Learning to swim is a key life skill for any child!

We deliver the Swim Wales Learn to Swim programme which teaches children the skills and techniques to stay safe around water and enjoy the health benefits of aqua based activities.

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Bubbles provides a fully supported introduction to the aquatic environment for babies and young children with an accompanying adult, specifically aimed at children aged 0-3 years. 

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Splash encourages a young child’s increasingly independent and guided discovery of the aquatic environment to develop water confidence, specifically aimed at children aged 3+.  

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Newport Live Academies offer children the opportunity to progressively develop their swim technique and skills in a fun and enjoyable environment.

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Academies 1 – 6

Following Swim Wales Learn to Swim programme, our Academies focus on the development of all four swimming stroke techniques and skills required to progress into an array of aqua based activities.

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Academies 7 & 8

Focuses on advanced and varied swim technique and skills.

Academies 7 and 8 are part of the City of Newport Swimming and Polo Club, providing the opportunity for swimmers to train at a competitive level or learn specialised aquatic skills.

Annual Swim Wales membership is required for swimmers looking to compete, for more information visit swimwales.org

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Swimming Challenge Awards are for young people working towards the latter stages of Learn to Swim, with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honours Awards available.

Your children will be challenged to develop a wide range of skills and stamina in order to achieve the awards, with a focus on good stroke style.

Stroke style for the Swimming Challenge Awards do not have to comply with ASA law, but strokes must be co-ordinated, smooth, and efficient.

Upon successful completion of the Swimming Challenge Awards children can progress on to Academy 7 and 8, the Rookie Lifeguard programme, swim squads and water polo.

Children must have passed Academy 6 before embarking on the Swimming Challenge awards.


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Junior Swim Lessons

We offer swim lessons for slightly older children who are looking start their Learn to Swim journey. Lessons will focus on skills and development as well as water safety enabling children to partake in aqua based activities. 

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Home Portal

Manage your child’s lessons online with Home Portal. Simply login and track you child’s progress against the set criteria for their current stage of swimming lessons. You can also move your child to a different a class once they have passed their designated stage.

To register for Home Portal, you will need:

  • Your child's card ID, which can be found on your child's swim card. Alternatively, contact us on 01633 656757 or email [email protected]
  • Your child's date of birth
  • Either an email address or postcode matching the one recorded in our database
  • Go to newportlive.leisurecloud.net/Homeportal
  • You will then have the option to register all children using the same email address
  • An activation email will be sent, upon receiving this email activate your account following the on-screen instructions

1 to 1 Swimming Lessons

1 to 1 Swim Lessons are offered at all three pools and are ideal if your child needs additional swim instruction to complement their existing lessons or as an alternative to the weekly swim lesson programme.

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Swimming Lessons for Children with Additional Needs

We also offer lessons for children with additional needs.

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Welsh Language Swimming Lessons

We also offer swimming lessons taught through the medium of Welsh.

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Learn to Swim Wales FAQs

Find answers to our most frequenly asked questions about the Learn to Swim Wales framework and scheme of work. 

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Swimming Lesson Monthly Membership

The swimming lesson monthly membership is available at a cost of £21 per month. To sign up for the Direct Debit membership call 01633 656757 or speak to reception.

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