Swim School

Private Children’s Swimming Lessons

Exclusive & personalised learning for speedy progression of your child. Something not achievable in large group classes.


Our pool is located in Leigh-on-Sea and heated to a perfect temperature.

In our small classes of just 5 our expert teachers individually tailor lessons to suit ability and confidence levels.

Teaching your child to swim independently, beautifully and confidently, and to love and respect the water.

(8 weeks)
Group Class
(maximum 5)
(ages 5-12)
1-2-1 *
Children & Adults
(all ages)
2-2-1 *
(ideal for families)
Children & Adults
(all ages)
3-2-1 *
(ideal for families)
Children & Adults
(all ages)
* arrange your free Zoom consultation here
Group’s Timetable
StageWednesdayThursdayFriday (from Sept)
(limited availability)
15.40 (full) Join Wait List15.40
(limited availability)
216.40 (full)
Join Wait List
(limited availability)
(limited availability)
(limited availability)

With a maximum of just 5 children, classes run over the course of an 8 week term including school holidays to ensure continuity and consistency which aids their progression. Each term is just £157 and each child will receive a swim hat.

If a group setting is not the fit for your child then 1-2-1 options are available. Find out more here..

It’s good to talk

If you have any questions, or just want to register your child please get in touch by calling Mat on 07954 430 368 or by hitting that Whats App Icon and ask anything..


Leigh-on-sea – Situated a stones throw from Leigh Broadway our Pool in Station Road is the ideal location for your child to thrive.

We follow the Swim England Learn to Swim Awards which are about developing confident and competent swimmers through fun and enjoyment.

This Framework builds the skills and motivation needed to develop a lifelong love of water and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle through swimming.

Swim England

The Awards are divided into progressive stages & make up the core national syllabus and the backbone of swimming lessons for primary school aged children.

The Awards are designed to reward your child for their development of the essential aquatic skills they need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

Each of the Learn to Swim Stage Awards has a list of clear outcomes that need to be completed in order to gain each Award.

Stage 1 – Toe dippers

Stage 1 helps to build water confidence, while introducing water safety skills and the basic skills needed to build swimming ability.

Learners will develop basic safety awareness, learn basic movement skills and water confidence skills.

They will also be introduced to a structured class setting. Swimmers may use flotation equipment, such as floats, throughout this stage.

swimmers will develop their kicks, on both their front and their back

Learn more about Stage 1

Stage 2 – Explorers

Stage 2 sees swimmers develop streamlining to their strokes and travel using a recognised leg kick.

Swimmers are also introduced to aquatic breathing and taught to make safe entries into the water, including jumping.

They will develop basic floating and learn how to rotate to regain an upright position without support. All travel must be achieved without the use of flotation equipment, though buoyancy aids may be used when swimmers aren’t travelling. Learn more about Stage 2

Stage 3 – Adventurers

Swim Stage 3, swimmers will develop their kicks, on both their front and their back.

They streamline through push and glides, whilst also swimming underwater.

Swimmers will develop safe entries into the water, including submersion, and travel up to 10 metres on their front and back. Water safety knowledge and rotation skills will also be progressed. Learn more about Stage 3

Stage 4 – Seekers

Stage 4 sees swimmers perfect their leg kicks for all four strokes and further develop push and glides, while also being introduced to sculling.

They will develop an understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills and should swim 10 metres to the Swim England Expected Standards. Learn more about Stage 4

We teach children to be safe in and around the water, this includes knowing what to do should they fall into open water such as a lake or a river. Learning to swim is primarily a lifesaving/safety skill, so they will master water safety and swimming skills.

