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Discovery Ducklings swim school at Riverside

We believe that everyone should learn to swim and that it should be fun.

We offer swimming lessons for babies from 4 months old to three years, which follow the ASA Learn to Swim Framework giving them everything they need to feel comfortable and confident in the water.  

Discovery Ducklings swimming lessons

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Our Swim school uses the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway a nationally recognised scheme, which will help your child work towards everything they need to be skilled and confident in the water. 

Our qualified instructors will boost your child’s confidence and motivate them through every stage of their Learn to Swim journey. 

Each stage has a different aim and set of skills that your child will develop through their 30-minute weekly lessons. As your child improves and becomes more confident, they will move up to the next stage. 

Our lessons run continually throughout the year and even better when you apply, you'll be able to enjoy a host of amazing benefits:

  • Free swimming for all swim students at any public swim session 
  • Quick, easy direct debit payments spread the cost of payments across the year. 
  • Students move up at their own pace rather than having to wait until the end of a term. 
  • Free books and a free swimming bag (please speak to your swimming instructor).  
  • Regular online feedback with our Course Pro home portal; log in any time to view weekly progress and achievements.


£18 monthly Direct Debit, running for 39 weeks of the year.


Due to the popularity of the Get In! Swim School programme at Riverside Leisure Centre we are currently unable to accept any further customers onto our waiting lists for all swimming lessons (Discovery Ducklings, Ducklings, Juniors (Stages 1 – 7) and Adults).  

We aim to re-open our waiting lists from late 2019.  

For further information, please contact our Swimming Course Co-ordinator at riverside@chelmsford.gov.uk   

Essential information

  • For Discovery Ducklings (ages 0 to 3), parents will need to accompany children in the water. 
  • All babies must wear swim nappies, not normal nappies. 
  • Using the ASA Learn to Swim Programme, we will assess your child’s swimming ability and place them into the appropriate stage in the programme.  
  • For all our swimming lessons, a waiting list is in operation.
  • If your child needs any additional support, please just let us know.

Suitable for

0 to 3 years
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Centre opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 9.45pm
Sunday, 6am to 9pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Our facilities, including the ice rink may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


All prices are correct to 30 March 2020


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

01245 615050

01245 615050

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