Swimming Lessons

Swimming is a sport for all – it is an inclusive activity for people of all ages, all sizes, all abilities and all backgrounds, whether using this hugely popular sport for fun, fitness, health or wellbeing.

At the Pickaquoy Centre, we offer a range of classes to cater for all ages and abilities, from toddler to adult. Regardless of whether you are a complete beginner, or looking to improve your technique, our trained Swimming Instructors can help you to reach your goals.

See below for children's swim lessons, or follow this link to learn more about Adult Swim Classes.


Early Years Swimming Lessons

Adult & Baby (6 months-15 months)
To introduce the adult & baby to a swimming environment & develop the confidence & skills of the adult to ensure the safe & effective handling of the baby in the water.

Aquafun (15 months-3.5 yrs)
To encourage independent movement & develop the water confidence & core aquatic skills of the toddler through structured play.


Learn to Swim

We run Learn to Swim courses during school term time throughout the year. The course content follows the National Framework for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland; representing affiliated clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway, from development and healthy living through to performance. The Learn to Swim courses are split into the following levels: 

Pre-school (Age 3 - 5yrs)
To become water confident & develop core aquatic skills (without adult assistance but with buoyancy aids as required)

Swim Skills 1 (Age 4+ if completed Pre-school, 5+ without completing pre-school)
To further develop water confidence & develop core aquatic skills without aids.

Swim Skills 2
To increase the competency of the core aquatic skills & develop basic stroke technique.

Swim Skills 3
Introduce more advanced stroke technique & achieve Triple S standard.

Swim Skills 4
To improve the quality of stroke technique, introduce multi-aquatic skills/disciplines & basic lifesaving skills.

Club Ready
To improve & maintain stroke technique over distance & develop basic training & race skills producing a swimmer who is “Club Ready”.


Bronze, Silver & Gold

Through your child’s journey in the Learn to Swim Programme your child will be working towards attaining the National Standards, these are split into three levels - Bronze, Silver & Gold.

Becoming Water Confident

Developing a Safer Swimmer

Achieving Aquatic Confidence

More information in regards to the Learn to swim Frame programme & National Standards can be found (link to leaflet). For further information about Scottish Swimming, activities to enhance your child swimming & the Learn to Swim Programme please visit the Scottish Swimming Learn To Swim website.


Adult Swim Classes

This class is designed especially for those who would like some help and advice on their swimming technique and confidence in the water. Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to improve on your swimming, we aim to help you reach your goals while helping  you to feel comfortable too. The adult swim classes are delivered weekly and the course block must be booked in advance. 

Adult Beginners
To introduce adults to the swimming pool environment, where they can learn the core aquatic skills & early introduction to basic stroke techniques. This is a private session held out with public swimming times.

Adult Improvers
To introduce more advanced stroke techniques across numerous strokes, to aid swimming competence across further distances. This is a private session held out with public swimming times.

As well as the adult swim classes, we also offer Skills & Drills, Masters Swim and Power Swim which are coached swimming classes that run as part of our Group X classes. Please see the Pool Timetable for session times.

Any further information needed in regards to swimming lessons or your child's progress, please email the Courses team.