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Children's Swimming Lessons

Learn to swim


The Sovereign Centre Follows the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme and Awards Scheme.

For school age children this this programme runs through Stages 1-7.  Each of which have a set of skills and techniques that children learn to improve their ability in the water.  Children can progress through the scheme at their own pace, and our continuous assessment allows them to move up to the next level as soon as they are ready to.

Children will earn badges and certificates to celebrate each level passed.

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The Learn to swim Pathway

Stage 1 - Beginner Level for children aged 4+
Suitable for children who are aged 4+ with no previous lessons experience, or who may have a fear of the water.  Working on building water confidence skills.

Stage 2 - Beginner Level for children aged 4+
Suitable for children who are aged 4+ who are water confident, developing safe entries into the water, including jumping in, basic floating, traveling 5M and unaided rotation to regain an upright position.

Stage 3

For children over 5 and who have completed stage 2. Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 meters on their front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.

Stage 4

For children who have completed 10 meters on their front and back and who have completed stage 3. Developing the understanding of a range of skills refining kicking technique for all strokes and swimming 20 meters.

Stage 5

For children who can swim 20 meters on their front and back and have achieved stage 4. Developing skills and competence in sculling and treading water, completing a rotation and demonstrating good stroke technique across all four strokes.

Stage 6

For children who can swim 25 meters on their front and backs and have achieved stage 5. Developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing, developing water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise. Children will be able to swim 50 meters on front and back and be working to achieve their personal survival award.

Stage 7

For children who achieved stage 6 and can confidently swim 50 meters front and back. Developing quality strokes technique and aiming to gain 100 meters award across 3 strokes. This stage  then encourages stamina and the goal of 200 meters should be achieved with touch turns being introduced.

Stage 8-10

For children wishing to develop stamina and stroke technique and capable of swimming up to 800 meters, depending on level.

Swimming Lessons are available 50 weeks of the year and payable by a monthly direct debit of £27 per month.

Swimming Lessons are now open for bookings!  

Please contact reception to book your child's place 01323 738822

or email

Swimming Lessons Timetable

Please see our swimming lessons timetable below or click to download a copy.

Please note we are currently making changes to our timetable so classes may vary from the below.  A new timetable will be published shortly. 

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