Department of Sport

Early Years Swimming Lessons

Our Swim School programme is currently temporarily suspended due to national and local restrictions. 


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Our Swim School programme has supported thousands of young people to learn to swim from our extensive swimming facilities at David Ross Sports Village. 

Our Early Years swimming lessons are the perfect introduction for younger children (aged from 6 weeks to 4.5 years) to the water. Hosted in our heated hydrotherapy pool with parents/ guardians accompanying the swimmers, they are a fantastic opportunity to bond with your child in a relaxing environment.

Our specialist Early Years instructors offer interactive sessions designed to improve your child's confidence and independence in the water. Progressing at each child's individual pace, we use nursery rhymes, fun games and activities to teach the basics movements of swimming and water safety in a fun learning environment

Our programme offers:

  • Sessions in our heated hydrotherapy pool - ideal for little ones
  • A fun, friendly and safe learning environment
  • Small class sizes
  • Highly-qualified instructors with specialist Early Years training 
  • Equipment provided throughout (or you can bring your own if preferred

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 your first lesson back, please make sure you've read all our Swim School FAQs and information carefully before you return 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 Early Years programme

Please note, we're currently unable to welcome new swimmers to our Swim School programmes.

Our waiting lists remain temporarily closed. Existing customers on our waiting lists will be contacted directly as soon as our programme can resume and places become available.

Group lesson pricing:

  •  11 week blocks are priced at £57.20 per block

Returning swimmers -  Early Years timetable

Our Swim School programme is currently suspended in line with regional and national government restrictions. All customers will be contacted directly via email as soon as a start date can be confirmed. 

Please see below for our Early Years timetable. All classes take in our heated hydrotherapy pool at David Ross Sports Village. 

 Ages Times
Early Years 1 6 weeks - 1 year

Friday mornings OR Saturday mornings

Early Years 2 1 - 2 years

Friday Mornings OR Saturday mornings

Early Years 3 2 - 3 years

Tuesdays from 4pm OR Friday mornings OR Saturday Mornings

Early Years 4 3 - 4.5 years

Tuesdays from 4pm OR Saturday mornings


University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000