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Jubilee Swimming Academy

The Jubilee Swimming Academy (JSA) offers a wide range of services for children from 4 up to 16 years old including: weekly group swimming lessons; swimming crash course at a range of levels; and individual swimming assessments and programmes.

JSA Pathways Diagram
JSA Pathways Diagram

Our lessons cater for all abilities ranging from a non-swimmer to a competitive level swimmer.  All our instructors are Swim England or Swim Teacher Association (STA) qualified and have undergone an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Click on the JSA Pathways Diagram to view the range of lessons we have available.


Once your child is a part of JSA, they will be able to swim for FREE in between their lessons during regular General Swimming. Same age restrictions apply as with all child swims, except that those in academy squad may swim in adult lanes as well. Please note that we do offer water based fitness classes in the swimming pool. However, like all our fitness classes, a member must be at least 16 years old to participate.


The JSA follows the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).

Stage 1 Lesson
Stage 1 Lesson

The plan was produced by the National Governing Body for Swimming, Swim England, to help the delivery of swimming lessons. 

We offer classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. All lessons, even the Academy Squad, are 30 minutes long.

Summer term 2021

Day Start DateHalf TermEnd Date
Monday  13/09/2021 25/10/21 13/12/2021
 Tuesday 14/09/2021 26/10/2021 14/12/2021
 Wednesday 15/09/2021 27/10/2021 15/12/2021
 Thursday 16/09/2021 28/10/2021 16/12/2021
 Saturday 18/09/2021 30/10/2021 18/12/2021

*Our teachers continually assess the children throughout the term and we will move a child up to the next stage as soon as they are ready to move.


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays:

Stages 1-10 £97.50 (13 week term), Academy Squad £107.90 (13 week term)

Parents/guardians that have already paid for 11 weeks last term and haven't used any of it will simply need to pay an extra £15 or £16.50 (academy). This is because the upcoming term is 13 weeks.

To book group lessons fill in the online client information form to have your child added to our group lesson waiting list. Once on this list, we will contact you once we have availability.

Swimming Crash Course

There will be crash courses available for stages TBC Crash courses run 30 minute sessions each, Monday to Thursday. The lessons will be available TBC

Cost: TBC

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1.  Course Bookings

1.1  Group Lessons operate during school term times and are booked and charged for on a per term basis

1.2  Private Lessons are individual lessons tailored to the needs and objectives of the pupil. The number of lessons, times and associated costs will be agreed at the time of booking 

1.3  Intensive Training Courses (also referred to as Crash Courses) operate out of term time and are booked and charged for as a block of lessons

1.4  When making your course booking with JSA we will agree with you the type of course that you or your child will enrol on and the number of lessons, time and the agreed fees for the course. This will form the basis of the course booking. 

1.5  Classes will follow ratio guidelines in accordance with both Swim England and the Swimming Teachers Association.

1.6  Existing pupils taking Group Lessons will be offered renewal places prior to the commencement of the new term and will be advised of any changes in the time, location, price or other details of the new course provided on their report.

1.7  A student’s class allocation will try and take pupil preference into consideration in regard to day, time and ability level. The JSA will, at its sole discretion, offer you a place on the course of its choosing having considered the ability of the pupil, the composition of the classes and the wider needs of the school as a whole. Our intention is to provide a learning environment that is stimulating for all of the pupils concerned and ensure that the classes are balanced in ability and temperament.

2.  Payment and Confirmation

2.1  All Group Lessons and Intensive Training Courses are offered on a first come, first served basis and will only be confirmed once payment has been received in full. This applies to both new pupils and Renewal Places.

2.2  If you choose to accept the place offered then your booking will only be considered as confirmed once payment for the course has been received in full. Payment should be made prior to the first lesson of the course in question. If such payment is not made then JSA may, at its sole discretion, cancel your booking and JSA will not be obliged to teach the pupil.

