Family run swimming lessons for all ages and abilities in Hatch End
Our family has taught swimming at Hatch End Swimming Pool for over forty years
Personalised and fun
Our main aim is that learning to swim should be fun. We work towards a variety of Swim England awards rather than only the Stages. Our classes are mixed ability, and are tailored to a pupil’s individual needs with a focus on water safety,
A passion for swimming
Our teachers are experienced, and genuinely care about our pupils. We grew up in swimming families and still enjoy swimming ourselves.
Swim for fitness, swim for life
The teenagers and adults who swim with us in our coaching sessions do so to improve their fitness and train for other sports. Interval training is a fantastic way to build cardiovascular fitness and keep healthy.
Hatch End Swimming Pool
Hatch End, Middx
Classes on Friday afternoons during term time
South Oxhey Leisure Centre
South Oxhey, Herts
Training on Sunday evenings during term time
Our Classes for Children
All of our lessons for children take place at Hatch End Swimming Pool on Friday afternoons from 4pm – 8pm.
Fun and engaging classes for children aged 3 years and up. The teacher works in the water with a ratio of 1:4.
Designed for school aged children who can swim less than 10m, taught mainly with the teacher on poolside and a ratio of 1:8.
These classes are for children who can swim 10m unaided on the front and back.
Deep Water Improvers
Stroke improvement classes for confident swimmers who can swim over 50m.
A class designed to perfect the strokes and skills of those who can swim over 100m, with lengths classes at 6.30 and 7.00 for better swimmers.
Our Classes for Adults
We run lessons for adults on Friday evenings at Hatch End Swimming Pool, and training for adults on Friday evenings at Hatch End Pool and Sunday evenings at South Oxhey Leisure Centre
A relaxed class for non-swimmers who wish to develop water confidence and start to swim on the front and back.
Stroke and skill development and a gradual introduction to deeper water for adults able to swim 10m or more.
Advanced skills and techniques for confident, deep water swimmers.
Length sessions to improve fitness (suitable for triathletes).
Timetable for Children's Classes
All classes run for 30 minutes unless otherwise specified.
Timetable for Adult Classes
Beginners, Improvers and Advanced (width classes at Hatch End Swimming Pool)
7.30 – 8.00pm on Fridays
Training (lengths classes at Hatch End Swimming Pool)
6.30 – 7.30pm on Fridays
Training (lengths classes at South Oxhey Leisure Centre)
6.00 – 7.00pm on Sundays
Term Dates and Fees
Term Dates and Fees
Fee for the Autumn Term: £115 (payable as a non-refundable deposit of £40 on booking, followed by the balance of £75 on the first day of term).
Have a read through the list of classes we offer to work out which one is the best fit. It is important to note that Hatch End is a deeper pool than average, so your child should be able to swim out of their depth in our First Improvers level and above. We believe it is better to be conservative when you choose a class – we can put them into a lower class and promote them if necessary. Our teachers are skilled at assessing your child’s ability – if they are placed in the wrong class we will be able to offer advice!
We have a very high demand for places, so the sooner you enrol, the more likely we are to be able to find you a space. That said, certain times are more popular than others, and the more flexible you can be with choosing a time, the more likely you are to get a place.
We provide all the equipment needed in the water, including armbands and floats. All you need to bring is a towel and appropriate swimwear. Goggles and a swimming hat are optional. For health and safety reasons, all jewellery must be removed prior to the lesson, and long hair should be tied back.
This depends on the age of the child. It is great for younger children to get used to putting their faces in the water without goggles from a safety perspective, but for older children, goggles can really help their technique. If you wish for your child to wear goggles, it is best to choose a pair that fit well, and to help your child practise putting them on independently. It is a good idea for your child to try out the size and fit of their goggles in the bath to make sure they aren’t too loose or tight. If your child’s goggles are proving to be a distraction during the lesson, the teacher will ask that they be removed and kept on the side.
It is a good idea to arrive at the pool ten minutes before the start f your child’s first lesson. You can take them through to the changing room to get changed, and then walk with them to the poolside entrance, which is at the far end of the changing room. A teacher on poolside will be able to tell you where your child should stand and wait for their lesson to begin. Children wait with the other pupils from their class, and parents are not permitted to wait on poolside for health and safety reasons. Your child should stand by the wall while they wait for the class to begin. When the lesson has finished, you can meet your child back in the changing room.
All of our classes are fully booked during term time, and fees are payable in advance. Because of this, we cannot reschedule classes if your child is absent for any reason, and we do not offer a refund for missed lessons.
There are male and female changing facilities on site, along with two family changing rooms with pull down baby changing benches, and a changing room for people with disabilities. The lockers take a £1 coin. There are toilets and showers in each changing room and limited cubicle space. Men are not permitted into the female changing room, and vice versa, but young children may be changed in their parent’s changing room.
We have a team of ASA qualified, experienced swimming teachers in our team, as well as our brilliant assistant teachers. In our Seal Cubs classes, there will always be a teacher or assistant in the water.
There are limited spectator facilities at Hatch End Pool, but you can usually find a space from which to watch your child’s lesson.
Due to the child protection policies in place at Hatch End Pool, we request that no photos or videos be taken of any children in the pool, or in the changing room.
Our teachers are responsible for the safety of the class they are teaching. They are therefore unable to answer questions during lesson time. If you have any questions, please contact us using the details provided.
We aim to recognise achievement with a badge and certificate at the end of each term, and we use the full range of ASA badges and certificates in a range of disciplines (not just the National Plan awards) to enable us to recognise achievement. Years of experience have taught us that not every child can achieve an award every term, and your child’s attendance and effort will impact the liklihood of them receiving an award. Badges and certificates can be purchased on the last day of each term, when you come and renew your place.
Our teachers are experienced and teach mixed ability classes to enable them to cater to the individual needs of each pupil. There is no time limit for each class – some children will stay in a class for one term, others for longer. The pupils are assessed regularly, and moved up when the teacher sees fit.
The best way to improve progress is to swim regularly as a family for fun. This will give your child an opportunity to practise the strokes and skills they are learning, and it will boost their confidence in the water if they can see other family members enjoying their time in the pool.
We're proud of our historic pool
Hatch End Swimming Pool stands in the grounds of the Harrow Arts Centre in Hatch End. The beautiful site used to be home to the Royal Commercial Travellers School, and the current swimming pool was part of the school’s facilities. The school was opened in 1855, and it was much larger back then, with further buildings on the current Morrisons supermarket site. When it shut down in 1967, Harrow Council bought the land and for a time it was home to the Harrow College of Education and St Theresa’s School. From 1988, the site has been used as the Harrow Arts Centre. The 400 seat Elliott Hall has housed a range of events, from comedy and film to dance and theatre, and the various classrooms and buildings in the grounds are the venue for dance classes and a range of groups for local residents.
The pool itself is now run by Everyone Active/SLM, and it has been well maintained over the years, and well loved by the local community. Schools use the site for swimming lessons, and many local residents remember taking their first classes at Hatch End. The facility was fully refurbished to include a reception and new male and female changing rooms, as well as family changing facilities. The staff are welcoming, and we find the pool a perfect size for our lessons, and for training in. We have been hiring the pool for forty one years now, and we are proud to use such a lovely, historical building.