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Swim School
Under 5’s

Adult and child classes (up to 3 years)
Pre-school classes (3 years plus)

Developing early-years water confidence from 6 months following Swim England's Discovery Duckling and Ducking awards.

We offer a wide range of adult & child and Pre-School swimming lessons with added benefits including:

• FREE access to Active Nottingham portal to track progress
• Baby changing facilities
• Lockers
• Seating areas for snacks after all that exercise

Image description: Cartoon drawing of a Nottingham Swim School white swimming hat, wearing orange arm-bands.

Adult and Child (from 4 months+)

The aim of this class is to develop water confidence and movement in water through fun and games.  Parents/carers accompany their child in the water for a fun 30-minute instructor-led session using a range of water toys and equipment.

Victoria, Southglade, Ken Martin and Clifton all run exciting and fun Adult and Child lessons for you to enjoy with your little one.

Please note:

  • Djanogly Community Leisure Centre run Adult and Child lessons for children aged 2+
  • Harvey Hadden Sports Village do not offer Adult and Child lessons due to pool temperature. Lessons for Preschool classes (and upwards) are available.
  • Please check with your local leisure centre about their minimum infant age for Adult & Child sessions (based on pool temperature).
Image description: Baby is sat on the edge of the pool and dad is holding him. The baby is trying to hold a blue watering can that the swimming instructor is also holding.


This class is for 3-5-year-olds to gain water confidence and experience of being in a class environment, with the emphasis on developing basic swimming skills through fun and games. A parent/carer will need to accompany their child in the water for this swimming lesson.

This will help provide;

  • 1-2-1 support throughout the whole class means faster progression.
  • eases any anxiety/nerves.
  • you copy the instructor and show your child the movements in the water.
  • helps with concentration so key swimming and water safety skills are learned quicker.
  • it’s a fun thing to do together!


Image description: image shows two children in the water (waist deep). One child is wearing a blue and yellow swim suit and white Pre-School swimming hat and is holding a yellow star in their hand. The other child has their back to the camera and is wearing a black swim suit and white Pre-School swimming hat.

Did you know that according to Swim England,

96% of youngsters stop their lessons too early?

By keeping them enrolled in lessons, you’ll ensure that your child will meet these 4 core competencies Swim England recommend as a minimum ability:

  • be able to swim at least 100 metres without stopping
  • be able to tread water for at least 30 seconds
  • experience swimming in clothing
  • ‘float to live’ (performing a star float on their back for at least 30 seconds)
Image description reads "Swimming competency checklist. Can your child: Float to live (includes a graphic of a person floating in water), Tread water for 30 seconds (includes a graphic of a person in the water wearing a red swim hat and goggles), Swim in clothing (includes a graphic of a teeshirt), Swim 100m (includes a graphic of a person swimming fast). Don't stop their swimming lessons until these minimum standards are achieved. Includes the Swim England logo and a check mark.