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Stages 1 to 7 Swim school at Riverside

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn to swim, and that it should be fun!

We offer swimming lessons which follows the ASA Learn to Swim Framework stages 1 to 7, which will give them everything they need to feel comfortable and confident in the water.

Stage 1 to 7 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 swim bag and swim hat. Hats are colour-coded to swim stages and are issued each time pupils move up a stage (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 per month Direct Debit for daytime lessons.

£23 per month Direct Debit for evening and weekend lessons.

How to register

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 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   

Alternatively, we still have availability on our South Woodham Ferrers swim lesson programme. For more information please contact the team on 01245 605600 or swflc@chelmsford.gov.uk.  

Essential information

  • Children must wear swim hats in the pool.
  • No goggles can be worn in the Riverside pool for safety reasons.
  • 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

5 to 7 years
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8 to 12 years
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13 to 15 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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