Starting Blocks

Swim School

Learn to swim & improve your swimming technique with us!

Starting Blocks is a fun place to learn to swim safely and confidently.

Learning to swim is an important life skill and also a great way to keep Fit and Healthy.

We follow the National Plan for Teaching Swimming – Swim England.

Our courses run for 11 weeks during Spring, Summer & Autumn school term with a break through half term.

All group classes are small with no more than 6 students to 1 teacher.

We cater for ages from 3 upwards children and adults of all abilities, from nervous swimmers, beginners, intermediate and advanced.

No one should be excluded from being able to learn to swim! Call us or complete our enquiry form.

Under 5's

We have a class for 3-5 years at Astley Cooper School, these classes are for beginners. This class builds confidence in the water covering the Duckling Swim England awards. Our teachers are in the water with the children at all times, small groups with no more than 6 to one teacher. Classes are for 30 minutes. Children get a swim float and swim cap to keep and are awarded certificates at the end of each term.

Small Groups

Available at the Astley Cooper School for ages 5 and upwards we teach the Learn to swim Stage awards (Levels 1-10). Classes are for 30 minutes – Stages 1-3 and 45 minutes stages 3 and upwards.

No more than 6 students to one teacher. Children get a swim float and swim cap to keep and are awarded certificates at the end of each term.

Adult Groups

Based at Astley Cooper School, our Adult classes are adapted to the needs of the swimmers, we have three ability groups. Aqua-phobic or nervous swimmers, beginners and intermediates.

We work on the principle of removing the fear to gain the confidence to learn to swim. We understand that learning to swim later in life can be very daunting and we like to create a happy atmosphere allowing you to learn at your own pace and achieve your best potential

Aqua-phobic and beginners’ classes the Teachers support you from within the water. Our intermediate classes focus on improving technique & Stamina.

Our teachers are highly qualified and have lots of experience working with adults of all abilities.

121 / 221 Classes

We can offer 121 or 221 classes which range from 30 minutes to 1 hour and either at Astley Cooper School (Limited availability) or at the Holiday Inn Hemel Hempstead. Please see our price list for more information. These classes are designed to work closely with the student and help them towards joining the small group classes. Lot’s of people have different reasons for requesting a 121 so please enquire and we can discuss with you what the best options are.