2.3  The payment method will be advised to you as part of the booking process

3.  Cancelation and Force Majeure

3.1  If, after making a booking, you wish to cancel a course you may do so by contacting us in writing or by email within seven days prior to the commencement of the course. You will receive a refund of the tuition fee paid, less the pro rata cost of one lesson to cover the costs of administration.
If you decide to cancel the course after it commences JSA will not be obliged to provide either credits or refunds

3.2  If it becomes necessary for us to either cancel or reschedule lessons then either a replacement lesson will be offered a refund will be issued. All refunds are limited to the course fees only.

3.3  In the case where we have to close due to unforeseen circumstances or an incident outside of our control no refund or replacement lesson will be offered.

3.3.1  Such Force Majeure circumstances might include (but are not limited to) damage to the pool, severe weather conditions, power failures, industrial action, civil unrest and other events that JSA has no reasonable control over or prior knowledge of. 

4.  Attendance 

4.1  Pupils should be at poolside five minutes before the start time of their lesson fully prepared to participate.

4.2  Pupils that arrive late by more than 15 minutes, may be asked not to participate in the lesson if it is deemed that this might be disruptive to the other pupils. The JSA will not be obliged to provide a refund or credit for lessons missed by pupils.

5.  Changes 

5.1  If you wish to make changes to the days or times of courses you have already booked then please make us aware and we will try and find a suitable alternative.

5.2  If a teacher is unable to attend a class we will substitute the teacher with a qualified alternative. 

6.  Illness and Medical Conditions 

6.1  If your child has a pre-existing medical condition it is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to ensure that it is safe for the pupil to attend swimming lessons. Please make us aware of any such condition when booking your child’s lessons and we can then discuss potential risks and any necessary mitigation that might be required to ensure their health or safety is not put at risk.

6.2  We want to make swimming an accessible and enjoyable sport for all and will try to accommodate your child’s needs if we can.

6.3  If your child has developed an illness such as an ear infection, diarrhoea, chicken pox or conjunctivitis then please wait until your doctor has given the all-clear before returning to classes. In the instance of sickness or diarrhoea please ensure your child has been clear of all symptoms for at least 48 hours before attending a lesson.

6.4  Refunds are only offered on proof of medical condition, from local health care services. 

7.  Behaviour

Swimmers, parents, guardians, siblings and other associates must:

7.1  Observe any rules that are in effect at the facility that the lessons are being given in

7.2  Behave in a manner that is conducive to ensuring the safety of themselves and others

7.3  Ensure that their behaviour does not place anybody in a position of unnecessary risk.

7.4  In the event of a swimmer, parent, guardian or other associated party either refusing to follow an instruction from a member of staff, behaving in an unruly manner or causing damage to pool premises, fixtures, fittings or equipment then the pupil will not be allowed to continue their lesson and the party will be asked to leave.

7.5  In such an event JSA will have the right to terminate the contract without further notice, penalty or requirement to refund any fees. JSA also reserves the right to charge for any consequential costs.

8.  Complaints

8.1  We pride ourselves on offering the very best teaching and coaching to our pupils. If you or your child are not satisfied with some aspect of our service however then please let the teacher know in the first instance and we will try our best to resolve the matter.

8.2  If you are not satisfied with the explanation or outcome you receive as a result of speaking to a teacher then please direct your concerns directly to the Swim School Coordinator by emailing  

9.  Valuables

8.1  JSA will not accept liability for the loss of or damage to any personal effects brought to any session and you are therefore requested to ensure that no valuable items are brought to the swimming lessons

10.  Re-assessment 

10.1  If you are unhappy with your child’s progress once they have received their report, a re-assessment can be requested via reception, at additional cost of £7.25, to go through areas of concern, this will last no longer to 30 minutes

11.  Rules and Regulations

11.1  Parents must remain in the reception area at all times during their child’s lesson if your child is under 11 years of age.If you leave your child in our care, you must be in the local area to return quickly in an emergency.

