Term Time Swimming Lessons

fish 2 water childrens swimming classesFinding a high quality and friendly environment for your child to learn to swim in is paramount to providing both you as a parent and your child as a swimming learner with the confidence to progress.

Many local authority run swimming lessons provide classes with 12+ pupils in leading to minimal pupil to teacher contact and communication and as such a slower development.

This can often lead to a loss of confidence in the child and future inherent issues in relation to water confidence.

SSG’s Fish 2 water lessons operate at a 6:1 class ratio in high quality, friendly family focused atmospheres specifically designed to provide the optimum environment for children to learn to swim in.

Our staff are specifically trained to work in close proximity to the children within the water and develop not only technique but also confidence and relationships within the water.

‘Fish2Water Swimming’ was established in 2004 with the aim of providing high quality swimming lessons in small classes for the maximum personal focus and development of all students.

We continue to provide a quality of provision which is unique in our operational area, having successfully seen hundreds of youngsters move swiftly and confidently through our class structure.

Not only do we pride ourselves on the quality of the swim teaching within ‘Fish2Water Swimming’ but also on our excellent customer service.

To assist families with two or more children swimming with us we always endeavour to place siblings in lessons at the same time or if this is not possible, in consecutive time slots.

Each child’s progression is continuously monitored, and families receive an end of term report which provides feedback about their child’s development through the term.

Classes run weekly in 30 minute blocks and run in line with the school term meaning a consistent and regular lesson with the same teachers each week developing confidence and working towards progressing through our badge structure at an appropriate pace.

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Class Descriptions & Ability Levels


Our Starfish class is a parent and child class for 6 month – 3 years. 1 parent/adult accompanies baby into the water and works with our class teacher to learn supports and techniques to develop a stong bond, confidence and affinity within the water whilst also progressing the child to be comfortable in a range of important positions within the water in preparation for independent swimming classes.

Tiddlers (3 years +)

Our Tiddlers class is for children once they have reached the age of 3 years, these are beginner lessons without a parent/guardian.

These classes are taught by a qualified teacher and assistant who are both in the water. Instructors will use games, songs and play whilst also developing the children’s water confidence and skills.

Tadpole 1

Our Tadpole 1 class is aimed at beginners who are usually aged 4 ½ years to 5 years. With a maximum ratio of 6 children to 1 teacher these classes will also have the benefit of an assistant, both of which are in the pool.

The aim of our Tadpole 1 class is to work on early stroke development while also focusing on water confidence, skills and vital water safety.

Tadpole 2

Our Tadpole 2 classes are aimed at children who are water confident and can swim up to 5 metres on their front or back. These classes operate with a maximum ratio of 6 children to 1 teacher who is in the pool.

These classes work on stroke development while also focusing on breathing control, water confidence, skills and vital water safety.

Advanced Tadpole

Our Advanced Tadpole classes are aimed at children who are water confident and can swim up to 10 metres on their front and back in a recognised stroke.

These classes are led by a qualified teacher who is poolside. This allows for the teacher to observe the children’s swimming most effectively while ensuring consistent stroke and skill development along with improved deep water confidence. Children will also be swimming longer distances developing strength and stamina.


Our Minnows classes are aimed at children who are water confident and can swim up to 25 metres front crawl, backstroke and who have a basic understanding of breaststroke and butterfly body action. These classes ensure stroke technique is developed efficiently.

Seals, Barracudas & Sharks

Classes are aimed at children who are water confident and progressing onto competitive stroke development, including tumble turns and butterfly arms.

*Please note these class descriptions are to be used as a guidance tool only!

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Frequently Asked Questions:


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    How do I book onto your lessons?

    You can book onto our lessons by calling our office on 01234 340782 and our office team can provide you with the most up to availability.

    Children are able to book onto our lessons at any point during the term (dependent upon availability).

    Once you are booked onto lessons you will receive an email confirmation which includes the terms and conditions and lesson locations.

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    How many children are in a class?

    We operate with a maximum ratio of 6 children to one teacher; Starfish lessons operate with 8 parent and child’s to one teacher.

    Our Tiddler and Tadpole 1 classes also have an assistant in the pool.

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    What is the ‘lifetime membership’

    Lifetime Membership is available for a one-off cost of £15.00 per child, which reduces the term fees by 10%. This also applies to birthday parties and holiday camps.

    My children have been placed on the waiting list, how long can I expect to wait?”

    The waiting list can vary in length and is dependent upon the child’s ability and your requirements (i.e. timings, days).

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    Are all your instructors qualified?

    All Teachers are either ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) or STA (Swimming Teachers Association) qualified.

    Also all staff hold an up to date DBS

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    What do we need to bring to the lesson?

    Please come with a towel, costume/trunks, hair tied back, hat (compulsory at Bedford Girls School), goggles (optional), swimming nappy (Starfish).

    Fish2Water will provide all equipment.

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    Where do the children go for their first lesson?

    From the changing rooms, we ask that parents register with the poolside supervisor who will be able to direct you to your child’s lesson location.

    We ask that whilst waiting for their lesson children remain with their parent/guardian.

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    How long are lessons?

    Our term time lessons are 30 minutes long and our holiday booster lessons are 45 minutes.

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    How long is a term?

    Our terms vary in line with the school term we will inform you from term to term.

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    Do lessons run through school holidays and bank holidays?

