Swim Academy

Junior Swim

At Bluecoat Sports Swim Academy, we offer a range of activities and swim lessons for children. From 3 months old to children at school, our 25m swimming pool offers the opportunity for all children to have fun, learn and become confident in the water.

Kids swimming lessons Horsham

Swimming is an essential skill for children to learn, providing exercise, building confidence, and teaching water safety. At Bluecoat Sports, we offer children’s swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. Our lessons follow the Swim England Learn to Swim framework, with small class sizes and swimming teachers focused on building confidence and ability.

For babies and toddlers ages 3 months to 3 years, we offer parent-accompanied Waterbabes sessions. Parents join their little ones in the water as instructors use games and toys to build water confidence. When children reach age 3, they can progress to Pre-School lessons without parents, concentrating on skills to prepare them for group lessons.

Once children are school-aged, they can join our after-school and Saturday morning Learn to Swim sessions. With professionally trained instructors, children progress through different ability levels at their own pace. We continuously assess your child’s progress to ensure they are in the right class for their skills. For kids who have completed the programme but aren’t ready for swim clubs, our Barracudas Club maintains fitness while refining stroke technique.

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In addition to group lessons, we offer 1:1 private lessons for those needing more personalised attention. During school holidays, we also run intensive courses focusing on specific skills like stroke technique, snorkelling, and lifesaving. With programmes suitable for all ages and abilities, Bluecoat Sports provides a fun, confidence-building environment for kids to gain essential swimming skills.

Contact us at 01403 247572 or bluecoatsswimacademy@christs-hospital.org.uk to learn more and sign up your child for lessons.

Our swimming lessons for kids

Intensive Swimming Courses

During the Easter and summer holidays, Bluecoat Sports offer weeklong intensive swimming courses for those wishing to brush up on their technique, learn a new skill or just try something completely different. These courses cater for children of all abilities from the complete beginner to the more advanced including Front Crawl/Backstroke and Breaststroke/Butterfly stroke clinics. For those wishing to develop other swimming skills, we offer Snorkelling and Rookie Lifesaving. The daily sessions are 30 minutes over the 5 day course.

Please keep an eye here and on our Instagram and Facebook for updates on future Intensive Swimming Courses.

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Suitable For : From school-age

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Class Duration : 30 minutes

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When : Easter & August Holidays

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Memberships Included : None

Waterbabes: Parent and Baby Drop in 3 months – 18 months

*On Wednesday 3rd & Wednesday 10th April, this session will be held between: 10:15-10:45 & 10:45-11:15. Please ensure you book in advance.

A drop-in swimming lesson for parents or guardians to bring their babies aged 3-18 months.  These sessions are run with a ratio of 1 parent : 1 child and are supervised by our friendly instructors, helping you and your child to gain confidence in the water and develop their swimming skills. Please pre-book your space by calling reception on 01403 247572 to attend.

Call 01403 247572 to book.

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Suitable For : Ages 3-18 months

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Class Duration : 30 minutes

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When : Every Wednesday 11:00-11:30

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : £5.50 per session

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Memberships Included : PAYGO

Waterbabes: Parent and Child Session 18 months – 3 years

The Parent and Child Sessions are suitable for children aged 18 months – 3 years. During the sessions you join your child in the water, so you can give them confidence whilst our qualified instructors help your child develop their fundamental swimming skills during these fun filled sessions. We follow the Swim England Discovery Duckling framework.

The Swim Academy is currently undergoing an administration update to its systems and will not be taking on any new enquiries until September 2024. Please come back to us in September if you still require swimming lessons. Many thanks for your understanding.

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Suitable For : Ages 18 months – 3 years

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Class Duration : 30 minutes

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When : Wednesday at 10:30am

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : £28.00 pcm

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Memberships Included : None

Pre- School Lessons 3 years to School age

In the final stage of our Waterbabes sessions your Child will enter the pool by themselves with the teacher. Classes will be small, and lessons will concentrate on building your Child’s confidence and swimming skills. Lessons will prepare children for afterschool lessons. We follow the Swim England Duckling framework.

The Swim Academy is currently undergoing an administration update to its systems and will not be taking on any new enquiries until September 2024. Please come back to us in September if you still require swimming lessons. Many thanks for your understanding.

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Suitable For : Ages 3 – 5

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Class Duration : 30 minutes

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When : Wednesday at 10:30am & 11:00am

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : £28.00 pcm

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Memberships Included : None

Learn To Swim

If you have school-aged children, they can join our after-school sessions on weekdays and Saturday mornings. These are structured lessons and cater for complete beginners to the more advanced. Children can develop at their own pace with our professionally trained Swim School Instructors, progressing through the different levels. The team continuously assess children throughout to make sure they are in the class which is right for them.

The Swim Academy is currently undergoing an administration update to its systems and will not be taking on any new enquiries until September 2024. Please come back to us in September if you still require swimming lessons. Many thanks for your understanding.

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Suitable For : From school-age

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Class Duration : 30 minutes

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When : After-school sessions on weekdays & Saturday mornings. Sessions run for 44 weeks a year (Breaking at Easter, 4 weeks in Summer & Christmas)

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Cost : £28.00 pcm (via direct debit)

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Memberships Included : None

Rookie Lifesaving

Rookie Lifesaving is a valuable survival, rescue, and sports skills session, delivered in an exciting way that will get children involved and motivated.