11.2  Swimmers must shower before entering the pool.

11.3  Children aged 8 years and above should get changed in the correct sexed changing rooms.

11.4  Swimmers MUST WEAR a swimming hat, for reasons of hygiene & safety one silicone hat is provided per pupil. Alternative hats can be worn such as latex & cloth 

11.5  No outdoor shoes are to be worn on poolside – If you wish to speak to a swimming teacher then please either remove shoes & socks or put on shoe covers provided, before you go onto poolside.

11.6  There must be no recording, filming or photographic equipment including mobile phones with camera facilities used in the building. This is in accordance with terms and conditions and child protection rules. Please refer to STA Child Protection Guidelines, available on request.

11.7  By agreeing to a course with the Jubilee Swimming Academy you agree to the Terms and Conditions laid out above.

 Stage                      Age            Entry Criteria  Ability of children having completed the stage
Stage 1 From 4 Years Children with no previous experience of swimming. Development of water confidence and ability to kick 5m with two floats on front and back. 
Stage 2 From 4 Years Children with some swimming experience and some water confidence. Development of water confidence; being able to swim front paddle; and kick while on their back with no aids for 5m.
 Stage 3 From 4 Years Children who have completed stage 2, able to swim 5m with no aids.  Development of basic stroke technique for front crawl and backstroke; development of breathing. 
 Stage 4 From 4 Years Children who have completed stage 3 and able to swim 10m front crawl and backstroke; ensuring good body position. Development of front crawl and backstroke technique. Introduction on Breaststroke and Butterfly. 
 Stage 5 From 4 Years Children who have completed stage 4 and able to swim 25m of front crawl and backstroke. Basic understanding of butterfly and Breaststroke.  Further developing front crawl and backstroke. Working on Butterfly and breaststroke timing. Developing water skills somersaults and handstands. 
 Stage 6 From 4 Years Children who have completed stage 5 and able to swim 25m of all four strokes.  Development of correct timing of all strokes and correct breathing patterns. 
 Stage 7 From 4 Years Children who have completed stage 6. Able to swim 25m of all four stokes with correct breathing patterns.  Last stage of the LTS (Learn To Swim) framework. All children must be able to demonstrate all stoke to Swim England standards, working on stamina. 
 Stage 8 From 4 Years Children who completed the LTS (Learn To Swim) framework, this is the first step in competitive swimming.  Development of all four turns and working on stamina. Swimming longer distances to 400m whilst maintaining good technique. 
 Stage 9 From 4 Years Children who have completed stage 8 and able to demonstrate correct turns for all four strokes.  Development of all starts whilst remember under water kicking for 15m; practicing IM work.
Stage 10 From 4 Years Children who have completed stage 9 and able to demonstrate correct turns and starts from stage 8 and 9. Combining skills from 8-9 working on starts and relay take over. Being able to swim a distance of 1,500m with good stroke efficiency. 
Academy Squad From 4 Years Children who have completed stage 10, interested of further developing stroke technique. Developing stamina and stoke efficiency.

How long should my child spend in each stage?

A child can spend up to 3-5 Terms in each stage depending on their confidence and ability to pick up new skills. Some children may spend up to 5 terms and some may spend 2 terms in a stage. This all depends on the child's development.

How can my Child progress quicker through the stages?

The more your child practice the more they will improve their muscle memory and confidence in demonstrating each skill. Once a child is enrolled on swimming lessons, they receive free general swimming at Jubilee Sports Centre. Alternatively, you could book into crash courses to give your child an added boost.

What do I need to bring for my child swimming lesson?

Swimming shorts or swimsuit, towel and a swimming cap. We also recommend goggles, however this is not essential. 

Why is my child playing games?

Children learn through play and when they are having FUN they are more likely to try new skills.

When can a child move to the next stage?

A child can move up to the next stage, once they have passed all the required skills of the LTS (Learn To Swim) pathway.

What does Fair, Good and Pass mean?

  • Fair has not achieved the standard required
  • Good can achieve the standard but not consistently
  • Passed can perform the skill with consistent reliability

All children need to pass the whole criteria before moving to the next stage.

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