Learn to swim at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre

Uttoxeter Leisure Centre offers children and adults a quality swimming lesson scheme. This modern facility provides a quality swim scheme in a fantastic new centre. The new facilities offer a safe learning environment for the swimmer, whilst providing the perfect location for spectators.

Using the ASA ‘Learn to Swim’ framework, provides quality tuition to both children and adults. Course prices are competitive and offer remarkable value for money.

The swimmers ‘journey through aquatics’ at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre begins at Aqua Babes and Tots for children from 18 months to 4 years old. At 4 years, children move to the stage framework 1 – 7 to develop core skills, before reaching stages 8, 9 & 10 where more specialist skills are taught. Adult lessons are tailored to suit ability and provide a separate skill framework.

Why learn to swim

Swimming is not only one of the safest and most popular forms of exercise, it’s a life skill and vital that young people are given the opportunity to learn to swim for their own safety. Children who do not have the opportunity are unlikely to swim as an adult as part of a healthy lifestyle.

It is so important that you support your child in learning to swim – research into school swimming in 2012 revealed that 1 in 3 children leave primary school unable to swim. 1 in 6 parents said they never take their child swimming, yet 98% of parents agreed that every child should be able to swim when they leave primary school.

By learning to swim from an early age, your child is more likely to enjoy swimming opportunities in the future; the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway creates competent, confident and safe swimmers with a wide skill base to help them reach their potential in swimming and other fun water-based activities such as water polo, diving, canoeing, sailing and snorkelling.

Current term dates: Click here for the current swimming term dates.


Our private lessons are suitable for any one 3 years and above, the one-to one tuition with our qualified swimming teachers helps swimmers reach their potential with hands on, focussed teaching in a fun and friendly environment. Swimmers can still focus on the ASA learn to swim stages or individual goals and skill building. Due to the one-to-one with the swimmer and teacher these lessons really can be tailored to the customer’s requirements.

To enquire about private swimming lessons please call our swimming coordinator Emily on 01283 508162 or email emily.tomkinson@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Aqua Babes

Our Aqua Babes classes are suitable for children 18 months to 3 years. This teacher led class encourages parents to get in the water with their children and help to build their confidence and skill. This is the perfect introduction to group swimming lessons for any child.

Badges to be achieved in this class are:

  • Babes 1, 2 and 3
  • Duckling 1

Aqua Tots

Aqua Tots classes are foundation lessons that are available for children 3-4 years. They focus on pool safety awareness and basic swimming movement through play and help to build your child’s confidence in a safe and friendly environment.

The classes are taught by swimming teachers working directly with your children in the pool whilst another swimming teacher will be providing encouragement and instruction from the poolside. This helps to develop the child’s core skills quickly and offers piece of mind to the parent.

The class is a great building block and allows a simple transition through to the ‘Learn to Swim’ stage framework when the time is right.

Badges to be achieved in this class are.

Duckling 1, 2 and 3

Stages 1 - 7

Stage 1

Develops basic awareness in the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc. Teacher support in the water is provided.

Badges to achieve are:

  • Stage 1, Puffin

Stage 2

Develops safe entry to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and unaided rotation to regain upright positions. Swimmers working down to one armband and less teacher support.

Badges to achieve are:

  • Stage 2, 5m

Stage 3

Develops safe entry including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.

Badges to achieve are:

  • Stage 3, 10m

Stage 4

Develops the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes and swimming 15 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA.

Badges to achieve are:

  • Stage 4, 15m

Stage 5

Develops sculling, treading water and survival skills, refining arm technique for all strokes and also performing all strokes to the given standard as directed by the ASA.

Badges to achieve are:

  • Stage 5, 20m

Stage 6

Develops effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing, developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.

Badges to achieve are:

  • Stage 6, 25m, 50m

Stage 7

Develops quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 - 7.

Badges to achieved are:

  • Stage 7, 100m, 200m

Stage 8 - Competitive Swimmer

The stage 8-10 Competitive Swimmer awards are the perfect progression from Stages 1-7 and a great introduction to swimming competitively as well as for enjoyment. Skills such as, racing starts and turns will be taught with a focus on stamina and stroke technique.

Badges to be achieved are:

  • Stages 8, 9 and 10 competitive

Stage 8 - Rookie Lifeguard

Developed by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK in conjunction with the ASA, the Rookie Lifeguard Awards offer parents the comfort of knowing their children are aware of the dangers of swimming in open water. The Bronze, Silver and Gold stage awards ensure children have a solid safety education, and have learned rescue and resuscitation techniques.

Badges to be achieved are:

  • Rookie Bronze 1, 2 and 3, Rookie Silver 1, 2 and 3, Rookie Gold 1, 2 and 3


The Uttoxeter Leisure Centre ‘Learn to Swim’ follows the ASA Adult Framework. It is part of the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway and your guarantee of structured swimming development. Our lessons run on a Thursday morning 9am-9:45am and 9:45am-10:30am and participants are split into differing abilities in those sessions, with on teacher on the side and a second in the water. The Pathway is an all-inclusive programme which takes the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water, whatever their age.

  • Rookie Bronze 1, 2 and 3, Rookie Silver 1, 2 and 3, Rookie Gold 1, 2 and 3