Our Classes

Babies and toddlers

A brief overview of our various baby and toddler lessons, which range from six weeks to 24 months. All classes listed below are parent and child classes.

Starfish Class 0-6 month olds - Tiny Babies

Our 0-6 month old classes introduce your tiny baby to water in as relaxed a way as possible. Babies can join from just six weeks old (they do not need to have completed their injections under the current Department of Health guidelines). Our aim in these classes is primarily for parent and baby to enjoy being in the water together. We encourage lots of eye contact with fun activities and play. Songs and rhymes provide gentle stimulation and are an effective way to communicate with your baby. Tiny babies enjoy the water massaging their bodies and the freedom of movement and buoyancy that it provides.

We introduce the underwater environment, too, with a focus on the communication between parent and baby. This offers a unique sensory experience and develops confidence in the water. Babies love to float on their backs with their ears in the water, gazing up at their parent. Swimming with parent promotes skin-to-skin contact, security and a wonderful feeling!

Starfish Class 7-12 month olds - Babies

Our 7-12 month olds are beginning to gain stronger backs and greater head control giving them the opportunity for swimming with woggles and jumping in. They want to be on their front, and are beginning to become interested in the pool environment. Babies of this age particularly love splashes and bubbles. In this class we encourage them to make little splashes with their arms and to kick their legs, reaching out for small toys and playing in the water.

Our underwater activities continue to focus totally on the baby, with small exercises designed to maintain their trust and confidence, watching their faces and responding to their cues. The songs and rhymes are the most natural way for babies to listen and learn. All activities are carefully balanced to ensure they have fun and stay relaxed. Repetition provides fun, reassurance and promotes learning.

Clownfish Class 12-24 month olds - Toddlers

Our 1-2 year olds are mostly toddlers now and love to play! They enjoy splashing, jumping in, kicking their legs and chasing balls. We encourage this with fun games and songs, together with swimming time with their parent.

Our toddlers love to interact with each other, too, and the songs and group activities provide a focus for this. Most of the children in this class are extremely comfortable taking little swims on their own, both with woggles and unaided. Without realising it, our toddlers are becoming skilled and safety conscious. They love to blow bubbles (the first step to learning to exhale in the water) and playing with the various water toys we provide. Repetition makes learning to swim easy and natural.

PreSchool – Seahorses

Course Program 2-3 year olds- Younger Preschoolers Our Pre-schoolers are keen! Balls…

2-3 year olds - Younger Pre-schoolers

Our Pre-schoolers are keen! Balls, woggles and floats are used to improve alignment and style whilst confident jumping in makes an enormous splash! 2-3 year olds initiate their own swimming by taking a breath, putting their face in the water, exhaling and kicking. Before long their small swims just get longer. They swim through hoops or onto the steps, returning to a standing position. They love to wear their goggles and hunt for sinking toys in the pool. Swimming and turning activities promote water safety and develop ease of movement in the water.

3-4 year olds- Older Pre-schoolers

Our Older Pre-schoolers love to swim! As soon as they gain the arm strength to lift their head to breathe, they are able to swim at least a width, and often much further. We help them develop their balance and coordination further, to move gracefully through the water. They also learn to dive for treasure at the bottom of the pool and the gentle art of relaxation through floating. ). All children learn to swim basic front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke through clever use of analogies and games – without even realising it!


Our Academy Swimming classes (for Primary school children) follow the same ethos as our baby and pre-school classes. We believe that all children have a natural affinity with the water, and can enjoy the experience of swimming with an efficient, fluid stroke. We start with simple skills and build on these slowly, in easy steps in accordance with your child’s physical ability and understanding. We balance this with fun activities to develop additional skills including life-saving floating and surface diving.

Sea Turtle – New Swimmers (0-10 Metres)

Our Sea Turtle Classes are designed to take a non or new swimmer and get them working towards their first 5-10 metres. Your child will learn correct body position along with the proper leg and arm technique. This class is perfect for developing water confidence and getting your child swimming and safe around the water. These classes will focus on front and back swimming.

Advanced Sea Turtle – Progressing Swimmers (5-10 Metres)

Our Advanced Sea Turtle Classes are designed for those children who are confident to jump into the water and get across the pool but have no real technical ability as such. Children should be able to cover a distance of 5+ meters to start in this class. This class will work on technique and stamina. Your child will learn correct body position along with the proper leg and arm technique. This class is perfect for developing correct body position and working on breathing correctly. These classes will focus on front and back swimming.

Sea Lion – Progressing Swimmers (25-50 Metres)

Our Sea Lion classes build on the foundations set out at the Sea Turtle levels. Arm and leg technique will progress from a paddling action to the proper Front and Back Crawl whilst introducing them to the good breathing techniques. This class will also introduce Breast Stroke and lifesaving skills.

Dolphin – Competent Swimmers (50-100 Metres)

At Dolphin level, swimmers are now swimming at a competent level with their Front Crawl, Back Crawl, and Breaststroke. This class will work on technical improvements to each of these strokes whilst also working on stamina and strength. This class will also introduce swimmers to Butterfly.

Whale – Good Swimmers (200+Metres)

Swimmers at our Whale level should now be familiar with all 4 competitive strokes. Practices will be used to improve technique and pace to get swimmers swimming more efficiently and at a quicker pace.

Private Lessons

We often get asked for private swimming lessons. The reason for parents choosing private tuition for their children can be varied, although mostly it is to improve a child’s confidence or to work on a particular stroke. You may also find a private lesson (or a course of them) useful prior to going on holiday or to the child starting swimming at school.


Whatever your objectives, each of our half hour long private classes is held by one of our fully qualified instructors who will tailor the class exactly to your child’s needs. The classes can be booked as one-off sessions and in Colchester only can also be booked as a course (to be taken over consecutive weeks), which represents a small saving over booking the classes individually.

Cost for private lessons

£30 per lesson or £270 for a course of ten

£36.25 per lesson

£34.50 per lesson


The availability at your preferred pool will depend on our current lesson schedule as well as your objectives and requirements, so we treat each enquiry on an individual basis.

We regret that we currently have no availability for private classes at our Chelmsford pool.

How to book

If you are thinking about booking some privat swimming tuition for your child at any of the pools listed above, please do get in touch on:

01376 340 310

We look forward to hearing from you.


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