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 7 (adapted to meet the requirements of our swimming club setting). As children progress to Stage 5/6, they have the option of continuing with their swim stages (up to Stage 7) in the Swim School (dependent on spaces) or joining the Learn To Train (LTT) or Learn To Compete (LTC) squads where commitment is expected to increase as children 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 4/5+ 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.


The cost is £30 per month plus 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 7*. Ages from 3 upwards**.

Friday’s, InFocus, 4.30-7.30pm: Ducklings through to Stage 7*. Ages from 3 upwards**.

Sunday’s, Exeter School, 10.00am-3.00pm: Ducklings through to Stage 7*. Ages from 3 upwards**.

If children want to complete Stages 8-10, they will need to join the Learn To Train (LTT) or Learn to Compete (LTC) squads as these stages focus on competitive swimming and the club pathway.

*Please note that children may be requested to join the Learn to Train LTT or LTC squad swimming after Stage 5 if numbers are too high in Swim School. They can still be assessed for their Swim England stages within these squads.

** Children over 11 and passing Stage 5 will be asked to join the LTT, LTC, Competitive Development (CD) or Fitness squad depending on Swim School numbers.

We can also offer 121 or 122 swimming lessons dependent on teacher availability. Lessons are £20 for 121 and £27 for 122 (£13.50 per child) for 30 minutes (plus an annual membership fee of £20 which includes Swim England registration).

Term Dates 

Term 3 (2021): Sunday 5th September to Friday 17th December 2021

Term 1 (2022): Wednesday 5th January to Sunday 10th April 2022 (to be confirmed)

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

* Update 4th December 2022

We have the following beginner spaces from January:

Friday at 5.30pm (1 space) and 7pm (1 space)

We have intermediate and advanced (deep end) spaces available on a Wednesday and a Sunday- will require an assessment.

121 available on Wednesday's at 4.30pm

Possible 121 slots becoming available on a Friday.



Ali Browning - Head of Swim School

Ali manages our Learn To Swim programme and has been involved in swimming for several years as both a teacher and competitor.


Ali is an experienced Swim England qualified Level 2 swimming instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience. Ali recognises the importance of being able to swim from a safety aspect but also that confidence in the water enables children to participate in a range of aquatic and water-based activities.

Sam Allen - Teacher

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 Abbi Bloor - Teacher

Abbi swam for the club at regional level many moons ago and returned to teach for us in 2009. 

Abbi is an experienced Swim England Level 2 qualified swimming teacher. She is able to work with all ages and abilities and is a qualified 'Adult and Child' teacher, she has attended many CPD courses over the years to include an Introduction to Disability Swimming Awareness and The Inclusion of Swimmers with a Disability. Abbi regularly teaches our Saturday 1-2-1 lessons.

Abbi says there is nothing like seeing a child swim for the first time and the grin on that child's face is all she needs to keep going!


Adam Clarkson - Teacher

Adam teaches our Learn To Swim programme and also runs our Learn To Compete and Learn To Train junior swim squads.


He is a Swim England Level 2 qualified swimming instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience. 

Steve Clark - Teacher

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Brianna Cummins - Teacher

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Addison Fry - Teacher

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Emma Henderson - Teacher

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 Nev King - Teacher

Nev swam competitively from the age of 10 with Exeter and then Exmouth Swimming Club. 


Nev is an experienced Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher with nearly 10 years teaching experience. Nev started volunteering with Exmouth’s Learn To Swim and coaching with their Competitive and Development squads (which he continues to do) and is now also a popular teacher with our Swim School!


Nev has a passion for swimming and is keen to give back to the sport that has given him so much. He likes to see children improve their swimming technique, build their water confidence and enjoy the water, as swimming is a skill that you keep for life.

Elisabeth Ostrom - Teacher

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David Palmer - Teacher

David is a Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience, 


David enjoys seeing children progress through the swimming stages and developing their water confidence so that they are able to take part in a range of aquatic activities.


David is a primary school teacher so spends his time in the classroom when he is not teaching at the pool!

Synead van Heerden - Teacher

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