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The Exeter City Swimming Club Learn To Swim (LTS) programme aims to deliver an enjoyable and excellent Learn To Swim experience. We place a strong focus on quality teaching in a family friendly atmosphere. Our swimming lessons are highly structured and carried out by professional, qualified swimming instructors. 

The LTS programme consists of one 30 minute session per week and children are assessed and grouped on ability. We use the nationally recognised Swim England framework and award scheme up to Stage 5 (adapted to meet the requirements of our swimming club setting). As children progress to Stage 6, they have the option of continuing with their swim journey in the Learn To Train (LTT) squad where commitment is expected to increase as they commence their pathway into the swimming club environment.

Our class sizes have a maximum of 6 children up to and including Stage 4. The Stage 5 groups in lane swimming have a maximum of 8 children.

Our beginner groups usually have an assistant working alongside the teacher also.

We operate within the Exeter City Swimming Club umbrella and therefore all swimmers will have the opportunity to progress through a seamless pathway from learning to swim to performance. We also have squads for those who choose to continue swimming for enjoyment and fitness, therefore, there is no pressure to take the competitive route if it is not for you.

Group lessons are £9.85 per lesson, with the total cost of the term depending on the number of lessons each term.  You can pay for the full term in one go, or spread the cost by direct debit. 

There is an annual membership fee of £20 (this includes Swim England registration).


Our Learn To Swim programme operates on the following days:

Wednesday's, InFocus, 4.30-7.30pm: Ducklings through to Stage 5*. Ages from 3 upwards**.

Friday’s, InFocus, 4.30-7.30pm: Ducklings through to Stage 5*. Ages from 3 upwards**.

Sunday’s, Exeter School, 10.00am-3.00pm: Ducklings through to Stage 5*. Ages from 3 upwards**.

If children want to complete Stages 6-10, they will need to join the Learn To Train (LTT) squad as these stages focus on competitive swimming and British Swimmings Performance Pathway.

*Please note - if numbers are too high in Swim School some swimmers at Stage 5 may be asked to join the LTT Squad. They can still be assessed for their Swim England stages within this squad.


** Children over 11 and passing Stage 5 will be asked to join the LTT squad depending on Swim School numbers.

We can also offer 121 or 122 swimming lessons dependent on teacher availability. Lessons are £21.50 for 121 and £30 for 122 (£15.00 per child) for 30 minutes (plus an annual membership fee of £20 which includes Swim England registration).

Term Dates 

Term 3 2023: Wednesday 6th September to Sunday 17th December 2023

Term 1 2024: Wednesday 3rd January to Sunday 31st March 2024

We continue lessons as normal through the half term holidays but break at the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.

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