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Bridport Swim School

Bridport 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.

We follow the award-winning SWIM ENGLAND National Plan for Teaching Swimming. This well-structured and progressive scheme is constantly reviewed in line with good practice guidelines and feedback, encouraging continuous learning and a love of swimming. In addition Bridport Swim School students benefit from FREE swimming on weekends and school holidays.

Bridport Swim School: PAYG Class

PAYG Discovery Ducklings

Perfect for baby, toddler and pre-school children building the beginnings of a lifelong love of water.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. This helps to provide reassurance for the child and gives the parent or carer confidence in assisting their child in the water.

Four separate Awards are available which begin with an introduction to the water and swimming environment through fun and games.

  • Discovery Ducklings (previously littlefish) is open to babies from age 0 – 36 months and takes place in our leaner pool.
Day Level Time
Mondays Discovery Ducklings 3 & 4 11am – 11.30am
Thursdays Discovery Ducklings 1 & 2 10am – 10.30am
Discovery Ducklings 3 & 4 10.30am – 11am
Saturdays Discovery Ducklings 1 & 2 10am – 10.30am

Discovery Ducklings 1 and 2

Drop-in, PAYG class for both parent and baby (unlimited sessions with the Active Tots Deal). Suitable for babies (from birth subject to Health visitor advice being followed) and young children up to 2 years old who are new to swimming. This is the start of the Learn to Swim journey where children can learn through games and songs whilst staying close to their parent.

Discovery Ducklings 3 and 4

Drop-in, PAYG class for both parent and child (unlimited sessions with the Active Tots Deal).
Discovery Ducklings 3 and 4 is  for preschool children aged from 18 months upwards,  Discovery Ducklings 1 and 2 is an excellent preparation for joining this class but not essential.  The aim of this session is to provide a relaxed, safe and nurturing environment with lots of encouragement to prepare the young swimmers to join Ducklings 1 and  2.

Pay As You Go/Drop In class

Pay as you go price: £4.40

Bridport Swim School: Pre-School Framework Courses


This class helps toddlers prepare for independence in the water. By the end of Ducklings Stage 4, young swimmers will be jumping in, going underwater, floating and swimming five metres without support.

Swim England further information

They are now ready to begin Stage 1 of the Learn to Swim Framework when they start school.

Bridport Swim School: Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-7

The Learn to Swim Framework is about developing confident and competent swimmers through fun and enjoyment, and Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 are at the heart of the Swim Programme.

It is the most widely known part of swimming lessons for children and is the backbone of swimming lessons for primary school aged children.

Each of the seven stages of the Learn to Swim Framework has a clear set of targets for the pupil to meet so they can get to the next stage.

Swim England further information

Bridport Swim School: Aquatic Skills Framework

The Aquatic Skills Framework (Learn to Swim Stages 8-10) are about building sport specific skills to encourage focus on aquatic sports.

At these levels, swimmers are encouraged to build sport-specific skills. Competitive swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming, diving and rookie lifeguard training are all available.

Swim England further information

Swim England Adult Swimming Framework

Are you nervous in the water? Do you want to enjoy the pool or sea more on holiday? Are you preparing to compete in a triathlon? Whatever your goal is, our adult swim classes help you become the swimmer that you want to be.

Bridport Swim School offers an easy and affordable payment scheme by monthly direct debit. Swimmers also benefit from free swimming at weekends and during school holidays.

All courses run for 50 weeks of the year with a 2 week break over Christmas. Fees are payable by direct debit at £20 per month (£4.80 per lesson).

Bridport Swim School £20 per month (Direct Debit)

For all Bridport Swim School enquiries please fill in the form below and our membership team will contact you. Alternatively please contact reception on 01308 427464.

Bridport Swim School 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.

2019 Private swimming lesson prices (30 minutes)

1:1 private lesson £16.00
1:1 private lessons (block of 5) £72.50
2:1 private lesson £24
2:1 private lessons (block of 5) £105

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 Bridport 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.