Children’s lessons

We teach children aged 3 and above. The lesson times we offer are:

Sundays Fridays Girls only
Lesson start times 9.50, 10.20, 10.50, 11.20, 12.00, 12.30, 1.00, 1.30, 2.00, 2.30 5.00, 5.30, 6.00 6.30 (Fridays)


All lessons are run at Denbigh High School, Alexandra Avenue, Luton, LU3 1HE. Click here for a map. The pool has changing rooms with showers and toilets and onsite parking. Coming soon- lessons at Underhill pool in Barnet- check back soon for more information. 

Lesson Booking and Availability

Summer term lesson times are given below. Lessons are booked termly (12 weeks, £66). Please contact us if you are interested in registering your child. Lessons run alongside the school term and towards the end of a term you will be given the opportunity to reenrol for the following term.

Sundays (current classes)

  • 9.50-10.20am- Stage 4, Stage 3, Stage 2, Stage 1, Ducklings
  • 10.20-10.50amStage 4/5, Stage 4, Stage 3, Ducklings
  • 10.50-11.20am- Stage 2/3, Stage 2, Stage 1, Ducklings
  • 11.20-11.50amStage 3, Stage 2, Ducklings
  • 12.00-12.30pm- Stage 3, Stage 1, Ducklings
  • 12.30-1.00pm- Stage 2/3, Stage 2,  Stage 1, Ducklings
  • 1.00-1.30pm- Stage 4, Stage 3, Stage 2, Stage 1, Ducklings
  • 1.30-2.00pm- Stage 5, Stage 4, Stage 3, Stage 2, Stage 1, Ducklings

Summer Term runs from: 23rd April – 23rd July 2017, excluding 28th May. 13 weeks in total.

Fridays (current classes)

  • 5.00-5.30pm- Stage 2/3, Stage 1, Ducklings
  • 5.30-6.00pm- Stage 4, Stage 3, Stage 1, Ducklings
  • 6.00-6.30pm- Stage 3, Stage 2, Ducklings
  • 6.30-7.00pm (Girls only): Stage 4/5, Stage 3/4, Stage 3, Stage 1

Summer term runs from 21st April – 14th July, excluding 2nd June. 12 weeks in total .

For further information about which class your child would be best suited to or for any other questions, please contact us. If your child has any physical or educational needs we can usually still accommodate them in a small group lesson. However please do contact us to discuss in as much detail as possible the specific needs of your child before booking, to ensure we allocate them the most suitable class and make their swimming experience as happy and safe as possible.

Which class is suitable for your child?

Lessons follow the Swim England scheme. Non swimmers and beginners start either working towards their Duckling awards or Stage 1 of the Swim England learn to swim scheme. (Younger swimmers, aged 3-4, start on the Duckling awards to develop their confidence in the water and to practise following instructions.  Once they are confident they begin to work on the skills needed to complete Stage 1). If you child has already achieved some Learn to Swim awards, contact us to find the most suitable class for them.

What happens in a lesson?

All children’s lessons are 30 minutes. We teach the children water confidence, skills and strokes. We use flotation aids including armbands, floats and woggles to ensure the children are confident in the water and are able to practise the different aspects of the stroke. Children spend a lot of the lesson practising different aspects of a certain stroke- either front paddle, progressing to front crawl, backstroke or breaststroke and in the later stages dolphin progressing to butterfly. We continually assess the children and after the half term we award badges for children who have passed that stage. See below for an idea of what is expected in each stage- this is just a summary and not an exhaustive list but gives you some ideas of what to work on if you want to take your child to the pool to practise!

**PLEASE NOTE THAT SWIM ENGLAND HAVE RECENTLY MADE SOME CHANGES TO THE OUTCOMES FOR EACH STAGE. WE ARE IN A TRANSITION PHASE OF MOVING OVER TO THE NEW ASSESSMENT OUTCOMES AND BY SEPTEMBER EVERY CHILD WITH US WILL BE ASSESSED ACCORDING TO THE UPDATED SCHEME**

Ducklings: Blow bubbles, kick on the back, float on the back, travel to an object, blow an object, submerge, jump in.

Stage 1: Move forwards, backwards and sideways, wash face and be showered, float and regain standing, push and glide.

Stage 2: Blow bubbles rhythmically, push and glide on front and back, float on front and back and regain standing without support, rotate from front to back and vice versa.

Stage 3 (without teachers support OR armbands): Jump in and submerge, push and glide and log roll, submerge and push and glide, travel 10m on front and back, discuss the water safety code. To pass Stage 3 children need to be swimming without armbands as children cannot progress to the higher stages if they lack the confidence to swim unaided.

Stage 4: Front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and dolphin kick, perform a sculling action, perform a sequence of changing shapes, push and glide and swim 10m choice of stroke.

Stage 5: Variety of sculling actions, tread water, different jumps into deep water, swim 10m of each stroke with a good technique, handstand, somersault.

For more information about the outcomes of the Duckling and Stage 1-7 awards please see the Swim England website

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