Crash Courses

Crash Courses2024-06-27T17:13:14+00:00

A crash course is an intensive 3 or 5 day course swimming lessons. Our crash courses run in school holidays and we accept any ability of swimmer so long as they are 0.9 m (90 cm) or taller to their chin.


Summer Holidays

This summer, we are doing 3-day Crash Courses

45 minutes per lesson – just £53.99 for the entire 3-days!


Lucton School, Leominster, HR6 NPN
Trinity School, Hereford, HR4 0NU
The Elms School, Malvern, WR13 6EF
Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester, GL2 0LF

Summer 3-Day courses

Our 3-day crash courses are 45-minutes per day (135 minutes total) and are £53.99 per week


Our crash courses produce significant progress due to the premium quality environment we provide. Many children learn to swim their first independent width of the pool with us within two weeks.


Feedback after each session keeps you fully informed on your child’s progress throughout their week


On a recent crash course, 71% of all non-swimmers achieved their first width of independent swimming from just 5 x 30-minute lessons (source)


We are able to accommodate all abilities, from non-swimmer through to elite competitive standards

Our crash courses are extremely popular and are often over-subscribed, please contact us early to avoid disappointment 


👇 Don’t just take our word for it…Our crash courses get rave reviews! 👇

All reviews can be found here on our Facebook pages
(Herefordshire and Cheltenham & Gloucester)

In just 5 days our daughter has gone from a non-swimmer to being able to swim a width on her back! Amazing results which are down to the small class sizes and the personalised approach

Natalie MacDonald

This is our second crash course and once again our son makes so much progress. He’s gone from swimming a width for the first time at the last crash course, to beginning front and backstroke this crash course

Gemma Edward

Thank you, Typhoon for the Easter crash course! Truly amazing and noticeable improvements within the space of a week, I would highly recommend!

Jenny Creed-Newton

Absolutely fantastic!! My daughter loved it so much we spent most of our summer holidays sat by the pool watching her develop into a mermaid!! THANK YOU

Lisa Walker

Fantastic crash course lessons! Amazing progress in just 1 week – Thank you!

Kathy Lewis

Utterly brilliant! My son has just finished his crash course and in my son’s words it was “the best, loved every min of it”.  We can’t wait until our next holiday!

Virginia Everall

After a week our daughter is a completely different child! She was confidently jumping in the deep end and swimming a length independently!

I read the reviews before booking and was a little unsure. However, everything that is there is 100% true. I was blown away and would highly recommend Typhoon to anyone

Martin Hatton

My son’s words: ‘I absolutely loved it mum’ can’t beat that review!

After a weeks crash course, he is confident and counting down the days until he can go again!

Melody Gaudin

My daughter has gone from being afraid of water to swimming a width on her back in a week!! 

It’s also amazing to sit back and watch how far she progressed in that week, I was almost in tears at the end of the week!

Lucy Higgins



We’re so confident that your child will love our Summer Swimming Crash Courses that we offer a no-quibble guarantee:

If your child is not 100% happy after their first lesson, simply let us know. We will either work with you to make it right or offer a full refund—no questions asked.

Please note: To qualify for the no-quibble guarantee, you must inform us of any dissatisfaction after the first lesson. Partial refunds will only be considered if concerns are raised after the second or third lesson.

Your child’s happiness and safety are our top priorities!

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☕ FAQs

Is there any time when I should not submerge my baby? (Tots specific)2020-11-20T20:21:39+00:00

Yes, if your baby has hiccoughs or is coughing then submerging must wait until they have passed. A drink of water (not from the pool!) will sometimes help, or if you are still breast feeding that is the quickest and most effective way of stopping them.

Me or my child/baby are feeling unwell, can we still attend? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:24:54+00:00

We’re not doctors, so if you’re in any doubt always seek medical advice either by calling 111 (non-emergency), 999 (emergency) or your GP.

That said, if you or your child has a cold (e.g. a green blocked or runny nose) then swimming could result in sinus pain and unpleasant submerging experiences. Similarly, the infection may have spread to the ears which will be exaggerated by submerging. If you’re not swimming, then these are less of an issue.

