We are proud to provide high-quality, low ratio swimming lessons to develop swimming skills as quickly as possible for all ages.

  • Swim England Learn to Swim1:6 ratio swimming classes for Levels 1 and 2
  • Only £34 per month direct debit (£40 per month for adult lessons) over 11 months. No direct debits taken in August
  • All our swimming lessons follow the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme

Hertfordshire Sports Village Swimming Pool is minutes from Hatfield Galleria, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans.

Learn to Swim Terms & Conditions

Private Swim Lesson Terms & Conditions

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Spring/Summer Term 2022 – Tuesday 19 April – Monday 25 July 2022
Autumn/Winter Term 2022 – Monday 5 September – Tuesday 20 December 2022
Winter/Spring Term 2023 – Starts Wednesday 4 January 2023
Bank Holidays – there will be no swim lessons on Bank Holiday days.

Please be aware our Learn to Swim programme continues throughout the October, February and May school half-term breaks. As detailed above, our programme breaks for the Christmas/New Year, Easter and Summer school holiday periods.

Excluded Sunday Lesson Dates
There will be no swimming lessons on the following dates:
Sunday 2 October 2022
Sunday 27 November 2022
Sunday 26 March 2023
Sunday 18 June 2023

My son enjoyed his first lesson; it was a really small group of 5 children so he had a lot of time with the teacher. He was jumping in by the end with no arm bands which he’s never done before.


Swimming Crash Courses

Swimming Crash Courses Beginners Ducklings

Beginners Ducklings

If your child is pre-school age (3-4 years old) and a complete newbie to the water, our Ducklings crash course over five consecutive days could be the perfect way to introduce them to the water, promoting increased independence and water confidence to help prepare them for our Ducklings Learn to Swim sessions and Stage 1 of the Learn to Swim Framework. With a guaranteed maximum ratio of four children to one teacher, this course is suitable for toddlers.

When

Summer Holiday

Monday 25 - Friday 29 July
Monday 8 - Friday 12 August
Monday 22 - Friday 26 August
09:15-10:00

Price

1 Week Crash Course: £75

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Swimming Crash Courses Beginners

Beginners Starfish

Give your child (age 4 years old and over) a head start with a 45 minute swimming lesson over an intensive crash course of five days. With a guaranteed maximum ratio of four children to one teacher, this course is suitable for complete beginners unable to swim unaided.

When

Summer Holiday

Monday 25 - Friday 29 July
Monday 8 - Friday 12 August
Monday 22 - Friday 26 August
09:15-10:00 or 10:00-10:45

Price

1 Week Crash Course: £75

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Swimming Crash Courses Improvers

Improvers Penguins

45 minute improver sessions, in low ratio classes, for five consecutive days, should see your child growing in confidence and taking leaps forward in their swimming. Suitable for swimmers likely to be on Stage 2 or 3 of the Swim England Plan, able to swim 5-10m on their front and back.

When

Summer Holiday

Monday 25 - Friday 29 July
Monday 8 - Friday 12 August
Monday 22 - Friday 26 August
10:00-10:45 or 10:45-11:30

Price

1 Week Crash Course: £75

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Swimming Crash Courses Stroke Improvers

Stroke Improvers Sharks

A 45 minute session for five consecutive days to rebuild your child's stamina in the water and enjoy a mix of stroke improvement, distance swims and water safety. Suitable for swimmers likely to be Stage 4 and above and able to swim 25m with a basic idea of three strokes.

When

Summer Holiday

Monday 25 - Friday 29 July
Monday 8 - Friday 12 August
Monday 22 - Friday 26 August
11:30-12:15

Price

1 Week Crash Course: £75

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Rookie Lifeguard Course

Rookie Lifeguard - Lifesaving Skills for Children (Bronze Award)

Our brand new Rookie Lifeguard course gives your child the skills they need to be confident in the pool or the sea, which in turn, gives peace of mind to you. Awarded by RLSS UK, the Bronze award course teaches children who are currently on Learn to Swim Stage 5 and above, how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deep water. Built into the programme are lessons in valuable survival, rescue and sports skills - all delivered in an exciting way that will get children involved and motivated. This short course can run parallel to your child's current swimming lessons and will enhance the skills they learn in the pool. All children will make new friends through our Rookie Lifeguard course, as teamwork and peer support are crucial elements of the programme.

When

Summer Holiday

Monday 25 - Friday 29 July
Monday 8 - Friday 12 August
10:00-11:00

Price

1 Week Crash Course: £85

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Rookie Lifeguard Course

Rookie Lifeguard - Lifesaving Skills for Children (Silver Award)

The next stage on from completing Bronze is our Silver Award. Our Silver course takes children further through our Rookie Lifeguard process and they will finish with even more lifesaving skills. This next course is perfect if your child has completed all Bronze stages and they are a budding lifeguard. Developed by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK in partnership with Swim England, our Rookie Awards offer parents the comfort of knowing their children are aware of how to avoid dangers and enjoy water safely. Our Silver Award ensures children have even more of a solid safety education and have learned rescue and resuscitation techniques.

When

Summer Holiday

Monday 25 - Friday 29 July
Monday 8 - Friday 12 August
Monday 22 - Friday 26 August
11:00-12:00

Price

1 Week Crash Course: £85

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Rookie Lifeguard - Lifesaving Skills for Children (Gold Award)

Rookie Lifeguard - Lifesaving Skills for Children (Gold Award)

The next stage on from completing Silver is our Gold Award. Our Gold Award completes the Rookie Lifeguarding and Support Course. Children will build on the foundations of what they have learned in the Bronze and Silver Awards. Upon completion of the Gold Award, they will be able to do the following:

• Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 12 metres away and pull to the side in less than 30 seconds.

