Children’s lessons

We teach children aged 3 and above. 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. 12 weeks is £69.

Tuesdays Fridays Sundays
Lesson start times  5.00, 5.30, 6.00, 6.30, (7-8 swim squad)  5.00, 5.30, 6.00, 6.30, 7.00 (girls only session) 9.50, 10.20, 10.50, 11.20, 12.00, 12.30, 1.00, 1.30, 2.00, 2.30

Lesson Booking and Availability

Lessons are booked termly (usually 12 weeks). Lessons run alongside the school term, usually with a week off for half term and towards the end of a term you will be given the opportunity to reenrol for the following term.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining and you will be added to the waiting list as bookings for new swimmers are not currently open. 

Tuesdays – Spring Classes

  • 5.00-5.30pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
  • 5.30-6.00pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Sage 4
  • 6.00-6.30pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
  • 6.30-7.00pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5

Fridays – Spring Classes

  • 5.00-5.30pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
  • 5.30-6.00pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5
  • 6.00-6.30pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2,  Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 6-8
  • 6.30-7.00pm: Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5
  • 7.00- 7.30pm (girls only): Improvers, Advanced

Sundays -Spring Classes

  • 9.50-10.20am- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2,  Stage 3, Stage 3/4, Stage 4
  • 10.20-10.50am- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5
  • 10.50-11.20am- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
  • 11.20-11.50am- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5
  • 12.00-12.30pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3/4, Stage 5
  • 12.30-1.00pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
  • 1.00-1.30pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5
  • 1.30-2.00pm- Ducklings,  Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3/4, Stage 6/7
  • 2.00- 2.30 pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
  • 2.30- 3.00 pm- Ducklings, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4

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 often still accommodate them in a small group lesson providing they are able to follow simple instructions. 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 (and provide) flotation aids including armbands, floats and noodles to ensure that children are confident in the water and are able to practise the different aspects of a stroke. Children spend most of the lesson practising a certain stroke- either front paddle, progressing to front crawl, backstroke or breaststroke and in the later stages dolphin progressing to butterfly. Lessons finish with skills which develop water safety and confidence. We continually assess the children and after the half term we award children who have passed a 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!

(Below aids are defined as armbands, noodles and floats, and support is any support given by an adult to assist the child).

Ducklings (aids and support can be used): Blow bubbles, kick on the back, float on the back, travel to an object, blow an object, swim on the front without support, submerge, jump in, enter and exit safely. 

Stage 1 (aids and support can be used): Move forwards, backwards and sideways, wash face and be showered, float and regain standing, push and glide, discuss the pool rules.

Stage 2 (aids can be used for skills only): 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 in a tucked position and as a log roll, swim 5m on front and back using the correct leg kick without aids or equipment. 

Stage 3 (without aids or support): Jump in and submerge, exit the pool without using the steps, push and glide and log roll, submerge and push and glide, travel 10m on front and back unaided and discuss the water safety code. To pass Stage 3 children need to start becoming confident swimming in deep water as stages 4 and above are always taught in the deep end. 

Stage 4 (without aids or support): Front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and dolphin kick, perform a sculling action, perform a sequence of changing shapes, push and glide towards the floor and swim 10m choice of stroke.

Stage 5 (without aids or support): Variety of sculling actions, tread water, different jumps into deep water, swim 10m of each stroke with a good technique, handstand, somersault.

Stage 6 (without aids or support): Swim 10m with clothes on, swim each stroke demonstrating rhythmical breathing, peform a surface dive and a shout and signal rescue, swim 25m continously- choice of stroke and discuss how to prepare for exercise.

Stage 7 (without aids or support): Swim 25m of each stroke and swim 100m continously using at least 3 strokes, complete an obstacle course with feet off the floor and tread water using an egg beater kick.

After stage 7, children can go on to complete stages 8-10 in various aquatic disciplines including synchronised swimming and diving. At the moment we offer the opportunity to complete stage 8 for competitive swimming- see below.

Stage 8- Swimming (without aids or support): Swim 25m kick of each stroke, swim 400m continuously, perform a turn for each stroke and a competitive start.

Personal Survival/ Rookie awards: These awards are designed to go alongside the higher stages in the Learn to Swim Pathway and include skills such as self rescue including the HELP position and treading water, rescue of others, swimming in clothes, how to recognise casualties in the water, how to enter water of an unknown depth safely and how to minimise heat and energy loss in water.

For more information about the outcomes of the Duckling and Stage 1-7 awards please see the Swim England website or look at our detailed breakdown of the stages here: Swim England Awards and Pathway