Swimming Lessons – SwimLincs learn to swim programme

Five-day learn to swim course, Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June

This five-day crash course is designed for non-swimmers and beginners and will help them learn and retain new skills over the week. The course will improve water confidence, skills and swimming strokes in a structured, but fun environment.

These sessions will take place daily at Ancholme Leisure Centre from Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June and are running at the following times:

  • 8.30am to 9am – One-to-one lessons, £112.50
  • 9am to 9.30am – Non-swimmers group lessons, £25
  • 9.30am to 10am – Non-swimmers group lessons, £25
  • 10am to 10.30am – Beginners group lessons, £25
  • 10.30am to 11am – One-to-one lessons, £112.50

To book your place contact Ancholme Leisure Centre on 01724291900. Payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Welcome to SwimLincs, our learn to swim programme

Swimming is an important life skill and our SwimLincs learn to swim programme will ensure children and adults become confident and safe in water.

Our aim is to provide the best learn to swim experience for your child and for you.

Our lessons run for 50 weeks a year with each lesson lasting 30 minutes, of which a minimum of 25 minutes will be water-based activities.

The SwimLincs learn to swim programme is available at

  • Ancholme Leisure Centre
  • Axholme North Leisure Centre
  • Baysgarth Community Hub
  • Riddings Community Hub
  • The Pods

The programme is divided into nine stages:

SwimLincs Minis

Adult and Baby – four months to 17 months (STA starfish award 1 to 3)

Adult and Tots – 18 months to three years of age (STA starfish awards 4 to 6)

Pre-school lessons – three to four year olds (STAnley awards 1 to 4)


Non-swimmer – four years plus (Seahorse awards 1 to 2)

Beginner – four years plus (Seahorse awards 3 to 4)

Improver – (Dolphin awards 1 to 2)

Intermediate – (Dolphin awards 3 to 4)

Advanced – (Dolphin award 5)

Development classes – Rookie lifeguard and Challenge awards

Children are continually assessed throughout their lessons and you can view your child’s progress online using our SwimLincs Home Portal.

When your child achieves an award, their swimming teacher will issue a badge slip. Badges and certificates can be purchased at the customer service desk.

If your child is ready to move up to the next stage, your child will be added to the movement list and you will be contacted by the centre when a place is available.

Accessing the SwimLincs Home Portal

You can check your child’s progress in swimming lessons by accessing the SwimLincs Home Portal. This service is free to use and once you have registered you can view your child’s swimming lesson progress from the comfort of your home.

We’re about to launch a new home portal service, so until this goes live we’re not able to create home portal accounts for new customers. However, your child’s progress is still being recorded and you can ask the customer service team at site for an update. We’ll keep you posted on the launch of the new portal and will email you with an update when it’s due to go live.

We’re currently accepting applications for children aged 4+ to join the waiting list for SwimLincs lessons. Please complete the online application form linked below to register your interest.

SwimLincs application form


On receiving your application your child’s name will be added to the waiting list and you will be contacted by the centre when a place becomes available. Places will be offered a maximum of three times before your child’s details are removed from the waiting list.

We offer two payment options:

Academy member

Monthly payment via direct debit – £21

  • one SwimLincs lesson per week for 50 weeks of the year
  • automatic re-enrolment (terms and conditions apply)
  • price for life (terms and conditions apply)
  • the card holder is entitled to use any of the council’s pools free during casual swim sessions

Casual pay-as-you-go member

Payment in advance for a 10 week block – £51 (SwimLincs Minis £46.50)

  •  one SwimLincs lesson per week for 10 weeks

Top-up payments for the next 10 weeks must be received before the start of the last lesson to secure your child’s place. Failure to top-up during this time will result in your child automatically losing their place in the lessons.

Our aim is to provide the best ‘learn to swim’ experience for your child and for you as the ones bringing them to the pool. To help us achieve this aim we would be grateful if you would adhere to the following code of conduct.

Swimmers are asked to:

  • arrive in good time for the lesson
  • when changed, wait quietly in the designated area no more than five minutes before the start of your lesson for the swimming teacher to collect you
  • wear suitable swimwear and tie long hair back
  • visit the toilet before the start of your lesson
  • shower before you enter the pool water
  • remove all jewellery
  • inform the swimming teacher of any illness or injuries before the start of the lesson
  • only enter the pool when told to by your swimming teacher
  • not eat or drink fizzy or sugary drinks up to one hour before the start of your lesson
  • listen to your swimming teacher and ask if you do not understand their instructions
  • always try your best and enjoy your lesson

Parents and guardians are asked to:

  • make sure your child arrives in good time for the start of their lesson and is collected promptly after the lesson
  • remain in the building at all times if your child is under the age of eight
  • not to wait or walk on to poolside
  • use lockers provided and not leave personal belongings in the changing cubicles
  • not approach the swimming teacher during lessons. If you have a question about your child’s progress please complete a ‘Question and Answer’ form or you can view their progress by accessing our Swimlincs Home Portal
  • view your child’s lesson in the designated spectator area and not on poolside or the changing rooms.
  • not to bring your child if they feel ill or have been ill in the last 48 hours with diarrhoea, a sickness bug, a contagious disease (for example measles or chicken pox), an ear infection, open wounds, coughs or colds. It is advisable that they do not swim until fully recovered and symptom free
  • ensure that your child does not eat or drink at least one hour before their lesson.
  • be consistent with attending lessons
  • ensure that fees are paid in advance of the start of the lessons
  • respect our swimming teachers and share any concerns or complaints with the Health and Fitness Development Manager or Duty Manager immediately.

We thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

Please report to the customer service desk 20 minutes before the start of your child’s first lesson. This will allow us time to set-up your payment plan, answer any questions you may have regarding the lessons, explain who your child’s swimming teacher is and direct you to the changing rooms and waiting area.

Buoyancy aids will be provided for the duration of the lesson if needed and goggles are available to purchase from the customer service desk before the start of your child’s lesson.

The swimming teacher will take a register at the start of each lesson and collect your child from the designated waiting area.

Our swimming lessons run back to back so unfortunately there is no time for you to talk to your child’s swimming teacher during lesson time. If you have a question or would like to discuss your child’s progress we would ask that you complete a ‘Question and Answer’ form. The forms are available from the customer service desk in the centre. Your child’s teacher will contact you as soon as possible regarding your question.

SwimLincs Home Portal

For those parents or guardians who have registered for this free service, you will be able to view your child’s progress online using our SwimLincs Home Portal. We’re currently updating this system so we’re not able to add accounts for new customers. However, we’ll be launching the new portal soon and will keep you updated on progress.

Swimming lessons for adults are available at Ancholme Leisure Centre and Axholme North Leisure Centre. Please contact your preferred venue for more information.




The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK every year, and there are currently more than 80,000 pool lifeguards qualified in the NPLQ – 95% of all UK pool lifeguards.

RLSS UK is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, and CCEA in Northern Ireland.

Our next RLSS courses

  • Our next NPLQ course is taking place at Axholme North Leisure Centre, 27 May to 3 June 2023.

Dates (all must be attended)

  • Saturday 27 May, 8am to 12:15pm
  • Sunday 28 May, 8am to 12:15pm
  • Tuesday 30 May, 8am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 31 May, 8am to 4pm
  • Thursday 1 June, 8am to 4pm
  • Friday 2 June, 8am to 4pm
  • Saturday 3 June, 9am to 1pm (assessment)



Lifeguard course prerequisite

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:

  • Jump / dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  • Tread water for 30 seconds

Course content

The NPLQ covers all elements of pool rescue techniques, lifeguarding theory, first aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

About the assessment

Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.

The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Written multiple choice question paper on all 3 sections
  • Practical first aid & CPR assessment

Please contact Axholme North Leisure Centre on 01724 291900 or speak to the front of house team for more information or to register your interest.

Swimming teacher courses

STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching

Are you looking for a career that matters? If so, train to be a swim teacher. With flexible teaching hours to fit around your lifestyle, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of a work-life balance whilst teaching an incredible and important life skill.

The STA Level 2 Award in Swim Teaching aims to produce swimming teachers that can teach up to 12 non-swimmers, beginners, improvers, or assist in swimming lessons. No previous swimming teaching qualifications are needed.

Our next STA level 2 award in swimming teaching course starts on Wednesday 10 May and is a mixture of online learning and face-to-face learning at The Pods.


  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Hold a current STA membership (approx. £40 per year)

Length of course

  • 40 hours contact time with a tutor

Course dates

All dates must be attended

  • Wednesday 10 May 4.30pm to 8.30pm (online)
  • Saturday 13 May 12.30pm to 5.00pm (online)
  • Thursday 18 May 7.00pm to 9.00pm (online)
  • Saturday 20 May 12.30pm to 5.00pm (online)
  • Wednesday 24 May 4.30pm to 8.30pm (online)
  • Thursday 25 May 4.30pm to 8.30pm (online)
  • Tuesday 30 May 8.30am to 1pm, and 3.45pm to 7pm (The Pods)
  • Wednesday 31 May 8.30am to 1pm (The Pods)
  • Thursday 1 June 8.30am to 1pm (The Pods)
  • Friday 2 June 8.30am to 12.30pm (The Pods)
  • Tuesday 6 June 3.45pm to 8pm (The Pods)
  • Thursday 8 June 3.30pm to 6.30pm (The Pods)


  • Complete a portfolio of questions by Friday 2 June to the satisfaction of the course tutor including lesson plans and schemes of work
  • Complete a multiple-choice question paper in exam conditions
  • Undertake at least 3.5 hours poolside teaching during the course
  • External assessment – teach a 30-minute lesson


  • £300

Funding to cover the cost of the course may be available if you commit to teaching for NL Active for a minimum of one year after passing the course. To discuss funding opportunities, register your interest, or find out more please contact Helen Hathway at  helen.hathway@northlincs.gov.uk