About our swimming lessons

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Swimming lessons are currently suspended as our sports centres are closed.

When we reopen, we will have a two-week swimming lesson enrolment. Existing customers will get priority booking during the first week of enrolment.

Read our Medway Sport coronavirus guidance in preparation for any visits.

The Strand

The Strand outdoor swimming and paddling pools will not open this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We understand that this will be disappointing news but the safety and wellbeing of visitors is our top priority. 

Find out more about The Strand updates

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More coronavirus updates

Drowning Prevention Week, 12 to 19 June 2020

Drowning can happen to anyone of any age. Around 700 people sadly lose their lives in avoidable drowning incidents, every year.

To ensure you know how to keep yourself and others safe, you can download water safety resourcesproduced for the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) annual Drowning Prevention Week campaign.

The free resources will help you be your own lifeguard. They'll show you:

  • how to recognise risks
  • what to do to minimise the chance of an accident
  • how to respond confidently and effectively, in an emergency situation

Watch a video on water safety, from Medway Sport:

About our swimming lessons

All of Medway’s swimming pools offer swimming lessons as part of the Medway Sport Swim Academy Programme. The lessons are for different ages and abilities, including:

  • parent and baby
  • baby to pre-school
  • beginners
  • improver
  • advanced

Our swimming lessons:

  • are given by fully qualified instructors who will guide pupils through the Swim England Learn to Swim programme
  • are taught every day of the week during term time
  • are held at Medway Park, Strood Sports Centre, Hoo Sports Centre and Splashes
  • offer the chance to gain distance awards
  • let you achieve levels and awards that are nationally recognised

Lifeguard training

We also offer rookie lifeguard training for those seven years and older. For swimming lesson details and course availability, email us on medwaysport@medway.gov.uk.

Swim England’s Learn to Swim Programme

Find out more information about the Learn to Swim Programme.