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Swimming Lessons

From newborns to adults, our great range of classes cater for all ages and abilities because we want everyone to be safe, confident and happy in the water. Our Swim School pathway takes your child on a journey, from their first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water.

Supported by the STA, the Swim School pathway has been developed to ensure your child receives the best possible instruction, based on the swimming expertise of the STA. Adult swimmers will also be catered for by our qualified and encouraging staff.

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Ducklings (0-5 years, adult & child)

Ducklings sessions are a great way to encourage your baby or toddler to explore and enjoy the fun of learning to swim. With your help, your child will develop a range of skills, helping them to stay buoyant in the water. These sessions will aid your child’s development and confidence, both in and out of the water, whilst improving mobility and supporting their growth.

Active Ashton Monday 9.00am & Wednesday 13.15pm, Active Copley Monday 12.00 noon & Wednesday 9.00am, Active Hyde Monday 9.00am & Friday 1.00pm, Tameside Wellness Centre Tuesday 9.15am & Thursday 9.15am.

£5.50 – includes both adult and child – additional child is £1.05 within our pool admission ratios (included with Active Premier Membership).

You can book online here or in centre.

Wally Walrus (0-8 years, adult & child)

Exclusively for parents with pre-school age children and under 8’s, with the emphasis on learning basic water skills and playing games.

Active Hyde 8.30am & 9.45am.

£5.55 – includes adult and child (included with Active Premier Membership).

You can book online here or in centre.

Little Ducks (3-4 years)

Little Ducks sessions are delivered by qualified swimming teachers and are a great way to develop your child’s swimming ability and confidence in and out of the water. Suitable for ages 3-4 years.


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Active Tameside’s Swim School (mainstream swimming lessons for 4+ years)

Swim School teaches a wide range of skills to create a competent, confident and safe swimmer who then has the skill base to develop technique in a variety of water based sports. Suitable for 4 years and over. The lessons take place in all our pools on various days/times, contact us at for more information.

£22.75 per month payable by direct debit (average £5.50 per lesson) – swimming lessons include free General Swim sessions.

Swim School programme benefits
• Free ‘General Swim’ sessions all year round. *Excludes Swim, Slide & Waves and Inflatable Fun sessions.
• Home Portal – log in online to see how your child is doing, check their progress, credits and the badge criteria.
• Online payment – easily set up online payments so you never run out of credits again.
• Online transfers – is it time for your child to move up? You can easily transfer them online.
• Crash courses – beginner and improver distances and challenge awards are just some of the crash courses we offer during school holidays.

To find out more and enrol your child on the programme, please contact one of our centres. Due to high demand, please be aware that there may be a waiting list on some of our more popular lesson times and venues. Alternatively, you can download the application form here then email it to:


We offer small group lessons (maximum of 5 swimmers to 1 teacher) which follow the STA Rockhopper award scheme; parents accompany swimmers in the water and the teachers stay on the poolside. Please get in touch for more information, by emailing:

Rookie Lifeguard

The Rookie Lifeguard programme is the junior award scheme of the RLSS UK. For most children, Rookie Lifeguard will be the first opportunity to explore water safety and alternative safe aquatic play.

The Rookie skills make Rookies aware of how to take better care of themselves, their family and friends and give them the information they need to promote water safety in their day to day activities. The awards contain survival, rescue and sports skills as well as life support and water safety elements.

Rookie Lifeguard is primarily aimed at children aged 8-12 years, although most of the skills can be taught to people of all ages. Starting with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progressing through to Stage 3 of the Gold Award, Rookie Lifeguard begins at an ability level suitable for swimmers who have just learned to swim and wish to progresses to the next level of performing lifesaving tows.

Junior Lifeguard Academy – please note: the Junior Lifeguard Academy academy has not yet returned since lockdown.

Junior Lifeguard Academy is a survival and rescue training programme that has been specifically created for young people aged from 8 years, learners must be able to swim 50 metres continuously unaided). The programme offers lifeguarding and first aid skills.

£22.75 per month payable by direct debit (average £5.50 per lesson).

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Our beginner lessons are for non-swimmers aged 14 or over, who have a fear of the water and want to learn the basics of learning to swim and techniques to become confident and safe in the water. Those who wish to improve technique, can join our improvers sessions, lessons teach the strokes in more depth and help to improve fitness, strength and confidence.

Tameside Wellness Centre 9.30am Monday, Active Hyde 9.00am improvers, 9.30am beginners, Active Ashton 2.00pm beginners, 2.30pm improvers.

£22.75 per month, payable by direct debit.

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