Swimming information term time Starting Blocks Swim School

At Starting Blocks Swim school we pride ourselves on keeping the groups small and where possible providing helper support in the water. The children are encouraged to learn by having “fun” while at the same time the lessons will educate them towards more formal classes as they climb the ability scale. We have produced quite a few very successful swimmers, one of whom was selected by British Swimming to compete with the British team at the 2008 Olympic Games he learnt to swim with us from the age of 4, two of his teachers are still with us..

Swimming courses are available after school on Wednesday each week during term time. We normally start the courses the week after they begin at school to allow the younger ones to settle into a routine. Courses are set out as follows:











Course details

Contact us

Christine Thompson

Yew Cottage


Hemel Hempstead

HP3 9TAE-mail: christine@startingblocks.org.uk

07930 424731

Astley Cooper , Group Lesson Times

Wednesday 6.20 Stages 1,2 Ages 3+ 6:50 Stages 1,2 & 3ages 5+

7.20 Stages 4+  and Adult improvers

7.30 onwards Stages 7,8,9 & 10, Stroke improver Adults, recreational swimmers needing coaching,

Adult One to One Tuition

Astley School From £30 half hour

Private Health Club   £50/hour of tuition £75/hour 2 to One, email for details

Teachers rescue test  (NRASTC)

For renewal of existing certificate To be announced when available Next course due in October 2019

Cost of Courses

Please see up to date details at www.startingblocks.org.uk


One to Ones


If you want to have specific One to one lessons with one of our specialist teachers we can do this at a private health Club the cost will be £50 per hour, you will need to book a minimum of 2. We will design the sessions especially to tackle the fear that you have before we embark on actually teaching you to swim.

Once you feel more confident and self able, it would benefit if you were to join the group on the Wednesday evening at the Swim School as learning in ability groups not only boosts confidence but it has a strong social benefit too.


To book for next term please email for application form. All courses are booked subject to minimum group sizes and pool availability.

Each new member of the Swim School will receive a free Float and Swimming hat.


Tel: 07930 424731

Email: Christine@swimmingforall.co.uk