Is your child 18 months or under?

Is your child between 3 and 4 years old?

You should choose Duck 3 & 4

Is your child school age and had little or no previous water experience?

You should choose Stage One

Can your child float independently on their back without floats and glide on their front with their face in the water?

You should choose Stage One

Can your child jump in from the poolside unaided, push and glide front and back and swim 5m front and back?

You should choose Stage Two

Can your child jump in from poolside unaided, push and glide front and back and swim 25m over deep water?

You should choose Stage Three

Can your child kick 10m front crawl, backstroke, fly and breast stroke without aids. Swim 10m any stroke to a good standard?

You should choose Stage Four

Can your child swim 10m of all four strokes to ASA Standard and tread water for 30 seconds?

You should choose Stage Five

Can your child swim 10m in clothes and swim 50m of any stroke to ASA?

You should choose Stage Six

Please give us a call to discuss your Childs options:

Bury: 01284 757484
Haverhill: 01440 765132
Mildenhall: 01638 712515
Newmarket: 01638 782502



These lessons are for children that are aged up to 5 years and are designed to develop and broaden the range of learning experiences in the water, so that they become confident, eager and enthusiastic learners

  • Swim-a-Song – For children under 18 months accompanied by an adult. The aim of these sessions is to introduce the adult and baby to the world of swimming, fostering both enjoyment and confidence.
  • Ducklings 1 & 2 – For Children 18 months to 5 years accompanied by an adult. These sessions will reinforce or introduce practices learnt in the previous stage. Group activities will encourage social interaction and build confidence levels even higher.
  • Ducklings 3 & 4 – For Children 3 to 5 years. This is the first independent lesson introducing independent movement in the water with the use of floatation devices. The class scenario is introduced so the pupils are aware of what is required of them, but this will also be the start of what is considered to be more swimming lesson type outcomes – moving away from the fun experienced based learning.

Junior Scheme

These lessons are for children aged 4 and above who attend full-time school. Lessons are for varying durations depending on the age and ability level of the swimmers. To progress to the next stage they will need to achieve the required standard and the appropriate ASA National Swim Award of the group they are enrolled in.

  • Stage 1: For pupils who are school age with little or no water experience. In this class the pupil will develop their safety awareness, the ‘class scenario’, basic movement skills and water confidence skills appropriate to their age.
  • Stage 2: For pupils who have passed Stage 1 or have had an assessment. Pupils will develop safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright position.
  • Stage 3: For pupils who have passed Stage 2 or have had an assessment. This class will see pupils develop safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on their front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.
  • Stage 4: For pupils who have passed Stage 3 or have had an assessment. In this class pupils will develop their understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes and kick 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA. A 10 metre swim is also included but can be done in a choice of stroke.
  • Stage 5: For pupils who have passed Stage 4 or have had an assessment. Pupils will learn and develop ‘watermanship’ through skills including sculling, treading water and complete rotation, they will also perform all strokes for a distance of 10 metres to a standard directed by the ASA.
  • Stage 6: For pupils who have passed Stage 5 or have had an assessment. All four strokes will be refined further in this stage with specific milestones for each stroke required, developing aquatic safety and understanding of the preparation of exercise is also developed.
  • Stage 7: For pupils who have passed Stage 6 or have had an assessment. This is the final stage before the introduction of alternative disciplines, at this stage all four strokes need to be swum for a distance of 25 metres, amongst other skills which really do test the skills learnt so far.
  • Stage 8, 9 & 10: For pupils who have passed the previous Stage or have had an assessment. It is at this stage that the separate disciplines of Competitive Swimming, Diving, Water Polo & Rookies are introduced giving the swimmer a broader understanding of aquatics in order to inspire participation throughout their lifetime. Newmarket – Disciplines are treated as separate classes giving a greater depth of skills and knowledge. Bury, Haverhill & Mildenhall – Disciplines are taught together giving each pupil a broader understanding sooner.


Beginners – For non swimmers/beginners. Aimed at improving water confidence and introducing basic stroke techniques.

Improvers – For the more able swimmer. Aimed at improving stroke techniques, building stamina and introducing dives and turns.

Badges and Hats

All members of the junior scheme receive a free colour coded swimming hat and are expected to wear it to every lesson.  Badges are awarded on successful completion of the stages and are available to purchase from reception.

What To Expect When You Arrive

The lockers take £1 and we strongly advise you secure your belongings, you can take your child to the entrance to the pool and then watch in the designated spectator areas. 
We ask that your child wears a one piece swim costume and boys swim shorts should be above the knee.  Please ensure your child has their swimming hat on and goggles in place prior to entering poolside. This helps to prevent a delay in the lesson starting. Your child may be asked to remove goggles for certain activities or especially if they are ill fitting or causing a distraction. 
Your child should arrive on poolside in good time and not be late as again this disrupts the lesson for others. If on the odd occasion you are running late your child must gain the attention of the teacher prior to getting in the pool.
Showers and Toilets
Encourage your child to use the toilet before the lesson. Swimmers must use showers prior to entering the pool. The poolside showers are for rinsing off after pool use and you must not use shampoos or shower gels, please use the showers in the changing area for this.  
Our teachers use iPods to take the registers and to keep an electronic record of achievement. These IPods are disabled for all other use. We have a NO photography policy in place.