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Impington Village College

Swimming Courses



Introduction to the Swimming lesson scheme

The Swim England Learn to Swim Programme is the national syllabus used to help teachers deliver swimming lessons. It ensures swimming lessons for all ages are delivered to a high and consistent standard. The all-inclusive programme takes non-swimmers on a journey through four specialised Frameworks. These start with the basics of learning to swim and end with advanced skills for sports such as water polo or diving. There is also a Framework for teaching adults to swim the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme.

Adult & Child Lessons (4 to 36 months)

These classes run throughout the school term and are aimed at giving your child their first experience of the water.  Through songs, games and support, the sessions aim to promote water confidence, alongside offering a social environment for both parents and children.

Lessons run on Wednesdays during the school term with our Instructor Zoe

4 to 18 months 11.00 – 11.30

18 to 36 months 11.30 – 12.00

Lessons are priced at £6.00.  Please contact reception for more information on 01223 200404

Classes for Children Aged 3+

Ducklings (3-5years)

For children aged 3+ these sessions will teach confidence and independence in the water working towards the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework (LTSF) Duckling 1 - 4 awards.

Stage 1 (5 years +)

Swim England Learn to Swim 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 arm bands and floats, throughout this stage. On completing this stage, children will be awarded the LTSF Stage 1 Award, as well as the 5m badge. 

Stage 2

Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 2 sees swimmers develop streamlining to their strokes and travel without their feet on the floor, 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. On completion of this stage, children will be awarded the LTSF Stage 2 Award and 10m badge.

Stage 3

During Swim England Learn to 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. On completion of this stage, your child will be awarded LTSF Stage 3 award and 15m badge.

Stage 4

Swim England Learn to Swim 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.  On completion of this stage, your child will be awarded the LTSF Stage 4 award and 25m badge.

Stage 5

During Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 5, swimmers will develop their skills in treading water, learn the correct arm pulls for all four strokes and learn how to do handstands and somersaults.  This means they will develop their technique and perform all strokes to the Swim England Expected Standards.  The emphasis is on ensuring all work done in the previous stages is developed further. On completion of this stage, your child will be awarded the LTSF Stage 5 award and 50m badge.

Stage 6

Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 6 teaches swimmers how to prepare for exercise, while developing an efficient technique for all four strokes and further developing surface dives.  The effective swimming skills taught include coordination, breathing and an understanding of water safety.  Within this stage, swimmers will work on all the other strokes, including streamlining, improving their technique with both their arms and their legs.  On completion of this stage, your child will be awarded the LTSF Stage 6 award and 100m badge.

Stage 7

Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 7 focuses on fully developing all four swimming strokes, as well as building stamina and improving diving skills.  Swimmers should develop a quality stroke technique for up to 100 metres, incorporating the skills they have learnt throughout the stages and combining them to develop a linked routine.  On completion of this stage, your child will be awarded the LTSF Stage 7 award and 200m badge.


IMPS Swim Squad

Squad B (LTSF Stage 8)

This is aimed at children who are in the early stages of competitive swimming wishing to develop stamina and stroke technique, who are already capable of competently swimming 200 metres using three different strokes. In order to enrol in this stage, they must have already completed Stage Seven. As well as the ability to swim 400 metres competently, this class teaches greater awareness of water safety and survival techniques.  On completion of this stage, your child will be awarded the LTSF Stage 8 award and 400m badge.

Squad A (LTSF Stage 9 and 10)

This is aimed at developing speed and endurance. Swimmers will have to be able to swim 400m in three different strokes.  As well as putting even more emphasis on speed and endurance, your child will learn how to execute correct race starts and turns, as well as swimming 800m.   On completion of this stage, your child will be awarded the LTSF Stage 9 and 10 awards and 800m badge.







Rookie Lifeguard Club

The club is for swimmers currently Stages 7+ Focusing on Lifesaving skills, CPR and First Aid and building fitness and stamina.  Following the Rookie and RLSS Lifesaving award syllabus, achieve life skills in a friendly environment with our qualified Rookie instructor.   Please visit for further information.

My Learn to Swim App

“Bring the fun of swimming lessons home and celebrate children collecting more Swim England Learn to Swim Awards by unlocking more characters and stickers as they progress through the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme.”

The My Learn to Swim app is available now on the App Store and Google Play.

