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  • Brookes Sport Swim School

    Swim school classes for children

    Brookes Sport Swim School provides high quality swim tuition for babies, pre-schoolers and children aged 4 years and over. 

    Up to the age of 4, children can join the Aqua Tots programme. This includes lessons for babies, tots, and pre-schoolers, and runs on Monday afternoons, and Thursday and Saturday mornings. We are delighted to be recommended by Baby College Oxford  for our work with this age group.

    From 4 years and up, children are able to join our core Swim School (Stages 1-7). This takes place on weekday afternoons, and on a Saturday morning. After completing Stage 7, swimmers then have the opportunity to choose between an Introduction to Competitive Swimming/Fitness Class or join our Rookie Lifeguard programme.

    The Swim School also offers a 1-2-1 programme of swimming lessons for children of all ages.

    Swim school classes for adults

    Brookes Sport Swim School provides high quality tuition for all adult abilities. Our half hour lessons take place on Tuesdays at 6.00pm

    1-2-1 adult lessons are also available for those that would prefer a private session.

    Learn-to-swim schedule

    Autumn 2018 (14 weeks):  Monday 3rd September 2018 – Saturday 15th December 2018

    Excluding October Half Term: Monday 22nd October 2018 – Saturday 27th October 2018  

    Spring 2019 (12 weeks): Monday 7th January 2019 – Saturday 6th April 2019

    Excluding February Half Term:  Monday 18th February 2019 – Saturday 23rd February 2019

    Summer 2019 (13 weeks): Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – Monday 29th July 2019 *Monday customers: includes Bank Holiday Monday 6th May*

    Excluding May Half Term:  Monday 27th May 2019 – Saturday 1st June 2019

    Payment for swimming lessons

    Payment for our group lessons are taken by Direct Debit over 11 months of the year (excluding August).

    30 minute classes are £30.14 a month.

    60 minute classes are £42.19 a month.

    Children and adults on a DD payment plan are eligible for free swimming entry at any time for public swims. Please see our pool timetable and supervision policy for further information. 

    Please click here to see our current prices for 1-2-1 lessons.

    Private swimming lessons

    If you are looking for private swimming lessons, please get in touch with us to discuss your needs. In a private lesson you'll get:

    • Personalised lessons, with your individual goals at the centre of the lesson planning process.
    • Focus on specific areas needing further work, and supplementary tuition for young people struggling with a particular competency.
    • Lessons scheduled around your availability, and flexi-attendance from week to week.

    Brookes Sport Swim School is proud to work closely with the charity Level Water to provide funded private swimming tuition for disabled children.

    Swimming Lesson Enquiries

    Brookes Sport Swim School

    tel: +44 (0)1865 488354
    swimming@brookes.ac.uk


    Swim School FAQ

  • To support your child’s swimming journey, Brookes Sport Swim School uses an adapted version of the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. This is a multi-skill, multi-aquatic and all-inclusive framework, which develops FUNdamental movement skills and basic movement literacy in water.
    An ASA badge and certificate is issued free of charge when pupils complete each Stage of the Learn to Swim Pathway.
    Wherever possible, we try to keep to our preferred ratio of 6 pupils to 1 teacher. The majority of Stage 1 and 2 classes also have additional water helpers.
    On occasions when a child is expected to move out of a full class imminently, we may move another child in to prevent bottlenecking and long waiting times.

    We can only run a maximum of 4 classes at any one time. With 10 Stages in the programme, it is therefore not possible to run all Stages simultaneously.

    Although we endeavour to place siblings either in the same time slot or consecutive time slots, we cannot guarantee that this will always be possible.

    Yes, but by running single stages, children will always be in classes with pupils of similar ability, and are likely to progress more swiftly through the programme.
    Assessment is continuous throughout the swim year.
    Although our teachers conduct assessments regularly on-poolside, this is certainly not possible every week. Our emphasis is on the concrete teaching needed for pupils to progress, and we do not want our teachers to spend too much time looking at their iPods!
    Your child will receive a completion slip when they are ready to move to the next stage, and you will be able to choose any available time during the week.

    Upon enrolling your child in the Swim School, you are able to register to use our 'Home Portal'. Home Portal enables you to monitor your child’s progress against our set competencies for each Stage.
    Each competency is graded from ‘Not assessed’ to ‘Pass’. Once all criteria are passed, your child is eligible to move up to the next stage.
    Instructions to register and sign in to Home Portal are provided on our noticeboard opposite the pool. You will need your child’s membership card prior to starting the registration process.

    Register or sign in to Home Portal

    In the first instance, please email swimming@brookes.ac.uk or phone 01865 488 354.
    Registration and initial payment are completed online.