Our Learn to Swim programme offers Swimming Lessons in Wirral for children aged 3+ irrespective of their ability and is delivered by Swim England award scheme.

The programme criteria can take a child who has never been in the water before and guide them through the early stages, up to working with those who can swim but would like to develop strength and technique.

The Swim Wirral programme follows the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway. Swim Wirral is an ASA approved Provider of swimming lessons.

Swim Wirral also now offer Adult Swimming Lessons. For information on these sessions please email our team directly on swimwirral@wirral.gov.uk.


Lessons are offered at a number of our swimming pools 7 days a week. The programme runs for 42 weeks of the year with children taking part in one 20-30 minute swimming lesson per week.

The programme includes; Discovery Ducklings, Ducklings, Stage 1 to 7 and Academy.

Lessons are available on various days and times, starting just after school Monday to Friday – making it easy to juggle the after-school diaries! We also have a selection of lessons available at weekends.


The academy is a natural progression upon completion of learn to
swim. It provides the opportunity for swimmers to continue learning
and exploring new aquatic skills that are needed to participate in
competitive swimming, whilst also reinforcing water confidence and
lifesaving skills. There is the opportunity from the Academy for swimmers with ability to progress appropriately to any of the Peninsular
Clubs participating in the swimming development pathway.

For more information, please view our Academy Page

Call: 0151 666 5661 / 5013

Monday 9am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday 9am – 12pm

Email : swimwirral@wirral.gov.uk

It is essential that your child is placed into the appropriate class according to their ability. Before they can join the programme they may be required to undertake a free swimming assessment to determine which class would best suit them.

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Lesson Information

  • The swimming lesson programme is continuous, with closures during Christmas Break, Spring Break and the Summer Break only.
  • Lessons will not take place on Bank Holidays.
  • Parents/guardians must notify the Swim Wirral admin team via email of any medical diagnosis.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for the supervision of children in all areas of the building prior to, and after the swimming lesson.
  • Children need to be 3+ to begin lessons. (Excluding Discovery ducklings.)
  • Swimmers must change in the changing rooms and not in any other areas of the leisure facility, including poolside or café areas.
  • Swimmers under the age of 8 may use either gender changing rooms when accompanied by a parent / guardian. Swimmers aged 8 or above must use the correct gender changing rooms. Lockers are available for swimmers belongings (20p). Clothes, bags etc. should not left unattended in the changing rooms.
  • Swimmers should wear appropriate swimwear for their lessons. Ideally boys should wear trunks and girls a one piece costume. Long hair should be tied back or preferably a swimming cap should be used. Swimmers must not wear jewellery during lessons.
  • Swimmers must not enter poolside or the lessons waiting area (depending on centre policies) prior to the lesson time.
  • Swimming ability and progression will vary for individual swimmers. We strive for consistency within our lesson programme to the set standards within the Swim England National Swim programme. Progressing swimmers before they are ready will not benefit swimmers and may affect their confidence and safety, along with the effective delivery of lessons.
  • Parents/guardians/spectators can view lessons from designated areas and should not enter poolside at any time.
  • Photography and videoing of activities within the leisure facility is strictly not permitted.
  • Parents/guardians must notify centre staff of changes to contact details as soon as possible to ensure that we can contact you at short notice or the Swim Wirral admin team via email. 
  • Queries regarding the swimming lessons should be made through reception at your swimming pool or with the Swim Wirral team. Please do not disturb the swimming teachers at any time.

The Programme

The Swim Wirral Programme runs in stages from Little Ducklings (Pre-school), through Stages 1 – 6, leading to the Swim Wirral Academy which covers Stages 7 and above.

View our Academy Page here: Academy

Each Stage of our programme has a list of outcomes that need to be completed in order to gain each award. Once all outcomes are completed you are able to purchase the relevant badge and certificate from the leisure centre reception.

For a detailed information on each Stage, please view our Swim Wirral Progress Chart


The following prices will be charged from 1st April 2024

Swimming LessonPrices
Adult Learn to Swim£10.50
Junior Swimming Lesson£6.65
Wirral Passport A Learn to Swim£8.40
Junior Direct Debit Swimming Lesson Instruction (All Centres)£23.10
Junior Cash Swimming Instruction Course 12£79.20
Junior Direct Debit One to One Swimming Instruction 30 Minutes£46.35
Junior Cash One to One Swimming Instruction 30 Minutes Course of 12£158.80
Adult Direct Debit Swimming Instruction£34.75
Adult Cash Swimming Instruction Course of 12£119.10

Payment Options

Swimming Lessons can be paid via a monthly Direct Debit (Either on the 1st or 20th of each month) or purchased by cash or card in blocks of 12. 

