COVID-19 Swim School Relaunch

We are delighted to announce that the St Mary's Swim School will be returning from Thursday 17th September and would like to inform you about the procedures we have put in place to ensure a COVID safe environment for everyone.

In line with government guidelines and advice from Swim England and the Swimming Teachers Association, we have put in place stringent measures to ensure your children can enjoy their swimming lessons safely.

We have tried to accommodate most of the sessions that were taking place prior to the COVID-19 closure but unfortunately, we have had to remove a couple of lessons to allow for a staggered start time system which will avoid overcrowding in the changing rooms in line with government social distancing guidelines. We have also slightly changed the times of some lessons.

All affected Swim School customers have now been contact, but if you have not yet received an email or phone call then we may have the incorrect contact details for you on our database. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you think this is the case.

Please be aware of the following measures:

  • Children under 8 years of age should be accompanied by a parent/guardian – Only one parent to attend please.  A socially distanced seating area will be available on poolside for you. We ask that parents/guardians wear a face mask whilst in the swimming pool environment.  This is due to the length of time that you will be in the pool hall environment for and has been advised by our swimming governing bodies.

  • Please do not bring non-swimming siblings to lessons as capacity is limited.

  • Children who are 8 years old and over will need to be dropped off outside reception and collected from the car park fire exit. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any spectators for children over 8 years of age.   

Swim School Collection Zone


  • All children and parents will be asked to use hand sanitiser on entering and exiting the building.

  • Please follow the one way system that we have in place and observe social distancing measures at all times.

  • Swimmers should arrive 'beach ready' with their swimwear already on underneath their clothes.

  • There are no changing facilities available. The only exception to this is for Ducklings customers. Children are encouraged to bring a robe/towel or dressing gown to put over themselves when they leave the centre. Robes or dressing gowns can be placed in specific areas on poolside. The swimming teachers will inform you of these areas.

  • We recommend that all swimmers wear a swim hat.

  • Arm bands, toys and floats can still be provided during lessons; however, if you have any of your own swimming equipment or bath/sensory toys, you may bring these in to use instead.

  • Teachers will teach from poolside and unfortunately, we will not have swim assistants in the pool. Stage 3  lessons will now be taught in the shallow end.

  • Please arrive five minutes before your lesson start time. Please wait in your car if you are here any earlier than this.

  • All swimmers must arrive promptly for the start of their lesson. Once the class has started, unfortunately we will not be able to allow you to enter. This is to ensure sufficient cleaning time between each class and to avoid overcrowding.

  • All swimmers must shower on poolside before entering the pool. The poolside showers can also be used after swimming to rinse off the chlorinated water.

In addition, please be aware of the following COVID-19 regulations:

  • Any swimmer/parent/guardian who has travelled overseas to a country not covered by the travel corridor exemption, must self-isolate for 14 days and not attend swimming.

  • Any swimmer/parent/guardian that has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Any swimmer/parent/guardian with symptoms or signs of COVID-19 MUST NOT attend Swim School until full recovery has taken place.

  • Any swimmer/parent/guardian who is awaiting results for a COVID-19 test must not attend swimming. 

If you have any queries or concerns please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01249 857335.



About our Swim School

A new swimming scheme was launched at the Sports Centre in September 2012. Following the Swim England (formerly Amateur Swimming Association - ASA) awards scheme, lessons are based on ‘The National Plan for Teaching Swimming’.

We believe learning to swim is a necessary skill and rewarding experience. Our vision incorporates opportunities for your child to achieve lifesaving skills or progress to St Mary’s Junior Aqua Development (formerly Junior Development Squad) which is the pinnacle of our Swim School programme.

Lessons begin with Duckling classes for parents and children from the age of 2. These are followed by our main Swim School stages 1 to 10 for ages 4+. All swim stages have low pupil to teacher ratios which are designed to enhance learning experience, with maximum class sizes of 8 students for Stages 1-3 and 10 students for Stages 4-10.

You can enrol you child at any time.  If you know the stage your child requires please check to see if we have availability. Application forms can be downloaded here and are also available at reception.

All children are required to have a short swimming assessment which is conducted by one of our qualified ASA Level 2 Swimming Teachers and are free of charge. Booking is flexible throughout the week and the assessment lasts approximately 15 minutes, after which we will be able to advise you on the appropriate stage for your child. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


Stages Information 

Ducklings: It’s never too soon to start! Our foundation programme encourages parents to share ‘confidence time’ in the water with their little ones. Suitable for children 2 - 4 years old. An enjoyable experience with a  qualified teacher learning the basic motor skills and having lots of fun as they start their learn-to-swim journey in preparation to move onto the ASA stages.

Swim England Stages 1 - 10: These stages develop basic safety awareness and stroke technique incorporating all the disciplines of competitive swimming.  See your child progress in to a competent and confident swimmer which will lead to a habitual healthy lifestyle.

Junior Aqua Development: Aimed at developing the stamina, fitness and skills required to swim competitively. For those with Stage 8 and above. This session is no longer invitation only, however an assessment will need to be conducted prior to admittance to the Junior Development Squad. 


Dates For Your Diary



 Swim School Exclusion Dates



Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Saturday 31st October


Sunday 1st November


Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th December


Cancellation Policy - One to One Lessons

Demand is high for one to one private swimming lessons. Payment must be made in advance or at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made giving a minimum of 24 hours’ notice otherwise refunds/credits will not be given.