Swim4Life - swimming lessons

Swim4life is our brand of swimming lessons for children aged 3 and upwards and we are the largest provider of children’s swimming lessons across the borough.

Swim4Life is sponsored by Ricoh UK Products Limited at pools across the borough and uses the latest technology to allow you to check your child’s progress online in the comfort of your own home.

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Why choose Swim4Life?

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  • Swim4Life uses the new Home Portal to enable you to view your child’s achievements and progress online.
  • Our Direct Debit packages make is easy and convenient to make payment.
  • Our instructors are friendly, encouraging and are fully qualified.
  • Badges awarded to your child on the completion of each level.
  • You are notified and can choose when your child has their lesson when they move onto the next stage.

How do I get started?

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Reception will provide you with an enrolment form prior to your child starting lessons. Once the application has been completed you will be allocated a place if one is available. If a place is not immediately available your details will be added to a waiting list and you will be contacted as soon as a vacant place arises.

How do I pay?

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Payments can be made in any of the following ways:

  • monthly direct debit
  • quarterly payments can be made by cash, cheque (payable to Telford & Wrekin Council, supported by valid guarantee card) or credit or debit card

Information required

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For quick and easy processing of the application we ask you to provide the following information:

Full name, address, email address, telephone number(s) - both daytime and evening, date of birth, TLC number (where applicable), any medical conditions your child may have and bank details will be required to enable sign up to the DD payment option.

Home Portal

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Follow your child's Swim4Life progress online.

View information about the Home Portal.


The all inclusive Swim4Life Programme works closely with you, your child and our qualified instructors to take your child from their first dip to developing water confidence and competence in a safe and pleasant environment.

How is the class organised?

The programme follows the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) National Plan for Teaching Swimming. A lesson is 30 minutes, and is available either on a weekday afternoon or during a weekend. Classes are taught by qualified and experienced swimming teachers. The pool area is divided by lane ropes to clearly designate the area appropriate to each class. Swimmers are additionally supervised by a qualified pool lifeguard. In the interests of continuity and quality of teaching, each lesson is assigned one named teacher.

If a place is not immediately available your details will be added to a waiting list and you will be contacted by telephone as soon as a vacant place arises. 

What is the lesson content?

The swimmers journey through aquatics' following the National Plan for Teaching Swimming will result in the development of a wide range of skills. These skills are a jigsaw of pieces and when put together result in a competent, confident and safe swimmer who then has the skills base for then developing technique in a wide range of water based sports.

Ducklings (under 5's)

The Ducklings awards are ideal for children aged 3-5 years and capable of following instructions. This stage encourages children to move independently within small groups whilst under the close supervision of instructors in the water. The Duckling awards are a perfect starting block for young swimmers to continue and progress into Stage 1 and beyond. There are 4 Duckling grades to be achieved. Buoyancy aids, such as woggles and shark fins, can be used for grades 1 to 4 as the children learn to float and get used to the water. By the end of the final grade the swimmers will be able to achieve the following:

  • jumping into the water
  • submerging
  • floating
  • swimming five metres without aids

Stage 1 and 2

Part one - by the end of this stage participants will, with or without aids, equipment or support, be able to:

Enter the water safely. Move forwards, backwards and sideways for a distance of 5 metres. Scoop the water and wash face. Be at ease with water showered from overhead. Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support. Regain an upright position from both the back and front, with support. Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall. Take part in a teacher led partner orientated game. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules. Exit the water safely.

Part two - by the end of this stage participants will, with or without aids, equipment or support, be able to:

Jump in from poolside safely. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged. Regain an upright position from both the back and front, without support. Push from wall and glide on the back and on the front. Travel on the front and back for five metres, aids or equipment may be used. Perform a rotation from both the front to the back and the back to the front to gain an upright position.

Stage 3

By the end of this stage participants will, without support, be able to:

Jump in from poolside and submerge. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back. Fully submerge to pick up an object. Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code. Travel ten metres on both the front and on the back.

Stage 4

By the end of this stage participants will, without support, be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy. Perform a tuck float for five seconds. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum three) whilst floating at the surface. Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor. Kick ten metres Backstroke, Front Crawl, Butterfly and Breaststroke (both on the back and front). Perform, on the back, a head first sculling action for five metres in a horizontal position. Travel on the back and roll in one continuous movement onto the front. Travel on the front and roll in one continuous movement onto the back. Swim ten metres, choice of stroke is optional.

Stage 5

By the end of this stage participants will, without support, be able to:

Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back. Perform a feet first sculling action for five metres whilst horizontal on the back. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation. Tread water for 30 seconds. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water. Swim ten metres Backstroke, Front Crawl face in the water, Breaststroke and Butterfly. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water. Demonstrate an action for getting help.

Stage 6

By the end of this stage participants will, without support, be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise. Sink, push off on the side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Backstroke and also into Front Crawl. Swim ten metres with clothes on. Swim Front Crawl, and Breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths. Swim Butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue. Perform a surface dive. Exit the water without using steps.

Stage 7

Swim 25 metres Backstroke, Front Crawl, Breaststroke and Butterfly. Perform a movement sequence of one minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of skills. Perform a sitting dive. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke. Swim 100 metres, using three different strokes. Tread water using egg beater action for 30 seconds. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the bottom throughout.

Lessons are for total beginners through to the more advanced incorporating water confidence and stroke improvement. Lessons will enable children to work towards the ASA distance award badges.

Aquababies (3 months – 3 years)

A fun, innovative and effective session for the introduction to water for young children. These sessions are for babies three months to three years. It introduces babies to their first water skills such as water confidence, submerging, free movement and parent and baby interaction in the water. The sessions are on a course basis of ten weeks and follow a structured lesson plan.

Rookie lifeguard (8+ years)

As a rookie you will learn special lifesaving skills to help you save yourself and know what to do if others get into difficulty in the water. The awards contain survival, rescue and sport skills as well as life support and water safety elements so they are great fun to do.

Lifesaving (12 years and over)

Lifesaving awards can be used to increase swimming ability, improve fitness and train lifelong skills that could ultimately save a persons life. All awards are designed to be enjoyable and stimulating and all contain the key survival, rescue and sports skills as well as life support and water safety.

Junior classes are available and have been developed to bridge the gap between 1-1 lessons and mainstream classes. Fully qualified ASA swimming teachers deliver the lessons, with a  ratio up to 1-4, with enhanced knowledge of disability and cater for all abilities from beginner and upward. The emphasis is on learning through fun! Sessions will follow a number of the ASA Awards and swimmers will work towards accessing mainstream swimming lessons.



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