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Due  to a technical problem,RIBSTON HALL pool is currently closed.  We are running RH classes at STRS pool instead.

24 Sept - We still have spaces at all levels.  We have taken on a lot of new students this term, and will need a few weeks to get everyone settled in before accepting new ones.  Apologies for not responding to new enquiries immediately.  Thank you for your patience - we will contact you as soon as we can.



Childrens Swimming Lessons - Gloucester & Cheltenham area

"My child has been having lessons elsewhere, can swim more or less, but doesn't seem to be making any real progress"

"My child is getting left behind"

"My child hates going to their current swimming lessons"

"They swim up and down each lesson but don't seem to learn anything"

If this sounds familiar to you, we are confident you will find our approach refreshingly different.


Our GROUP LESSONS have a maximum of 4 students. We teach in the water, rather than standing on the side shouting orders and blowing whistles. And we lead by example – our teachers demonstrate as well as explain. In other words we practice what we preach.

We also offer PRIVATE LESSONS - more details here.

Lessons are conducted in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. For younger children especially, the emphasis is largely on games and water confidence. But our games are designed to "teach without teaching", not just for amusement. For example, it’s much easier to get a youngster to put their face in the water if you give them something to look at, rather than treating it as a task in its own right.

For older children, we give them enough theory to make them educated swimmers, but not so much that we blind them with science.

We teach our students good habits from the outset. We don’t subscribe to the theory that time and repetition will somehow sort everything out – we think repetition of bad habits just reinforces them. We would rather see our students doing a basic exercise properly than swimming a whole stroke badly. But rest assured, that doesn’t mean boring repetition of dull drills; we keep it interesting and engaging. 

Like most swim schools, we generally take on children aged 4 upwards.  This is in accordance with ASA recommendations as to their physical and mental development.  Also we get a lot of older children coming to us who for one reason or another haven't got on with lessons elsewhere.


START ANY TIME. We run our children’s swimming lessons during school terms. Most parents book before each new term starts; but if you miss the start of term, don’t assume you have to wait till the next one. So long as we have space, you can start any time and simply pay pro rata to the end of the current term.

TERM DATES 2021-22

Autumn Term 2021

Starts on 11-12 September
Half-term weekend off 30-31 October
Ends after 11-12 December

Spring Term 2022

Starts on 08-09 January
Half-term weekend off 26-27 February
Ends after 02-03 April

Summer Term 2022

Starts on 30 April - 01 May
Half-term weekend off 28-29 May (Bank Holiday weekend) 
Ends after 16-17 July


TIMES (school terms only)

Saturdays  1.00pm - 5.15pm.
Sundays     9.00am - 5.00pm.  


Sundays     9.00am - 1.15pm.  





Stroud Rd


PRICES - children's groups

Our groups have a maximum of 4 students. Classes are 30 minutes, including a brief changeover.

Fees work out at £10.00 per lesson.  

You can pay for a term at a time;  or join our monthly payment plan.  (Both schemes are direct debit).