Swimming Lessons

Abbeycroft Swim Academy

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Every child in our Swim Academy is taught in a safe, supported environment surrounded by caring, qualified teachers. Your child will have the confidence to learn the skills they need and you can feel rest assured.

Our Swim Academy explained

Firstly children are assessed, free of charge, to determine their ability and which stage they should join at.

Once they join the academy, there’s continual progression and ongoing assessment of individual swimmers through a series of stages throughout the year.

See the full details of these stages, and the progression route

The lessons are usually once a week for approximately 30 minutes, we allow five minutes for administration, registers, updating iPods and checking medical information.

They run for a minimum of 50 weeks per year, with a 2-week break over the Christmas holiday.

There are also extended swimming development pathways, with clearer links to West Suffolk, Mildenhall and Newmarket Swimming clubs and other external options

Swim Academy Prices

Lessons can be paid for monthly by direct debit or by a single annual payment and all Swim Academy pupils are entitled to unlimited free casual swimming:

Direct Debit
From £24 for standard lessons
£43 for premium lessons (4 pupils to one teacher)

Annual payment for standard lessons

Please note we require 1 months notice to cancel your direct debit.

Private Lessons
£25 for a 1-1
£30 2-1

Adult First Swim – 16+ years

Looking to gain confidence in the pool? Or simply never learnt, but would like to? Well, it’s never too late!

Learn the basics of swimming where you’ll be supported at your own pace, helping you to get more confident in the water.

You’ll be surprised at how much fun can be had! Start your swimming journey with us today, with 4 weeks FREE at Bury Leisure Centre.

To book please call 01284 753496 or email swimming.bury.lc@acleisure.com

Baby’s First Swim – For babies under 18 months old

Encourage your little one to love the water with 4 weeks of Bury Leisure Centre’s fun and nurturing swimming lessons – completely FREE!*

Start your swimming journey with us today, by contacting the Swim Academy on 01284 753496 or by email swimming.bury.lc@acleisure.com

Easter Swim Crash Courses

At Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre:

Monday 6 April – Friday 10 April

10:00 – 10:30 Stage 1 Crash Course
10:30 – 11:00 Stage 2 Crash Course
11:00 – 11:30 Pre-school 3 – 4yrs Crash Course
11:30 – 12:00 Breastroke and Butterfly Stroke Clinic Stage 4+

Monday 13 April – Friday 17 April

10:00 – 10:30 Snorkelling / Diving / Water Polo Stage 5+
10:30 – 11:00 Stage 3 Crash Course
11:00 – 11:30 Stage 1 Crash Course

Plus availability for private 1:1 or 2:1 swimming lessons over the Easter Holidays:
1:1 – £25
2:1 – £30

At Haverhill Leisure Centre:

Monday 6 April – Thursday 9 April
8.30-9.00 stage 1, stage 3
9.00-9.30 stage 2, stage 3
8.30-9.30 Rookies – must have completed stage 5

Tuesday 14 April – Friday 17 April
8.30 – 9.00 stage 3
9.00 – 9.30 stage 5 & 6
8.30 – 9.30 Rookies – Must have completed stage 5

The cost is £21.00 for the 4 days.



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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do you run your programme throughout the year?

It has been clearly demonstrated that children progress more quickly in an all year programme. Long breaks, for example, summer holiday periods, can have a negative impact on a child’s progress in swimming lessons. We are also responding to ever changing demands and social patterns such as both parents working and grandparents involved in child care which demands more consistent activity.

How will my child’s progress be assessed?

Our teachers are experienced and qualified to deliver progressive, structured lessons, which follow the national plan for the teaching of swimming. Your child’s progress will be continually assessed which means they can progress at any point rather than having to wait for everyone to meet the criteria.

At Abbeycroft Leisure, we take the progress of our swimmers very seriously. So, if the swimmer’s progress has not been updated after a lesson or if you feel like your child is not progressing, we offer a free assessment with our Swimming Co-Ordinator

Will there be a start date and end date to a term?

Continuous assessment means there are no start and end dates to a term as the programme runs throughout the year with only a two week break at Christmas

Do you run Holiday courses?

Yes we will be offering swimming courses during school holiday periods, we also offer opportunities to try other aquatic sports such as snorkelling and diving

What if I don’t want my child to have swimming lessons all year round?

If you are paying by direct debit you will be entitled to give 1-months’ notice to cancel your child’s session. The introduction of continuous assessment will make access to your preferred session easier when you decide to return

I have a payment issue or question

If you have a payment query, please click the relevant centre below to email the relevant member of the team.

I wish to cancel my membership

No problem.

Please note our swimming lesson cancellation policy:

If you wish to cancel your membership, please give us one months notice in writing.
Once the course has started we are not able to issue refunds or transfer lessons. In circumstances where a swimmer is unable to attend the course due to an illness, we are able to issue credit against future courses, if a doctor’s note is provided. A 25% administration charge will be applied to all credits issued.