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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.

Unfortunately, the following lessons are not yet due to start back following lockdown: Junior Lifeguard. We will continue to asses capacity, with a view to restarting these sessions as soon as its safe to do so.


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Wally Walrus (0-8 years) and Ducklings (0-5 years, adult & child)

Ducklings sessions at Active TamesideWally Walrus and 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.

Little Ducks 3-4 years

Little Ducks is the next step on from Ducklings and is the platform for our Swim School. Instructors deliver the lessons from in the water to support children throughout and each class contains only 5 pupils, to provide high quality lessons.

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Swim School 4+ years

Your child’s progression through the Swim School programme will result in the development of a wide range of skills that, when put together, will create a competent, confident and safe swimmer who has the skills to then develop technique in a wide range of water-based sports.

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:

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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.


Adult swimming lessons at Active TamesideSwimming is a great skill to have at any age; improving fitness, strength and confidence, swimming is a sport with a long list of benefits. If you are aged 16 years or older, you can take advantage of the great swimming lessons here at Active Tameside.

Whether you are a non-swimmer, have a fear of the water or you’re ready to improve a self-taught technique, we’ll take you through the basics and teach you the strokes and techniques until you’re confident and safe in the water.

Testimonial – Jungle Junction nursery

Over the past year, Jungle Junction day care nursery in Denton have been bringing children who attend the nursery to have swimming lessons with Active Tameside during the day. They told us how they have benefitted from the swimming lessons.

The benefit to the children in terms of confidence, understanding and safety

 The children now have more confidence in their own abilities and have gained further trust with the members of staff. The children seem to have developed their assessment of risks, and the understanding of the need of assessing risks to stay safe.

The benefit to the nursery of providing the service

It is a very appealing factor that we offer as a nursery. Parents are really keen to get their children enrolled with the swimming lessons and we have found it is another factor which is appealing to potential new starters.

How the added cost to parents has been received

We begin by sending a letter to the parents and explaining verbally to them. They then pay the office via cash payment.

Comments/feedback from parents regarding the service

The parents all seem very happy with the children’s progress and discuss how the children express how much they love it.

Swimming practice that you can do at home

Home workout


Backstroke practice


Front crawl arms practice

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