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Swim School

Swim for fun and fitness

Swim School Logo - A little turtle swimming in the deep blue sea.

Customer Notice

Swim School is now closed until further notice.

If you pay us a monthly Direct Debit, we will not be taking a payment on 1 January as planned, and we will communicate with you as and when we are able to reopen. Obviously, that is unknown at the moment but we’ll make sure that you get plenty of notice before we restart payments. If you pay for your membership annually, you will automatically have any closure period added to your account. 

Please keep an eye out on this page for further updates, or you can follow our Facebook pages for daily updates.

Our established Swim School programme at Diss Leisure Centre and Wymondham Leisure Centre takes the non-swimmer from their first splash, continuously developing their confidence and competence in the water. Swim School is great preparation and support for school swimming lessons and if you have a budding Olympian, the higher stages can help train them to compete.

All our Swim School sessions form part of the learn to swim framework and all our teachers are certified with Swim England.

Babies and children from 4 months up to 4 years can join Ducklings classes in our Learner Pool, with you as support and an experienced teacher. Your swimmer can then move on to our Stages from 1 to 8 and then there are many options; perhaps joining our Swimming Squad or one of the Swimming Clubs that train with us. Find out more about our Swim School stages.

Swim School has now launched its new Home Portal for Parents to view progress and move them to the next stage when ready click here to register

A guide to registering for home portal is available here

We may be taking a break from the pool but there are still plenty of activities you can do from the safety of your own home to ensure you stay swim ready. Find your class and top tips below:

Ducklings One (Three months to one year)

  1. Practising holding on is an important safety skill when in the water. Teaching babies to hold onto a bar will encourage them to hold onto or find a side if they were to fall into water. Practice holding onto a high chair or cot bars and link the action with 'hold on' so babies link with the command.
  2. Wash face - cup some water and wash it over your babies face. This will build confidence with underwater submersion.
  3. Make bath time fun - this is the most important skill. Having a positive association with water will aid your little ones ability to learn how to swim.

Ducklings Two (one to two years)

  1. Blowing bubbles in the bath is one of the first progressions to aquatic breathing. Link the action with the command "bubbles".
  2. Allow your toddler to climb safely and with support onto the sofa, bed etc. This will lead to building upper and core strength to safely climb in and out the pool
  3. Encourage your toddler to push a ball whilst crawling on the floor. This will encourage them to stretch for the ball and is great for co-ordination.

Ducklings Three (two to three years)

  1. Encouraging your toddler to jump from the bottom stair or small step on to the ground can progress to jumping in the pool.
  2. Create a mini obstacle course and encourage your toddler to move in different directions, jumping and climbing etc.
  3. Blowing bubbles through a straw in water will encourage a long breath needed for aquatic breathing.

Ducklings Four (three to four years)

  1. Blowing a ball pit ball (light weight) across the floor with a straw will encourage aquatic breathing. You could also do this in the bath.
  2. Jumping from the bottom step or a small step and landing on two feet will help when jumping in to the pool.
  3. Front crawl and backstroke kicking on land will help them transfer the skill into the water. Sit your child on a step or cushion, stretch out their legs and keep them straight then practice small kicks up and down from the hip. Get them to watch their own legs to ensure they are straight. Sing a nursery rhyme to go with the action.

Ducklings Five and Stage One

  1. Blowing bubbles in the bath water and listening with the ear in the water will help to learn the first steps of breathing to the side and bilateral breathing, essential for front crawl.
  2. Front crawl and backstroke kicking on land will help them transfer the skill into water.  See tip 2 under Ducklings Four for details.
  3. Use sensory benefits of feeling water on different parts of the body from either the rain, a watering can or toy.

Stage Two

  1. All of stage one tips above.
  2. Log rolls - laying on the floor with arms by their side and roll. Log rolls are not only a safety skill but are also components of turns in competitive swimming.
  3. Rocket adventures - encourage your child to role play being a rocket. Get them to lay on their front or back with arms extended above their heads. Essential for push and glides and diving in the water.

Stage Three

  1. Flutter kicks laying on their backs or tummies on the floor, long straight legs and small fast kicks helps to improve front and back crawl. 
  2. Blow bubbles in the bath water and listen with ear to surface of the water. Keep ear and side of the face in the water when breathing to the side. This will encourage bi-lateral breathing needed for front crawl.

Stage Four

  1. Practice the breaststroke. Encourage your child to lay on their tummy and complete the breaststroke leg actions. Emphasis a pause and glide between each kick. Parents/carers can assist with movement and rhythm of the kick.

Stage Five

  1. Practice the forward roll, making sure the chin is tucked into the chest. This will prepare your child for somersaults in the water.

Stage Six

  1. Flexibility and streamlining is essential as we start to focus more toward stroke efficiency and competitive swimming. You can do this by; laying on your front on the floor or back in a streamlined position, arms extended and chin tucked in, legs long and straight together.
  2. Gentle yoga practices are a great way to increase flexibility.
  3. Forward rolls on land will transition into tumble turns in the water.

