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The physical benefits of swimming

Swimming is an enjoyable and an extremely productive way to exercise, working all the major muscle groups to tone your body. Not only is it refreshing, but because of its' resistant qualities, water is an excellent environment for a great fat-burning workout.

Swimming is also a low-impact exercise, so there is far less stress on your joints and therefore less risk of sustaining injury. In fact, swimming is often used during rehabilitation for people recovering from injury/surgery.

Our heated pool in Didsbury has dedicated lanes for lap training and our aqua classes offer a great way to stay in shape.

Swimming lessons for children

Following the ‘Swim England Learn to Swim’ scheme we offer both group classes and 1-2-1 lessons to suit every child’s needs. Our Didsbury swim school provides the perfect environment in which to successfully learn how to swim or improve your swimming.

Our small group sizes ensure all pupils receive a high standard of individual tuition and progress quicker.

Parent & Baby classes:

From 3 months - 3 years, this is an introduction to the water for parents and their infants. The basis of these lessons is to create a relationship with the water, build confidence for both parents and babies as well as integrate, socialise and have fun.

Evidence suggests that in the early years, these classes stimulate the nervous system to improve balance and co-ordination. It also increases lung capacity which has an all round benefit.

We offer parent and baby lessons throughout the week in our small pool.

Pre-school lessons (Duckling Award):

Our pre-school classes offer a great transition between parent and baby classes to the ‘Swim England Learn to Swim’ Scheme. From 3+ we teach the Duckling awards, these classes are kept to a maximum of 6 per class with an instructor in the water at all times.

These lessons aim to develop the fundamentals of water safety, rotation, flotation and front and back paddle with and without aids, which together make up the first Swim England Stages of swimming.

‘Swim England Learn to Swim’ Programme:

The 'Swim England Learn to Swim' Pathway is the national syllabus used to help teachers deliver swimming lessons. It ensures swimming lessons for all ages are delivered to a consistently high standard.

The all-inclusive programme takes non-swimmers on a journey through four specialised frameworks. These start with the basics of learning to swim and end with advanced skills for sports such as water polo or diving.

  • We offer a variety of stages across 7 days with our team of 8 instructors
  • All lessons Stage 7 and under have a maximum of 6 children per class
  • All lessons above Stage 8 maintain a maximum of 8 children per class
  • Our lessons take place every weeknight from 4pm – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8.30am
  • We have a variety of stages across the weekly timetable cater for all abilities.

Private lessons:

1-2-1 lessons are available throughout the week for both children and can be purchased as single lessons or as a block of 5 or 10 lessons. These can be with an instructor of your choice, as well as a day and time to suit you. Private lessons can be helpful to work on a specific area or just as extra lessons throughout the school holidays.

Swimming lessons for adults

Group lessons:

Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to work on your technique, we have a group lesson to suit you. If you are interested in finding out more about adult lessons, please enquire below to ask about availability and to arrange a complimentary trial lesson.

Private lessons:

We also offer adult 1-2-1 lessons in a variety of packages depending on what you are looking for. We have a range of qualified instructors who specialise in different aspects of swimming from beginner to advanced level.

Swimming lessons cancellation policy

Please make every effort to attend all lessons. We know things come up and schedules change, however the best results come from consistent weekly lessons. If multiple lessons are missed due to a medical reason, lessons will be credited providing medical proof is supplied.

Cancellation by Nuffield Health: On the rare occasion that we have to cancel a scheduled lesson, we will be entitled to a make-up lesson. This may be with a substitute teacher to avoid cancellation on our part.

For more information, please get in touch either by calling the club on 0161 249 5600 or by sending an email to