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School of Fish


School of Fish is our learn to swim programme

Lessons take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Our lessons run according to the Swim England (formerly Amateur Swimming Association) guidelines and are designed to work on swimmers confidence, versatility skills and endurance. The various levels of achievement are listed below…

Read about Levels 1 to 7

Starfish - Level 1

Level 1 – Starfish

This is our beginner class for children aged 3-8 old. This is where they will have their first introduction to swimming and will start to develop their water skills.

In this class they will achieve 5 budges before they can move up to Shrimp level 2. They will gain Duckling 1,2,3 & 4 and must complete 5m on their front & back without aids before moving up to develop their swimming.

Shrimp - Level 2

This is our next level in which they must have completed 5m without aids and they are working towards 10m & 15m. They will learn to bring their arms over the top of the water in front crawl and will start to learn now to use their arms in backstroke. They will start to develop basic knowledge of breastroke legs in Shrimp as well.

Angel Fish - Level 3

In Angel fish is where their strokes really develop & come together. They must have completed unaided 15m on their front back. In Angel, they will learn how to breathe bilaterally in front crawl, develop their backstroke technique and start putting the breast stroke technique together.

They will learn new skills such as treading water sitting dives and collecting sinks from 1.5 m deep. They can achieve 20m & 25 m badges in this class.

Clown Fish - Level 4

To be in Clown fish, they must have completed all the Angel criteria & 25m with good technique. They start to develop their stroke knowledge and technique as will as stamina as they start swimming further distances.

In Clown, they can achieve 50m & 100m as well as all the criteria to move up to Puffer fish. the skills they learn are kneeing dives and sculling.

Puffer Fish - Level 5

This is where their strokes are really developing and have very good knowledge & technique of the strokes. they must be able to swim 100 m with good understanding of all strokes,. In Puffer, they will start to learn dolphin leg kick to introduce butterfly in Pinha.

Piranha - Level 6

This class works on lengths and increased distances for stamina, They also work on drills to increase stroke technique on all three strokes. Everyone takes diving up a stage to a standing dive.

Swordfish - Level 7

This class works mainly on stamina and stroke development, to perfect all strokes. Butterfly arms are introduced and we also look at backstroke starts and tumble turns.

How the programme works

Each School of Fish session lasts for a term, after the term we will assess the development of your child before deciding on whether they are ready to move onto the next level or whether they need to continue to develop their skills on their existing level. Prior to starting the programme each child will need to have a water test so that we can ascertain which level they should join at.

For those who have moved through the programme there is a 1-hour Friday development session which is designed to develop individual skills, either for competition or just further development.

Days and times

School of Fish is held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 4.00pm – 6.00pm and Saturday mornings between 8.30am – 1.30pm. The exact day and time will depend on the class you are joining. Starfish, Shrimp, Angel Fish, Clown Fish and Puffer Fish are 30 minute sessions whilst Piranha and Swordfish sessions are 45 minutes. The Friday development squad is 6.00pm-7.00pm.


Prices for the next term for the 30-minute sessions (Starfish, Shrimp, Angel Fish, Clown Fish and Puffer Fish) are £7.00 each. Prices for the 45-minute sessions (Piranha and Swordfish) are £10.15 each. Each term is paid for in advance at time of enrolment.

The Friday development sessions last for 1 hour and are priced at £14.00 per session. Each term is paid for in advance at time of enrolment.

We also offer Rookie Lifeguarding Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards. As a Rookie you will learn lifesaving skills to help yourself and know what to do if others get into difficulty in the water. The award contains survival, rescue and sport skills as well as life support and water safety.

School of Fish

DurationPer Lesson
30 Minutes£7
45 Minutes£9.95
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