Swimming Lessons at Trafford Leisure in Trafford Greater Manchester

Swimming Lessons

The Swim Well programme caters from 4 months to adults providing a complete pathway for the non-swimmer right through to competitive club swimmers.

Regardless of age or ability, the journey through aquatics will be exciting, fun and will result in the development of a wide range of life skills.

Swimming Lessons with Trafford Leisure

We offer a wide range of swimming lessons for all ages and abilities.

We are supported by Swim England and all our swimming teachers have a recognised Swim England qualification.

Swimming lessons take place Monday to Friday 4pm to 7pm, Saturday mornings, and limited Sunday sessions (leisure centre dependant).

The swim school pathway has been developed to ensure your child receives the best possible instruction, based on the expertise of Swim England 

  • Swimming Lessons are 25 minutes long.
  • Cost £23 per month or £253.00 per year
  • Lessons are for 50 weeks of the year, with two weeks break at Christmas.

Swim Well’s Lesson and Development programme is made up of 3 areas:

Alpha Lessons

Trafford Leisure offers not only mainstream swimming lessons but Alpha Disability Swimming lessons.

Stretford Sports Village Chester offers Alpha Disability Swimming lessons to children from 4 years and older with additional needs.

These regular weekly small group classes are delivered every Friday and cost only £23.00 per month.

If interested please contact Swimwell.stretfordalpha@traffordleisure.co.uk to find out more information and availability.

Discovery Ducklings

The Discovery Duckling Awards are the start of the learn to swim experience for all children. Discovery Ducklings caters for parents with babies from aged 4 months to 2 years. For children aged 2 to 3 years, the next stage is designed to encourage children to learn to swim through play with a purpose.

Ideal for gaining water confidence while staying close to adult support.

Discovery Ducklings only available at Sale & Altrincham 

Ducklings (Age 3 -4 years)

Brief Overview
Duckling Awards are the next step on from the Discovery Duckling Awards for pre school children aged 3 - 4 years.Ducklings will see children start to move by themselves in the water and will eventually be be jumping in, going underwater, floating and travel 10 metres without support. Duckling classes are available at all sites.

Swim Well  – Main Lesson Programme (Learn to Swim)

This is our main lesson programme working through stages 1 – 7 of the Swim England lesson frame work.

For ages 4+

Stage 1 

Brief Overview
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.

Stage 2

Brief Overview
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.

Stage 3

Brief Overview
During Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 3, swimmers will develop their kicks, on both their front and their back.

Stage 4

Brief Overview
Refining strokes to Swim England expected standards developing kick, breathing and increasing distances.

Stage 5

Brief Overview
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.

Stage 6

Brief Overview
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.

Stage 7

Brief Overview
Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 7 focuses on fully developing all four swimming strokes, as well as building stamina and improving diving skills.

So now you’re able to swim, you may well ask what’s next?

The develop well programme offers a variety of water based activities to further your aquatic skills, which include learning to dive, essential lifesaving skills, the team game of water polo, synchronised swimming and competitive swimming.

Swim Well – Stages 8 – 10

Brief Overveiw
Develop your skills further choosing from various different aquatic disciplines or the potential to join one of the Boroughs swimming clubs.

Swim Well Programme Options

Choose one of the options from below:

Synchronised Swimming
Synchronised Swimming is designed to encourage children - boys and girls to learn the basic synchro moves whilst having fun and building confidence in the water.

We currently run Synchronised Swimming at Sale Leisure Centre, for more information contact Sale here.

Learn how to save a life and stay safe in and around water. The Rookie Lifeguard programme is developed by the Royal Life Saving Society UK the leading provider for water safety education.

Avaliable at our leisure centres, contact us for more information

Water Polo
A great way for children to become involved in the team game of water polo. Build on your newly acquired water skills developing the basics of the game, how to throw, catch and move with the ball in the water. Great fun!

To play water polo you need to be very fit, strong and fast at swimming; even when not involved in play, as you can’t touch the sides or floor of the pool and must tread water. But there are enough players in a squad for every player to have a substitute to take over for them whenever they want, as often as they need. For more information on joining a water polo team please email Stretford Sports Village Swim Well Manager or visit www.stretfordasc.org.uk for more information.

We have a wide selection of adult lessons for every ability, whether you are a complete beginner or would like to improve your stroke, we have lessons ranging from:

  • Beginners Sessions
  • Improvers Sessions
  • Advanced Sessions

We also have fitness sessions in the pool from HIIT to Aqua Aerobics.  For more details on our adult lessons or our fitness sessions please contact us using the enquiry form.

Payment Options

We offer monthly Direct Debit memberships (minimum of 2 months) and annual memberships.

Home Portal

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Please bear with us...

Our popular swimming lessons are in more demand than ever before. Learning to swim and water safety is a vital life skill and has numerous health and well-being benefits.


The prolonged lockdowns mean a lot of children did not get to start their swimming lessons when they should have, and this has inevitably led to longer waiting lists than usual.


We are aware this is frustrating, and we are sorry you are having to wait. We are doing everything we can to reduce this delay as quickly as possible, and are actively recruiting and training new swimming teachers and looking at our timetabling too.


We ask you to be patient; it would really help us if you don’t send more than one enquiry or follow up on the progress of your enquiry.  Our Swim Well team are working methodically through the swimming lesson enquiries to get children started as soon as spaces are available.


Our team will contact you when space becomes available.

Enquire Below

    Simply fill out and submit the form below and we'll get in touch as soon as we can. Please note we currently have a waiting list for the following...

    - Ducklings (Waiting list at all centres)
    - Stage 1 (Waiting list at all centres)
    - Stage 2 (Waiting list at Altrincham, Stretford & Move Urmston)
    - Stage 3 (Waiting list at Altrincham)

    If you are enquiring about a stage that currently has a waiting list, they will get back to you as soon as a place comes available.

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