Swimming lessons for children

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Swimming for kids


National Partner of Swim All Stars




Get them swimming early - that's the best way to make sure children grow up to be strong, confident swimmers. At David Lloyd Leisure, we know that swimming for kids is a great way to bond with your family and to keep healthy and fit as a family.

You already know the importance of swimming for kids, as well as the peace of mind of knowing your children can swim. The sooner a child starts to swim the easier they'll pick it up too.

Swimming lessons

Swimming for kids takes 3 forms at David Lloyd - children's swimming lessons, parent child swimming or bring them swimming with you to our safe, clean swimming pools.

It's really important for swimming lessons to have a good structure, so we're proud to teach the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming in all our clubs. The swimming lesson programme is delivered by fully qualified ASA trained teachers and covers the basics of swimming for kids, through to gaining complete confidence in the water.

We assess all new learners so they enter the swimming programme at the appropriate level, helping them learn with people of a similar ability.

So treat your children to swimming lessons and show them how much fun swimming for kids can be

Swimming lessons for babies upwards

Swim All Stars at David Lloyd Leisure follows the high standard of the Amateur Swimming Association and all of our children’s courses follow the Amateur Swimming Association National Plan for Teaching Swimming which is a world recognised programme for teaching children to swim.

We offer progressive swimming lessons in our swimming pools for everyone, from babies and toddlers through to teens.

Our swimming lessons range from: Parent and Baby/toddler, Amateur Swimming Association Swim Stages 1 to 7 and in some clubs we offer specialist classes in Water Polo, Rookie Lifeguard and Performance Training.

Swimming courses

We also offer 12 week courses during term times and 12 week parent and baby/toddler courses.

FOUNDATION A programme to develop early years water confidence, parent and child classes for pre school children developing very basic confidence and motor skills through play.
STAGE 1 Developing basic safety awareness, the 'class' scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.
STAGE 2 Developing safe entries to the water, including jumping, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.
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 understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard.
STAGE 5 Developing 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation. Performing all strokes to the standard as directed.
STAGE 6 Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.
STAGE 7 Developing a 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.

fundamental Sports Skills

When your child has completed the Fundamental movement skills programmes, the journey and choices for developing water skills continues with the Fundamental Sports Skills programmes, the programmes available in this section will differ from club to club dependent on each club’s pool facilities.