Swimming Pool Update

The Spa's and West Wickham's pools are open! Our pools at The Walnuts open on 5th October.

We know you are keen to get swimming again and we can't wait to welcome you back! We hope to be re-opening our other pools soon. We will keep all our customers updated by email, website and social media.

  • All swimming sessions need to be booked online or via the app.
  • Swimming Clubs based at The Spa anbd West Wickham have resumed. Swimming clubs based at The Walnuts will return from 12th October. Please check with your Swimming Club for more information.
  • Swimming lessons at The Spa and West Wickham have returned. Lessons at The Walnuts return from 5th October. Keep an eye out for emails from our team.
  • Wet-side changing rooms are available to swim, gym and group exercise class users at The Spa at Beckenham and West Wickham Leisure Centre and at The Walnuts from October 5th. - see our measures page for details

Swimming lessons

Our swimming lessons are back at The Spa for Preschoolers up to Adults. Lessons return to West Wickham from 28th September. Adult and baby and adult and child lessons will remain temporarily suspended. We plan to bring them back as soon as we can.

We're helping everyone to stay safe and have fun in the water

We've developed our Swim England accredited swimming lesson programme around you and your children. It’s a fantastic experience that opens up new possibilities for everyone - whether it's starting on the swimming lesson journey, improving technique or getting more comfortable in the water.

We offer structured and progressive coaching with qualified swimming instructors. We follow the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme, and our swimmers’ progress is continually assessed. For every stage or course you complete, you'll receive a certificate and badge to acknowledge your achievement.

Why should I encourage my child to learn to swim?

Swimming is lots of fun for people of all ages and children especially love getting in the water and enjoying themselves. But it is not just fun, swimming also provides loads of health benefits which can help to keep your children healthy and happy at the same time. Swimming keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture. But the most important reason why swimming is an essential skill for a life is water safety - its the only sport which can save your child’s life.

For more information, or to book your place:

Get in touch with your local centre


Learn to Swim Portal

Check your swimmer's progress and make changes and amends on our Learn to Swim Portal:

Log in

Read our full Swimming Lesson Terms and Conditions here

Swim England's Learn to Swim Stages
Parent & baby SE Discovery Duckling 1 & 2
Parent & child SE Discovery Duckling 3 & 4
Pre-school SE Duckling 1-4
I Can Swim
Stage 1 SE Stage 1
Stage 2 SE Stage 2
Waterskills 1, 5m
Stage 3 SE Stage 3
Waterskills 2, 5m
Stage 4 SE Stage 4
Waterskills 3, 10m
Stage 5 SE Stage 5
10m, 20m
Stage 6 SE Stage 6
Waterskills 4, 25m
Stage 7 SE Stage 7, Waterskills 5
Bronze Challenge Award
50m, 100m
Stage 8 SE Competitive Swim Stage 8
Silver Challenge Award
200m, 400m
Stage 9 SE Competitive Swim Stage 9
Gold Challenge Award
600m, 800m
Stage 10 SE Competitive Swim Stage 10
Honours Challenge Award
What can I expect at each stage?

At each stage, your children will gain various skills. To check out the outcomes of each stage, view Swim England's awards outcomes below:

Discovery Duckling Award Outcomes

Duckling Award Outcomes

Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 Outcomes

Learn to Swm Stages 1-8 Outcomes

Download the Learn to Swim app

Make learning to swim even more fun with Swim England’s My Learn to Swim app!

Bring the fun of swimming lessons home and celebrate children collecting more Swim England Learn to Swim awards by unlocking more characters and stickers as they progress through the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme. Children gain extra rewards and unlock new features as they develop their swimming skills and water confidence.

Enquire about swimming lessons

If you would like to book you or your child onto our swimming lesson programme please get in touch via the link below.

Enquire today

Where we offer this activity
This Girl Can Swim image of mother and baby swimming

Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington BR6 8EL, United Kingdom.

01689 857 021
Two young boys having fun by the steps in a swimming pool

Lych Gate Road, Orpington BR6 0TJ, United Kingdom.

01689 870 533
Children in swimming caps enjoying a swimming lesson

Church road, Biggin Hill TN16 3LB, United Kingdom.

01959 574 468