    No, we have a break over the school holidays and we don’t hold lessons on bank holidays.

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    Do you offer one-to-one lessons or adult lessons?

    No, we currently do not offer one-to-one or adult lessons.

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    Do you offer taster lessons?

    We do not offer tasters within our main lessons but families are welcome to come view our lessons prior to booking.

    However sometimes we do run taster sessions throughout the year. If you would be interested in coming along to one of our taster lessons please contact the office and the team can take your details and add you to the waiting list for any upcoming taster lessons.

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    What age can my child start swimming?

    Children can begin swimming with us from 6 weeks (after their first injections) in our Starfish lessons.

    Children can join our independent lessons (Tiddlers) from 3 years old.

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    Can parents/guardians watch the lessons?

    Yes, you are able to watch lessons from poolside for all of our venues.

    We ask that outside shoes are removed whilst in the changing rooms and on poolside (blue shoe covers are provided at some venues).

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    Do I have to remain on site during my child’s swimming lesson?

    Yes, an adult responsible for the child must remain on site. This adult is also responsible for supervising their child in the changing rooms or if they need a toilet break during the lesson.

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    What changing facilities are available?

    Changing facilities vary from pool to pool. All of our venues have showers and separate sex changing rooms available.

    Fish2Water operates the policy that children over the age of 8 must use their own sex changing room, this also applies to all parents/guardians.

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    How do I make payment for lessons?

    Payment is required in advance for the upcoming term.

    An instalment option is available for fees over £100.00 and 25% sibling discount is available for each extra child.

    If your child joins us mid-way through the term you will pay for the remainder of the term (please contact the office for exact amount).

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    Do you accept childcare vouchers for swimming lessons?

    No, childcare vouchers are not accepted as a form of payment for Fish2Water lessons

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    What happens if Fish2Water cancel the lesson?

    In the unfortunate instant we have to cancel a lesson we will try to add an extra week onto the end of the term.

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    What if my child misses a lesson due to sickness or a holiday?

    We do not offer refunds or catch up lessons for general sickness or holidays; however if it is long term please call the office to discuss and we will try to accommodate your situation.

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    I would like to cancel my child’s lesson

    We do not offer refunds for lessons; however if you would like to discuss your situation please call the office and one of our team will be happy to help.

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    What happens if my personal details change?

    We ask that if you have a change of details or circumstances that you either speak with the poolside supervisor or contact the office so that your account can be updated. I can no longer make my child’s swimming lesson time/day/location? If you can no longer make your child’s lesson please either speak with the poolside supervisor or contact the office and the current availability can be check to see if we can accommodate your situation.

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    What swimming awards does Fish2Water offer?

    STA Starfish, ASA Ducklings, ASA Stages, ASA Water Skills and ASA Rainbow Distances (5m to 2000m)

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    How are children assessed?

    Children are assessed during weeks 7, 8, and 9 of the term. If you would like to know what award your child is working towards please speak with the poolside supervisor.

    Please be aware that your child may not pass an award every term and will only pass their award if they have completed all of the skills to the correct standard (determined by the teacher).

    Fish2Water continually assess during the term and if a child is ready to move classes the poolside supervisor will be informed who will assess the child and speak with the parents/guardians regarding current availability.

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    Am I able to buy my child’s awards?

    Awards are available at a cost £2.50 (includes badge and certificate). These need to be ordered and can be done so from either the poolside supervisor or by calling the office (01234 340782).

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    How long will it take for my child to pass their award and to move up classes?

    This will vary for every swimmer as it is dependent upon their ability, age and experience. Fish2Water tracks every child’s assessment and their progression through Fish2Water; therefore if a child remains in the same class or on the same badge for a considerable amount of time our quality team will intervene to ensure every possible step is being made to progress the child.

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    How do I rebook for next term?

    Priority rebooking for current Fish2Water customers is available during the final 2 weeks of the term. Rebooking forms will be emailed out during this time and are available poolside, if you do not receive an email during this time please contact the office (01234 340782) to confirm your details. Parents/Guardians are also able to call our office (01234 340782) and rebook over the phone.

    If children are not rebooked during this time then available spaces will be offered out to the waiting list.

    Confirmations of payment and class allocations will be emailed out during the week after the closing date.

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    Is photography allowed at any of your pools?"

    Fish2Water understands that your child’s swimming lessons can be one of their most memorable moments. Therefore we request that if you would like a photo of your child in their lesson that you speak with the poolside supervisor, who will ensure that the teachers are aware and that no other children are in the photos.

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    How does Fish2Water deal with behaviour issues in lessons?

    SSG Services has a Behaviour Management Policy for children pre 12 years old. Our staff will endeavour to actively encourage positive behaviour through affirmation, encouragement and a desire to build the self-esteem and value of all who attends the lesson and they will challenge negative behaviour when it occurs.

    On the first instance of bad behaviour the teacher will correct the behaviour. On the second instance of bad behaviour, that is similar to the first, the teacher will reprimand in a firmer manner (this may result in the child sitting on the side). If there is a third instance or if the child acts in an unsafe or violent way the teacher will report the issue and steps taken to the poolside supervisor who will speak to the parents to ensure a plan is put in place for the child’s continued attendance.

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Term Time Swimming Classes

Our Fish 2 Water swimming classes run 7 days a week through school term time. With up to nine different ability levels on offer, we match each child to their ideal class, allowing them to progress and build their confidence.