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 five 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.


The Learn to Swim Awards Journey


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

Learn to Swim

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

Aquatic Skills

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

Adult Swimming

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

Frequently Asked

According to the scientific literature, there is no increased risk of contracting COVID-19 from swimming in chlorinated pools, and pool operators adhering to previously set guidelines will control risk from COVID-19. SLT have conducted Risk Assessments alongside external consultants implementing control measures, which will continually be monitored and reviewed alongside government and governing body guidance.  An external Health & Safety Consultant has signed off centres as ‘COVID Secure’ from measures implemented prior to reopening.  

This will depend on the membership type and the number of lessons received per week. As payment amounts can differ please contact memberships@slt-leisure.co.uk for the amount to be requested.

Please click here to register your details if you are interested in signing up for swimming lessons and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your options. 

This depends on which centre’s pool your lesson is in, however maximum capacities have been calculated following government and governing body guidance and all of our lessons comply.  In addition, our swimming teachers will structure every lesson to ensure 2m distancing between pupils is maintained. 

Please do not enter the centre more than 10 minutes before the start of your lesson.  If you are early, please remain in your car/away from the entrance to support with social distancing.    

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 limited due to social distancing measures in place.  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. 

Following Government and local Public Health guidance for leisure operators we are now required to ask all customers to wear a face covering when entering any Sandwell Leisure Trust facility.  This includes in reception areas, changing rooms and toilets, corridors & stairways, spectating areas and when entering and leaving fitness studios and the gym.  However you do not and should not wear your face covering whilst exercising.  If you have a medical condition which restricts you from wearing a covering, please let a member of the team know.  As per Government guidelines children under 11 are not required to wear face coverings.  It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

To comply with social distancing, your child's swimming teacher will not be able to have any face to face conversations before, during or after lessons.  Please email the centre if you would like to discuss your child's swimming lesson and the Activity Coordinator will be in touch.   To comply with social distancing, your child's swimming teacher will not be able to have any face to face conversations before, during or after lessons.  Please email the centre if you would like to discuss your child's swimming lesson and the Activity Coordinator will be in touch.  

Changing rooms are available, however where possible, please come ‘beach ready’ to limit the amount of time you need to spend in the changing room before your lesson.  After your lesson, we recommend showering at home and to again spend as little time in the changing rooms as possible.

Lockers are available and will be regularly cleaned and sanitised, however cleaning stations will also be available for you to clean before and after use.  

All lessons have been planned to ensure social distancing is maintained.  Maximum bather loads and maximum lesson capacities have been calculated, pupils will be stationed 2m apart, teachers will teach from poolside and will maintain social distance from others, lesson times will be staggered to reduce the number of people in the area at the same time, there will be no physical contact between teachers and swimmers (unless in an emergency), swimming teachers will be assigned to a section of the pool, thus minimising movement of groups around the facility, poolside signage will be in place to remind all of social distancing, some games/activities will be adapted for social distancing purposes.  Pupils will also manage or have parent/guardian support with own hygiene and self-care such as blowing their nose, putting their goggles on, putting a swimming hat on, to reduce the need for physical contact and toilet use will be used on an urgent needs basis only so please ensure your child has been to the toilet before their lesson starts.  

Anyone that has been told to self-isolate, 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.

In line with governing body guidance, all of our lessons will be taught with the teacher on poolside.  Where normally a teacher would be in the water, parents/guardians can be in the water to assist their own children at the direction of the swimming teacher if required.

Showers are available, however we advise showering before and after the lesson at home to support social distancing in the changing rooms.

Firstly, no one should enter the facility if they, or a member of their household, has, or have, any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or are in a situation where they should be self-isolating and all government guidelines should be adhered to.  We have increased cleaning frequency in all areas of our centres, social distancing measures are in place and hand sanitizing stations and cleaning stations are available throughout the facility.  Equipment use will be limited where possible, however, all equipment used for lessons will be thoroughly cleaned before and after use, it will be allocated to individual pupils and will not be shared, and pupils will be discouraged to put any equipment in their mouths. 

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.

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


SLT Swimming Lessons are currently taking place at all centres as scheduled, following industry COVID safety best practice. Please do not attend your class if you or any of your family are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

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.

Find out more


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: Langley Swimming Centre or Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury, Haden Hill Leisure Centre in Cradley Heath, Smethwick Swimming Centre, Tipton Leisure Centre or Wednesbury Leisure 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 Home Portal. This also enables you to move on through the programme including the ability to select available days and times once competencies are complete.

Sign up for Homeportal


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

Find out more

"The staff are lovely, and very helpful. Great Aqua Fit session this morning with Natalie."

Customer Review, February 2020

"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

STA JUNIOR LIfeguard academy

STA Junior Lifeguard Academy

Request Callback

Fill out the form below and we will be in touch to discuss your swimming lesson options.

Please note: All leisure centres are currently at full capacity and we are unable to accept any further registrations. The callback form will be enabled when more slots are available.

In Connection With