School Swimming



As well as our highly successful ‘Learn to Swim’ programme, we are keen to support national curriculum swimming requirements. Using our unique framework of teaching swimming, delivered by an excellent team of specially trained swimming instructors, we provide a great opportunity for teachers and children to celebrate their swimming journey in outstanding facilities. Our high quality school lessons are designed to show that learning to swim should be a fun and rewarding experience.

Of course, teaching a child to swim is the main objective, but our school lessons also reward important values and behaviours as children progress. As they move along the pathway based on the ASA’s official ‘Learn to Swim Framework’, the children also receive certificates based on a range of important life skills such as showing Kindness, Respect, Courage and Determination.

Benefits of this unique school swimming offer:

  • Commitment to learning to swim 83% of pupils reach 25m national curriculum standards
  • Co-ordinator available as point of contact for school;
  • 2 or 3 highly trained SwimStars teachers leading each session;
  • Low teacher-child ratios;
  • Fantastic facilities at Total Fitness, including usage of both teaching and main pools;
  • Opportunity for teachers/staff to assist in session if desired;
  • Swim Meet put on by us for participating schools (minimum 5 schools)
  • SwimStars rewards scheme for all children, including distance certificates for those exceeding 25m.


As partners of Everyone Active, SwimStars will be taking part in their annual celebration of school swimming, The Big School Swim.

Organised by Swim England, this event saw 160 primary schools and 4,800 children across the country join in last year, sharing photos and stories about their experience of school swimming.

We're engaging schools that follow the SwimStars programme and share our belief that teaching children to swim before they leave primary school is an essential life skill.

To thank schools for helping us in our mission to create swimming opportunities for all, we're offering pupils the chance to take part in our SwimStars School Competition.


Visit the Big School Swim page to find out how you can get involved!



The feedback we receive from teachers and pupils inspires us to keep inspiring them...

‘The level of swimming coaching has been excellent. The teaching in particular of the non-swimmers with Dan was Superb. He was so good with them all and managed to get them all loving swimming, swimming on their own and wanting more which is fantastic. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to your team for all their efforts.’

Steve Shaw, Deputy Headteacher, Lacey Green Primary School

‘Our children have had the best quality programme from BASS. Exceeding expectations: Caring and passionate coaches, great administration and great value for money. 80% of our students can now swim 25m unaided and EVERY participant is vastly more confident and competent than before the programme started. We are completely delighted with the outcomes.’

Kev Byrne, School Sport and Health Development Leader, Bebington High Sports College

‘Just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising today’s swimming event.The children thoroughly enjoyed it and came back to school buzzing with excitement and joy! One of our pupil’s dreams came true today too - she has held Rebecca Adlington in her sights as her greatest role model: you can imagine her delight today as an aspiring swimmer! Brilliant to see our girls having amazing female sporting role models - the impact of this is immeasurable.’

Miss Browning, Class Teacher, Walmsley Church of England Primary School


And here's what some of the children had to say...

‘I wish you could teach us forever and ever because that would be amazing! I am so excited that you got to teach me front crawl. MISSION COMPLETED!’


‘You are a fantastic teacher. I’m sure everyone enjoyed it just as much as me. I really enjoyed the games. We all missed you the moment we left Total Fitness. So once again, thank you.’


‘I would like to send you this letter to thank you for being my swimming teacher. It has been a honour to swim for you.’


‘I’m writing to thank you for being 4C’s fabulous swimming instructors. My confidence has grown to be an attractive flower! My technique is better too, you’ve helped me a million. Thank you!


‘I am writing to thank you, the best ever swimming instructors in the universe. My confidence has shot up amazingly over my time with you.’



For further information and a personal discussion on how we can work with your school, please contact Business Development Manager Chris Pearce on 0161 694 7929 or