Wales National Pool Swansea believes learning to swim and keeping fit is important for all ages and this is reflected in our comprehensive Aqua School Programme.

We offer a range of swimming lessons and aquatic classes that cater for people of all ages and abilities.

Our Aqua School staff are highly qualified, experienced teachers and instructors who follow the Swim Wales “Learn to Swim Wales” (LTSW) framework and the Royal Lifesaving Society’s (RLSS) Qualification Scheme.

Free U16’s Splash & Play

Free swimming for all U16’s during FREE SPLASH and HOLIDAY SPLASH sessions (must register with us at reception)

Free Splash

Live, Learn, Swim – Lessons at WNPS

Children’s Lessons

We offer a comprehensive range of swimming classes that cater for children of all ages and abilities. 

Please contact Reception on 01792 513513 to discuss your child’s ability and lessons availability.

Early Years – Target date to resume Sept 2021

There are 4 levels of progression in Bubbles, with aquatic skills progressively developing throughout each level.
Responsible adults are taught how to support and aid the child through games, songs and themed fun activities. A certificate is available for successfully completing each level.
The Splash framework encourages a young child’s increasingly independent and guided discovery of the aquatic environment to develop water confidence, specifically aimed at children aged 3+.

There are 6 levels of progression in Splash, with aquatic skills progressively developing throughout each level, with
the child being increasingly independent in the water.

Waves – Summer break – programme resumes 23.08.21

Beginners 7 +Here at WNPS we recognised a long time ago that kids age 7+, generally, do not want to learn in lessons alongside 4-6 year olds. Just like in school – they want to have fun and learn to swim with kids their own age, at a pace conducive with their intellectual age. Our teachers recognise this too, which is why the lessons are fun and age appropriate whilst still considering possible confidence concerns. Beginners 7+ is not part of the existing Learn to Swim Framework, it is however a combination of Waves 1-3.

*Please note that your child needs to be 1.25m tall to attend
Wave 1Aims
1. Develop confidence in the water
2. Be safe while in the water, and when getting in and out of the pool
3. Learn basic floating, sculling and breathing techniques
4. Start to learn front crawl, backstroke and either
breaststroke or butterfly, with aids if needed
Wave 2Aims
1. Be able to jump into the pool
2. Improve sculling, floating and breathing techniques
3. Glide in the streamlined position
4. Swim short distances of front crawl, backstroke and either breaststroke or butterfly, without aids
Wave 3Aims
1. Collect an object from the pool floor
2. Improve sculling and floating
3. Learn how to tread water
4. Learn the Safe Code
5. Swim short distances of all four strokes: front crawl,
backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, without aids

Wave 4Aims
1. Learn how to do dolphin kicks underwater
2. Learn the HELP position
3. Improve floating and treading water techniques
4. Improve the technique of all four strokes Times
Wave 5Aims
1. Learn different shaped jumps
2. Learn how to do a forward somersault and a handstand in the water
3. Improve sculling and personal survival techniques
4. Swim longer distances in all four strokes, including a length (25 metres) of your favourite stroke
Wave 6Aims
1. Learn how to warm-up properly for exercise and why
2. Learn how to do a backward somersault, headfirst surface dive and sitting dive
3. Improve personal survival techniques, including swimming with clothes on
4. Swim longer distances in all four strokes, concentrating on technique
Wave 7Aims
1. Learn how to do a plunge dive
2. Improve floating, sculling, treading water and rotation skills
3. Swim longer distances in all four strokes and swim an Individual Medley
4. Swim as part of a team in a relay race Times

Fun & Skills – target date to resume – Sept 2021

Aqua Club – Junior FitnessFor kids who’ve completed the Learn to Swim programme, but want to stay in aquatics and maintain or improve their fitness, this is a great course.
All strokes are covered in this course with a focus on increasing distances and improving stamina while maintaining stroke technique. This is a great start for developing lifelong aquatic fitness!
Aqua Club – Aqua AllsortsOur youth club in the pool! For kids who’ve been through the learn to swim programme, are bored of lane training but want to stay in aquatics, this is a great course.

Activities throughout the course vary and include lifesaving/water safety tuition, mini water polo, fun race night with a little bit of stroke and technique training thrown in some weeks to keep up skills and stamina already acquired through the main lesson programme.

It’s cool in our pool!

Activities include:
– Fitness 
– Preparation for exercise
– Bodyweight exercises
– Nutrition for exercise performance
– Swimming
– Skills & strokes covered in later Aqua School stages
– Swimming for health and fitness
– Individual/Team racing
– Obstacle course combining skills
– Use of swimming aids (fins etc). NB Does not currently include snorkelling
– Lifesaving
– HELP & Huddle Positions
– Throwing Rescue
– Reach from Side with Aid Rescue
– Item carry/retrieval, with partner
– Obstacle course combining skills
– Synchro
– Synchronised timing & performance of skills (submerging, floating, push & glides etc) in small groups
– Water Polo/Basketball
– Skill practice – Throwing, Catching etc. Modified Water Polo/Basketball
Aqua Club – Stroke/TechniqueOur stroke technique class for those beyond Stage 7 is a great chance to develop further quality stroke technique, stamina and fitness. All delivered in a fun & friendly atmosphere, without the challenge of early starts and rigorous training routines.

