Lesson Information

Here at St Margaret’s Swim School we operate our own lesson criteria in order to ensure your child learns to swim to the best of their ability. The aim of our lessons are to provide your child with a full awareness and understanding of each swimming stroke in addition to water skills and personal survival skills.

We also provide children with the opportunity to complete their ASA Rainbow Distance Swimming Badges on various dates throughout the year.

Further details of our class types can be found below.

Under 5’s Lessons

Parent & Baby Lessons

These sessions are for children under the age of 3 years and are a great introduction to the water through a lesson environment. From the age of 6 months* your baby will be introduced to the water in a safe and enjoyable session, by learning how to move, float and relax in the water. Through the use of games, play and nursery rhymes your child will learn water skills that will prepare them for water based activities later in life.

Toddler Lessons

Our Toddler Lessons are designed for children aged 3 years and above who are unable to swim without any flotation aids (armbands or swim discs). Our weekly sessions are a great way to introduce your child to the water in a  lesson environment and is a natural progression from Parent & Baby sessions.

We feel that encouraging children to learn to swim from an early age can enhance their swimming experience and help them adopt an eagerness to progress further in their water activities.

Children’s Lessons

Our children lessons are for those aged 3 and above. We run lessons for all abilities weekday’s after school and Saturday’s.
After school lessons take place Monday – Friday (various starts times) and Saturday’s 8:45am -1:30pm.


Non Swimmer 
Our Non Swimmer classes are designed for children aged 3 and above who are unable to swim without any floatation aids.  Children are taught to move themselves through the water using aids such as armbands or swim discs. armbands and disks will be removed frequently to allow children to progress to swimming unaided on both their front and back.

Why we use Armbands or Swim Discs.
The use of armbands and swim discs for our non swimmer classes, allow us to safely teach your child the correct body position, technique and encourage water confidence they will need to progress appropriately.

Wave 1
A wave 1 class is suitable for a child who can swim a width of our pool (13 meters) on both their front and back without any aids. In this class children will be introduced to front crawl, back crawl and the breaststroke leg kick action, encouraging the basic development of these strokes before progressing to the wave

Wave 2
A wave 2 class is suitable for children who can swim competently on their front and back showing  a good standard of back crawl/breaststroke legs.  They should also demonstrate a basic front crawl breathing technique and be able to attempt the butterfly leg kick action. In this class swimmers will refine their basic skills progression to  a good ‘full stroke’ technique.

Wave 2 – Strong
Our strongest width class is Wave 2 Strong.  In these classes children will  demonstrate a good standard of back crawl, front crawl, breaststroke and show the basics of  a butterfly stroke. This class will work on maintaining their technique and developing their stamina so they are ready for our length’s classes.

Length’s Lessons
We run 2 levels of length’s classes for children capable of these distances. The 30 minute classes are for those who demonstrate a good technique for all 4 strokes and will work on  maintaining this technique, improving their stamina and adopting new water skills such as tumble turns, starts and dives. During this session, lanes are dived in to 3 levels of beginners, intermediate and advanced swimmers.

The second level are 45 minute sessions adopting a ‘coaching’ style and targeting swimming fitness whilst ensuring good technique is maintained throughout.

On occasion children joining our classes will be assessed prior to their first lesson to ensure they are placed into the most appropriate class for their ability.

Prior to enrolling on to our  lessons, information regarding your child’s previous swimming experiences would be helpful.


Private/ 1-1 Swimming Lessons

Here at St Margaret’s Swim School we offer Private/1-1 swimming lessons, these are usually held during school holidays through prior arrangement with your Swimming Teacher. Prices start from £25 for 30 minutes.

For further details please contact the Swim School on 0208 4164604

Adult Lessons

Our Adult Lessons are available for all swimming abilities, whether you are a complete beginner or someone who swims for fitness. The classes are small, friendly and most importantly enjoyable. Adult lessons  are Pay As You Go and  booking is required £7.50 per session.

Sessions run as follows:

Beginners & Intermediate
Tuesday 19:15 -20:00
Saturday 16:00 – 16:45
£7.50 Pay As You Go