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Swim Lessons Academy

This exciting Swim Lessons Academy focuses on introducing swimmers to the range of swimming skills using a fun, engaging approach while all the time developing the skills to enable the swimmer to progress through each level!

As part of the programme each child will receive a passport booklet that outlines the skills taught at each level. As your child completes each level and they move through their Learn to Swim journey they will receive a sticker to stamp their passport with. Working with and applying Swim Ireland’s syllabus will allow us to more effectively monitor each swimmer’s progression to ensure they are given the best opportunity within their class to progress.

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World Class Facilities

The Sport Ireland Campus Swim Lessons Academy are held in the state-of-the-art Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre. This is Ireland's national swimming centre and is not only built to Olympic standards but was also home to the 2003 Special Olympics Pool swimming and diving events.

The swim lessons are held in a 10-lane 50-metre x 25-metre international-standard swimming pool with two moveable floors which allow our coaches to cater for all ability levels during our swimming lessons. 

There is also a 25-metre international standard diving/warm-up pool to meet the needs of those in swimming lessons.

For parents, the swimming lessons are viewable from any of the 2,500 seats around the pool and there is also an on-site Café and Restaurant.


Top Class Coaching

The coaches who conduct the Sport Ireland Campus swimming lessons are fully qualified, dedicated and expert swim coaches to ensure your child will have a thoroughly enjoyable time learning and developing their swimming skills.

It is the combination of swim coaches and our world-class facilities which allow us to provide a swim lessons academy which is unrivalled.

Learn to Swim Programme

Adult & Child

6 months to 3 years: Introduction to the aquatic environment while learning through play. One parent per child attends the class. (30-minute lesson held in AquaZone)


Age 3 upwards: Independence and developing confidence in water. Classes are delivered in the AquaZone with teachers in the water. (30-minute lesson held in AquaZone)


Age 4 upwards: Introduction to the big pool with support in the water. Classes are delivered in the competition pool with teachers in the water.

(40-minute lessons held in main pool area)

Level 1

Fundamentals of swimming, building the foundations of each aquatic skill. *NB Teachers will not be in the water for Level 1*   (40-minute lessons held in main pool area)

Level 2 – Level 6

Progression from Level 1, working on the fundamentals of swimming, building the foundations of each aquatic skill. (40-minute lessons held in the main pool area)

Level 7 & Level 8

The finishing touches to all strokes, building stamina and developing other aquatic skills. (60-minute lessons held in main pool area)


Teen Learn to Swim programme; Beginners to Advanced levels.

(45-minute lessons held in main pool area)


Where to now: For swimmers who would like to develop their swim technique and keep fit. (2 x 60-minute sessions per week held in main pool area)

Rookie Lifesaving

Bronze, Silver and Gold - working from the basics to more advanced levels in lifesaving including basic first aid.

(45 minutes dry land session and 1-hour pool session on Wednesday)