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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.

Consett pool is currently closed for maintenance work.

Learn to swim

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. 


You can choose  to pay by monthly Direct Debit for £19 per month or block a book of 10 sessions for £50. Our Time to swim programme also includes unlimited swimming so you can practice what you learn as much as you want.

View our terms and conditions for more information on payments. 

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

Home Portal

Consett pool is currently closed for maintenance work.

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. 

The Home Portal can also help you track your payment information and the number of remaining sessions if you pay in 10 weekly blocks. Plus, you can make top up payments online through the Home Portal. 

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. 

Contacting your child's swim teacher

 If you would like an update from your child's swim teacher you can contact them online using our Learn to Swim progress request form or ask at Reception.

Awards and certificates

You can purchase your child's award certificates and badges from Reception for £3.00 each. 

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

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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