An initial pro-rata payment will be required for the period between your first lesson and your first Direct Debit payment. This payment can be made in cash or debit card. 

If you have paid for a block of 12 lessons, when your child reaches the point where there have 4 lessons remaining, we will notify you, by email, inviting you to top up your lessons over the phone.

You will continue to receive email reminders for the next 3 weeks until your block of 12 lessons is complete.

If you have not topped up before the final lesson starts, we will assume that you no longer require your place on the Swim Wirral Programme and your child will be removed.

Email Communication

With over 3,000 children on our lesson programme at one time, our preferred method of communication is by email. This will enable us to contact you immediately when:

  • Your child has been booked into a class.
  • Your child has been awarded an achievement award.
  • Your child is ready to move into the next stage.
  • Lesson top up payment is due (customers paying in 12 week blocks only).
  • We experience last minute swimming lesson cancellations and facility closures.

Swim Wirral Continuous Assessment

The governing body for swimming lessons, Swim England recommends that children within our programme are examined continuously throughout the Swim Wirral programme. This allows us to:

Provide one continuous course with breaks built in at Christmas, Easter and the summer holiday period.

Offer parents a greater input as to when and where their child’s lesson will take place.

Remove the need to queue at reception for re-enrolment.

Enable children to move stages when they reach their attainment level throughout the course, rather than waiting until the end of each term.

Electronic Devices

Swimming teachers will be using iPads during lessons. These will be used to take registers, deliver the scheme of work and also to record the assessment and progress of your child.

Information kept on electronic devices is minimal and only sufficient for the teacher’s requirements.

Functionality on these devices has been restricted to prevent unwanted use of other functions on the device.

Lesson Cancellations

Should it be necessary to cancel a lesson, we will notify you as quickly as possible. Our preferred method of contact will be via email. Please ensure that you have provided us with an up to date email address.

Customer Cancellations

One Direct Debit is required to clear through payers bank on commencement of Lessons. To cancel we require 10 working days notice prior to payment date in writing, preferably by Email: swimwirral@wirral.gov.uk.

As per T’s & C’s we require a minimum of 3 months payment.

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Terms and conditions


What is the Home Portal?

Home Portal is provided to enable customers to have access to additional information regarding their child’s swimming lessons.

Customers will also be able to move swimmers to the relevant next stage once they have achieved the required standard. An email notification will be sent when this is available. The Home Portal will be updated at the earliest opportunity after your child’s lesson. Please note that teachers are required to asses children every 4 weeks therefore the progress of your child’s lesson may not be updated after each lesson.

Register, Log In or Visit Home Portal

Having trouble logging in?

Please contact our Swim Wirral Team on

Tel: 0151 666 5661/5013  (Monday 9am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday 9am – 12pm)

Email: swimwirral@wirral.gov.uk

Swim Wirral Home Portal

To register for Home Portal, you will need:

  • Your child’s membership card ID number, this can be found at the bottom of your welcome email.
  • Your child’s date of birth e.g. 01/01/2001
  • Swimmer’s registered post code.
  • A valid email address that matches the one you have registered with us.

Parents/Guardians can add all their enrolled children onto one account so that only one set of login details are needed. Register, Log In or Visit Home Portal

Why use the Home Portal

Home Portal allows us to give you feedback on the swimmer’s progress after every lesson. You can check your child’s progress online at any time and to see any areas where they may be struggling so you can help them to work on those areas outside of lesson time.

Home Portal will also enable you to:

  • Move swimmers to their next stage (subject to availability).
  • Monitor your child’s progress and, when your child is ready, move them to the next stage
  • Create one account to include all enrolled children so that only one set of log in details are needed.
  • Keep track of how many lessons are remaining on the account
  • View when your next lesson is.

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Contact Us:

Phone: 0151 666 5013 or 0151 666 5661

(Monday 9am – 4pm Thursday – Friday 9am – 12pm)

Email: swimwirral@wirral.gov.uk