St Luke's Swim School

Learn to swim

The St Luke's Swim School programme is designed for children of all abilities, from those who have never swum before through to competitive swimmers.

Our lessons follow the Swim England pathway and swimmers are assessed against specific criteria. You will be able to track your child's progress online.

Lessons take place 7 days a week in our indoor pool at St Luke’s Sports Centre in Exeter and are delivered by our experienced team of qualified coaches.

For just £24 a month children receive one 30 minute lesson a week as well as free swim membership to use our indoor and outdoor pools.

Lessons run continuously throughout the year with a two week break over the Christmas and New Year period.

Bookings and enquiries

Please contact us on 01392 722905 or at swimminglessons@exeter.ac.uk, or use our online enquiry form.

Levels and structure

Learn to swim programme

View the assessment criteria and how to track your child's progress.

LevelContentAward
Ducklings You are new to lessons and have no water confidence. You will learn how to enjoy the water and take part in structured lessons. Aimed at non-swimmers between three and five years old. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of six students. Duckling 1 to 4
Stage 1 Stage 1 develops basic safety awareness, the class scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as arm bands, floats, etc. Stages 1 and 2 are taught together. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of six students. NPTS stage one
Stage 2 Focus on developing safe entries into the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travelling up to five metres on the front and back, and rotating the body to regain an upright position. Swimmers may use aids such as arm bands, floats, etc. Stages 1 and 2 are taught together. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of six students. NPTS stage two
Stage 3 Developing safe entries into the water - including submersion - travelling up to 10 metres on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous stage. Stage 3 also sees the swimmer being assessed without the use of aids or support. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of six students. NPTS stage three
Stage 4 This stage develops the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Also covered is refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer also has to swim 10 metres to a standard directed by the ASA. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of seven students. NPTS stage four
Stage 5 Swimmers develop watermanship through sculling, treading water skills and body complete rotation. They also perform all strokes for a distance of 10 metres to a standard provided by Swim England. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of seven students. NPTS stage five
Stage 6 Developing effective swimming skills - including coordinated breathing - across all strokes. Learners swim a distance of 25 metres using a stroke of their choice. Children also learn about aspects of water safety and about preparing properly for exercise. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of eight students. NPTS stage six
Stage 7 During this stage, children develop quality stroke techniques up to 100 metres incorporating the skills they have learned, and combine them to develop a linked routine. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of eight students. NPTS stage seven

Intensive swimming courses (3 years +)

Our intensive swimming courses allow children to come to St Luke's indoor pool for a 30 minute session on consecutive days. This daily contact with a qualified swimming teacher allows the children to vastly improve their swimming and progress over a short period of time.

Designed for swimmers at Duckling level (entry level, age three years +) to stage 7, these sessions are ideal for current swimmers on our programme who are looking to improve, or for new swimmers who want to progress quickly.

October Half-Term

Tuesday 23 October - Thursday 25 October

TimeStages3 Day
Course Price
08:30-09:00 Ducklings; Stages 1 to 7 £18
09:00-09:30 Ducklings; Stages 1 to 7 £18
09:30-10:00 Ducklings; Stages 1 to 7 £18
10:00-10:30 Ducklings; Stages 1 to 7 £18
10:30-11:00 Ducklings; Stages 1 to 7 £18

 

Squad Swimming, Rookie Lifesaving, Synchro & Water Polo

For swimmers that have completed Stage 7 there are a few different options available.

Squad swimming

The first option is to continue through to squad to get an introduction to competitive swimming. We run squad swimming on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Syncronised swimming

The second option is to try out our synchronised swimming lessons. These provide children with a structured format to learn the basics of synchronised swimming.

Water polo

The third option, for those who are looking for something completely different but still water based is our Water Polo lessons. These run on Saturdays 12-1pm. We hope, in the future, to organise some friendly matches against local teams.

Rookie lifesaving

The fourth option, and an alternative to lane swimming, is our rookie lifesaving squad. These currently run on a Sunday. The Rookie Lifeguard programme is the junior award scheme of the Royal Life Saving Society UK and teaches children skills in survival, rescue, life support and water safety.

Once your child is aged 16, they have the option of taking the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course and becoming a fully qualified lifeguard.

For more information, please contact the pool co-ordinator on 01392 722905 or email swimminglessons@exeter.ac.uk.

Adult swimming lessons

We run 10 week swimming courses during the year for adults of all abilities.

From those who are nervous of the water, through to those wanting advanced technical tips and coached swimming sessions, all are welcome!

Lessons start again on Sunday 13 August and cost £70 for a block of ten weeks. Swim Fit sessions are £4.20 a time (non-members rate).

DayTimeAbility level
Sunday 12:00-12:45 Beginners
Sunday 12:00-12:45 Improvers
Sunday 12:45-13:30 Beginners
Sunday 12:45-13:30 Improvers
Sunday 13:30-14:00 Swim Fit

Bookings and enquiries

Please note that these sessions must be booked in advance. Book onto the course by calling 01392 724940 or visit St Luke's Sports Centre reception.

For any adult swimming lesson enquiries please contact our swimming coordinator at swimminglessons@exeter.ac.uk.