Learn to swim

Achieving my next badge

Learning to swim is an essential life skill. 

If you can swim you can enjoy all of the exciting activities that the water has to offer.  We offer lessons for all ages and all of our lessons are taught by qualified teachers.  We work to the National Governing Body for Swimming’s (ASA) Learn to Swim Pathway in all of our sessions.

Pre-school lessons

Sessions are aimed at babies and toddlers aged between 0-5 years old and aim to build the foundation for a lifelong love of water. Children 0 - 36 months require an adult to participate in lessons with them.  From 3 years children will be in the water on their own.

Swimming Lessons for School Age Children

Seven stages of fun and exciting lessons developing all of the skills needed for children to be competent, confident and safe in the water.

Aquatic Skills Lessons

When your child has completed stage 7 of the Learn to Swim Pathway they will have the opportunity to choose from a number of other aquatic activities such as; Competitive Swimming,  Rookie Lifesaving, Synchronised Swimming and Water Polo.  (Please note, activities vary between sites).

Adult Swimming Lessons

Adult lessons are available for all abilities whether you have a fear of the water, haven’t been swimming since school or if you want to refine your technique ready for an event.


Children's SEND Lessons

In partnership with Epping Forest District Council we offer specialised SEND sessions. A quieter environment, with limited numbers.  If your child is nervous of coming along to a normal public session or finds them just a little to noisy, then this is the session for you!

The session is attended by a fully qualified teacher who is on hand to give helpful guidance and advice to you and your child in order to build their confidence in the water.

  • Saturdays 4.30-5.30pm

£2.60 per child. (Carer goes FREE)

Additional siblings £2.60 (space permitting)

Additional parent £4.60 (space permitting)

For more information please  e-mail coletteday@pfpleisure.org

Intensive Holiday Courses

Each school holiday we offer intensive one week swimming lesson courses.  These offer an ideal way to get a head start on lessons or get in some extra practice towards their next badge. 

Our friendly swim lesson team are able to give you advice on which lessons to start in.  So if you're unsure just ask.

Give us a call on 01992 716733 or complete our enquiry form to find out more.

You can check progress on all of our lessons using the Homeportal

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Using the Homeportal
  • Track you/your child’s performance against the key competencies for their stage
  • You will be notified when you/your child is ready to move stages and you’ll have the ability to choose from the available times for you/your child to move into at a time convenient to you.
  • Have a record of all information relating to the lessons.




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