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 £39 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


Winter/Spring Term 2024 – Thursday 4 January – Thursday 28 March 2024
Spring/Summer Term 2024 – Friday 12 April – Monday 22 July 2024
Autumn/Winter Term 2024 – Monday 2 September – Friday 20 December 2024
Winter/Spring Term 2025 – Starts Saturday 4 January 2025

Bank Holidays – there will be no lessons on Bank Holidays. Lessons will be extended for the summer term until Monday 22 July which compensates for not having a lesson on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May. A credit will be applied for Bank Holiday Monday 27th May.

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.

Lessons Exclusion Dates:
17 March 2024
23 June 2024
Swimming galas will be taking place on the dates above, therefore lessons on these dates will not take place. Individuals that have scheduled lessons on these dates will have their monthly direct debit adjusted for that month.

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.

School Holiday Swimming Crash Courses

An intensive crash course during the school holidays can give a child who's almost ready to move up to the next stage in their swimming journey, the push they need to progress. Practising every day without the weekly gap between lessons can help children learn the skills they need to move up to the next stage. Plus you can now book directly online giving you the flexibility and control.

Please read the information below before booking, to ensure you select the correct course. If you are unsure of the correct stage to select or have any other enquiries, please email hsv.swimminglessons@herts.ac.uk

Swimming Crash Courses Beginners Ducklings


If your child is pre-school age (3.5-4 years old) and a complete newbie to the water, our Ducklings crash course could be the perfect way to introduce them to the water. It promotes increased independence with the emphasis on fun and gaining 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. Parents do not need to accompany the child in the water.


School holidays – Click through below to see dates for our swimming crash course


Swimming Crash Course: £70

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Swimming Crash Courses Beginners

Beginners Stage 1

We take advantage of our moveable floor to hold our lessons in 0.7m pool depth, an ideal depth to introduce your younger ones to the water to gain confidence and begin to learn a potentially life saving skill. Our qualified teachers will follow the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme starting with Stage 1. Your child will benefit from a low ratio class with a maximum ratio of four children to one teacher. These lessons are ideal for those who take a fun approach to learning to swim and learning valuable water safety skills.


School holidays – Click through below to see dates for our swimming crash course


Swimming Crash Course: £80

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Swimming Crash Courses Improvers

Stage 2 and 3

These low ratio classes should see your child grow in confidence and take leaps forward in their swimming, combining this with essential water safety skills. Suitable for swimmers likely to be on Stage 2 or 3 of the Swim England Pathway and able to swim 5-10m on their front and back. Because of the depth of the water, these classes would be most suitable for under 10 years old.


School holidays – Click through below to see dates for our swimming crash course


Swimming Crash Course: £80

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Swimming Crash Courses Stroke Improvers

Stages 4 – 7+

Children 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. Swimmers will be organised into ability lanes and will continue through the Swim England Programme being assessed against their current stage. Those above stage 7 will be introduced to coached swimming sessions.


School holidays – Click through below to see dates for our swimming crash course


Swimming Crash Course: £80

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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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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

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


To book lessons or for further information

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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 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.


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.


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.


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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