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Private Swim School

Our Lessons

We offer a range of weekly lessons in various group sizes to suit most personal circumstances and budgets. The lessons are booked as a full term course with three courses per year in line with school terms. We also offer intensive daily courses over some school holidays.

We will accept children from 3½ years old depending on their level of independence. The best start we feel any parent can give their child is help them enjoy getting wet and be comfortable in a swimming pool, as a child starting with this basic water confidence will make progress more quickly.

We often have siblings learning to swim at the same time and we always try to cater for this; we run up to five lessons simultaneously, each covering different levels of ability with their own teacher. We find this offers the parents a greater level of flexibility.

The Pools

Signhills Academy

Map to Signhills Pool

This is a small above ground pool, 12 metres x 5 metres which is most suited to younger children from 3 years to 8 years as it is 1 metre deep in all areas.

We usually run three lessons simultaneously and keep at least one dedicated lifeguard in attendance throughout.

Lessons are usually for 30 minutes.

Lessons are held on:

Wednesdays - 4.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Thursdays     - 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Full course schedules can be downloaded below

Wednesdays

B72 - Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2019)
B73 - Spring Term (Apr - Jul 2019))

Thursdays

B72 - Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2019)
B73 - Spring Term (Apr - Jul 2019))

Access - The pool is situated adjacent to the school playing field, entry via the side gate on Chichester Road is the easiest route as the pool is at the end of the pathway. There is no on-site parking available

Havelock Academy

Map to Havelock Pool

This pool is a traditional rectangle pool , 10 metres x 25 metres and is suitable for all ages. The depth of the pool ranges from 0.85 metres to 1.68 metres.

We usually run five lessons simultaneously and keep at least one dedicated lifeguard in attendance throughout.

Lessons are usually for 30 minutes with 1 hour sessions offered for the more advanced classes.

Lessons are held on:

Tuesdays  - 5.45 p.m. - 7.45 p.m.
Fridays     - 4.15 p.m. - 6.45 p.m.
Saturdays - 10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Full course schedules can be downloaded below

Tuesdays

B72 - Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2019)
B73 - Spring Term (Apr - Jul 2019))

Fridays

B72 - Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2019)
B73 - Spring Term (Apr - Jul 2019))

Saturdays

B72 - Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2019)
B73 - Spring Term (Apr - Jul 2019))

Access - From Holyoake Road, entry onto the school site is through the side gate on the right. The swimming pool is in the sports block which is the first building you come to, entry is via automatic doors at the front into the viewing area of the pool.

Intensive Courses

In addition to our weekly lessons during term time, we also offer intensive courses which are available over the school holidays.

These courses run from Havelock Academy daily every weekday morning for the full week. Each session lasts for 30 or 45 minutes but with the extra benefit of more frequent lessons earlier in the day, when children are more alert and energetic they can often produce a marked improvement in both confidence and performance.

They offer excellent value for money, especially when supplementing regular weekly lessons taken during term time and have proven to be very popular with parents and children alike. As new courses become available they will be listed here, you can enrol for an intensive course here.

Easter Holidays

Monday the 8th of April to Friday the 12th of April 2019

For ages 3-9
Suitable for non-swimmers to intermediate Stage 3 level as well as pupils needing stroke improvement.

Daily 30 minute sessions - All five sessions for £35 per child with a choice of 9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am or 11.00am start times

Badges & Awards

We operate through the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) swimming awards scheme. The range of badges and certificates we cover are:

  • Alpha Steps
  • Puffin Awards
  • Ducklings
  • Metre badges (5 mtrs - 2000 mtrs)
  • Swimming Challenge Awards
  • School Speed Awards
  • National Plan Awards
  • Water Skills
  • Water Rescue Award
  • Complete Swimmer Award

We endeavour to test each child for an award towards the end of each full term so please try to ensure your child attends during the last few weeks.

Once an award has been achieved the relevant badge and/or certificate can be ordered, the order is placed near the end of the term and the relevant dates will be noted on your course schedules. Payment will be required in advance for all certificates and/or badges earned and they can be purchased for a nominal charge of £3.25.