Lifesaving – Target date to resume – Sept 2021

RLSS Rookies BronzeRookies – lifesaving lessons for kids! Bronze is the entry level to this fantastic kids lifesaving awards programme. Designed for children aged 8 to 12 the awards offer the opportunity to follow a structured RLSS lifesaving skills programme, including Water Safety, Rescue, Self Rescue and Emergency Responses. The aims of Rookies is to:

– Teach Lifesaving Skills
– Increase Swimming Competence
– Develop Survival Skills in Water
– Develop Confidence, Initiative and Judgement
– Develop Teamwork and Leadership
– Hang out, learn skills, make friends, keep fit & healthy for life!
RLSS Rookies SilverMid level RLSS Rookie lifeguard award. Taking basic skills further and challenging participants on both swim ability and lifesaving skills. A great way to hang out, learn, have fun and make friends – all in a healthy and safe environment!

RLSS Rookies Gold & Masters

The top flight of Rookie Lifesaving. Once this stage is achieved kids are much safer in the water but still have plenty to learn about personal water safety and lifesaving and generally progress onto the RLSS Survive and Save awards.

RLSS Survive & Save

Our RLSS awarded lifesaving programme is a bigger challenge for those over 12’s whom have completed Rookies Gold or those over 12 whom are interested in getting involved in lifesaving. The courses are a great preparation for a career in lifesaving and some children are chosen to become Rookie Lifeguard volunteer helpers. In addition from the age of 16, they can use their skills to undertake lifeguarding or teaching qualifications.

Adult Lessons – Summer break – programme resumes 23.08.21

We offer a range of swimming lessons for adults of all abilities, to improve their water skills and fitness. It can be very difficult to work out which ability level you fit into – the guide below should assist!

Water Confidence

This course aims to take someone through the journey of being uncomfortable with being in the water, through to someone who can confidently float and begin to propel themselves forward, safely and with ease through the water. Then, when eager to learn to swim the strokes, you can move onto our Adult Beginners classes.


The initial emphasis of this level will work on body position in the water and then develop, to build a sound foundation for swimming which will underpin the performance of sound swimming technique. As well as becoming completely “at home” on and under water, the swimmer will be developing control in water breathing and beginning to experiment with the different methods of using the limbs for propulsion.


The focus in this level is building competence in the basic elements of propulsion, using the main swimming strokes with a continuing emphasis on the importance of good streamlining and breathing control. Once an acceptable degree of basic competence is achieved in the fundamental skills, it is time to progress to the development of more efficient swimming. This level also consolidates the wider range of associated aquatic disciplines as well as providing for the development of a greater awareness and expertise in personal water safety and survival swimming.


As well as further developing the main swimming strokes, this category acts as an introduction to the early stages of training in competitive swimming; provides a basis for swimming as a part of a healthy lifestyle; and continues with more advanced activities in the other disciplines. The development of both basic aerobic swimming endurance and swimming speed are integrated within the Programme.

This stage also focuses on the consolidation of effective technique, the racing skills associated with them and a suitable range of drills and practices. The final stages introduce more demanding aspects of training development.

Fitness Classes – Target date to resume 06.09.21

There really is something for everyone in this programme whether you are just starting out on the journey into aquatics or you are serious swimmer training for yourself or competition. We are continually reviewing and developing the sessions we offer to ensure that you can get the best out of your National Pool.

We have many customers returning week after week to benefit from the fantastic tuition and to workout with friends – old & new! If you’re into Triathlon, Fitness Swimming, Aqua Aerobics or any watersport, we’ve got a class that will keep you in tip top condition – great for the body and even greater for the mind.

When you visit us please remember to bring a water bottle for sensible re-hydration and inform the instructor of any changes to your health or new injuries or conditions that may affect your participation or safety.

Swim 4 Tri

Join us and start your triathlon journey today.
Whether you are a beginner looking to try your first triathlon or a regular triathlete then Swim4Tri is for YOU. Swim4Tri is great for improving your swim fitness and technique ready for that cold dip into the sea and will leave you feeling stronger and more accomplished.

Swim4 Tri Sessions are suitable for all standards of ability whether you are new to triathlon, training towards a specific event or a regular competitor. We will ensure you are training at the right level, through top quality coaching and an emphasis on technique correction, for all aspects of triathlon.


Aquacise is a fun, water aerobics class that helps you keep trim without wear and tear on your body. Male or female, our classes suit all ages & abilities. With the help of the instructors, you can make the class as easy or as difficult as you wish.

What our customers say about Aquacise…
“A fun way of keeping fit without fear of injury.”
“Great exercising to music with friends.”
“The water is wonderfully supportive.”
“Amazing sense of wellbeing that stays long after a session’s finished.”
“A great workout that you can tailor to your preferred level.”

Adult Fitness Session

This session gives adults/senior swimmers who are above the advanced level an opportunity to develop their swimming ability for fitness or competition purposes. The sessions focus on the consolidation of effective technique into longer distance stamina work, the racing skills associated with the strokes and a suitable range of drills and practices. The sessions involve more demanding aspects of training development.

There are two levels of Adult Fitness class, Beginners Adult Fitness and Intermediate/Advanced.

Our beginners sessions aim to build-up fitness and strokes, using a range of techniques, drills and workouts. The class is run over a 25m distance. They are ideal for anyone whom has had improvers lessons/improvers level, whom can swim a minimum of 25m front crawl, but whom do not feel confident swimming in the 50m pool.

Our intermediate sessions aim to build on existing fitness and ability, reviewing technique further and identifying training plans to achieve personal goals or specific training needs and are delivered in the 50m pool.

In each session you will receive:-

  • An Instructor led session
  • Coaching points on stroke technique & skills
  • A Great workout
  • An alternative to a masters swimming club
  • The opportunity to meet others and identify training partners