Swimming at The Perse School

We offer children’s swimming lessons following the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework which develops confident and competent swimmers through fun and enjoyment.

All lessons take place in our brand new 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool, in areas of the pool appropriate for the lesson stage of the child.

Our Approach

From water safety basics to advanced stroke techniques, our goal is to make every lesson an enjoyable and empowering experience.

Our swimming lessons develop swimming skills, and inspire a lifelong love of the water.

So why not dive into the joy of learning to swim, where every splash is a step towards confidence and swimming success!

Our Swimming Lesson Stages

Each of the seven stages of the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework has a clear set of targets for the pupil to meet so they can progress to the next stage.

The Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards are divided into progressive stages. They make up the core national syllabus of learning to swim for primary school aged children.

Click on the links below to find out which stage is appropriate for your child.

Lesson Costs

All Learn to Swim sessions last for 30 minutes, with small class sizes. Classes take place 50 weeks of the year with a two week break over the Christmas holiday. The cost of each class will be confirmed soon.

Where a child is unwell or unable to attend their weekly class, no refunds will be given. Parents should give six weeks’ notice if they wish to cancel their child’s place in a swimming class.  

Swimming hats

All children must wear a swim hat in the appropriate colour for their swim lesson stage.

The coloured swim hats help swimming teachers identify their students. Hats will also help parents and carers to spot their child more easily. Swim hats also keep hair away from the face, give goggles a smooth surface to stick too, protect hair from damage and reduce water pollution.

Swim hats will be available to purchase from the Sports Centre staff. You can click on the swim stages above to find the correct hat colour for each swim stage.

Preparing your child for swimming lessons

Help your child to prepare for their lessons in the best possible way by reading our helpful guide here.

Public Swim Costs

We are committed to providing opportunities for families to have fun swimming together. Family fun and lane swimming will be available to book. Further details coming soon.

Swim timetables and opening times

Details of our opening hours, swimming lesson timetables and family swim sessions will be published soon.

Changing Facilities

Our changing facilities include 18 changing cubicles and two group change areas, as well as six shower cubicles. Outdoor shoes are not allowed in the changing areas, please bring a change of footwear, e.g. flip flops/sliders. We also have appropriate baby change facilities.

Lockers

We have lockers available if required. Please speak to our reception about purchasing a reusable lock.

Swimming Clubs

The City of Cambridge Swim Club will be using the pool three evenings a week. If you are interested in joining the swim club you should contact them directly via their website.

Swimming clubs interested in hiring the pool should email sportscentre@perse.co.uk

Swimming merchandise

We have a limited selection of merchandise which can be purchased at our reception, including swim hats and goggles.

Accessibility and swimming for all

Our facilities are fully accessible for visitors with a health condition, impairment or use of a mobility aid. All of the facilities are on one level, so there are no stairs or lifts. We have a pool pod available to provide assistance for visitors who need help getting in and out of the swimming pool. We have accessible changing facilities, toilets and parking for blue badge holders on site too.

Swimming lessons – terms and conditions

Full terms and conditions relating to our Learn to Swim lessons can be found here.

Swimming rules and etiquette

Full details of our swimming pool rules and etiquette can be found here.

Enquiries

For all swimming lesson enquiries please email: swimschool@perse.co.uk

For sports centre enquiries please email: sportscentre@perse.co.uk

Learn to Swim Stage 1 Outcomes

In this stage swimmers wear a red hat. By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 1 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely.
  2. Move forward for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  4. Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  5. Scoop the water and wash the face.
  6. Be comfortable with water showered from overhead.
  7. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing.
  8. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing.
  9. Push and glide in a flat position on the front from a wall.
  10. Push and glide in a flat position on the back from a wall.
  11. Give examples of two pool rules.
  12. Exit the water safely.

Learn to Swim Stage 2 Outcomes

In this stage swimmers wear an orange hat. By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 2 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside safely.
  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically, with nose and mouth submerged.
  3. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing without support.
  4. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing without support.
  5. Push from a wall and glide on the back – arms can be by the side or above the head.
  6. Push from a wall and glide on the front with arms extended.
  7. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the back for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.
  8. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the front for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.
  9. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the front, to a back floating position, then return to standing.
  10. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the back, to a front floating position, then return to standing.
  11. Perform a log roll from the back to the front.
  12. Perform a log roll from the front to the back.
  13. Exit the water without support.

Learn to Swim Stage 3 Outcomes

In this stage swimmers wear a yellow hat. By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 3 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge.
  2. Sink, push away from wall and maintain a streamlined position.
  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back.
  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front.
  5. Travel 5 metres on the front, perform a tuck to rotate onto the back and return on the back.
  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object.
  7. Correctly identify three of the four key water safety messages.*
  8. Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the back.
  9. Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the front.
  10. Perform a tuck float and hold for three seconds.
  11. Exit the water without using steps.

*The four key water safety messages include:

Learn to Swim Stage 4 Outcomes

In this stage swimmers wear a green hat. By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 4 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating on the surface and demonstrate an understanding of floating.
  2. Push and glide from the wall towards the pool floor.
  3. Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional).
  4. Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional).
  5. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back.
  6. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (one item of equipment optional).
  7. Perform a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.
  8. Travel on back and log roll in one continuous movement onto front.
  9. Travel on front and log roll in one continuous movement onto back.
  10. Push and glide and swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional.

Learn to Swim Stage 5 Outcomes

In this stage swimmers wear a light blue hat. By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 5 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Perform a flat stationary scull on the back.
  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.
  3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation.
  4. Tread water for 30 seconds.
  5. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water.
  6. Push and glide and swim 10 metres backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  7. Push and glide and swim 10 metres front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  8. Push and glide and swim 10 metres breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  9. Push and glide and swim 10 metres butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds.
  11. Perform a forward somersault.
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help.

Learn to Swim Stage 6 Outcomes

In this stage swimmers wear a dark blue hat. By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 6 Award, swimmers will be able to:.

  1. Give two examples of how to prepare for exercise and understand why it is important.
  2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke.
  3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl.
  4. Swim 10 metres wearing clothes.
  5. Push and glide and swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  6. Push and glide and swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  7. Push and glide and swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths.
  8. Push and glide and swim backstroke to include at least six regular breaths.
  9. Push and glide and swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  10. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue.
  11. Perform a surface dive.

Learn to Swim Stage 7 Outcomes

In this stage swimmers wear a purple hat. By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 7 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Push and glide and swim 25 metres backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  2. Push and glide and swim 25 metres front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  3. Push and glide and swim 25 metres breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  4. Push and glide and swim 25 metres butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  5. Perform a movement sequence (linking skills with strokes and sculls) of one minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills:
    Sculling: head first, feet first
    Rotation: forward or backward somersault, log roll
    Floating: star on the front or on the back, tuck float, create own
    Eggbeater: Moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water
  6. Perform a sitting dive or dive.
  7. Push and glide and swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  8. Push and glide and swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  9. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds.
  10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout.

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