Crash Courses

School Holidays

Each week of the school holidays the Shirley Swimming Pool offers a fast track teaching program for all levels and abilities of children. The high standard of tuition is extended to two-hour classes every afternoon, an hour’s tuition and an hour’s supervised free play.

Progress in stroke technique is always visible after a week long course because the children retain the skills they have learned the previous day. One full hour of tuition gives ample time for one to one attention, explanation, demonstration and repetitive practice. The children really enjoy their playtime, always finishing with a real treasure hunt. At least once a week the large play inflatable is included in playtime.

The lesson plan follows the same theme as the regular weekly lessons but condensed into five days. So, for example, the diving progressions will begin within pool practices and progress daily through jumps and kneeling, to attempts at full dives.

The skills learnt are testing against the ASA Water Skills (1-6) through the week and on the last day the swimmers are tested over the length to see how far they can swim. As well as the badges that the children earn they are presented with a commemorative certificate at the end of the week.

Next Crash Course

The next Crash Courses:

April Easter School Holidays 2020

Week 1:

Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April 2020 (4-Day courses)

Week 2:

Tuesday 14th April – Friday 17th April 2020 (4-Day courses)

1.30pm-3.30pm Strokes classes

Who Is it for?

Crash Courses are open to all swimmers and beginners and especially useful for those busy families who cannot manage after-school lessons. Crash course swimming lessons for children in the school holidays always fill quickly.

The choice of class:

  • Beginners
  • Backstroke / Frontcrawl
  • Breaststroke

To assess which class will be most suitable for your child, please see the downloads section to the right or call us on 02380 781 901 and have a friendly chat with our staff.

ASA  & STA Qualified Teachers

One hour tuition, one hour play

Telephone bookings welcome with a card.


Full payment is required for booking a place on a crash course, but this can be done by telephone using any major credit card: 02380 781901. If the lines are busy and you are struggling to get through, the emails are checked most days and we will book a place and then phone you to take payment.

All non-members are required to fill out a basic information form and will receive an ID card to scan when they arrive.

All levels are taught in the main pool, including beginners. Please ensure your child is able to stand in the main pool before booking.

See Our One Milers Gallery

Star Swimmers from Crash Courses- Sophie

Pictures from 2019 Crash Courses

Pictures from our 2020 Crash Courses



Current Members

5 Days £91.45

4 Days £77.44

                                                            Non Members

 5 Days £96.80

4 Days £86.69