Learn to swim

Learn to Swim at Derby Swimming pools

Our Learn to Swim programme at Queen's Leisure Centre provides the opportunity for every individual regardless of age or ability to learn and achieve their own personal goals at their own pace. We deliver the world leading Swim England Learn to Swim Programme for Pre-School, Child and Adult lessons - it's designed so you can learn all the skills you need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

We follow the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme for all both child and adult lessons - it's designed so you can learn all the skills you need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

To find out more about each stage of the programme and FAQ’s, including how you can sign up, click here.

If your child is already enrolled on our Learn to Swim programme, you can log in to the Home Portal here to track their progress.

Please keep reading for information on:

  • Adult lessons
  • Pre-school Lessons 
  • Learn to Swim Open Days 
  • Booster Lessons, for children on our Learn to Swim scheme.
  • Swim Techniques
  • Online enquiry form. 

New Adult Lessons

Female Learn to Swim Lessons
We now have female only learn to swim sessions, available on Wednesday 10.30am, with a female Swim Teacher. 

Adult Beginner Lesson 
New morning learn to swim session - Mon 10.30am - 11am

For more information complete the online enquiry below or call 01332 641444. 

New Pre school Learn to Swim 

These classes are for young swimmers starting their learn to swim journey and are designed to help babies and toddlers build water confidence and enjoy learning to swim. The lessons are taught from the side of the pool, a parent is required in the water. We encouraged parents to bring a bath toy from home for the lessons

Lesson are in the Teaching Pool 

Pre-school session 1 & 2   0 - 18 months   Mon & Wed  11am - 11.30am
Pre-school session 3 & 4   18 months to 3 years  Mon & Wed  11.30am - 12 noon

Learn to Swim Open Days

Derby Active Learn to Swim is offering the opportunity for children to come and try out our swim lessons for free in the School holidays. 

Have you ever thought you would like to find out more about swimming lessons, or give your child a chance to try before committing to a block of lessons? 

Well come and try a Learn to Swim lesson with our qualified Swim Teachers. 

Sessions will be 30 minutes, split into swimming ability and will involve:

  • an introduction to our Learn to Swim scheme
  • meeting the Swim Teachers
  • and your child taking part in a swim lesson for FREE. 

Holiday dates: 

Friday 30 October 

Stage 1-3        9am - 10am

Stage 4-7        10.30am - 11am 

Pre-school 3-5 years  11.30am - 12 noon (with a parent)

Sessions are FREE. 

See Swim England's stages 1 - 7 class descriptions to help you see the best class to join, or just give Queen's Leisure Centre a call on 01332 641444 and we will happily discuss with you. 

Register your interest by emailing queens.sports@derby.gov.uk, call 01332 641444 or complete our online enquiry form which can be found at the bottom of this page.

You must book in advance. 

Learn to Swim Booster Sessions 

Is your child already on the Derby Active Learn to Swim programme? If yes, do you want to give them an extra boost to support their swimming or confidence in the water? 

Why not join our holiday booster swim sessions, led by our Swim Teachers? 

Holiday Booster Sessions:

Tue 27, Wed 28 & Thu 29 October 


Teaching Pool

Gala Pool


Stage 1

Stage 4


Stage 2

Stage 5


Stage 3

Stage 4


Stage 1 (Except Wednesday)

Stage 5

£6.40 each session 

To book call Queen's Leisure Centre on 01332 641444 or email queens.sports@derby.gov.uk

Booster Class Terms and Conditions

1. Boosters are bookable on an individual date basis.

2. Concessionary & discounted prices unavailable.

3. Boosters bookings must take place within the designated period.

4. 25 minutes of tuition including 5 minutes administration.

5. Booster swimmers must be in the relevant stage on the Learn to Swim programme.

6. Cancellations must be made by contacting Queen's Leisure Centre at least 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 48 hours will not be eligible for a refund.

7. Derby Active reserve the right to cancel a session in advance. Customers will be offered movement into another class if appropriate, if the alternative class is not suitable a credit note or refund will be issued.

8. All sessions must be booked and paid for in advance.

9. These lessons are to improve and enhance swimmer ability and do not feed directly into any assessment criteria, awards or changes in swimmer percentages on CoursePro.

10. Boosters are available to Learn to Swim members only, the swimmer must be booked onto a lesson at the time of the Booster lesson.

11. These terms and conditions apply and should be read in conjunction with Derby Active’s and Queen’s Leisure Centre’s terms and conditions.

Swim Techniques and Tips with Derby Active Swim Teachers. 

Our Swim Teachers have been busy creating you a few videos to help you at home improve your swim techniques and help you with a few tips for swim equipment.

Learn to Swim enquiry form

If you're interested in learning to swim, simply fill in this form and we'll get in touch to talk through your options and find the best session for you!


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