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Clownfish - Stage 1 - Beginner / Water Confidence Classes

For Beginners from 4 years

Every age is a good age to learn to swim and we welcome children of all ages to start learning at our toasty warm pools.

Our Stage 1/Clownfish classes are the foundation classes of our Beginners Programme and as such, the primary aim in these classes are improving water confidence, being at ease in the water and the development of basic safety awareness.   Fun games and activities make the lessons enjoyable and build each child’s confidence to attempt new skills.


Your children will be having too much fun to notice that they are building the foundations of the swimming journey as they learn floatation, rotation, movement and aquatic breathing, all these are key to your child’s success.

A fully qualified and experienced swimming instructor will work with your children so parents are not required in the pool.  However parents/caregivers are required to stay on the premises where their presence, support and encouragement is an important part of the ‘learn to swim’ process.  Our viewing areas at our Hook pools, are immediately adjacent to the poolside, and therefore only a couple of feet away from your child in the pool.

Clownfish Beginners - to support Swim England Stage 1 as follows:

Swim England Stage 1

  1. Enter the water safely

  2. Move forward for a distance of 5 metres (with buoyancy aids)

  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres (with buoyancy aids)

  4. Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres (with buoyancy aids)

  5. Scoop the water and wash the face

  6. Be comfortable with water showered from overhead

  7. Move from a flat floating positions on the back and return to standing (with aids)

  8. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing (with aids)

  9. Push and glide in a flat position on the from from a wall

  10. Push and glide in a flat position on the back from a wall

  11. Give examples of two pool rules

  12. Exit the water safely


The Little Swim Club Certificate awards are given at the end of each full term (Easter/Summer/Christmas).  These are provided by The Little Swim Club to all children free of charge and are a very important part of our achievements process.

In addition to our own assessments and in-house certificates the Swim England nationally recognised badge and certificate if achieved can be purchases for £5.50 per set.  Progress may be seen by logging into your own personal client hub. Please email the office to place an order.


All our Child Classes are half an hour long and are £15.00 per class payable termly in advance.

As we operate to the Hampshire Schools calendar for our term dates, our lengths of terms vary throughout the year.  Please see our Term Dates section for each forthcoming term.