We provide

• Friendly fully qualified Level 2 swimming teachers
• Our lessons are designed by swimming experts in accordance with the ’Swim England Learn to Swim’ programme
• Access to HomePortal – our online tool which allows you to track your child’s progress
• Our lessons run during the school term so you only pay for 3 blocks a year
How to enrol
• Register your interest at Reception or with our Swimming Lesson Co-ordinator by emailing If we have places we will book you there and then.
• You can join the course at any time during the term.
• A FREE assessment is available if you are unsure of your child’s ability.
• Your first payment will be taken at Reception and payments for re-enrolments will be managed online.
• All fees to be paid by the date specified.
• There will be no reminders and failure to do so will result in the offer of the place being withdrawn.
• Badges and certificates are not included and available for an additional cost.

Parent Portal

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Terms and Conditions

Cancellation by Impington Sports Centre:

Impington Sports Centre reserves the right to cancel any of its courses or sessions without notice.

Cancellation by the customer:

ONLY prolonged sickness (i.e. more than 4 weeks) supported by a medical certificate will be considered for a pro-rata refund or credit. For cancellations other than sickness an administration charge of £10.00 will apply in each case.

Medical notes:

Any medical information that may affect your child’s ability to learn to swim, needs to be recorded on the enrollment form. This information is kept in strict confidence and is only given to the teacher to assist in their instruction of your child. If your child suffers from Asthma or is taking any other form of medication, please ensure that it is brought on to poolside.


Assessment is continuous and you can check your child’s progress by logging on to the “Parents HomePortal”. If you have queries regarding your child’s progress please contact the Swimming Lesson Co-ordinator who will put you in touch with the teacher.


All accompanying persons must remain in appropriate waiting areas and should not in any way disturb the teacher or lesson. There is a strict NO SPECTATING policy on poolside. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress with a teacher, please leave your name and telephone number at reception or email the Swimming Lesson Co-ordinator. We kindly ask parents/guardians not to wait in the changing room area during lessons.

Our Teachers:

All teachers are Swim England Level 2 qualified and have the authority to move any individual that has been placed in an unsuitable class or whose behaviour persistently disrupts the lessons. The teacher will discuss this with the parent or you will be contacted by the swim lesson co-ordinator.

Injury, Loss or Damage:

Impington Sports Centre does not accept liability for any personal injury or loss or damage to property however caused. Personal belongings should be locked in the lockers provided (require £1 or locker token) and not left in the cubicles changing area.

Private Swimming Lessons

We offer 30 minute lessons on a 1:1 and 1:2 basis. Lessons are available during general swim times on the pool timetable. Each lesson lasts half an hour and must be booked and paid for at Reception before the lesson starts. Dates and times can be arranged with the instructor directly. We will allow a maximum of 2 people to attend a lesson together who are usually siblings or friends and it is advised that swimmers are of a similar ability. PLEASE NOTE: we do not offer a refund for cancellation or non-attendance at lessons under any circumstances or reschedule lessons. Enquiries should be made through the Swim Lesson Co-ordinator.

Holiday Crash Courses

During the school holidays we offer 30 minute intensive crash courses for Non-swimmers and Beginners. These courses are designed to build confidence to give children a head start or as a complement to our term time lessons. In addition we offer specialist activities including Rookie Lifeguards, Diving, Water Polo and Synchro tasters. Check and holiday brochures for details of upcoming courses. Email enquiries to

Junior Swim Prices (from 1st September 2019):

30 minute lessons


£6 per lesson

‚Äč60 minute lessons


£7.75 per lesson

Private Lesson 1-1(30 mins)


£17.50 per lesson

Private Lesson 1-2 (30 mins)


£26 per lesson


Badges and certificates will be charged at £4.00.

Adult Swimming Courses

We offer lessons for adults of all ages and abilities.  The Beginner and Intermediate classes run throughout the school term.

Lessons run on Wednesdays during the school term with our Instructor Sara

Beginner 11.00 – 11.45

Intermediate 11.45 – 12.30

Lessons are priced at £8.20.  Please contact reception for more information on 01223 200404

"Generation 9" RLSS UK NPLQ Courses with AED and PXB

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most widely recognised Lifeguard Qualification in the UK with over 33,000 Lifeguards gaining the NPLQ every year. This course is an excellent way to start working in the leisure industry and provides valuable skills which can be used throughout your life.

Every candidate must be 16+ years (prior to assessment), must attend the full course (min 36hrs) and meet the following basic fitness criteria:
Jump/dive into deep water
Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back
In deep water, tread water for at least 30 seconds
Surface dive to the floor of the pool
Climb out unaided without ladder/steps

Next NPLQ Course Details:

Dates - TBC
Assessment Date - TBC
Course Cost inc materials: £275


Please note: 100% attendance is required.
To register your interest or request an enrolment form, contact