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T: 01308 427464

bigfish swim school

Our bigfish swim school provides swimming lessons for children in Bridport. It runs throughout the year from Mondays to Saturdays (with a 2 week break at Christmas). Lessons are delivered by our team of qualified, expert swim instructors.


littlefish is open to babies from age 0-36 months and takes place in our leaner pool.

During these important first steps, our instructors use songs and games to develop strong water skills and confidence in the water.

Mondays 10.30am – 11am

Thursdays 10am – 10.30am

Pay As You Go/Drop In class

Pay as you go price: 

littlefish £4.10

bigfish is open to children aged six-months and over. Lessons are taught in small groups according to ability, with continuous assessment and rewards to encourage progress. The emphasis is on confidence, good technique and having fun.

bigfish offers an easy and affordable payment scheme by monthly direct debit. bigfish swimmers also benefit from free swimming at weekends and during school holidays. All swim badges and certificates are also included.

All courses run for 50 weeks of the year with a 2 week break over Christmas. Fees are payable by direct debit at £18 per month (£4.32 per lesson).

bigfish Swim School £18 per month (Direct Debit)

For all bigfish enquiries please fill in the form below and Virginia Stewart, our bigfish Swim Manager will contact you. Alternatively please contact reception on 01308 427464.


bigfish enquiry


Private swimming lessons

If you’re looking for private swimming lessons in Bridport, the leisure centre has fully qualified instructors who can help children with all aspects of swimming, from learning the basics to improving technique.

We offer one-to-one and two-to-one lessons, for those who want to come with a friend.  Book on an individual basis or as a block. Contact reception or call 01308 427464 for more information.

Private swimming lesson prices (30 minutes)

1:1 private lesson £15.50
1:1 private lessons (6 for 5) £77.50
2:1 private lesson £23
2:1 private lessons (6 for 5) £115
Young person (16-24 yrs) from £29.25

Learning to swim

Teaching your child to swim encourages an active lifestyle and builds a strong foundation for good health. Swimming enhances strength and flexibility, and it helps keep lungs and hearts healthy. It also promotes self-esteem and confidence, as children progress, make friends and have fun in a new environment.

Swimming is an essential life-saving skill. Drowning remains one of the most common causes of accidental death for children in the UK – teaching them to swim could one day save their life.

Children can start to learn to swim from an early age (six months). If you’re thinking of teaching your child to swim but don’t know where to start, here are some tips for making the transition to the pool go smoothly:

  • Make bathtime fun, so they associate water with having a good time. Sing songs, play games, splash around.
  • Let them pick their new swimming costume or try on a new swim nappy in the bath, so they get used to the feeling. Fewer issues around clothes = more relaxed swimmers.
  • Familiarise them with the pool before they start lessons, either with a family splash about or just taking a look around. New sounds and smells can sometimes be overwhelming.
  • Introduce them to our swim teachers before their first lesson. You can usually do this when you sign up for bigfish swim school.
  • Give them plenty of time to get changed beforehand – being in a rush makes everyone flustered. Meeting other children in the changing rooms before a lesson can also help them make new friends.
  • Make sure they’re not hungry or thirsty before the lesson as this can be distracting. And have a snack ready for afterwards as they’re guaranteed to use plenty of energy.