Stage Seven

  1. Check out top tips from Stage six above.
  2. Flutter kicks on land will increase leg and core strength


 Body weight exercise plan to build muscle strength and improve stroke endurance once we return:

  • 10 x arm swings- front, back and monkey

  • 10 leg swings- front to back and side to side

  • 15 x jumping jacks

  • 30 second plank

  • 15 x jumping jacks

  • 30 second plank

  • 15 x push ups on knees or toes

  • 15 x mountain climbers

  • 15 on each side second side plank

  • 15 x squats

  • 30 x lunges- 15 on each leg

  • 15 clamshell glute exercise.



Find out about our Swim School instructors here:


What did you do before becoming a swim teacher?
I have worked in leisure my whole career, before teaching I was a lifeguard and gym instructor.

If you weren't a swimming teacher, what would you be?
If I wasn’t a teacher I think I would still work in leisure but pursue my role as a personal trainer and gym instructor.

What is your favourite swimming stroke?

What are your hobbies away from the pool?
Long dog walks and reading.

What is your favourite swimming stage?
I enjoy teaching all stages, but my favourite would have to be stage 3.


Jaqueline Reeve

When did you become a teacher?
Around 13 years ago.

What did you do before becoming a swim teacher?
Before becoming  a swimming teacher I was a lifeguard. I have worked in leisure my whole career as well as working for an international swim school as Aquatic Co-ordinator/ Administrator and Swimming Teacher.

If you weren't a swimming teacher, what would you be?
Swimming is in my blood as I am the 3rd generation of swim teacher within the family, but if I wasn’t I would probably be a paramedic or midwife/doula.

What is your favourite swimming stroke?
Front crawl.

What are your hobbies away from the pool?
Running, stock car racing, exploring the countryside with my children and yoga. Teaching pregnancy and baby yoga too.

What is your favourite swimming stage?
Baby and toddler (Ducklings).


Mikey Fisher

When did you become a teacher?
Just over 2 years ago.

What did you do before becoming a swim teacher?
Before becoming a swimming teacher I studied Sport Psychology at University.

If you weren't a swimming teacher, what would you be?
If I wasn’t a teacher I would probably be either a Zoo Keeper or Palaeontologist

What is your favourite swimming stroke?
Definitely butterfly.

What are your hobbies away from the pool?
Hopelessly optimistic Ipswich Town fan, films, natural history.

What is your favourite swimming stage?
Stage 5.

  • Swim School is a 50 week course with lessons  following the Swim England framework
  • Each child will work towards achieving set goals for their particular stage before being advised to move to the next level
  • Your child's progression can be viewed via your online account
  • All lessons are 30 minutes long except for squad lessons which run for an hour
  • All pupils will receive a welcome pack including a Turbo the Turtle drawstring bag and bottle and a swimming hat (Ducklings will not receive a hat)

Swim School term details

Lessons will run continuously excluding a two week Christmas break.

Swim School fees

Ducklings and Stages 1-8: monthly Direct Debit of £27.50
Squad: monthly Direct Debit of £33.50

Please note that for Direct Debit payments, you are required to give 30 days notice should you wish to withdraw your child(ren) from lessons.

Contact our Swim School team today:

Diss Leisure Centre
Email us at
Call us on 
01379 652754

Wymondham Leisure Centre
Email us at
Call us on 
01953 607171

Once you have contacted the leisure centre you wish your child to swim at, our staff will guide you through the joining process. Initially children will be booked in for an assessment by a qualified member of the team or advised of the stage they will require. The benefits of an assessment will ensure that your child is graded in the most suitable stage.

The Rookie Lifeguard Programme is a fun and exciting lifesaving awards scheme for young children at Diss Leisure Centre. Teaching self-rescue, survival, rescue and lifesaving sport skills. Rookie Lifeguard is aimed at children who have achieved Stage 7 in the learn to swim programme or have been swim tested and reached a satisfactory grade. 

Benefits of becoming a Rookie Lifeguard:

  • Offers the first opportunity to explore water safety
  • Gradually gain independence and confidence while learning vital life skills
  • Learn skills that keep themselves, their friends and their family safe in the water through a range of fun activities that lead towards a series of awards
  • Learn life support skills such as the recovery position and CPR

What to expect from Rookie Lifeguard:

  • 50 week course
  • We follow the Royal Lifesaving Association (RLSS) framework where each Rookie will work towards bronze, silver, gold and master awards
  • Sessions run by a fully qualified instructor
  • Each session lasts 45 minutes
  • Each sessions has both wet and dry based learning


  • Monthly direct debit of £27.50 per month
  • Includes FREE welcome pack, badges and certificates


Don't worry if you’re an adult who can’t swim; it's never too late to learn. Adult group swimming lessons are available at Wymondham Leisure Centre and Diss Leisure Centre  for £27.50 per month by Direct Debit, for ages 16+.

Lessons are taught to your individual requirements, needs and desires and you can have as many lessons as you choose. As part of these lessons you can also enjoy free swimming at our public swimming sessions to help with your progress.

Contact the centres on the details below for more information. 

You can find us at:

Wymondham Leisure Centre, Norwich Road, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0NT
Email us at
Call us on 01953 607171

You can find us at Diss Leisure Centre, 106 Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JG
Email us at
Call us on 01379 652754