Learn to Swim with Reading Swimming Club

We welcome anyone interested in learning to swim or wanting to improve their strokes from the age of 4 up to adult. Our swimming teachers are well qualified and enthusiastic, with a genuine interest for the sport of swimming.

The club is very proud to be SwimMark accredited. This provides evidence that the club and its programs and policies has been scrutinised, and found to be current and up-to-date with all the required regulations and that it will continue to improve.

All our swimmers wear swimming hats, for safety and hygiene reasons. Swimmers will need to get theses hats from the swimming teachers at a cost of £4.50. Red-Stages 1-3, White - Stages 4-6 and Black Stages 7 upwards including Academy, swimfit and Adults. Our swimming teachers have these hats at all our Sites.

We run the Teaching Programme from four different venues:

  • Highdown School, Emmer Green (Tuesday evening) Stage 3 and above
  • Sonning Common Primary School (Friday evening) Stage 1-2 only
  • Kendrick Girls' School (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning) Stages 1-10 and Adult Lessons
  • St Andrew's School, Pangbourne (Wednesday evening) Stages 1-10 and Adult Improver
  • New Venue from 8th June - The Abbey School, Reading (Saturday Afternoon's) All Stages

Our programme of lessons are structured to encourage progression from each stage to the next as the swimmer improves. Lessons run during term time only and are payable monthly by direct debt (monthly invoice will be sent out, payment will be around the 16th of the month).

Stages 1 - 6 lessons run for 30 minutes, Stages 7 - 9 run for 45 minutes and Academy sessions (Stage 10) run for 45 - 60 minutes. Swimfit 60 minutes and Adult lessons are 45 minutes.

From Stage 7 (coaches recommendation only), if your swimmer would like to take part in swimming competitions we encourage swimmers to move into our training section - starting with the Dev 4 Squad which is 2 sessions a week. Please see our 'Join Us' button on the home page or the 'Squad' tab for more details.

We do not permit parents onto poolside during their lessons as we feel this distracts and disrupts the childrens learning. For some medical conditions parents are allowed to stay.

Trial Session

The first step is to arrange a trial session.

To request an invitation to a trial session please email teachingprogram@readingswimclub.org.

This will send a message to our team, who will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.

When requesting a Trial, please tell us

  • Parent's name
  • Swimmer's name and date of birth
  • Swimming experience to date
  • Your email address, contact phone number also house number and postcode.

After your Trial session the Teacher will provide individual feedback and allocate an appropriate Stage. If after the trial you decide not to take up a place then we will charge you £8.75 for the lesson if its Stage 1-6 and £10.30 if its Stage 7 and above including Adults.  If you take up a place then the trial will be free.

The registration process is simple for both new and returning families. You’ll get access to your own private account to view/edit your contact information and current and past class histories. Your instructor and class details will be supplied after the trial or via email prior to the beginning of the new term.

If you decide you would like to stop your lessons then please give a 4 weeks notice in writing (email) before you would like to cancel, as this is subject to charge,  we ask that you don't cancel your Direct Debt until you have paid your final invoice.

Lesson Fees

Lessons restart from Tuesday 16th April 2024 to Sunday 28th July 2024 will be a 14 week course, No lessons are on in May Half Term unless we have had cancel lessons.  No Lessons from Monday 27th May until Monday 3rd June.

Fees for April 2024 will be - Children for 30 minute lessons £126.00 (£42.00 a month).

                                               Children for 45 minutes lessons £147.70 (£49.23 a month).

                                               Adults and Academy for 45-minute lessons £144.20 (£48.06 a month). 

                                               Academy and 45 minutes lessons - Twice weekly will be £288.40 (£96.13 a month).

                                               30 minutes lessons - Twice Weekly will be £248.49 (£82.83 a month).


Lesson timetable for April 24 to July 24.

Highdown School - Tuesday 16th April to Tuesday 23rd July  - No lessons on Tuesday 28th May as its Half Term.

St Andrew's School - Wednesday 17th April to Wednesday 24th July - No lessons on Wednesday 29th May as its Half Term.

Sonning Common Primary School - Friday 19th April to Friday 26th July - No lessons on Friday 31st May as its Half Term. 

Kendrick School - Friday 19th April to Friday 26th July - No lessons on Friday 31st May as its Half Term. 

Kendrick School - Saturday 20th April to Saturday 27th July - No lessons on Saturday 1st June as its Half Term.

Kendrick School - Sunday 21st April to Sunday 28th July - No lessons on Sunday 2nd June as its Half Term.

The Abbey School - Saturday 8th June to Saturday 27th July.


We look forward to meeting you.