Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons take place at our St Luke's campus and cater to learners of all ages and abilities. We would like to thank all of our customers for their ongoing support, and for helping us to teach more children than ever how to swim and be safe around water. For bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 01392 722905 or at swimminglessons@exeter.ac.uk

Terms and conditions (link opens a pdf download)

Swimming lesson structure

The Learn to Swim programme runs in conjunction with the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) Aquatics Skills Framework which takes the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water. 

The swimmer will develop a wide range of skills resulting in a competent, confident and safe swimmer with the skill base for developing techniques in a wide range of water-based sports.

Lesson structure and levels

St Luke's Swim School programme covers many levels of swimming development for children aged three and above. The programme is designed to help help all abilities, from those who have never swam before, through to competitive swimmers. Lessons run continuously throughout the year with a two week break over the Christmas and New Year period. 

Level Content Award 
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 one to four
Stage one Stage One develops basic safety awareness, the class scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as arm bands, floats, etc. Stage one and two are taught together. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of six students. NPTS stage one
Stage two 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. Stage one and two are taught together. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of six students. NPTS stage two
Stage three 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 three 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 four 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 five 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 the ASA. This stage operates one teacher to a maximum of seven students. NPTS stage five
Stage six 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 seven 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
  For more information about opportunities for after Stage 7 read the exciting options Skills Framework Nov 2016  

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).



Ability 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

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.

Squad Swimming, Rookie Lifesaving, Synchro & Water Polo

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 an ASA 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 5, the sessions are ideal for current swimmers on our programme who are looking to improve, or for new swimmers who want to progress quickly. For further information on our swimming stages please view our swimming lessons page.

Dates and times

Summer Holidays

This year, we are running four consecutive weeks of intensive swimming lessons. They will run Monday - Friday (inclusive) between Monday 24 July and Friday 18 August. 

TimeMonday 24 July - Friday 18 August4 Day
Course Price
09:00-09:30 Ducklings; Stage 1/2; Stage 4/5; Stage 6/7 £25
09:30-10:00 Ducklings; Stage 1/2; Stage 3; Stage 4/5 £25
10:00-10:30 Ducklings; Stage 1/2; Stage 3; Stage 4/5 £25
10:30-11:00 Ducklings; Stage 1/2; Stage 3; Stage 4/5 £25


Participants are welcome to book multiple weeks, and children enrolled at the Swim School can use the pool for free during our casual swim times.  

To book onto a course please contact us on 01392 724940. We do require payment upon booking. For further information on our Learn to Swim courses please fill out our online swimming enquiry form.