12:27 07 Mar 22
My daughter absolutely loves Mat’s swimming lessons. Each week I can see her confidence growing. She was very nervous in the water at first and Mat’s helped her so much. I highly recommend his swimming school.
Helen StammersHelen Stammers
10:45 06 Mar 22
My son loves attending Mat’s swimming lessons. He has really progressed since going and looks forward to each week. Mat is skilled at managing different children’s progress and adapting to what each child needs and can work towards. I would highly recommend!
Donna Bailey-PillowDonna Bailey-Pillow
17:21 05 Mar 22
Our son was not confident at all in the water without a water aid, but with Matt‘s encouragement and patience, he has come so far in such a short space of time (7 lessons). We had previously been to group classes before with a different club, but we totally recommend the 1-2-1’s with Matt, they have been well worth the money. Photos are, one week with Matt in the pool with him and the next with out him.
Anna WhyteAnna Whyte
11:09 05 Mar 22
My kids love coming to swimming lessons with Mat. He has really built their confidence and every lesson there is progress and fun. My children were quite late starters for swimming and so they definitely felt nervous but Mat has always made them feel safe and always encourages them without pushing them if they feel nervous so they never feel uncomfortable. I can see progress every week in their swimming and their confidence and always having a great time doing it! My youngest started off too nervous to even get in the water and now she jumps in with so much enthusiasm! It’s lovely to see and that’s all down to Mat!
Elizabeth dougallElizabeth dougall
15:31 04 Mar 22
Absolutely amazing standard of teaching. Having older children I have tried most swimming schools and Mat is by far the best!He is so patient, supportive, fun and pushes the children at their own pace. I would highly recommend Mat.
Stage 1

The early stages are really important for developing the building blocks for future technique and the skills that are learnt should be fun and enjoyable.

During Learn to Swim Stage 1, children will be encouraged to move around the pool and become confident with water on their face.

Once your child has completed Learn to Swim Stage 1, they will be able to unlock Harry the Hermit on the My Learn to Swim app.

Stage 2

Stage 2 further develops water confidence and teaches swimmers to breathe confidently while in the water.

Being confident with the face in the water, or having water on the face, is crucial to stroke development. Learning to be happy in the water at an early stage will allow swimmers to develop other skills more quickly later on.

This stage also introduces various safety skills, such as being able to float, while also developing a swimmer’s kicking ability, leading to independent travel in water.

Once your child has completed Learn to Swim Stage 2, they will be able to unlock Freddie the Fish on the My Learn to Swim app.

Stage 3

One of the fun areas of this stage is learning to go under the water to pick up an object.

This helps develop skills for a number of different disciplines, including synchro, diving and competitive swimming.

Once your child has completed Learn to Swim Stage 3, they will be able to unlock Sophia the Seahorse on the My Learn to Swim app.

Stage 4

By the end of this stage, swimmers are expected to have a clear ability to perform recognisable leg kicks for all four strokes.

Once your child has completed Learn to Swim Stage 4, they will be able to unlock Tilly the Turtle on the My Learn to Swim app.

The Team

Mat – Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach & Swim England Instructor

Sam – Level 2 Swim England Instructor

Matilda – Level 2 Swim England Instructor

The App

Download the My Learn to Swim app to have all the Learn to Swim Stage Award outcomes on your phone, plus unlock awesome rewards as your child progresses through their swimming journey.


What Stage should my child start in?

Swim Lessons: When to Start & what you Should Know

Learning to swim is an important life skill that can play a key role in helping to prevent drowning―a top cause of death among children. Children, and their parents, need to learn how to swim to help keep time in the water safe and fun!

When should my child learn to swim?

Children develop at different rates, and not all are ready to begin swim lessons at exactly the same age.  When making your decision, keep your child’s emotional maturity, physical and developmental abilities and limitations, and comfort level in the water in mind. Maybe group classes might not work so have you considered 1-2-1 tuition. Learn more…

Swim lessons for children ages 4 and up

By their 4th birthday, most children are ready for swim lessons. At this age, they usually can learn basic water survival skills such as floating, treading water and getting to an exit point. By age 5 or 6, most children in swim lessons can master the front crawl. If your child hasn’t already started in a learn-to-swim program, now is the time!