Swimming Lessons with Lillypad Swimmers

Learn to Swim, Baby and Toddler, Private Swimming Lessons and Aqua Natal

Our Lessons

Join your child in the pool whilst they start on their journey to learn to swim. Develop their water confidence with our qualified instructors. We use songs, rhymes and games to support your children in exploring the water in a safe enjoyable way.

Our learn to swim scheme starts at 3 years and upwards. We will teach your child to swim in accordance with the STA Awards framework. We keep our sessions fun and engaging so our swimmers are looking forward to their next session!

If you want extra support and a more focussed lesson for your child we offer private 1 to 1 lessons. Your child will learn to swim whilst we will provide a tailored lesson and support them in their development in the water.

We offer Aqua Natal Sessions for pre and post natal mums. Be supported by the water during this gentle exercise session designed to help you feel good and support you and your child.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our courses for the STA Awards Scheme
  • Qualified Instructors - including baby and pre-school aquatics
  • Instructor teaching in the pool with small groups
  • Professional, experienced and energetic instructors
  • We support and develop water confidence
  • Recognised STA Swim Star School
  • We love what we do!
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Our Awards

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This is the first steps on our swimming journey where we introduce you and baby to the swimming pool. The STArfish awards are for babies from 0-2 years of age and are the first experience of the learn to swim pathway. This first step is baby led and allows them to explore and discover enjoyment of the water in a safe and relaxing environment. We build your confidence as a parent and show you how to safely support your baby in the water. Fun activities include back floating, swimming with baby and baby led submersion. We show you how to move with your little one in the water and work on balance, water confidence and start building an awareness of water safety.

STA Awards


STAnley awards are where we first start developing independence in the pool and is aimed at 2-4 year olds. These lessons are accompanied by a parent who is there to offer any additional support the child may need. These learn to swim classes are fun and energetic and we work on building water confidence, developing swimming techniques and strokes as well as water skills such as floating, jumping in, putting faces in water and breathing. These classes are a great step between the STArfish and independent swimming awards but also great for older children starting to swim who lack confidence or have a fear of the water.

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Octopus and Above

We teach up to the ASA equivalent of Level 6 which is our Shark series. The swimmers progress through Octopus where we assist the children moving independently in the water with floating aids, to Goldfish, Angel Fish and on to Shark where our swimmers will be covering distances of over 50 m with a good stroke. During this process we will develop good swimming techniques, entries, floating, surface dives and rescue techniques. The awards are fun to progress through whilst your child learns to swim with an even consideration given to swimming techniques and stroke transition as there is to movement, safety and water skills.

Swim for distance awards

Distance Awards

As well as our skills awards we also develop distance and stamina and these are recognised by our distance awards. We believe that award serves as great motivation to our swimmers so we recognise every achievement. Your child will receive a certificate and badge every term they swim with us, either a distance or skills award or if they have not quite reached the next milestone during the course, then a well done or special Lillypads badge of recognition will be presented instead. These are included in our course prices so are no extra cost to you. We also aim to offer life saving awards in the future.

Our Locations

Northside Farm Retreat

Active Life Leisure Club

Middleton Hall Retirement Village