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  • Brookes Sport Swim School

    Swim school classes for children

    Brookes Sport Swim School provides high quality swim tuition for babies, tots, and young people. The Swim School is based at Brookes Sport at the Harcourt Hill campus of Oxford Brookes University. 

    From birth to the age of 3 years 11 months, children are able to join the Aqua Tots programme. This includes lessons for babies, tots, and pre-schoolers, and runs on Monday afternoon (13.30 – 15.00), Thursday morning (09.30 – 10.30) and Saturday morning (11.00 – 12.00). We are pleased to be recommended by Baby College Oxford for our work with this age group.

    From 4 years, young people are able to join our core Swim School (Stages 1-7). This runs at the following times: Monday 16.00 – 18.30, Tuesday 16.00 – 18.00, Wednesday 16.00 – 17.30, Thursday 16.00 – 18.00, Friday 16.00 – 18.00 and Saturday 08.30 – 12.00. 

    After completing Stage 7, swimmers then have the opportunity to complete Stages 8, 9 and 10 in a variety of aquatic disciplines. This currently includes competitive swimming (Monday, 17.30 - 18.30), synchronised swimming (Wednesday 16.00; 17.00) and rookie lifeguarding (Friday, 18.00 - 19.00).

    The Swim School also offers a 1-2-1 programme of swimming lessons for children. Further information about this programme can be found below. 

    For further information, please email swimming@brookes.ac.uk or phone 01865 488 354.

    Swim school classes for adults

    Brookes Sport Swim School also provides high quality tuition for all adult ability levels. This includes beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers.

    Lessons take place on Tuesdays at 18.00

    The Swim School also offers a 1-2-1 programme of swimming lessons for adults. Further information about this programme can be found below. 

    For further information, please email swimming@brookes.ac.uk or phone 01865 488 354. 

    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

    Swim-lessons only

    We take payment for swimming lessons via Direct Debit:

    All 30 minute classes are £30.14 a month over 11 months of the year (excluding August). This equates to £8.50 per lesson.

    All 60 minute classes are £42.19 a month over 11 months of the year (excluding August). This equates to £11.90 per lesson.

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

    See our prices for 1:1 lessons »

    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.
  • Private swimming tuition

    Brookes Sport Swim School is thrilled to be able to offer private lessons on a 1:1 and 1:2 basis for children and adults. But why go private?

    • 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 also works closely with the charity Level Water to provide funded private swimming tuition for disabled young people. 

    For further information regarding our private swimming lesson programme, please email swimming@brookes.ac.uk or phone 01865 488 354.  

    Swim parties and pool hire

    Brookes Sport Swim School is pleased to host swim parties for birthdays and other milestones for up to 35 people. Available private hire slots include 15.00 to 16.00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

    The cost of hiring the pool for an hour is £60.00, and this includes a lifeguard. We also offer free access to the sports lounge for party food and games for up to two hours after your pool time.

    If you prefer a more private space after your pool time, we can also offer a squash court (availability dependent) for an additional £14.00 per hour.

    The Swim School is also happy to host pool events for local clubs and organisations during our private hire slots. The hourly cost of hiring our pool is £60.00.

    If you are interested in booking a swim party or private hire slot in our pool, please email harcourthill.sport@brookes.ac.uk or phone 01865 488 379.