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Learn to swim at Consett Leisure Centre or The Louisa Centre

From babies to adults it's never too early or too late to join our swimming lesson programme.

Our learn to swim programme at Consett Leisure Centre and The Louisa Centre takes the non swimmer from their first splash, right through to developing confidence and competence in the water. The programme is 'all inclusive' and teaches the fundamental movement skills needed to swim. It follows the Swim England Award criteria as a guideline for assessment purposes. 

All members of our Learn to Swim programme are also eligible for free public swimming. 

  • Discovery Ducklings (4 months - 2 years)
  • Ducklings (2-3 years)
  • Dippers (3+ years)

Book your swimming lessons

When your child is ready to enrol, whether it's our Discovery Ducklings or Dippers, you can apply online using the link below. 


Prices start from £50 for 10 sessions, which includes unlimited swimming so you can practice what you learn as much as you want. For more information see our terms and conditions

We have recently updated the Time to swim terms and conditions.

Swimming classes

Discovery Ducklings and Ducklings

Young children are introduced to the water and learn confidence with their parents in a structured environment through play and fun. 

This will take you from stage one to four of the Swim England Discovery Ducklings awards and Swim England Ducklings awards.


Dippers take children from their first time in the pool without their parents to competent swimmers. The transition from Ducklings to Dippers begins with a pre-school stage during which the lessons are relaxed and games based. Teachers will then move children through the stages at their own pace, as they develop skills from non-swimmers to beginners and improvers through to advanced swimmers. 

This will take you through Learn to Swim stage 1-7 awards and Learn to Swim stage 8-10 awards.

Sign up any time and progress at your own pace. 

Competitive and Performance Academy

Our academy incorporates the Swim England Athlete Development Support Pathway for Swimming (ADSP) ensuring all swimmers receive the correct training for their age and ability. We have a great reputation of producing high quality swimmers competing at the highest level. 

  • Dolphins (Stages 8-10)
  • Competitive development
  • Youth development
  • Elite

Check your child's progress

You can check on your child's swimming progress online by using our Learn to swim Progress Request Form or ask at Reception.

You can also download the Swim England Learn to Swim app as a fun way to help your child keep track of their progress. 

Home Portal

Please note that Home Portal is temporarily unavailable whilst we move to a new system.

Our leisure centre staff will continue to keep track of your payments and you will still receive automated reminders when payments are due. We will also continue to keep a record of your child's progress. If you need help please ask at reception.  

Once the new Home Portal is ready we will contact you with details of how to register. 

Group adult lessons

6 week course for £36.00 at The Louisa Centre on a Wednesday at 10.00am, 10.30am and 11.00am.

Contact us to sign up for swimming lessons today.

Contact us
Louisa Centre
03000 262 444
Our address is:
  • Front Street
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH9 0TE

Consett Leisure Centre
03000 262 499
Our address is:
  • Medomsley Road
  • Consett
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 5HU
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