Welcome to swimming lessons

Useful info

Welcome to swimming lessons with Places Leisure!

Thanks for choosing to learn to swim with us - we’re proud to work with Swim England and follow the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme and Awards Scheme.

Being able to swim is a vital life skill as well an activity to enjoy throughout childhood and adult life, socially and for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Course Hub

First things first! Please make sure you're registered with an online account so that you can access Course Hub to track performance and move between each stage/level of the swimming programme.

How to Register


What to expect

Swimming Lesson Check-list

  • Costume/trunks
  • Towel
  • Shampoo
  • Goggles
  • Swim hat
  • Nappies
  • £1/Padlock for lockers (your centre can advise you of which style of lockers they operate)
On arrival

Please arrive in good time for your lesson so that you are ready on poolside on time. Recent feedback from parents said they would recommend a 10-15 minutes to get children ready. Remove outdoor shoes before entering the changing rooms and don’t leave any clothes or bags in the changing rooms - please use the lockers provided. Please ensure your child has visited the toilet and showered prior to getting into the pool.

What to wear?

Practical one piece swimming costumes (for girls) or non-baggy shorts (for boys). When purchasing swimwear for lessons, please consider the practicalities of swimming – costumes should not restrict movement in any way or cause additional drag in the water. We have a great range of swimwear available in reception from Zoggs, designed with swimming in mind.

For children still in nappies, we stock Huggies Little Swimmers and Zoggs Swimsure neoprene nappies for a ‘double up’ approach to avoid embarrassing leaks in the pool keeping it clean and safe for everyone.  

View our swimwear guidance.

Children are required to wear swim hats in lessons and will be issued with a coloured hat which relates to the current stage of lessons they are in.  Please ensure that your child's hat is fitted before they go into their lesson as teachers cannot help fit them. Watch our top tips video on how to fit a swimming hat.

Please take your child, once they are ready for their lesson, to the signposted ‘Drop off point’ area just before the start time. From here their teacher will collect them and take the register. 

During the lesson
Parents/guardians are requested to remain in the viewing areas throughout the duration of the lesson, unless accompanying your child in the pool!  If you are watching, why not grab a coffee before the lesson? Whilst watching your child please ensure any young children are kept a safe distance away from the pool and under your constant supervision.

Continuous assessment
Our teachers use the latest technology to update your child’s progress throughout the lesson against the key competencies for the level e.g.Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used. This feeds through to the Course Portal so that you can track progress.

End of the lesson
Please be ready at the signposted ‘pick up point’ at the end of the lesson where the teacher will bring your child once the lesson has finished.

If you have any questions, our staff will be happy to help.

School Holidays

Most of our lessons run throughout the school holidays with a 2 week break at Christmas. We will advise you by email each year of when this break is.

My Learn to Swim App

As a participant on our lesson programme you and your child can also benefit from the Swim England My Learn to Swim App.  Watch our video at the bottom of this page for a preview of all the exciting features.

Find out more and download

My Learn to Swim App

Make learning to swim fun with Swim Englands learn to swim app