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Swimming lessons

This page contains information about our swimming lesson programme, aqualearn.

You can sign up to swimming lessons for children and adults at any of our eight pools at the following leisure centres:

Swimming lessons for children

Your child can start swimming lessons from four years old. From birth (up to four years), we also provide sessions for you to enjoy the water with your child, and develop their water confidence.

There are seven steps for your child to work through - download Icon for pdf Aqualearn - kids journey and awards (PDF, 973.2kb)  for more information. This is based on the Amateur Swimming Association: Learn to Swim Pathway.

Book your swimming lessons

When your child is ready to enrol, whether it's for our aqua babies and aqua tots, or our aqua kids sessions and upwards, you can apply online using the link below.

For swimming lessons at Consett Leisure Centre and The Louisa Centre, please contact these leisure centres directly to enrol on their Learn to Swim programme.

How much do swimming lessons cost?

Lessons cost £19 per month when paying monthly by direct debit, or £67 per quarter.

Our swimming lessons package includes one lesson per week, with unlimited access for your child to public and family swimming sessions, across our six pools (aquafun inflatable and splash tot sessions are not included), plus a welcome pack.

Waiting lists

If there are no places available, we'll add your child to our waiting list, and we will contact you as soon as a place becomes available.

Swimming lessons for adults

Whether you want to learn to swim or develop your swimming technique, our adult swimming lessons will help you achieve your goals. Our adult swimming lessons package includes one lesson per week, with unlimited access to public and family swimming sessions (across our six pools).

Lessons cost £23.50 per month when paying monthly by direct debit, or £70.50 per quarter.

Private swimming lessons

If you would like to top up your swimming skills or improve one of your swimming strokes, then why not book some private swimming lessons. Download and complete the Icon for pdf Aqualearn - waiting list application form (PDF, 87.1kb) , and hand it in to reception at your local pool.

Additional Information

Direct Debit payments

Spread the cost of your child's swimming lessons by selecting to pay by Direct Debit. Paying by Direct Debit spreads the cost monthly and no contract is required. View our Icon for pdf Aqualearn - direct debit FAQs (PDF, 485.4kb)  for more information.

Contact your child's swimming teacher

If your child is already learning to swim with us and you wish to find out further information that our reception staff may not be able to answer directly, please complete the Icon for pdf Aqualearn - I'd like to know form (PDF, 99.1kb)  form and hand in at reception.

Terms and conditions

General and family swim aqualearn members

Any member of the aqualearn programme including aqua babies, aqua tots, aquakids, aqua youth, rookie lifeguarding and aqua adults is entitled to go into any general swimming session in any of our six pools (Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, Spennymoor Leisure Centre, Teesdale Leisure Centre, Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex) for free. Any accompanying adult must pay the applicable entry fees. Exception applies to carers or parents who are carers of those children eligible for free swimming. 

  • applicable to public swim sessions only
  • aqua fun-inflatable sessions are excluded
  • splash tots sessions are excluded
  • not transferable
  • admissions policy applies
  • value cannot be discounted from any other product (i.e parties, family swim tickets etc)
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