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 child's progress on our Learn to Swim Portal:

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Read our full Swimming Lesson Terms and Conditions here

Easter Swimming Crash Courses:

Is your child looking for some practise before joining our Learn to Swim school, or maybe they are looking to quickly progress up a stage? Our 30 minute crash courses are perfect for a week of intense swimming lessons throughout the Easter Holidays. 

  • £24.95 per lesson for 121s
  • £31.24 for group lessons
  • Bookable throughout the mornings at our pools. 
  • 6th-9th and 14th-17th April
  • The Spa at Beckenham - Call 0208 650 0233 or visit reception
  • Biggin Hill Pool - Call 01959 574 468 or visit reception
  • Walnuts Leisure Centre - Call 01689 870 533 or visit reception
  • The Pavilion- Call 0208 313 9911 or visit reception
  • West Wickham- Call 0208 777 5686 or visit reception
  • Darrick Wood- Call 01689 857021 or visit reeption
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