Rivers Swim School


Swimming Lessons

Parent & Toddler Swim Sessions (From 3 months)

This instructed class shows parent/carers how to get their child confident in the water, and is available for children between the age of 3 months to 5 years. If your child is above the age of 3 years and lacks water confidence, then they may benefit from this class too.

Children enrolled can also work towards the 5 Duckling Awards if they wish.

Monday:     09:15 – 10:15 (Main Pool)
Tuesday:     14:30 – 15:30
(Studio Pool)
Friday:         09:00 – 09:45
(Studio Pool) 09:45 – 10:30 (Studio Pool)

Duckling Lessons (Aged 3-4 yrs)

Swimming is a vital life saving skill, here at Rivers our swimming lessons cater for all abilities and will teach your child to swim and feel confident in the water! Ducklings Lessons are available as a 10 week course at Droitwich, Evesham and Pershore for children aged 3-4yrs.

Swim England Swimming Lessons (From 4yrs)

If your child is a non-swimmer and 4 years or older, they can be registered on an Swim England Stage 1 course. If they can already swim without armbands they can register for a free assessment to place them at the appropriate stage.

To help parents keep track of their child’s development, lesson plans are displayed on the notice board at the centre. These show the course dates, times and teachers as well as information about the content of each stage. At the end of each course each child is given a yellow card which advances them to the next appropriate stage, subject to them receiving the required criteria.

Swim England Swimming Award Scheme

From basic safety at Stage 1 through to developing a variety of advanced techniques at Stage 7, this nationally recognised course is the ideal way to introduce core swimming skills and water safety.

Stage 1 Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.

Stage 2 Developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.

Stage 3 Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.

Stage 4 Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA.

Stage 5 Developing ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also performing all strokes to the given standard as directed by the ASA.

Stage 6 Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.

Stage 7 Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 – 7.

Swimming Challenge Awards

The Swimming Challenge Awards are for young people working towards Stages 8-10 of the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework, with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honours Awards available.

Your children will be challenged to develop a wide range of skills and stamina in order to achieve the awards, with a focus on good stroke style. It doesn’t have to comply with Swim England law but strokes must be co-ordinated, smooth and efficient.

Together with four certificates and accompanying badges, the awards also come with a metal lapel badge with butterfly fastener as an optional extra.

Adult Lessons

Available for both beginners and people who want to develop their water skills. A qualified swimming instructor is there to help you gain more confidence in the water and improve your swimming technique.

One to One Lessons

One to One  swimming lessons provide a more personal and concentrated lesson format, with the teacher able to spend more time on stroke and skill development. Personal swimming lessons are available for both children and adults.

Information for New Parents
  • Swimming lessons are held on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings.
  • Lessons are 30 minutes each.
  • Courses run continuously throughout the year in courses of 10 weeks.
  • All equipment for the lessons e.g. arm bands, floats etc. are provided.
  • Before your child starts lessons they will need to wear the appropriate swimming costume or trunks with no long shorts or wetsuits.
  • Long hair must be tied back or a swimming cap must be worn.
  • Please ensure your child has visited the toilet before entering the water.
  • If your child is feeling unwell please consider whether they are fit enough to attend the lesson.
  • If the child has goggles they must be able to take them on and off themselves as the teacher will not be able to do this for them.
  • Children are reminded to use lockers to store their clothing as this will reduce any possibility of theft or damage.


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