Our programme offers the first opportunity to explore water safety, gradually gaining independence and confidence while learning vital life skills. Our team of instructors will inspire and embolden your child, helping them keep themselves, their friends, and their family safe in the water through a range of fun activities that lead towards a series of awards.

Rookie Lifesaving is aimed at children who have finished to Learn To Swim program. The scheme begins with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progresses to Stage 3 of the Gold Award; starting off at an ability level suitable for brand-new rookie swimmers and progressing to the level where our Rookie Lifeguards will understand vital first aid lessons and can perform impressive lifesaving tows, rescues and saves.

The first half an hour of these session will be ‘dryside’ learning, where our Rookie’s will learn vital first aid skills. The second half an hour is ‘poolside’ learning, where our Rookies will learn key lifesaving skills in the water, such as rescues.

The Swim Academy is currently undergoing an administration update to its systems and will not be taking on any new enquiries until September 2024. Please come back to us in September if you still require swimming lessons. Many thanks for your understanding.

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Suitable For : Those who have completed LTS

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Class Duration : 45 minutes

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When : Thursday’s at 17:30-18:30

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : £45.00 pcm (via direct debit)

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Memberships Included : None

Barracudas Club

Barracudas is for the more advanced swimmer. These run on a Tuesday 18:00 – 18.30 and Friday 18:00 – 18:45. The sessions help children work on their technique for all four strokes, starts, turns and use of the pace clock. They are the perfect option for those who wish to continue swimming after completing Stage 1-7 but don’t want to enter into the competitive world of swimming clubs. A great way to ensure your older child maintains the fitness benefits of swimming. The classes do not have a starting age, however swimmers do need to have completed their LTS Stage 7 to join.

The Swim Academy is currently undergoing an administration update to its systems and will not be taking on any new enquiries until September 2024. Please come back to us in September if you still require swimming lessons. Many thanks for your understanding.

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Suitable For : Those who have completed LTS

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Class Duration : 30 minutes / 45 minutes

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When : Tuesday and Friday evenings

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : £28.00pcm for 30 mins & £38.00pcm for 45 mins

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Memberships Included : None

1:1 Swimming Lessons

Some children (and adults) need more individual attention to help them develop their swimming skills. We offer 1:1 lessons for children or adults who want more support with either learning to swim or improving their swimming. Our friendly instructors help you build your confidence and develop your breathing and swimming techniques so you become a more confident and proficient swimmer. Alongside our 1:1 sessions, we also offer the option of 2:1 for siblings or friends close in ability.

The Swim Academy is currently undergoing an administration update to its systems and will not be taking on any new enquiries until September 2024. Please come back to us in September if you still require swimming lessons. Many thanks for your understanding.

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Suitable For : Anyone

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Class Duration : 30 minutes

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : 1:1 – £22.00 per session, 2:1 – £29.00 per session (£14.50 per person)

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Memberships Included : None

Family Swim

Enjoy swimming as a family! Bring your own floats, inflatables & toys to play with as a family. Family Swim takes place most Thursday mornings and Saturdays and Sunday daytimes during term time and at various times during the holiday too. It’s the perfect family activity to burn energy, have fun & spend some quality time together.

Call 01403 247572 to book your space. Check the Pool Timetable for Family Swimming times.

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Suitable For : Anyone

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Class Duration : 45 minutes

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : Members can bring up to 3 guests. Adult £4.50/Child £2.50

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Memberships Included : Full, Swim

The benefits of swimming lessons for children

Builds water safety skills

One of the most important benefits of swimming lessons for kids is that it teaches them critical water safety skills. With instruction on floating, treading water, and basic swimming strokes, children gain the ability to be safer and more confident in the water. Learning water safety rules, like never swimming alone, is also invaluable for kids’ wellbeing around pools, beaches, and other bodies of water.

Provides exercise

Swimming is a great form of cardiovascular exercise for children that works all the major muscle groups. It allows them to be active and burn energy in a fun way. Regular swimming helps improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall physical fitness. The non-impact nature of swimming makes it an ideal exercise for children that is easy on their developing joints.

Boosts coordination

Mastering swimming strokes requires balance, rhythm, and body awareness. The coordination required to swim helps improve children’s agility and spatial awareness. Being in the water also helps kids better understand where their bodies are in space, translating to improved overall coordination.

Builds confidence

As kids become more comfortable and skilled in the water, they gain confidence in their own abilities. Swimming lessons allow children to overcome fears and achieve growth in incremental steps. Seeing their skills improve over their swimming journey boosts kids’ self-assurance and sense of pride. This confidence can extend beyond the pool to other areas of life.

Provides Social Interaction

Group swimming lessons allow kids to interact with peers and develop social skills. They learn how to take turns, cooperate, and build relationships through the shared experience of learning to swim.

Join our swimming lessons in Horsham

Swimming is a life skill that everyone should learn. At Bluecoat Sports, we offer swimming lessons in Horsham for all ages. Our qualified teachers can help develop your child’s swimming abilities, whether they’re looking to learn basic strokes or train for competitions.

We’re also proud to offer adult swimming lessons to help adults overcome their fears and learn essential water safety skills. All our teachers are experienced, patient, and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Invest in yourself by signing up for swimming lessons today. Contact us at 01403 247572 or bluecoatsswimacademy@christs-hospital.org.uk to sign up for your first lesson.