4 per class

Swimming Lessons for children aged 4+

Swimming Lessons – small group lessons ages 4+2024-04-11T09:07:11+00:00


Premier quality swimming lessons for children aged 4+

Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death worldwide. Learning to swim is therefore not only a life skill, but a lifesaving skill

Typhoon has redesigned the pathway for teaching swimming: created by ex-world class, international and national level swimmers and coaches we have started with a fresh-slate and designed what we believe to be the most rapid system for teaching children how to swim

Our approach is specifically designed to work in our high quality environments; which limits groups to a MAXIMUM OF 4 PER CLASS.


4 Children per class


Weekly Feedback


Rapid Progress

Premium Quality

With only 4 children per class, you can be assured that your child will be getting the attention they deserve

Our teachers instruct from in the water and will often lead by example: demonstrating the technique accurately so that children can copy. You wouldn’t try to teach someone to drive from the pavement, so why would you try to teach someone to swim from the pool-side?!

We’re hands-on with our teaching: we ensure your child’s safety by giving them the physical safety net of our hands in the water and we physically help them with their technique in order to get it right as quickly as possible. We believe in giving each child elite-level swimming technique, we don’t expect them to compete, but the idea is that each child will leave Typhoon with the strongest technical stroke, which will serve them well for the rest of their lives

Typhoon provides you with weekly updates on your child’s progress and what the next steps are in their pathway. Swimming is an odd sport, water is about fifty times more viscous (thicker) than air and any minor imperfection in technique is therefore 50x more slowing than it would be on dry land. In swimming, the aim is to fix your hand in the water and pull your body past your hand – not just simply ‘windmill’ your arms in a cause-and-effect style approach. Because of these nuances, intricacies and technicalities we like to ensure you understand why we’re doing what we’re doing, so that you’re fully onboard with the logic and can sit back whilst we do what we do best

Excellence in all areas

We’re qualified: All of our staff are hand picked, have swim teaching qualifications, are reference checked and are DBS checked every 3 years or less. We also ensure all members of our teaching staff have a lifesaving qualification. Each new instructor must pass our own in-house training program, which details how to teach our unique approach to swimming – you’ll only receive our rapid system with us. Our instructors must also keep up to date with annual internal training that we provide – making our instructors some of the most up-to-date in the industry

We’re consistent: we don’t run in terms, we run on a continuous rolling month. In this manner, the class improves together as a unit, so we don’t have to go ‘back to basics’ each ‘term’, or have a bunch of new swimmers every 12 weeks. We also don’t have a frantic re-booking rush as we don’t have re-booking windows! Your teacher will be the same teacher week in, week out with the exception of illness or holiday – in which case one of our equally qualified instructors will cover the lesson! 🙂

Our lessons continue throughout the entire year – we don’t stop for bank, public or school holidays. Our only break is over Christmas. This way, your child has access to lessons virtually all year and can make maximum progress

Don’t just take our word for it – read the glowing reviews left for us on Google and Facebook 👇

FREE trials!

no obligation, no hard sell, no long contract

Complete the form below, and we’ll contact you as soon as a suitable space becomes available to arrange your FREE trial. Please note that the free trial will take place in the same class (instructor, day, time) that we will afterwards offer you an ongoing space in.

Our small group (4 per class) lessons are for children aged 4+. If your child is not 4 yet, please see details about our Parent & Child classes (6 per class). These lessons are designed for children aged up to 5 years.

You will need to complete this form for each child you wish to sign up (sorry! It’s a technical limitation we’re working to resolve).

Question Time 👇

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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