Adult Swimming Lessons

Beginners – Building Confidence

Even the most nervous adult beginners have overcome their fear of water at Shirley Pool. The private shallow areas and sympathetic teachers help ease the dread that many adults feel near water. Stroke technique and deep water confidence classes are held early evenings and day times. Private, one on one lessons are available by arrangement.

All Adult beginner first-timers are offered a Free Trial Session to make sure that you are happy with our service. Just contact our reception team, they’ll need to take some details down and book your trial session. If you still wish to sign up for lessons, please go back round to reception after your lesson to complete your membership application, and make payment for your first month.

All our Adult Beginner members are entitled to free access to our Public Swim sessions. Once you’ve progressed to Adult Widths and become more confident in our deep section of the pool you will be entitled to free access to our Adult Lane sessions.

Adult Beginners: 45 minutes

Mondays 6.30pm – 7.15pm

Tuesdays 6.30pm – 7.15pm & 7:15pm – 8pm

Wednesdays 6.30pm – 7.15pm

Thursdays 6.30pm – 7.15pm & 7:15pm – 8pm

Fridays 6.30pm – 7:15pm

The Small Pool at Shirley

  • Small Pool: 5m x 2.5m and 0.5m deep.
  • Introducing breath control, floating gliding, relaxation, regaining standing.
  • Gently building water confidence in a small, warm, shallow and secluded pool.
  • Learning basic movement techniques.
  • ASA / STA Qualified Teacher in the water.
  • Take one lesson a week or more to improve progress.
  • No children, no spectators.

Take a listen to one of our customers who came to learn to swim and 9 years later is taking on the English Channel. Really.

Chris Cole video at Shirley Pool

Adult Improvers

The adult improvers classes offer a comfortable and relaxed environment for you to come and develop your swimming. Our adult trainers  provide a range of adult lessons for every ability. Widths lessons are primarily aimed at improving technique and expanding your swimming ability, whereas the lengths lessons are perfect for somebody looking for an extra drive to help them keep fit.

Adults Widths: 45 minutes

Tuesday & Thursdays 7:45pm

Adult Lengths: 1 hour

Mondays 7.30pm

Wednesdays 7.45pm

The Main Pool at Shirley

  • Main Pool: 25m x 8m
  • Shallow both ends.
  • Building deep water confidence
  • stroke technique
  • stamina
  • diving.

If you have not mastered the breathing, start in the small pool first!

A detailed list of available times is displayed on the right as a download. Find a slot that fits then call the pool to book a place. Depending on timing, you would normally need to pay for the first few weeks by card or cash before the rolling card payments starts.


Duration: 45- 1hour

Price: £50.70 per month (paid by rolling card payments or Direct Debit)