Department of Sport

Adult Swimming Lessons

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Our Swim School programme has supported hundreds of adults to learn to swim or improve their skills from our extensive swimming facilities at David Ross Sports Village. 

Our adult lessons are for swimmers aged 14 years and over from complete beginners to advanced swimmers looking to improve technique.Swimming is not just a great way to exercise but an important life skill - it's never too late to learn to swim or improve!

Our expert instructors will support you to shape your own swimming journey based on your needs, from the basics to advanced technique progression. We offer three levels; beginners, improvers and advanced. 

Our group lessons offer:

  • Small class sizes
  • Qualified Level 2 instructors for every class
  • Equipment provided throughout
  • Personalised learn to swim journey
  • Flexible options to cater for swimmers with a disability including your carer supporting you in the water and an adjustable depth pool to assist entry

Joining our Adult group lessons

Our Adult swim school programme is now available for new customers to add their names to our waiting lists but we do have limited availability at all stages. This availability will be sold on a first come first served basis.


Our Adult Learn to Swim group lessons are 30 minutes long and the instructor will work their way around each individual giving you teaching practices to help achieve your goals.The programme offers three different levels: 


Located in shallow water at standing depth and ideal for swimmers who:

  • Are a complete beginner
  • Would like to build water confidence
  • Can swim no more than 10 metres


Located in deep water and ideal for swimmers who:

  • Are confident in deep water and submerging under the water
  • Can swim 25m front crawl, 25m backstroke and 25m breaststroke
  • Are able to tread water for 30 seconds


Located in deep water and is ideal for swimmers who:

  • Can swim lengths for a 30 minute session
  • Can swim a minimum of 200m (8 lengths) without stopping
  • Can demonstrate basic techinique on front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
  • Can swim a length in under 30 seconds

Please contact for more information.

Our programme operates
 Days Times
 Mondays 15.30-16.00/18.30-19.30
 Tuesdays 19.30 - 20.00
 Thursdays  9.30-12.00
 Saturdays 12.15-12.45
 Sundays 12.30 - 13.00

 Swim School Terms and Conditions Contact us

Group lesson pricing:

  • 11 week blocks are priced at £66 per block

Current customers - Timetable

The next course of group lessons is week commencing 20 November 2023 - week commencing 12 February 2024. The timetable below shows the days and times available for the next course.

For customers staying in the same stage, day and time, you can book from week commencing 30th October 2023. For customers who are moving up or wanting to change their day or time OR have joined Adult Beginners during the current course of lessons, you can book as per below.

Booking week 2 - for customers moving up or wanting to change day or time
 Day When you can book
 To book Mondays lessons  You can book from Monday 6 November 2023 at 7.30am
 To book Tuesdays lessons  You can book from Tuesday 7 November 2023 at 7.30am
 To book Saturdays lessons  You can book from Saturday 11 November 2023 at 8.30am
 To book Sundays lessons  You can book from Sunday 12 November 2023 at 8.30am


Please be aware that all the times listed below are subject to availability. 


15.30-16.00 Adult Beginners Alyssa S
18.30-19.00 Adult Beginners Alyssa S/Megan D
18.30-19.00 Adult Improvers Hannah
19.00-19.30 Adult Advanced Megan D/Hannah


19.00-19.30 Adult Advanced Alyssa S
19.30-20.00 Adult Beginners Alyssa S/Alyssa K
19.30-20.00 Adult Improvers Sarah


There are no Adult Swimming Lessons on a Wednesday.


9.30-10.00 Adult Beginners Clare
10.00-10.30 Adult Beginners Clare
10.30-11.00 Adult Beginners Clare
11.30-12.00 Adult Improvers Clare

 Please be aware that the Thursday morning lessons do not run during the Children's school holiday periods. There will be no lessons


There are no Adult Swimming Lessons on a Friday.


12.15-12.45 Adult Beginners Molly/Hannah
12.15-12.45 Adult Improvers Finlay


12.30-13.00 Adult Beginners Natasha/Megan D
12:30-13:00 Adult Improvers Bethan


Adult Pay As You Go lessons

The University of Nottingham is currently expanding its Adult Learn to swim programme and as part of that expansion we will be trialling a new Pay As You Go option.

The lessons will be 30 minutes for £6.35.

These lessons will start week commencing 20th November 2023 and are currently bookable until week commencing 12th February 2024. For Thursdays lessons, there will be no lesson on 16th February 2024.

You can book more than one session at any time and as far in advance as you would like within the dates available to book. For cancellations, if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance you can receive a credit note to use towards future bookings; if you cancel within the 48 hour period, you will not be eligible for a credit note.

To book please call the Front of House team on 0115 7487000.

Pay As You Go timetable
 Day Time Stage
 Monday  15.30-16.00  Adult Beginners
 Thursday  11.00-11.30  Adult Beginners

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000