Child Swimming lessons
Join the University of Portsmouth Swim Academy and reach your full potential in the water
Swimming is not only a valuable life skill, but it can also help your child stay fit and healthy. Swimming lessons are now taking place at Ravelin Sports Centre. Our Learn to Swim programme aims to provide high-quality swimming lessons for the Portsmouth community.
Whether you are looking for the best way to build your child's confidence in the water, or if they've never swum before, our University of Portsmouth Swim Academy instructors can help them reach their goals whilst having fun at the same time.
Who can sign up for swimming lessons?
Lessons will be available for children aged 4 and above, of varying abilities. The ratio of swimmers to teachers will be as low as 3:1 in beginner groups and up to a maximum of 8:1 in the more advanced groups. We also offer adult swimming lessons too.
- The University of Portsmouth Swimming Academy will initially offer Stages 1 – 5 of the Swim England programme with a view to extending with a Pre-School and Stage 6 – 8 programme later in 2022.
- Each Stage of the programme has a list of outcomes that need to be completed in order to gain an award or to move to the next Stage.
Check out more information about what is involved in each of the stages in the Swim England programme.
When does the swimming lesson programme run?It is continuous for 50 weeks per year, with closures at Christmas for 2 weeks. Lessons will still take place on Bank Holidays.
|Swimming lessons (child)||Ultimate member||Member||PAYG fee|
|UOP Swim Academy lessons (30 minutes)||£26.10 per month||£29 per month||£29 per month|
|Aqua holidays (5 consecutive 30 minute sessions during school holidays)||£32.50||£32.50||£32.50|
Frequently asked questions
Parents/guardians are responsible for the supervision of children in all areas of the building prior to, and after the swimming lesson.
The programme offers parents a greater input as to when their child’s lesson will take place.
The booking system removes the need to queue at reception for re-enrolment, children will move stages when they reach their attainment level throughout the course, rather than waiting until the end of each term.
Swimmers under the age of 8 may use either gender changing rooms when accompanied by a parent/guardian. Swimmers aged 8 and above must use the correct gender changing rooms. Lockers are provided for swimmers’ belongings. Clothes, bags and other similar items should not be left unattended in the changing rooms.