Lessons and development

As swimmers learn and develop we encourage and mark their progress in both swimming skills and distances using Swim England, RLSS and STA national awards. This framework provides a comprehensive lesson development guide for our teachers.

Each swimmer receives an individual record card to mark his or her own progress — we want swimmers to feel pleased with their development as well as having fun while they learn.

Read our National Plan for Teaching Swimming parental guide. See our syllabus for badges.

We start our classes with Adult & Child (following first inoculations) called Adult and Child in our weekly timetable. Once children are happy to let their carers go, we are happy to have the children swimming without their carers in the water, and then take individual swimmers and non-swimmers from approaching four years old.

At the beginner level we have in-water assistant helpers in water shallow enough to stand in, before moving on to deep widths. At this stage, we emphasise swimming technique and water confidence rather than distance.

Once swimmers have good technique and strength, we move them on to lengths classes.

As the learning progresses, we begin to introduce other aquatic activities in class, like water polo, synchronised swimming, diving and lifesaving.

IS there any literature I can read on the NPTS?

My boys love swimming with Aquarius! My oldest started as an absolute beginner, petrified of swimming, he’s doing lifesaving now. I highly recommend them. They’re brilliant.


Brilliant swimming club! Lisa is fantastic with my children, I highly recommend.


Thank you to you all, the standard of teaching is second to none and each and every individual involved in this club needs to be very proud of themselves.


So pleased with the persistence and patience of the teachers at Warlingham pool. My 6 year old has confidence in the water and enjoys going to class each week!


We just returned from our first class and it was absolutely fantastic! The children really enjoyed it, despite being very nervous to try somewhere new. I’d love to sign them up for the term.


As I have said, James’ swimming has improved so much in the last year, but more so his enjoyment which as much as anything has made it worth the while taking him. Thank you for this.


Jacob loved the lesson on Saturday so we’d love to come for the rest of the term.

Can I just say, we have been to a few different swim schools with varying standards however I found Aquarius to be really well run and it was so refreshing to have a higher ratio of staff to kids who were all attentive and engaged with the kids!


I just wanted to say how impressed I was with the teachers, they were so good with the children. In particular, Lisa was lovely with Robin while she was assessing if the classes would be suitable for him‎. Both boys would like to continue with the swimming lessons.


Just wanted to say thank you for all your help getting my girls on to the right lessons. They absolutely LOVE coming to Warlingham for their lessons so was exactly the right decision.

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