• Swim 400 metres continuously in clothing using three different strokes.

• Tread water, removing clothing, then swim 50m.

• Climb out of deep water unaided.

• Demonstrate fall-in, compact jump or shallow dive.

• Demonstrate a reverse.

• Demonstrate a standoff.

• Rescue an unconscious casualty at depth in less than 2 minutes 30 seconds.

• Demonstrate supported rescue breathing whilst waiting for help.

• Demonstrate the support position.

• Demonstrate non-contact rescues.

• Treat for shock.

• Hand signals.

• Using any recognised competitive stroke, swim 400m continuously in less than 12 minutes.


Children will finish the course with valuable survival, rescue and sports skills, taught through a range of fun activities.

When

Summer Holiday

Monday 22 – Friday 26 August
10:00-11:00

Price

1 Week Crash Course: £85

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Swimming Regular Lessons

Kids Ducklings Lessons

Kids Ducklings Lessons

Our Ducklings programme is aimed at children aged from 3½.

This part of our programme aligns with the Swim England Pre-School Framework and Duckling Awards.

When

Mondays: 15:45-16:15
Tuesdays: 14:00-14:30, 14:30-15:00 or 15:45-16:15
Thursdays: 14:00-14:30, 14:30-15:00, 15:45-16:15 or 16:15-16:45
Fridays: 16:45-17:15

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Kids Learn to Swim

Kids Learn to Swim

This part of our programme aligns with the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework, building confidence and competence in the water and preparing children for more advanced aquatic skills and club activity.

We run Learn to Swim stages 1-7 and Club Foundation.

When

Mondays to Fridays: 15:45 onwards until 18:15 (30 minute lessons)
Saturdays and Sundays: 09:15 onwards until 12:15 (30 minute lessons)

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Adults Swimming Lessons

Adults Swimming Lessons

Ideal for adults who would like to start to learn how to swim, or return to the pool after a long break.

This part of our programme aligns with the Swim England Adult Swimming Framework, which has four progressive stages to work through.

When

Tuesdays:
Beginners - 12:45-13:15
Beginners - 13:15-13:45
Beginners - 15:00-15:30
Beginners - 20:30-21:00
Beginners - 21:00-21:30
Intermediates - 21:30-22:00

Wednesdays:
Beginners - 20:30-21:00
Beginners and Intermediates - 21:00-21:30
Beginners and Intermediates - 21:30-22:00

Fridays:
Beginners - 12:00-12:30
Beginners - 13:00-13:30
Beginners - 13:30-14:00
Beginners - 15:00-15:30
Intermediate - 12:30-13:00 or 14:30-15:00

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The coach was excellent with the kids and was extremely patient with them throughout. My child has grown in confidence in the water and enjoys coming every week.

Hannah Lawrence


What is HomePortal?

HomePortal

HomePortal is our reporting and progress tool for swimming lessons. This will allow you to track yours or your child’s progress through the staged swimming lessons. Almost in real time, you will be able to track results as we assess. It will also allow you to view how many sessions you have left and move lessons. Remember to register to enable your HomePortal account

Important Information

Before lessons

Please try to ensure that your child is ready to swim 5 minutes before their swimming lesson, having used the toilet etc, so that the teacher only has to explain the aims of the lesson or activity once, to everybody.

Waiting for lessons to begin

To assist us with the Health and Safety requirements around poolside, we ask that you only arrive for lessons no more than 5 minutes before your lesson is due to start. Once you have dropped your child off to their lesson, please make your way to our swim seating in our balcony or to the café. We have ample space on the balcony and in the café for you to watch your child and it makes things so much easier for the teachers.

To further facilitate this, the teachers will explain during your child’s first lesson of term for each class, where to wait for lessons on poolside once parents/carers have left.

Hats

We require all children to wear hats (colour coded by Stage to the colours of the Rainbow). The first hat at each Stage is included in the cost. Replacements are available at a cost of £2.00 each.

Goggles

If possible, try to get your child to come to lessons without goggles. If they do have to wear goggles for eye-health reasons, please ask the supplier to let you try them on your child first so a correct fit can be found. Goggles should stay in place around the eyes. You can check the fit is correct by pressing them gently to the eye without the straps in place. They should stay there briefly without the straps – this is how you know you have the correct size and shape.

Belongings

Please be aware that there are other users of our centre and swimming pool alongside our Learn to Swim pupils. All belongings should be locked in one of the available lockers in our changing rooms before moving poolside. The lockers work on a chosen 4 digit pin system – instructions on how to use these can be found in the changing rooms. Using our lockers keeps the changing facilities clear for other users.

Collection of children under the age of 8

If your child is under the age of 8, please collect them from poolside as soon as their lesson is finished. Please arrive to poolside no earlier or later than the finish time as poolside gets busy with the changeover of swimming lessons. You can wait and watch them from the pool balcony seating or in the café.

Car parking

The car park the Sports Village shares with the University is a controlled ANPR site. If you are here for swimming lessons or other activities you get 2 hours free parking. Please remember to visit one of our kiosks in main Reception on arrival to input your vehicle registration number and record your visit.

Crash Courses

If you have booked onto a swim crash course and can no longer attend, we require a minimum of 7 days notice in writing for a full refund. If your request to cancel the course is under 7 days, we will not be able to issue a refund.

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