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.
  • £27.50 or £330 per year
  • Lessons are for 50 weeks of the year, with two weeks break at Christmas.

Payment Options

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

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

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 Stretfordjwpc@gmail.com or visit www.stretfordasc.org.uk for more information.


Alpha swimming lessons are part of the Begin Well swim program offering an inclusive opportunity for children with additional needs or special circumstances to help them learn to swim. We want to provide the opportunity for every child to learn to swim and so we have a time limit of 18 months on the Alpha lessons or until they can swim 50 meters unaided, whichever comes first.

Customers enquiring about Alpha Lessons should complete the online enquiry form below, which we will endeavor to respond to within 7 days. After this the Swim Well Manager will contact you to complete a medical declaration form. A practical assessment will then be arranged at a mutually agreed time to review the needs of the child to help decide which pathway the child would be most suited to.

You will then be advised on the next steps for your child, this will either be on the Alpha lessons at Partington or Stretford, a suitable stage of our Begin Well programme offered at all sites, or another more beneficial provision for your child’s development. We will recommend a site and programme based on your child’s need and not on location preference and we cannot guarantee your preferred site.

Maximum ratios for each centre can be found below:

  • Partington Sports Village: 1:2 max 
  • Lessons are £38 per month, delivered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.


  • Stretford Sports Village Chester: 1:6 max
  • These weekly small group classes are delivered every Friday and cost £25.00 per month.

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 – In shallow water , water confidence, basic stoke and skills.
  • Improvers – Building distances , stroke development of front, back and breast stokes.
  • Advance– 50m + and stroke development of all 4 stokes including fly

Our Adult Lessons are currently available at:

  • Stretford Sports Village
  • Sale Leisure Centre

The cost of our Adult Lessons are:

  • Cost £25 per month or £275.00 per year

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.

Book onto our Stage 1 (4-15-year-olds) & Adult Lessons (16+)


  • Stage 1 – 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.
  • Adult – 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:

You can now book lessons via our online portal by clicking ‘Book now’ below. To book onto any other Swimwell stages, please use the enquiry form below.

Book now by clicking the link below

Please note: You will be taken to our online bookings system to go through steps to book your lessons.

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