Swimming Lessons for all


Based on the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme, our Swim School Programme is taught by experienced instructors who provide high standards of tuition in water confidence, technique and aquatic skills.

shutterstock 169719554The 45 week programme offers continuous assessment which allows pupils to progress through the various stages at their own pace. With more contact time between pupils and instructors, pupils progress at a steadier rate and can fulfil their potential more quickly.

Progress and skills development are recorded during each lesson ensuring the pupil's ability is continually monitored. When a swimmer meets the criteria of their current class, a place in the next stage will be offered, subject to availability. This progression can take place at any time during the year.

To enable pupils to gain maximum benefit from continuous development, our lessons run for 45 weeks of the year - providing a two week and four/five week break during Christmas and in the Summer Holidays respectively. This excludes Adult & Child classes which run term time only.

TERM DATES 2023/24

The Swim School Dates for 2024 are as follows: 2 January to Thursday 25 July 2024. During this time there are no breaks in the programme for school holidays or bank holidays - except Adult & Child lessons which are term time only.



Members can choose to pay by monthly direct debit (DD), or in 15 week installments.  Please note that those paying by DD receive unlimited swimming and a FREE Priority Card which provides discounted activities and 7 day booking rights. Prices to September 2024 are as follows:

MONTHLY DIRECT DEBIT: Junior 30 Minute = £34.20 per month | Junior 60 Minute = £41.25 | Adult 45 Minute = £41.25 per month

ADULT & CHILD 15 WEEK: 20 Minute = Priority Card £91.50 one-off payment or £19.50 month DD

15 WEEK: Junior 30 Minute = £150.30 | Junior 60 Minute = £178.50 | Adult 45 Minute = £178.50


If wish to book a Swim School space, please check the current availability for each centre.  If you are interested in securing a course please give us a call.  All spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please note we are no longer operating a waiting list.

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Adult & Child Programme

shutterstock 90607378We believe that the first experiences during a child's early years in the water should be positive, fun and memorable.

Following the Swim England Pre School Framework, our Adult & Child lessons are an introduction to the world of swimming.  Building the foundations of a love of water, lessons aim to build water confidence and to develop and teach the basic core aquatic skills through fun and games.

Held in the Teaching Pool, these 20 minute classes are perfect for babies from 4 months old and upwards (term time only).  Participants are accompanied by parents/guardians and follow the Discover Duckling Award Scheme.

  • Adult & Child 1 (4-12 Months): Build water confidence for both adult and baby through the use of toys and nursery rhymes.
  • Adult & Child 2 (1-2 years): Working on basic water skills and independent travel with the use of aids introduced through structured play.
  • Adult & Child 3 (2 years+): Developing independence and group confidence in preparation for instruction without an adult/carer.

To find out about space availability sign up to our Swim School Newsletter.

Junior Swimming Lessons

Swimmers develop the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in the water. These classes do not require an adult to accompany the swimmer.

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  • Stage 1 - Pre School 1 (3 years+): Developing basic safety awareness, basic movement and water confidence, as well as working on water skills.
  • Stage 1 (4 years+): Aiming to travel 5m with aids on front and back with confidence. Introducing water safety, submersion and floating.
  • Stage 2 - Pre School 2 (3 years+): Introducing safe entries, jumping in and rotation. Working towards travelling 5m without the use of aids.
  • Stage 2 (4 years+): Working on rotation, push and glides, travelling 5m with arms without the use of aids. Introducing the larger pool.
  • Stage 3: Working towards 10m front crawl and backstroke, developing breaststroke. As well as working on skills such as treading water and rotation.
  • Stage 4: Introduction of sculling, complete rotation as well as deep water skills. Aiming towards 15m front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.
  • Stage 5: Developing all strokes to Swim England standard over a 10m distance. Introducing lifesaving skills, as well as working towards 25m award.
  • Stage 6: Achieving Competent to Swim test, increasing distance and stamina within swimming, as well as developing water survival skills.
  • Stage 7: Working towards maintaining all strokes to Swim England standard over 25m. Developing skills to move into competitive swimming or Rookie Club.

