Learn to Swim

Looking for swimming lessons in your area? Want to learn to swim? Wave Swim School offers an extensive range of swim lessons, from five months through to advanced adult swimming lessons.

Looking for the Wave Swim School Portal? Access your child's lessons and progress here. Wave Swim School continues throughout the year including school holidays, only stopping for two weeks during the Christmas break.

Wave Swim School’s qualified and experienced Swimming Teachers deliver the Swim England Learn To Swim Programme and when you sign them up not only can they get 50 lessons for the price of 45, but free swimming outside of lessons!*

Wave Swim School also offers alternative aquatic activities such as Rookie Lifeguard, Pre-Competition, Aqua Fun, Snorkelling and Kayaking. We have a number of links with local clubs to encourage students to carry on with these activities on a more permanent basis.

*At Wave sites only, excludes Motcombe Pool

Term Length & Payment Options

Wave Swim School teaches swimming for 50 weeks of the year and offers continuous assessment. This means that students will be able to progress to the next level at any point within the 50 weeks. 

You will be able to choose to spread the cost of lessons by paying a monthly Direct Debit or paying in blocks of 15 weeks. For our customers who pay monthly by direct debit, you will receive 50 lessons for the price of 45, plus your child will receive free swimming at all Wave swimming pools outside of swimming lessons!

Swimming Lessons

Adult Monthly Swimming Lessons from £25.65
Junior Monthly Swimming Lessons from £23.00
Private Swimming Lessons Adult or Junior - £20.50
Joint Private Swimming Lesson - £27.70

Manage Your Swimming Lessons Yourself - It's Easy

Wave Swim School gives you the ability to manage your child’s lessons online, meaning you don’t need to queue to see the teacher. What's more, all progress is logged immediately via a poolside tablet and is accessible online as a Record of Achievement.

Scroll down to find out more about all our swimming lessons, from babies to adults...

girls in a swimming pool
Girl diving underwater

Lessons for Babies and Pre-School Children

The Swim England Pre-School Framework is the first stage of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme. It promotes early water confidence and basic motor skills and underpins the Learn to Swim Stages 1-7. It is linked to the Early Years Foundation Curriculum for Child Development, and is delivered in a fun, friendly environment.

Discovery Duckling 1-4 (age range 0 - 2 years)

For babies from birth with limited or no coordination through to those who are water confident and able to move independently. The programme is designed to be a gentle, fun and secure way for young children be introduced to the swimming environment to develop water confidence. A parent or guardian takes part.

Duckling 1-4 (age range 2 - 4 ½ years)

The Duckling Awards are ideal for those children who have completed the Discovery Duckling Awards and are now more independent and capable of following instructions. This stage encourages swimmers to move more independently. A parent or guardian takes part.

Lessons for Children

Learning to swim opens up a wide variety of exciting activity and adventure for children. At Wave Swim School, children learn to swim and have fun at the same time.

Stage 1 - Safety awareness, basic movement and swimming skills, as well as water confidence.

Stage 2 - Safe entries, including jumping in, basic floating, travelling on front and back plus rotating to regain upright positions.

Stage 3 - Submersion, travelling on the front and back, rotation skills and water safety knowledge.

Stage 4 - Understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Refining kicking techniques for all strokes.

Stage 5 - “Waterman-ship” through sculling, treading water skills and rotations. Stroke performance develops for all four strokes.

Stage 6 - Effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing across all strokes. Awareness of water safety and an understanding of the importance of preparation for exercise.

Stage 7 - Developing quality stroke techniques up to 100m and stamina.

Stage 8 - Swimmers who are competent and confident in the water and are ready to learn a more advanced range of skills.

Stage 9 - Those who can swim all four strokes with correct technique and able to demonstrate a correct turn for each. Diving, sequenced submersion and treading water tasks, turns, use of a pace clock.

Stage 10 - As above, along with advanced sculling.

Girls in a swimming lesson
Children in a swimming lesson

Lessons for Adults 

Swimming is a great way to keep physically active. If you’d like to learn to swim, Wave offers a range of classes to suit all abilities.

Wave Adult Beginners - Aimed at the complete beginner. In the lessons you will build water confidence, learn the basic arm and leg actions and achieve 5-10 metres on your front and back unaided.

Wave Adult Improvers - For those that can swim 5-10 metres on the front and back unaided, the level will build upon your water confidence and stamina, improve technique in the main strokes and achieve 25–50 metres.

Wave Adult Advanced - For those that can swim 25-50 metres with relative ease, we will work with you to become accustomed to swimming in lanes and being out of your depth.

For more information on swimming lessons and more, please email: waveswimschool@waveleisure.co.uk

When making an enquiry, please include your child's age and ability (including any past swimming awards) as well as which site you would like them to learn at, as this will speed up the enquiry process.