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Aqua Academy


Our Aqua Academy follows the Amateur Swimming Association National Plan for Teaching Swimming for both adults and children. We make full use of the swimming facilities across Reading, enabling pupils to learn and progress in a variety of pool environments.

From the complete beginner to experienced swimmers who want to diversify into other water based sports (competitive swimming, diving and Rookie Lifeguards) our Aqua Academy programme can help you to make the very most of this important life skill. Our programme includes the following stages:

Discovery Ducklings 1-4
I CAN Awards (9 awards)
Stages 1 - 7
Stages 8 - 10 Competitive Swimming
Stages 8 - 10 (Bronze, Silver & Gold)
Stages 8 - 10 Diving
Private Swimming Lessons
Distance Awards

In addition we offer 1:1 Private Swimming Lessons at Central Swimming Pool and Meadway Sports Centre.  For lesson availability and to pre-book your lesson please call Central Swimming Pool Tel: 0118 937 5070, or Meadway Sports Centre Tel: 0118 937 5060.

Private Swimming Lessons

Private Swimming Lessons

Boost your swimming skills!

Swimming Lessons for Children with Special Needs

Swimming lessons for children with special needs

A great way to make new friends!

Aqua Academy Enrolment

You can enrol on the Aqua Academy throughout the year.

Selecting a Course

We recommend that you look at the Class Descriptions to identify which class is most suitable. Our Quick Search facility will allow you to view class locations and times of classes at all RSL pools, or you may select a centre for their specific list of class options.

If you are unsure of your childs ability level then contact either Central Swimming Pool or Meadway Sports Centre and book an Aqua Academy Assessment. There is a £5 charge for this assessment which will be refunded when you book onto an Aqua Academy Course.

Then simply contact your preferred centre to check availability on your chosen course. If possible, it is best to have options for course days and times, so we can place you on a course as soon as possible.

If we cannot place you on a course you will be put on a waiting list and will be contacted as soon as a course place is available. We regularly review our course programme and adjust it to accommodate changing demands and requirements.

A £5.00 admin charge will be made for all new Aqua Academy customers.

Course Duration

All classes are 30 minutes in duration.

Course Programme

The programme operates on a 50 week basis, with course payments being made by monthly Direct Debit. You remain on the programme for as long as you wish. Please note: There will be no course refunds for the Christmas break, as your Direct Debit payments allow for this period.

Course Progression

Our swimming coaches continually assess pupil's progress. Once a pupil has successfully completed their stage, the coach will issue you with a Course Transfer slip. This slip will recommend the next stage for class progression. Take your slip to reception, our receptionists will be able to offer you your new class option, and book you onto your chosen class* (*Subject to availability).