We have launched three new sessions targeted at specific requirements:

  • Learn 2 Swim 7+ Years: Run exclusively for non swimmers who are 7 years and over. These lessons aim to improve water confidence, introduce movement in the water, water safety, submersion, floatation and for the participant to be able to complete 5 metres front and back without aids. 
  • Aquatics Skills: This course gives swimmer the chance to learn new skills specific to the other aquatic sports, including diving, artistic swimming and water polo. It's all about extending the skills and abilities of swimmers who would like to do more than just swim. The class is 30 minutes long and is suitable for anyone who has completed Stage 7.
  • Deaf-Friendly Lessons: Our deaf-friendly classes run on Tuesday from 3.30pm to 4pm. For ages 3 year plus, they cover Pre-School 1, Pre-School 2, Stage 1 and Stage 2.


To find out about availability please sign up to Swim School News.


Group or Premium Lesson Options

Our standard group lessons comply with the Swim England recommended ratios. However, those looking for more intensive teaching can opt for Premium Lessons which offer a 1 to 4 teacher to pupil ratio - available for Stages 3 and 4.

Rookie (1 hour lesson)

shutterstock 64312225Once you develop the core range of skills, you have the chance to take part in Rookie Club. 

Rookie Club provides a fun and safe way to learn lifesaving skills and water safety. A natural progression from formal lessons, swimmers progress from Bronze to Gold levels.

The scheme can be started at any level and there are no formal assessments - each activity is simply signed off by the trainer when successfully completed. A range of bolt on activities are being developed to add more fun and diversity to the scheme.

To find out about space availability sign up to Swim School News.

Adult Sessions

Are you a non-swimmer who would love to be able to swim? Do you swim but would like to gain deep water confidence, improve your stroke or increase your stamina? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then why don't you consider signing up to our adult swimming sessions. Our Swim School offers small friendly group sessions for adults of all swimming abilities.

shutterstock 175095920Beginners (Leisure Pool)

  • Designed for non-swimmers to increase water confidence and develop basic stroke technique.
  • Beginners Level 1: Introduces participants to swimming on their front and back and to basic water skills. For non-swimmers, those not confident in the water or to swimming with their face in the water.
  • Beginners Level 2: Develops swimming strokes and introduces further water skills, gradually introducing deep water swimming and skills such as treading water. For those able to swim 5 to 10 metres on front and back.

Improvers (Fitness Pool)

For adults who can swim but wish to develop stroke technique and water skills.

  • Improvers Level 1: Emphasis is on stroke improvement and gaining deep water confidence. Participants must be able to swim 10 metres on front and back.
  • Improvers Level 2: Emphasis is on consolidating stroke technique and building stamina. Participants must be deep water confident and able to swim 25 metres frontcrawl and backcrawl.

To find out about availability sign up to Swim School News.

1-2-1 & 1-2-2 Tuition @ Tonbridge Swimming Pool

Private swimming tuition provides individual attention and a faster learning rate for both adults and children alike. Flexible times are available to suit your needs and to bridge the gap between Swim England stages - ideal for adult learning and stroke improvement. 1-2-1 and 1-2-2 options are available.

Early booking is advised as sessions are very popular. Please call 01732 367449.

Home Portal for Swim School Customers

Check your child's progress

Your Swim School lessons can be managed online using Home Portal. With one simple login you can manage one or more lesson on your PC or smart phone. Our teachers log monthly pupil progress electronically during lessons, this information can then be viewed on Home Portal.

Another great benefit of Home Portal is that when your child is ready to move up to the next level, you will receive an email alert. You can then log on, check class availability and move them to the next level at a time/day that suits you. Those paying in 15 week blocks can also view how many lessons they have remaining before they need to renew.

Already registered?  Access Home Portal now.  You can also register now if you have your child's card ID.  If you don't have the ID number please email