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Swimming Lessons for all

Based on the ASA award scheme, our Swim School programme is taught by experienced instructors who provide high standards of tuition in water confidence, technique and aquatic skills.

The Programme offers continuous assessment which allows pupils to progress at their own pace. With more contact time between pupils and instructors, pupils progress at a steadier rate and can fulfil their potential more quickly.

Progress and skills development are recorded during each lesson ensuring the pupil's ability is continually monitored. When a swimmer meets the criteria of their current class, a place in the next stage is offered, subject to availability. This progression can take place at any time.

To enable pupils to gain maximum benefit from continuous development, our lessons run for 45 weeks of the year - providing a two week and five week break during Christmas and in the summer holidays respectively. This excludes Adult & Child classes which run term time only.

Apply for a course today - complete our online Swim School Course Enquiry Form or call Larkfield Leisure Centre on 01622 719345 / Tonbridge Swimming Pool on 01732 367449.



Adult & Child Programme


Designed for developing early years water confidence, these adult-accompanied classes are an introduction to the swimming world. The emphasis is upon development of basic skills, and an introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games. These 20 minute classes take place in the Teaching Pool (term time only).


  • 4 - 18 Months - Level 1: Build water confidence using toys and nursery rhymes.
  • 19 - 36 Months - Level 2: Basic water skills and travel using aids introduced through structured play.
  • 3 Years+ - Level 3: Skills tailored to develop independence and group confidence in preparation for instruction without adult/carer.


Junior Swimming Lessons


Swimmers develop the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in the water. These 30 minute classes do not require an adult to accompany the swimmer.

Teaching Pool


  • Pre-school Non Swimmers (3 years+): Develop basic safety awareness, movement and water confidence skills. Swimming aids may be used.
  • Pre-school Beginners (3 years+): Develop safe entries, including jumping in, rotation and swimming 5 metres without aids.
  • Junior Non Swimmers (4 years+): Aims to swim 5 metres with aids on front and back with confidence, introduce movement in the water, water safety, submersion, flotation and leg action.
  • Junior Beginners (4 years+): Develop safe entries, including jumping in, rotation and swim for 5 metres without use of aids, plus introduction to the larger pool.


Fitness Pool


  • Improvers 1 Shallow end: Introduces an understanding of rotation, swim 10 metres of front and back crawl and develop simultaneous strokes.
  • Improvers 2: Introduction of sculling, complete rotation and deep water skills. Swimmers perform 15 metres of front crawl and backstroke.
  • Intermediate 1: Develop all strokes to the ASA standard, aim to achieve a 25 metre distance and introduces lifesaving skills.
  • Intermediate 2: Swim all strokes over 10 metres, more advanced lifesaving skills and achieve Competent to Swim test.
  • Advanced 1: Increase distance and introduce advanced practices across all strokes, plus develop water and survival skills.
  • Advanced 2: Maintain all strokes over 25 metres, show a variety of skills ready to advance into competitive swimming or Rookie.


Group or Premium Lesson Options


Our standard group lessons comply with ASA recommended ratios. However, those looking for more intensive teaching can opt for Premium Lessons offering a 1 to 4 teacher to pupil ratio - available for Teaching Pool and Improvers 1 and 2.


Pre-Squad & Rookie


Once swimmers have developed the core skills, they can take part in Pre-squad and Rookie Club. All classes are one hour long.


Pre-Squad at Larkfield Leisure Centre


This class focuses on maintaining strokes over greater distances, using the correct starts and turns and the pace clock. Pre-squad also introduces medleys and the competitive laws.


Rookie Club


Develop lifesaving skills and what to do if someone stops breathing. The awards contain survival, rescue and sport skills as well as life support and water safety elements. The scheme can be started at any level and there are no formal assessments - each successfully completed activity is signed off by the trainer.


Adult Lessons


Are you an adult non-swimmer who would love to be able to swim? Do you swim but would like to gain deep water confidence, improve your stroke or increase your stamina? Then why not sign up to an adult class - we offers small friendly group lessons for adults of all abilities.


Beginners (Leisure Pool)


  • Designed for non-swimmers to increase water confidence and develop basic stroke technique.
  • Beginners Level 1: Introduces swimming on front and back and basic water skills.
  • Beginners Level 2: Develops swimming strokes and introduces further water skills, gradually introducing deep water swimming and water skills. For swimmers able to swim 5 to 10 metres on front and back.


Improvers (Fitness Pool)


For adults who can swim but wish to develop stroke technique and water skills.


  • Improvers Level 1: Emphasis is on stroke improvement and gaining deep water confidence. Participant must be able to swim 10 metres on front and back.
  • Improvers Level 2: Emphasis is on consolidating stroke technique and building stamina. Participants must be deep water confident and able to swim 25 metres frontcrawl and backcrawl.


One to One at Tonbridge Swimming Pool


Private swimming tuition provides individual attention and a faster learning rate for both adults and children alike. Flexible times are available to suit your needs and to bridge the gap between ASA stages. Great for adult learning and stroke improvement. Call Tonbridge Swimming Pool on 01732 367449 to find out about availability.


Home Portal for Swim School Customers


Check your child's progress

Your Swim School lessons can be managed online using Home Portal. With one simple login you can manage one or more lesson on your PC or smart phone. Our teachers log monthly pupil progress electronically during lessons, this information can then be viewed on Home Portal.


Another great benefit of Home Portal is that when your child is ready to move up a level, you receive an email alert. You can then log on, check class availability and move them to the next level at a time/day that suits you. Those paying in 15 week blocks can also view how many lessons they have remaining before they need to renew.


Already registered? Access Home Portal now. You can also register now if you have your child's card ID. If you do not have the ID number please email