Department of Sport

1-2-1 Lessons

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

Available to all ages and abilities, our 1-2-1 lessons are a fantastic way to learn to swim or develop your technique. Our expert instructors offer a tailored approach designed around each individual's need and personal goals. 

Our 1-2-1 lessons offer:

  • Flexible lessons designed around the individual needs of the swimmer
  • Qualified Level 2 instructors for every lesson
  • Beginner, improvers and advanced level sessions 
  • Private section of the pool designated for your lesson 
  • Equipment provided throughout

Ensuring your safety and wellbeing

University of Nottingham Sport have introduced a range of measures to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing when visting our facilities and taking part in our Swim School programme. 

Before first lesson, please make sure you've read all our Swim School FAQs and information carefully before you attend to familiarise you and your child with all the important changes we've made. 

Our new video also explains all the new measures and changes in place. 


Joining our 1-2-1 lessons

Our waiting list is now open for 1-2-1 swimming lessons. Customers already on our waiting lists will be contacted directly when spaces become available.

Our 1-2-1 lessons are 5-week bookable courses - 25-minute lessons are £75 per block and 55-minute lessons are £125 per block. We offer options for all ages and abilities as well as a separate programme during the school holidays:

Please email for more information.

1-2-1 Block lessons
 Swimmers who cannot yet swim more than 50m  Swimmers confident in deep water / can swim 50m + 
Saturdays 1 - 4pm Mondays 5 - 7pm
Sundays 12 - 3pm Tuesdays 5 - 7pm
    Saturdays 1 - 4pm
    Sundays 12 - 3pm

Join the waiting listSwim School Terms and Conditions Contact us

Please note before booking, applicable to new and existing customers
  • Lessons available to swimmers aged 3 years and above at our main swimming pool (due to pool temperature).
  • Instructors will no longer teach in the water so if your child is under 4.5 years, you will be required to accompany them in the water, 
  • If your child is a Beginner and cannot confidently submerge under the water in standing depth, please ensure they are wearing armbands or alternatively, a parent/guardian is welcome to go in the water to provide support.
  • For families with more than one child wishing to attend private lessons, please see our private bubbles option.
  • Lessons are suitable for swimmers requiring shallow and deep water lessons.

1-2-1 Pay as you go Lessons

The 121 pay as you go lessons vary in availability and are subject to demand. If you are interested, please contact Front of house to register your interest.

Times available:

  • Saturdays 13.00-16.00
  • Sundays 12.00-15.00

Private bubble lessons

Are now available as part of our Learn to Swim programme!

There is a maximum of 2 swimmers per lesson time slot and we advise that the swimmers are reasonably similar in swimming ability for you to be able to get the most from the lesson.

Available in 5-week bookable courses - 25-minute lessons are £115 per block. The days and times available are the same as the block 121 swimming lessons, please see the section 'Joining our 121 lesson'

If you are interested please contact


University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000