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Y Swim School


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Living by the sea enhances the importance for youngsters to learn to swim for safety above all else.  From the age of 18 months, we teach children water confidence, basic stroke technique and water skills progressing onto recognised stroke techniques, personal survival skills and water fitness.  

As an Affiliated Swim England Swim School member we follow the Swim England's Learn to Swim Framework Levels 1-7 & Rookie Lifeguard ProgrammeEach of the Swim England Learn to Swim Award Stages 1-7 has a list of clear outcomes that need to be completed in order to gain each award. Awards are worked towards & each child will be presented with a certificate & badge to celebrate their achievements at the end of each term. 

All children are organised into the following ability groups:

Babies & Toddlers (18 months +)


Our Adult & Child Water Activities (ACWA) class is for Babies & Toddlers (18 months +).  This class has a parent in the water with the child along with a teacher.  As an introductory class, this is about beginning their swimming journey by building up water confidence.  The essence is on fun, using songs & actions to explore those aquatic skills.  Children stay in this class until they are about 3 years old.

Stage 1 



Your child works towards developing basic movement skills, water confidence, and safety awareness. Swimmers are able to use buoyancy aids e.g. arm bands and floats to help complete this stage.

Stage 2



Swimmers will develop safe entries to the water and will continue to practice floating, travel, and rotation in the water. Swimmers can still use buoyancy aids e.g. arm bands and floats to help complete this stage.

Stage 3



Pupils work towards being able to swim 10m on their front and back and will be able to swim underwater to collect objects from the bottom of the pool. Rotation skills and water safety knowledge will also be developed.

Stage 4



Swimmers will focus on refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and develop a better understanding of buoyancy.

Stage 5



Swimmers will focus on swimming all four strokes to the Swim England expected standards. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation.

Stage 6



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

Stage 7



Swimmers will develop quality stroke technique whilst swimming up to 100m.

Rookie Lifeguard Awards

Bronze, Silver & Gold Levels 1-3


The Rookie Lifeguard Awards are for your children if they are budding lifeguards.  Developed by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK in conjunction with Swim England, the Rookie Lifeguard Awards offer parents the comfort of knowing their children are aware of the dangers of swimming in open water.

The Bronze, Silver and Gold stage awards ensure children have a solid safety education, and have learned rescue and resuscitation techniques.

Each stage of the Rookie Lifeguard Awards is sub-divided into three levels and each stage runs roughly for eight to 10 weeks.

Lessons are fun as well as constructive to enhance your child's learning experience!



Children aged 18 months & over



1:30pm to 5:30pm Saturday's (term time only)

1:30pm to 3:30pm Sunday's (term time only)




Spring 2018 Term Dates (10 weeks)








6, 13, 20, 27




3, 24




3, 10, 17, 24

Closures: 10 & 17 February








7, 14, 21, 28




4, 25




4, 11, 18, 25

Closures: 11 & 18 February



St Andrew's Prep, Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7RP



Term fees are:

Spring Term 2018 (10 weeks)

£70.00 First child

£63.00 Each additional sibling - when booking full 10 week term, first child rate then applies once term has started.

Course fees are paid in advance for the whole term. 

Badge & Certificates are included in the cost of the course.

We take a maximum of 6 children per qualified & DBS checked teacher. Wherever possible class sizes are kept to 6 pupils per teacher however in rare cases this may need to be adjusted during transitional class moves or in the case of teacher illness.

In addition, Eastbourne Voluntary Lifesaving Association partner with us to offer youngsters the opportunity to develop their lifesaving skills & techniques.

Kids aged 8 years & over, who are able to swim at least 50m confidently are encouraged to progress as a Rookie. 

Before you consider booking on to one of our courses, please take the time to view our Terms and Conditions

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please drop us a line at and we will be in touch or call the office on 01323 411718 / 07864 136404

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