Learn to swim in Selby

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Swimming is a fantastic way to get fit, whatever your age or ability.

Teaching your child to swim is not only a great way to meet new friends and take part in fun activities, it's the only sport that can save your child's life.

It's also a wonderful way to improve your child's fitness for other sports.

No matter if they love splashing around in the shallow end or venturing out into the deep, swimming and aquatics has it all.

The Swim England Learn to Swim Framework is a national syllabus supporting the delivery of swimming lessons.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles has implemented this programme and we feel it’s the best way to teach children and adults to swim.

We offer an all inclusive programme which takes the non swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in water.

Swimming is a life skill. Whatever your age, whatever your ability we have a range of swimming to options to help you take the plunge.

Swimming lessons for children

We teach the Swim England Learn to Swim framework meaning as a parent you can understand easily the progress made by your child in the pool.

Here's a guide to the various Swim England Learn to Swim stages.

Stage 1

Swimmers will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. Don't forget the swimmers will be able to use aids e.g arm bands and floats to help complete all outcomes at this stage.

Stage 2

Swimmers will develop safe entries to the water including jumping in, floating practices, rotation skills and be able to travel over a distance of 5m in the water on their front and back without the use of aids.

Stage 3

Swimmers will work towards being able to swim 10m on their front and back and will be able to fully submerge to pick up objects from the bottom of the pool. Rotation skills and water safety knowledge will also be developed.

Stage 4

Swimmers will develop a better understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and swimming 10m on one stroke to a given standard as directed by Swim England.

Stage 5

Swimmers will focus on swimming all four strokes to Swim England expected standards over a distance of 10m. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation.

Stage 6

Swimmers will focus on developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing for all four strokes, water safety and an understanding of how to prepare for exercise.

Stage 7

By the end of this stage swimmers will have developed quality stroke techniques up to 100m, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout Stages 1-7.

Stages 8 - 10

Once your child has mastered the basics which allow them to be competent and confident in the water there's plenty of reasons why they should keep on developing their swimming skills into adulthood. Why? Because it's a great way to keep fit, improve performance in other sports and even get a job.

Find out more about the Swim England framework.

I love swimming. What have you got for me?

At Inspiring healthy lifestyles we offer stage awards in competitive swimming and rookie lifesaving.
To support youngsters interested in swimming competitively we will also help your child with their aquatic aspirations by working with community swimming clubs.
Our RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) UK's rookie lifeguard programme gives your child the skills they need to be confident in the pool or in the sea.

How much do swimming lessons cost?

It's £20 per month payable by direct debit - which includes casual swimming sessions for your child*.

That's just £20 per month for swimming lessons AND unlimited swimming whenever casual swim sessions are available for youngsters so they can learn, practice and have fun for one great price.

*Those taking advantage of this offer must be accompanied by a paying adult, or current member, when swimming unless the child is over the age of 8.

Swimming lessons for adults

Can't swim? Don't worry, we're here to help. If you've never got round to learning to swim, lack confidence or want to improve, we've got it covered.
Swimming is a great way to stay healthy, socialise and relax. All our leisure centres offer instruction for adults with professional teachers who understand and appreciate your needs. What's more, we'll build a programme to suit you and your needs. Prices available on request.

Intensive swimming courses

Want to get more from your swimming?

We run intensive swimming courses throughout the year for both adults and children.

For children, our intensive swimming courses can be a springboard for a lifelong love of swimming.

For adults, they are a fantastic way to take your swimming to the next level - ideal if you've got a foreign holiday in the works and want to make the most of your swimming pool.

Our intensive swimming courses take place during school holidays and consist of five half-hour sessions. Each course costs just £24. You'll build some powerful new habits and discover big differences in your swimming.

Want more information? Get in touch.

Our swimming teachers at Selby Leisure Centre

All our teachers are fully qualified to Level 2 and are professional, passionate and pupil focused. Our experienced, qualified teachers follow the Swim England Learn to Swim framework and go through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, for your peace of mind and the safety of your children.

Teachers also have Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep them up to date with all the latest aquatic developments.

With the focus on fun and enjoyment, swimmers progress faster, with greater confidence and with increased self-belief.

When are swimming lessons available?

Swimming lessons are available Monday to Saturday at Selby Leisure Centre and are delivered on a rolling programme that allows pupils to join at any stage and progress at their own pace.

For those wishing to make waves immediately one-to-one lessons are available as well as intensive courses during the holidays. Our lessons operate for 50 weeks of the year with a gap in lessons over the Christmas period.

Pool sessions for little ones

We offer a wide range of ways for young ones to get their water wings. You will need to accompany the child for each session. Choose from:

  • Swim Tots. Fun, innovative and effective programme for introducing adults with babies or very young children into the world of aquatics. The main concept of Swim Tots is to teach children how to swim through "song and rhyme" within fun adult and child swimming. Swim Tots is suitable for babies from 4 months old up to 4 years of age. Swim Tots sessions are available at selected leisure centres. Speak to your membership advisor for more information.
  • Parent and Child. These are structured courses of lessons for children aged 2-4 years of age which focus on developing water confidence and basic movement skills. These lessons are suitable for children old enough to follow instructions and who move independently. Please note that Parent and Child courses must be booked in advance.

Swim Tots and Parent and Child classes are all about having fun in the water, building water confidence, playing games and making friends before progressing to the Learn to Swim Framework Stage 1. Awards are available for each programme.

Check out the Pool timetable on the Selby Leisure Centre home page to find out when these sessions are available. Each session costs £4.80 for one adult and one child.

I need more information

We have a team of swimming coaches and advisors here to help. Get in touch before starting your swimming journey and we'll tailor a package to suit you.

Choose from one of the following three options - whichever suits you best:

  1. Drop in to Selby Leisure Centre for a chat
  2. Email aquatics manager Becky Mazey at R.Mazey@wlct.org

Track your child's swimming progress

We've introduced a new and fun way for you to check out how your child is progressing at their swimming lessons.

Log in to Home Portal to get the latest news on their achievements.

If you haven't received information about Home Portal, please speak to child's swimming teacher.

Swimming lesson enquiry form

Can the learner swim without the use of swimming aids? *
Has the learner already had lessons? *

Any medical conditions? If yes, please specify: