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Swim Starz

Swimming Lessons for Kids

We run swimming lessons for kids in all of our family clubs.

Kids love to splash around and we make sure they enjoy every second learning basic water skills with our kids swimming lessons - Swim Starz. From blowing bubbles to floating along, children from 4-12 years old grow in confidence and aquatic ability. Following the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Duckling award scheme with five fun filled levels, our mini ceremonies mark achievements and applaud success. Then, when it’s time to move onto the next stage, we give lots of support and encouragement.

From five years old, kids progress to the ASA’s Learn to Swim Programme. These seven levels include nationally recognised FUNdamental skills that help children become confident, capable and safe in water.

Swim Starz get the chance to shine at our regional and national galas. We hold end of term parties too, so everyone’s happy.

Your little one is in safe hands at Virgin Active – we’re the UK’s largest private swim school, teaching over 20,000 children each week. And all Swim Starz instructors are Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) or ASA Level 2 qualified. 

Take the plunge and give your child a skill for life.

Is your child younger than three years? Check out our baby swimming lessons 

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about Swim Starz

Tell me more about Swim Starz

We follow the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, an all-inclusive 10 stage nationwide programme specially designed for beginners to create confidence and competency in water. The focus is on learning through fun activities.

When do classes take place?

When do classes take place?

All year round. There are intensive, fun crash courses to coincide with school holidays as well as one-to-one private classes. We also have Swim Squads that teach all about being part of a team - and there’s a great social side too.

Do I have to be a member?

Do I have to be a member?

Yes, our Swim Starz programme is only open to our members.

How soon can a child start swimming?

How soon can a child start swimming?

Our Swim Starz programme is for children from 4-12 years. Our expert coaches recommend the best stage for your child, depending on their swim ability. Speak to your club’s Swim Manager for details and a free assessment to match your child to a class that suits their ability.

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