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Medway Sport Swim Academy

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Medway Sport Swim Academy is proud to be following the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme , where fully-qualified instructors will guide you through your learning.

If you already know how to swim, you may benefit from lessons to improve your stroke technique.

Our lessons cater for all ages and abilities, from babies and toddlers to teenagers and adults; beginners to accomplished swimmers.

Even if you haven't swum for years, we have a lesson for you. Lessons take place in the fLearn to swim SW logoollowing centres:

All courses have a limit to the number of pupils that can attend. Should a course be full, a waiting list is available. 

Weekly lessons run in school term time only and must be booked and paid for in advance. See more about our school holiday crash courses below.

For the further details and course availability, call our swimming coordinator on 01634 336 644 or ask at your nearest pool for the latest course information and bookings.


Baby swimming lesson

The summer term runs 18 April-23 July. New pricing structure for summer term:

  • £6.95 per lesson. (£90.35 for 13 week term for Tuesday-Sunday lessons, £76.45 for 11 weeks for Monday lessons)
  • You can now pay in two instalments at the beginning of term and after half term.
  • Premier Members receive a 30 per cent discount on lessons.

Call our swimming lessons coordinator on 01634 336644 or ask at your nearest pool for the latest course information and bookings.


New 1-2-1 lessons on offer

Medway Park are offering the opportunity for adults and children to benefit from dedicated tuition in a instructed 1-2-1 lesson. Ideal for those who need that little bit of extra help to progress, stroke and stamina improvements, in a supported and secure environment.  1-2-1 swimming lessons are always tailored to suit the individual student working with our ASA qualified instructors. Costs are £20 per 30 minutes and you can remain in the pool for extra swimming post lesson.

Contact Denise.todd@medway.gov.uk 01634 336644 for further information and bookings.

Learn to Swim ProgrammeSwimming lessons - The Stages

Our Learn to Swim Programme begins at stage one and finishes at stage 12, and includes the opportunity to also gain distance awards.  Every Swim England Award and stage has a specific criteria and set of outcomes which are nationally recognised.

Pre School (age 3+) (Ducklings)

Our pre-school swimming lessons programme for beginners. Independent lessons with maximum eight children per instructor.

Stages one and two (Starfish)Picture of a man swimming

Pupils learn safety aspects of the pool and water confidence. They go on to achieve independent movement in the water to a distance of five metres on their front and back, unaided.

Stages three and four (Tadpoles)

Introducing skills, dolphin leg action and improving the body position, moving up to a distance of 10 metres on their front and back.

Stages five and six (Seals)

Introducing stroke technique to a recognisable level, survival skills and visits to the deep end of the pool.

Stages seven and eight (Dolphins)Mum and daughter swimming at Strood Sports Centre

Improving stroke technique to a good standard. Pupils gain personal survival awards and improve stamina. Introducing tumble turns.

Stages nine and ten (Sharks and Whales)

Developing challenging sequences, smooth, controlled, full stroke and training for the bronze medallion. A number of sessions are available are part of our Medway Sport Aquatics Development Centre.


Those taking part in the programme will be provided with a swimming hat at the beginning of each course. This must be worn at all sessions. Babies must wear waterproof nappies, available from reception.


Adult lessons 

If you've always wanted to learn to swim, or just want to boost your confidence or improve your stroke, our expert instructors can help you. Adult-lessons for all abilities are held across our pools. For the latest availability and timetables contact our swimming lessons coordinator on 01634 336644 or ask at your nearest pool.


Holiday crash courses 

Book an intensive week of swimming lessons during the school holidays.

May holidays:

Tuesday 30 May-Friday 2 June

Available at Medway ParkStrood, Splashes and Hoo for stages 1-4. £30 for the course.

Diving Course at Medway Park

Tuesday 30 May- Friday, 2 June 9.30am-10.30am. £30 for the course.

For more information call our swimming lessons coordinator on 01634 336644, email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk or make your booking at reception today.


Summer holidays:

We will  be running crash courses for levels 1-7 through the summer holidays.

Plus: 4 day crash course in synchro 8-11 August  9am-10am at Medway Park £30


Medway Sport Aquatic Development Centre Girl swimming

This is designed for levels seven and above to engage young people in a range of aquatics opportunities whilst maintaining fitness and developing new and existing skills.


  • diving
  • rookie lifeguard
  • synchronised swimming
  • swim coaching (for advanced swimmers stages 8+) 

The programmes run alongside the term time swimming lessons structure.

Day Session Time Swim Stages
Monday Swim Coaching @ Hoo Sports Centre 7pm-8pm Eight and above


Synchro @ Medway Park




Seven and above


Swim Coaching @ Hoo Sports Centre


Eight and above


Swim Coaching @ Medway Park


Seven and above


Diving @ Medway Park






Rookie Lifeguarding @ Medway Park








Diving @ Medway Park






*Prices on request as will vary according to number of weeks per term

Swimming lesson discounts available for Premier members. For more information and bookings:

Contact our swimming development officer for more details 01634 336644 or email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk


What is Rookie Lifeguarding?

Rookie Lifeguarding teaches personal survival, water safety and rescue skills including treading water, lifesaving tows and CPR. Aimed at age 8-12-year-olds to achieve bronze, silver and gold awards as part of the part of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) developed by the Amateur Swimming Association.


Training Courses

Did you know Medway Sport also runs training including National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work? Find out more on our training courses page.