We do not recommend any sport if the infection has moved to the throat or chest. If the adult or child in question has a sore throat and/or a chesty cough it’s best to rest up and recover quicker than to try and ‘push through’.

Please note, if you have any contagious infection (such as Chicken Pox) you must not come swimming until you are no longer contagious.

Important: – if the child or adult in question has suffered from diarrhoea in the last 48 hours you must remain at home.

COVID-19 update: If you are displaying any of the symptoms relating to COVID-19 then you MUST follow the NHS’s advice about self-isolation.

Goggles: when do we need them? (swimming)2020-05-30T16:04:36+00:00

Any child over 2 years old (so adults too!) can start to wear goggles. For comfort, we recommend a dedicated age-specific-sized pair of goggles with a fixed nose bridge for children (i.e. not adjustable) with a permanent gasket (cushioning) around the eye socket (i.e. not the plastic ‘bands’ that can fall off).

We also practice going under the water without goggles, mainly for safety but also if you’d like an underwater photograph they’ll look much better without goggles

Are your instructors lifesaving qualified? (Swimming)2020-05-30T15:49:15+00:00
All Typhoon swimming instructors hold a minimum of the Royal Life Saving Society’s ‘NRASTC ‘ lifesaving qualification and we run regular staff training to ensure all aspects of our instructors lifesaving knowledge is kept up to date
When should I feed my child or baby? (all sports)2020-05-30T15:43:45+00:00
We recommend finishing eating at least 90 minutes prior to the lesson commencing
If exclusively breastfeeding a baby (i.e. no other forms of food), this can be lowered to 30 minutes before the start of the lesson (due to the increased regularity between breastfeeds)
Can my other child sit and watch? (Swimming)2020-05-30T15:30:25+00:00

They are more than welcome, but they must be accompanied by another adult if under primary school age.

How many children are in each class? (Tots specific)2020-05-30T15:31:17+00:00

A maximum of 6 children (plus their accompanying adults and an instructor) are in each class.

Does the adult accompanying the baby/toddler need to be able to swim? (Tots specific)2020-05-30T15:31:48+00:00

Nope! We have many adults who can’t swim – you can stand or crouch in all of our pools. There will come a point where you need to submerge simultaneously with your baby/toddler but our friendly instructors will be in the water to help you every step of the way (or adapt anything you are not comfortable with).

Does my baby need to have completed their immunisations? (Tots specific)2020-05-30T15:32:01+00:00

You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It does not matter if they have not yet completed their course of vaccinations. Source: NHS

Do I have to get in the pool with my child? (Tots specific)2020-05-30T15:32:19+00:00

We require at least one accompanying adult to be in the water with your child. Our instructor will also be in the water to help and assist you, but you (or someone else) will need to get in the pool – don’t worry our Tots’ lessons take place in the shallow end of the pool and it’s an excellent activity to bond over.

What do you do in your lessons? (Tots specific)2020-05-30T15:32:35+00:00

Our lessons focus on teaching you how to be your child’s personal swimming teacher. We aim straight for independent swimming, including breathing, in order to teach babies and toddlers how to rescue themselves completely unaided. Our lessons avoid unnecessary flotation aids which can become a crutch, and will need to be removed at some point.

What should we wear/bring? (Tots specific)2020-05-30T15:32:43+00:00

For your child/baby:

  • we require all children who are not fully potty trained to wear a double nappy: this is a reusable swim nappy and a swimsuit on top
  • a spare swim nappy (just in case)
  • the other item worth considering is a neoprene jacket which keeps babies and toddlers toasty for longer
  • a poncho/towel to wrap up in on your way back to the changing rooms

For you/the adult:

  • please wear whatever you feel comfortable in that doesn’t restrict your movement, typically adults wear swimwear plus shorts/t-shirt as they desire
  • a drink (and maybe a healthy snack for after)
  • a hairband if you have long hair
  • some adults like to wear goggles for a clear view of their child when submerging
Do you have a minimum height/age requirement? (Tots specific)2020-05-30T15:32:59+00:00

We take any age of child from 12 weeks onwards. With our tots’ lessons, an adult will need to be in the water with the child to offer support and for safety – this means we have no height or ability restrictions.

