Active NAtion

If your child is unwell or showing any symptoms of Covid-19 we ask you to refrain from attending the lesson and to follow the government advice.

At Active Nation we love teaching swimming! With over 100,000 attendances per year we pride ourselves on delivering consistently quality tuition.

We believe swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should have the opportunity to explore. Whether you’re a child or an adult, swimming can help with motor development, alleviate stress and help maintain physical and mental wellbeing.

The Swimming lessons follow the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme where students are rewarded throughout their progress. To view the swimming pathway click on this link

Lessons run throughout the year on a 50 week plan with students being continually assessed and moved through the stages at their own pace based on ability.  There is also an opportunity for parents to monitor their child’s progress on our state of the art home portal which you can access at anytime and anywhere online.

As a child’s confidence in swimming progresses there are many opportunities provided through Active Nation to pursue other interests in the aquatics discipline including Diving, Lifeguarding and Water Polo.

6 reasons to choose Active Nation’s Swim Lessons Programme:


Thank you for your support and patience whilst we’ve reopened Bitterne Leisure Centre in line with the UK Active and Swim England Covid-19 guidance. We’re excited to let you know that we are re-commencing Swimming Lessons from Saturday 3rd October.

To adhere to the Swim England Return to Swimming lesson guidance, we have had to reduce some of the class sizes and stagger the lesson start times. Therefore, over the next couple of weeks you may receive a call from a member of the team to help us coordinate your return to swimming.  We are trying our best to accommodate every swimmer back into the same class they were attending prior to the venue closure, but this may not be possible. So, we’ll be in touch with you over the next couple of weeks to confirm your lesson dates and times.

If you are not planning on returning to swimming lessons in October and haven’t already told us, we would really appreciate it if you could let us know by emailing us at This will help us to accommodate as many swimmers as possible.

What’s Changed?

  • Please queue outside the blue locker room fire door until you are called in by a member of the team.
  • If your child is learning to swim in the Teaching Pool, you’ll be able to stay with them to assist in them getting changed in the female changing rooms both before and after the session, please be as quick as you can.
  • Whilst their lesson is taking place, you will be able to wait in the poolside viewing gallery. As of the date and time of this email, wearing a facemask is not compulsory, but we would recommend this. Note, if the guidance changes here, we will let you know.
  • At the end of the lesson, you’ll be able to go through the female changing room and meet your child in the locker area and use the female changing room to get changed. Please be as quick as you can.
  • Please exit the venue via the small red fire door just before you get to Reception.
  • Please queue outside the blue locker room fire door until your child is called in by a member of the team.
  • If you child is learning to swim in the main pool, you’ll be asked to drop them off at the fire exit entry point and wait for them outside the venue, you can wait in your car but please do venture out of the car park.
  • Main Pool Swimming Lessons will go straight through to poolside to get unchanged and then straight into the pool for their lesson.
  • At the end of the lesson, they will be directed to the Male Changing Rooms and able to get changed and then exit the building via the small red fire exit door before you get to Reception.
  • Parents and guardians will then be able to collect the child from the collection point just outside the main entrance.
  • Our Parent & Baby and Pre-School Sessions will be able to access the venue via the main entrance to access the changing rooms.
  • We have moved our Aqua Aerobics classes to ensure there is no cross over between these Swim Lessons and Aqua Aerobics Supporters.
  • Baby Change Units will be available and we’ll also have additional benches on poolside and bag drop areas for your belongings.

More information? 

If you would like any more information on the learn to swim programme please give us a call, email us at or fill in the contact form below:



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