Beginners
TADPOLES – Age: 4 – 5 Years. Ability: Beginners
MINNOWS – Age: 4 – 5 Years. Ability: Advanced
The Swim School
Age 5 years +
Pupils aged 5 and over, of all abilities, are welcome to The Swim School.
Whether your child has taken part in our Water Babies sessions or attended The Nursery classes, or have only ever splashed around with the family or on holiday, we’ll have a class that’s just right for them. Our stages cater for children who are starting from scratch to those who have a little more confidence and are already swimming independently and just need to develop their stroke. At each stage of their journey, your child will receive a certificate and badge to mark their progress through the stages and recognise their achievement.
Children are grouped by skill rather than age in the following categories:
TERRAPINS – ASA STAGE 1
TURTLES – ASA STAGE 2
MANTARAYS – ASA STAGE 3
SEALS – ASA STAGE 4
DOLPHINS – ASA STAGE 5
WHALES – ASA STAGE 6
SHARKS – ASA STAGE 7
ORCA – ASA STAGE 8
Age 8 – 12 years
Our Rookie Lifeguard sessions are great for children aged 8 – 12 looking to learn water rescue skills. They are perfect for anyone that wants to learn to be safe in and around water and also for those looking to complete a full lifeguard course in the future!
For more information:
Herons Leisure Centre – Please call Emmie on 01227 743782 or email email@example.com
Whitstable Swimming Pool – Please call Dale on 01227 772442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Swimming Lessons
Age 16+ years
It’s never too late to learn how to swim! Whether you are learning to swim for the first time, wanting to improve your swim stroke technique or training for your next triathlon, our adult swimming lessons provide fun, positive instruction for all levels and abilities.
For more information:
Kingsmead Leisure Centre – Please email Laura: email@example.com
Herons Leisure Centre – Please email Emmie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitstable Swimming Pool – Please email Dale: email@example.com
To check your child’s Swim Academy account and progress, please click the Home Portal button below
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Meet The Coordinators
Competitive Swimming Clubs