Our swimming lessons are available for children from four years right through to adults.
Our swimming lesson programme is suitable for all abilities, whether you are a beginner and need to develop water confidence or a swimmer looking to develop your technique. There are a number of stages to work through based on your age and ability - see Aqualearn stages and awards for more information. This is based on the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway.
Swimming lessons for children (birth to 16 years)
Our swimming lesson programme starts from birth, offering sessions for babies and toddlers to develop their water confidence, with parents joining in the sessions. From four years old, your child can join our swimming lesson programme which will learn them to swim independently, develop their technique and water safety skills.
For young people we also offer Aqua Youth and Rookie Lifeguards as part of our lesson programme.
Swimming lessons for adults (16+)
Our adult swimming lessons are for all abilities, ranging from non swimmers to improvers.
This class is suitable for non swimmers and will focus on water confidence, flotation and movement. This course will work towards swimming 10 meters.
This class introduces stroke technique and is suitable for people who can swim 10 meters. The course will work towards swimming 25 meters.
Feel great swimming
This class is suitable for swimmers who can swim 25 meters and will focus on developing technique. The course will work towards swimming 100 meters.
How much do swimming lessons cost?
Lessons cost £19 (£23 at Peterlee) per month for children and £23.50 per month for adults.
Our swimming lessons package includes one lesson per week, with unlimited access for your child to general and family swimming sessions, across our ten pools (aquafun inflatable and splash tot sessions are not included), plus a welcome pack.
Join our waiting list
Due to high demand for lessons, our swimming lesson waiting list is currently closed. Our team are working hard to allocate spaces to those who have previously applied and as soon as a space that you have requested becomes available you will be contacted via email.
If you are interested in swimming lessons please enquire at your local Leisure centres for more information on lesson availability.
Check your child's progress
The Learn to swim Home Portal helps you to keep track of your child's progress and competencies, either at home or on the go. You can check which awards and stages your child has completed and what skills they need to complete to achieve their next stage.
If you have more than one child enrolled on the programme you will be able to add them onto your account so that you can view all of your children's progress in one place.
If you wish to find out further information that is not available on the portal, please complete the Learn to swim Progress Request Form and your child's swim teacher will reply to you.
You can also download the Swim England Learn to Swim app as a fun way to help your child keep track of their progress.
Direct debit payments
Spread the cost of swimming lessons by selecting to pay by direct debit. Paying by direct debit spreads the cost monthly and no contract is required. View ourfor more information.
Terms and conditions
- 03000 264 123/580/ 262 250
Our address is:
- Culture and Sport
- County Hall
- County Durham
- United Kingdom
- DH1 5UL