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Swimming lessons

Ensuring your child learns to swim could not only save their life but is really an essential life skill opening up a world of opportunities for social and health benefits.​

We also offer swimming lessons for adults, it's never too late to learn. 

Lessons at all our centres now follow the national ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, an all-inclusive programme designed to take a non-swimmer and develop their skills to achieve their full potential.

Lessons are divided into stages where children learn fundamental movement skills before having the opportunity to develop in a specific aquatic discipline. At each stage there are a range of outcomes the child must achieve in order to progress to the next stage. An overview of these outcomes can be found in the ‘guide to swimming lessons’.

Stages 1 to 7 teach children to become competent swimmers.

Stages 8 to 10 give children the chance to develop aquatics skills in diving, lifesaving, competitive swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming and the silver and gold Challenge Awards. ​​

Please click on the arrows below to find the information you need​​​​​​​ and contact your local leisure centre to enquire about swimming lessons.

Click to expandChildren's Swimming Lessons

Swimming is an important life skill for any child, and swimming lessons are the perfect way to ensure that they are confident and safe in the water throughout their life. Our lessons follow the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, an ‘all-inclusive programme’, designed to take a non-swimmer and develop their skills to achieve their full potential.

The child’s journey though the lesson programme will result in the development of a wide range of skills, some of which will be learnt though fun and games sessions. A child develops their basic movement range during the ages of 5-8 years for girls and 6-9 years for boys.

During this stage of growing up the focus of the child’s learning will be on building their fundamental movement skills, and often the focus of this learning is through fun.​ 


Click to expandSkills your child will learn during their lessons

Entry- safe entry into water, use of steps, side, jumps and eventually dives.​

Exits- safe exists from the water, use of steps and side.

Buoyancy- developing an understanding of buoyancy and balance and what & balance affects it, and how to become buoyant in the water.

Rotation- developing skills such as how to turn around, how to lie back, how & orientation to lie forward, how to regain an upright position and how to twist  from the back to the front and vice versa.

Streamlining- understanding of streamlining, how to be streamlined and why it’s important. 

Aquatic- developing confidence in the water and a feeling of being at ease breathing with the water around the face, learning how to breath correctly, which consequently is developing a ‘safe’ swimmer.

Travel- developing movement forwards, backwards, sideways, how to coordination travel effectively, exploring different ways of travelling in water.

Water safety- development of a basic understanding of how to keep safe and sound around water. 

Health & fitness- developing an understanding of why activity is good for you

​Stages-Our lessons are divided into stages where your child will learn fundamental movement skills before having the opportunity to develop their skills in a specific aquatic discipline.


Click to expandAdult & child coached sessions and Foundation stage (4 months- 4 years)

These stages provide an opportunity for the child to develop water confidence and very basic motor skills through structured fun and games sessions.  Fundamental movement skills The child will develop the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in the water.​​​

Click to expandStage 1

Developing basic safety awareness, basic movement and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids such as arm bands and floats.

Click to expandStage 2

Developing safe entries into the water including jumping in, basic floating, travel and unaided rotation to regain upright positions.

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Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 meters on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.​

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Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 meters to the set standard.​

Click to expandStage 5

Developing sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also performing strokes to the set standard.

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Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.​​

Click to expandStage 7

Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 meters, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked route and successfully complete an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished through stages 1-7.

Click to expandStage 8-10 Fundamental Sports Skills

After successfully completing stage 7, the child will have the choice to develop skills in a specific aquatic discipline such as diving, lifesaving, swimming, water polo and synchro.


Click to expandCompetitive Clubs

Competition clubs The aquatics clubs provide the child with an opportunity to take part in specific disciplines in a competitive way. Leeds City Council are responsible for the running of the Swim Training Scheme, Diving Training Scheme and Leeds Lifesaving. While the synchro and water polo clubs may run at Leeds City Council leisure centres they are managed independently.​

Click to expandAdult Swimming Lessons

We offer adult swimming lessons at:

  • Aireborough Leisure Centre (6 week course)
  • Armley Leisure Centre, including women only
  • Fearnville Leisure Centre
  • Holt Park Leisure Centre
  • John Charles Centre for Sport
  • John Smeaton Leisure Centre
  • Kippax Leisure Centre
  • Kirkstall Leisure Centre Monday
  • Morley Leisure Centre
  • Pudsey Leisure Centre (course)
  • Rothwell Sports Centre
  • Scott Hall Leisure Centre
  • Wetherby Leisure Centre Monday

We also offer stroke improvement classes for those who would like to improve their stroke. These classes are offered at:

  • John Charles centre for Sport
  • Morley Leisure Centre
  • Pudsey Leisure Centre

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