Learn to Swim


Welcome to the Aqua Force Learn to Swim Programme!

As a Swim England affiliated swimming academy, our lessons are delivered in accordance with the Swim England Learn To Swim Framework Stages 1-7 developing confident and competent swimmers through a “games-led” teaching approach.

As our members progress though the various stages of development not only will they learn that vital life skill of water safety, but also develop skills in all swimming strokes as a solid grounding for those who wish to continue into competitive sport also available within Aqua Force Swimming Academy.

What to Expect

Stage 1; “Learn To Swim”

  • 1x 30 minutes session per week.  £30 for a block of 10 weeks.

Our classes are limited to eight pupils per session in order to benefit from one of the lowest student to teacher ratio’s available locally.

Alongside the appointed adult swim teacher we also endeavour to have an Aqua Force Aquatic helper in the water to provide hands on assistance to those children who may be nervous in the water.  These aquatic helpers are handpicked from our Aqua Force senior competitive squad who will also have completed the ASA Aquatic Helper Certificate.

The aim of Stage 1 is to establish water confidence and safety to enable the child to swim one width of the pool (5 metres).


Stage 2 – 5; “Improvers”

  • 1 x 60 minute session per week. £35 for a block of 10 weeks

The main aims of Stage 2 – 5 are to develop good basic technique in all four strokes – front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Stage 6 – 7; “Improvers”

Stage 6 and 7 are the first stages towards progression into Aqua Force Advanced Squads and is the starting block for our Athlete Development Support Pathway (ADSP), further information is detailed in our Squad information pages for those who want to progress further into swimming as a competitive sport.


Click the links below to view Swim England LTS 7 Stage Programme information:

2018 LTS Stages Overview

2018 LTS Stages 1-7 Outcomes


Our Classes:

Classes take place throughout the week at Dyke House Sports and Technology College Swimming Pool.  This is a 20m pool with poolside viewing areas for parent / guardians to monitor the progression of their children.

Inevitably, our classes are very popular and there is a waiting list for LTS places. We advise prospective parents to place their child’s name on the waiting list prior to the minimum age of acceptance which is currently 3 1⁄2 years.  When places become available potential new members will be called from the waiting list for an assessment to allow enrolment into appropriate class for their swimming standard.

For further information, or to place your child on the list, please contact our Learn to Swim coordinator Lucy Baldam on 07507 597 013 or complete the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.


Our LTS Coaching Team:

All of our teachers are ASA qualified and hold current enhanced CRB certificates and Sport Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificates, which you are welcome to inspect if desired.


Alison Middleton

ASA Level 2 Teacher, ASA Level 3 Coach, and Disability Swimming Qualified, Aquaforce Head Coach


Carol Boagey

ASA Level 2 Teacher, ASA Level 2 Coach, and Disability Swimming Qualified, Aquaforce Assistant Head Coach


Lucy Baldam

ASA Level 2 Teacher, Aquaforce LTS Coordinator


Bruce Ridley

ASA Level 2 Teacher


Barbara Wood

ASA Level 2 Teacher


Contact Us:

For further information, or to place your budding swimmers name on our waiting please contact our Learn to Swim coordinator Lucy Baldam on 07507 597 013 or complete the enquiry form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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