About the SLT Learn to Swim Programme and Frameworks

Sandwell Leisure Trust have delivered a successful Learn to Swim Programme since 2004, when the charity was formed. In which many thousands of children have learnt the essential life skill of swimming with us here at SLT. 

Our swimming lessons are available for all ages, ability and disability across our swimming pools in Sandwell. 

All our qualified teachers take part in our vigorous on going training programme to ensure each student achieves their goals when learning to swim with us. 

SLT follows The Swim England Learn to Swim Programme which is a national syllabus used to help teachers deliver swimming lessons. It ensures swimming lessons for all ages are delivered to a high and consistent standard. The all-inclusive programme takes non-swimmers on a journey through four specialised Frameworks.

These start with the basics of learning to swim and end with advanced skills for sports such as water polo or diving. There is also a Framework for teaching adults to swim.

With the opening of Sandwell Aquatics Centre we are pleased to introduce Diving Lessons which follow the Swim England Diving Framework. 


The Learn to Swim Awards Journey


Perfect for pre-school children, building the beginnings of a lifelong love of water.

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Learn to Swim

Ideal for children aged four through to 11, developing confident and competent swimmers through fun and enjoyment.

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Aquatic Skills

Perfect for children who have completed the Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 and are now looking to develop skills.

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Adult Swimming

For older teens and adults looking to make a start with swimming, build water confidence and/or improve their swimming technique.

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Free Swimming in Sandwell

Our free swimming initiative gives Sandwell residents aged 60+ or aged 18 and under access to our swimming sessions at selected times. Find out more.

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Aquatic Clubs

We host a range of aquatic clubs across SLT centres, from water polo to canoeing. Browse the latest clubs and find out how to take part here.

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SLT Swimming Lessons Direct Debit Terms and Conditions

Read our SLT swimming lessons direct debit terms and conditions to find out key information about your membership and lessons. Learn more here.

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Under 8s Policy

We are committed to water safety at our pools, which is why our under 8s policy is in place to keep our pool users safe. Discover more here.

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Swimming Lesson Questionnaire

Find out what swimming group is most suitable for you or your child.

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Junior Lifesaving

Strong young swimmers can earn STA lifesaving qualifications with the STA Junior Lifeguard Academy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This will depend on the membership type and the number of lessons received per week. Our reception teams or Activity co-ordinator will be able to assist you. The price of the lessons are £28.00 per month (£23.12 for concessionary members). Pro-rata payment applies. 

You can sign up for swimming lessons online here

If you are unsure of the level to select, please use our lesson questionnaire to determine the appropriate stage. Click here to complete 

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please click here to register your details and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your options. 

Please do not enter the centre more than 10 minutes before the start of your lesson.  

We completely understand that returning to lessons after a long break will be difficult for some and there are things we will do to support this.  Our friendly and helpful teams are available to answer any questions/queries/concerns you/your child may have.  The first lesson back will be planned to introduce all pupils to their teacher, class and any changes that have been implemented to put pupils at ease.  The lesson itself will involve reintroducing confidence practices, pool rules and water safety as well as fun activities to make your child's return to lessons safe, fun and enjoyable.

Spectator seating is available. Only be one parent/guardian will be allowed to accompany your child.  If your child is over the age of 8, you may wish to drop them off for their lesson and pick them up afterwards. 

You can log onto the Home Portal to view the pupils progress. If you have any queries on this, please email the centre if you would like to discuss your child's swimming lesson and the team will be in touch.   

Changing rooms are available, showers may be limited during busy times. 

Lockers are available and will be regularly cleaned and sanitised, please check at reception what coin you will need at it varies from centre to centre.

Anyone that has been told to self-isolate due to medical reasons should not attend swimming lessons (or enter the centre) and must follow government guidance.  As per our terms and conditions, no refunds or credits are issued for absenteeism.  Should long term illness or hospitalisation prevent you/your child from attending the programme, a letter giving details of the reason for absence should be written to the Chief Executive, who will decide if a credit should be issued for missed lessons up to a maximum of 4 weeks.  If the illness is longer than 4 weeks then you will need to decide whether to remove yourself/child from the SLT Swimming Lessons programme or continue to pay to retain the place.

If the pupil is aged 0-3 years, a parent/guardian will be required to enter the water to support the pupil. 

If the pupil is 4-5 years, a parent may be required to enter the water until otherwise instructed by the swimming teacher. 

If a pupil has additional needs and support, a parent/guardian may be required to enter the water to support the pupil. 

Showers are available, but be limited during buy periods. 

You can leave the lesson program at any time by notifying the centre in writing.  As per the terms and conditions of enrolment, any remaining credits will be forfeited. For those parents paying by direct debit cancellation of your direct debit payments can be done by use SLT online cancellation process.

Please complete this online form to cancel your swimming lessons 

Yes, however if you wish to return in the future, our teams will discuss all available options to suit your needs when you rebook.


You can enrol for lessons online, via the Join Online. Alternatively, please speak to a member of the team at reception who can help advise on availability and book your place on the programme available at: Tipton Leisure Centre or Wednesbury Leisure Centre, Portway Lifestyle Centre and Sandwell Aquatics Centre


SLT Swimming Lessons monthly direct debit payments are based on 50 weeks to take into account the Christmas closure period each year. The price also takes into account sickness and holiday absences as credits are not issued.


If you or your child have already registered and you have provided an email address as part of your registration you can also view SLT Swimming Lessons progress reports online with the Course Hub. This also enables you to move on through the programme including the ability to select available days and times once competencies are complete.

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For any further enquiries regarding your payments, discounts or SLT Swimming Lessons Direct Debit please email memberships@slt-leisure.co.uk.

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Swim England Adult Swimming Framework

The Swim England Adult Swimming Framework is about improving confidence, technique and safety in the water, with no age limit.

Not everyone is able to reach their potential in the water during their school years. This is where swimming lessons using our Adult Swimming Framework can help.

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  • STA Junior Lifeguard Academy

    Strong young swimmers can earn STA lifesaving qualifications with the STA Junior Lifeguard Academy. 

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  • Testimonials

    "I would like to say Stacey is a brilliant swimming instructor at Wednesbury Leisure Centre. She is so amazing and professional and always calm. Outstanding service, Stacey is a legend to the team" - Mr Singh 

    "I’d recommend SLT’s swimming lessons to anyone. Both of our children are now swimming on their own, which is great to see!" - Carol from Rowley, January 2020

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