School of Fish

School of Fish is the learn to swim programme offered by Trinity Arts & Leisure. Lessons take place on Tuesday, 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

Level 1 - Starfish
This class is for the absolute beginner and children who have just turned three. This level helps the children to gain water confidence and the basic skills of kicking on front and back, pulling and experimenting with jumping in.

Level 2 - Shrimp
This class is for the more confident children. Within this class we build on the basic skills from the Starfish class and work towards reducing the aids the child swims with.

Level 3 - Angel Fish
The children progress on to being able to do basic over arm swimming on their front and back, introducing breaststroke and adding new skills such as treading water, mushroom floats and fully submerging.

Level 4 - Clown Fish
This level is designed to introduce breathing to the side on frontcrawl, the full breaststroke and increased stamina as we work on longer distances than the Angel Fish class. We also introduce more fun skills such as sculling, sitting dives and retrieving objects from the bottom of the pool and more.

Level 5 - Puffer Fish
Within this class, children practice swimming two widths at a time to improve stamina. They look at improving strokes and introducing fly kick with many new skills such as forward somersaults and straddle jumps.

Level 6 - Piranha
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.

Level 7 - Swordfish
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.

School of Fish

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, 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 £5.70 each. Prices for the 45-minute sessions (Piranha and Swordfish) are £8.50 each. Each term is paid for in advance at time of enrolment.

The Friday development sessions last for 1 hour and are priced at £11.30 per session. Each term is paid for in advance at time of enrolment.

Our Adult swimming lessons are priced at £5.70 each.

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.

If your child is over 12 years or older we also offer Survive & Save courses. “Survive & Save” is the new lifesaving standard. There are Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels for you to take part in. You can also choose any one of Medallion, Beach, Stillwater or Sport programmes as areas to specialize in for each medal category.

Book a water test or find out more

To book a water test or find out more please call 01234 291777 or email us.