Learn To Swim Now
We offer new members their first lesson for free. Just a £5 joining fee and payment for any lessons before your first direct debit is required and that will give you a membership card and free access at all public swim times with your child.
Existing members can get a 50% discount on their monthly fees by introducing a new school-age child to the pool.
Learning to swim at Shirley Pool is different; the teachers are in the water with the children. Communication and control are far better, progress is rapid, children move to the next level as soon as they are ready; skills and awards are constantly assessed and distance awards up to 100m tested every 8 weeks. Longer distance awards are attempted at special Saturday sessions.
Payment is simple, monthly by direct debit which can be stopped with two month’s notice.
We are so convinced that we can make learning to swim fun, the first lesson is a free trial.
Whether you have a newborn baby of 6 weeks, a nervous school age beginner, a budding champion or a non-swimming partner there is a suitable class.
Shirley Swimming Pool
Shirley Swimming Pool is a privately owned, public swimming pool. Originally built in 1974 as a dedicated teaching centre, the two pool site offers lessons for every age and ability, starting from 6 weeks old.
The pool was rebuilt in 2009 with new changing rooms, reception and modern water treatment.The main 25 metre pool is available for general swimming and adult lane swimming, whilst the small hot pool is available for public swimming between lessons.
The pool is open to everyone, for both lessons and general swimming, throughout the year.
The “First Splash”. It’s never too early for your newborn to learn to swim. Early lessons lay the foundations for lifelong enjoyment of the water.
In a shallow, hot, secluded pool, a qualified and experienced teacher will guide you in how to confidently handle your child through their first stages in the water, using song and constructive play.
From getting started in the water, the aim is for the toddlers to get comfortable face down, floating and gliding. Working towards the Duckling Awards, Water Skills 1 and 5 metres.
In this class the foundations are laid that will allow them to progress rapidly and safely once they are promoted.
From the first gentle splash to confident swimmer, Shirley Swimming Pool provides an excellent environment to learn to swim. Our unique swim centre provides a class for every age and ability, gently encouraging progression through the learning stages.
Swimming lessons run all year round except on public holidays, so they run right through the summer.
The after school swimming club, Turtles is the next stage in the lesson programme. Youngsters that have mastered the four main strokes are invited to join the swimming club, the entry level of the Dolphins swimming Club. The sessions increase to one hour in length, with the last 10 minutes set aside for play.
Even the most nervous adult beginners have overcome their fear of water at Shirley Pool. The private shallow areas, warm water and sympathetic teachers help ease the dread that many adults feel near water. Breath control, stroke technique and deep water confidence classes are held in the early evenings Monday to Thursday. Read more..
Southampton Dolphins Swimming Clubs is a junior swimming club catering for swimmers from 6 to 18. The club is open to all swimmers who have mastered the four strokes through our learn to swim programme. Swimmers enjoy fitness training, advanced stroke technique, racing skills, Water Polo, lifesaving and Junior surf life saving
Thirty two hours a week are reserved for lane swimming, pay as you go. There are also daytime hours for gentle public swimming, including two sessions for seniors. Lane swim times don’t change through the year but you can expect children in the public sessions in the school holidays.
The Club Championships are an annual event in which swimmers from the swim school and club are invited to compete in competitive gala against one another, in their age groups. For full information head to our
All lessons are paid by Direct Debit. baby, toddler and children lessons are £39.61 a month. Turtles and Penguins £41.90 and Dolphins start at £45.88. Adult Swim is £4.40, OAP/ Student/ Child £3.75.
There is a full price list here.