How much are your lessons? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:28:06+00:00

Our lesson prices vary from venue to venue due to differing prices we’re charged to hire the facilities. Please get in touch and let us know the lesson/class you’re interested in as well as the venue and we can tell you our prices. Please note, our weekly lessons are 48 weeks minimum per year: we don’t stop for half terms or public holidays – we continue all year, only stopping for around 3 weeks over Christmas (meaning we typically provide you with 49 weeks of lessons). Our prices also include VAT.

I’d like to arrange a FREE trial 😀 (all sports)2020-05-30T16:28:19+00:00

Great! Please contact us to arrange your FREE trial as soon as a space becomes available. Please note, we only offer FREE trials for weekly group lessons, not for crash courses, private/121 lessons or holiday clubs.

What do we do if we can’t make the free trial? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:28:31+00:00

If you cannot attend this free trial, please don’t worry – just let us know and we’ll re-arrange

Can I video/photo my child? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:28:40+00:00

Photography and videography of any kind on any device by any person in any area during Typhoon’s lessons, including poolside, changing areas or the general facility where other children may be present, by adults or children is strictly prohibited. This is not a Typhoon policy; this is a child protection issue for which there is no flexibility. We apologise if this seems draconian, but hopefully, you can agree that child protection is not an area to compromise on.

Do I have to commit to a long contract? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:28:48+00:00

Not at all! For our weekly lessons we don’t run in terms, we run week in – week out – your space is yours until you want to leave. We operate an ‘easy-in, easy-out’ policy: just give us 1 month’s notice when you want to leave 😢 but we’re confident once you see our lessons that you’ll want to stay! 💪

For ad-hoc lessons such as crash courses, 1-2-1’s/private lessons or holiday clubs, these are arranged on an as-and-when basis with no requirement to commit long term.

What locations are you at? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:28:58+00:00

Please have a look at our locations page

Can my children have their lesson at the same time? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:29:07+00:00

This will depend on your children’s ability and the spaces we have available – we’re always mindful of siblings and aim to offer either consecutive or simultaneous lessons.

We can only attend a certain time/day, when will that space become available? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:29:22+00:00

We can’t guarantee how long it will take for space on a specific day/time to become available. We have a high demand for our lessons and we cannot predict when someone will leave our lessons and free up their space for you.

However, it’s worth mentioning that Typhoon always prioritises existing customers – customer loyalty means a lot to us. We will always take care of internal transfers before we offer spaces to our waiting list. Once you’re on lessons with us you become an existing customer and will receive that same priority treatment.

Therefore, we recommend to all our parents to be as flexible as possible when starting lessons with us.  Once onboard, you can put in a transfer request and get the priority offer of your ideal day/time as soon as it becomes available (and before being offered to those not on lessons/on the waiting list).

When will my child be offered a free trial? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:29:30+00:00

As soon as you have completed your free trial form we will start looking for an available space. We always offer free trials to ensure the group is the right fit for you/your child. Understandably, we are in high demand, so the more flexible you can be with days/times you’re able to attend; then the quicker we can find a matching space.

Are parents allowed to sit and watch? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:29:36+00:00

Absolutely – and we encourage it! We sit our parents as close to the lesson as is safe and possible, you will need to remove all outdoor footwear if you’re poolside. We have nothing to hide and want you to see our lessons up-close

How do we pay? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:29:45+00:00

We process payments for our lessons via direct debit, we can never see your bank details and you are protected by the direct debit guarantee.

Do you offer sibling discounts? (all sports)2020-05-30T16:29:52+00:00

Unfortunately, we don’t offer discounts for siblings as we charge the minimum amount possible per child. If we offered sibling discounts we’d need to increase the price for the first child which would in effect cancel this discount out. Additionally, parents with one child would be penalised. By charging our lowest price for each child we’re as transparent and as affordable as possible to everyone.


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