Service Updates

Our Aquarius Swim School swimming lesson programme allows kids to enrol for lessons at any time. Lessons run for 50 weeks of the year, with two weeks off over the Christmas and New Year period. This allows your child to have a continual swimming experience with us.

Lessons are 30 minutes in duration, with one-hour multi-aquatic classes available for children who have progressed through all of the stages – we run a continuous assessment for all children, enabling progression at the point when all the criteria has been achieved.

The swim programme focuses on all four main strokes, water confidence and water skills. Children will develop key stroke techniques whilst working towards badges from the ASA ‘learn to swim’ pathway.

We operate a direct debit payment scheme, which is set up at the time of booking. Once set up, it will allow your child to continuously move through the programme when the teacher feels they are capable.

Coventry Sports Foundation (operated as CV Life) does not offer refunds, credit notes or change of times for any missed lessons due to illness or holiday. Doctors/hospital letters must be provided to receive credits for lessons missed due to illness/broken bones.

Face masks/ coverings are mandatory for swimming lesson parents. 
Only 1 parent should be accompanying their child. 
Please ensure you are observing social distancing by following the dot system on the floor when watching your child swim. When all spaces have gone to watch your child swim please wait outside the main doors until the lesson has ended. 
For customers who are medically exempt from wearing face masks, you can watch your child swim without a covering but you are required to wear your exemption lanyard.

Enrolling now at all Centres

How To Enrol

Please visit reception at the centre you’d like to attend and complete the enrolment and direct debit forms. Please bring proof of address and bank details for the Direct Debit.


Ducklings classes are based on age range, whereas stages 1 upwards are classes based on ability. Children will progress through stages once all elements of the stage have been achieved.

Your child can progress to the next stage at any time throughout the year. Your current teacher will present your child with a progression slip which you take to reception. They will try to find you a class that is convenient for you and, if we succeed, your child will move up to the next stage the following week.

Once your child has completed a stage, they will be awarded with a badge which is available to purchase from reception.


We have a range of badges available for children to gain throughout the stages of the framework. These include ‘Stage’ badges when they complete a phase of progression, ‘Distance’ badges and ‘I Can’ Awards for the younger children.

Badges can be achieved at any time throughout the year as your children are continually assessed on their swimming. If your child is awarded with a badge, your teacher will present him or her with a badge slip, which you can take to reception and purchase the badge.

Click here to view Children’s lessons at The Alan Higgs Centre.
Click here to view Children’s lessons at Xcel Leisure Centre.
Click here to view Children’s lessons at Centre AT7
Click here to view Children’s lessons at The Wave

NEW! Accelerated Lessons at The Wave

Start Date: 2nd September 2020

We would like to introduce our BRAND NEW lessons coming to The Wave this September!
These sessions take place every Wednesday during term time only and have a maximum of 4 children in each group, bringing more focus and development to each individual.

Enrolment now available. Visit The Wave and our reception team will be happy to help.

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Half-term timetable
Class Timetable

Last Updated on 16th September 2020

The Alan Higgs Centre
Monday 3:30pm-6:00pm
Tuesday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Wednesday 3:30pm-6:00pm
Thursday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Friday 3:30pm-6:00pm
Centre AT7
Monday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Tuesday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Wednesday 3:30pm-6:00pm
Thursday 3:30pm-6:00pm
Friday 3:30pm-8:00pm
Saturday 8:30am-12:00pm
Xcel leisure Centre
Monday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Tuesday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Wednesday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Thursday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Friday 3:30pm-7:00pm
Saturday (am) 9:00am-12:00pm
Saturday (pm) 3:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday (am) 9:00am-12:00pm
Sunday (pm) 3:30pm-6:00pm
NEW! The Wave (Accelerated Lessons)
Stage 2 (Wednesdays) 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Stage 3 (Wednesdays) 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Stage 4 (Wednesdays) 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Stage 5 (Wednesdays) 5:30pm - 6:00pm


The swimming lesson price includes FREE public swimming for children currently enrolled onto the Aquarius Swim School.


(1) The whole pool may not be available during all sessions.
(2) Must be a confident swimmer and be able to swim continuous laps.
(3) Deep water only.
(4) Male staff may be on duty during Ladies only sessions.
(½) Half pool is used.
( ¼ ) One Quarter pool is used.
*This session may be cancelled due to a party booking. Please check the website for further details.

  • All places are on a first come first served basis, tickets go on sale 15 minutes before.
  • On Bank Holiday, swim times may change.
  • The Foundation does not provide any floation aids during public swimming sessions. Armbands can be purchased at Reception.
Details Badges
Ducklings A fun class for children aged 2½ to 4 and aims to build water confidence and motor skills without a parent in the water. Ducklings 1-4
I Can Awards
Stage 1 This class is for children aged 4 and upward with no water confidence or swimming experience. I Can Awards
Stage 1
Stage 2 For children aged 4 and upwards who have confidence in the water. This class will develop basic stroke techniques, basic floating and jumping in. 5m
Stage 2
Water Skills 1
Stage 3 This class will enable children to further develop front and back swimming techniques, safe entries, submersion and rotation skills. 20m
Stage 3
Water Skills 2
Stage 4a Children will be able to swim 10m unaided on both front and back in shallow water and will introduce all four stroke techniques. 15m
Preliminary Safety Skills
5m Stroke Awards
Stage 4b This class is in deep water and will further develop swimming techniques. Children will be working towards maintaining correct technique over a long distance. 25m
5m Stroke Awards
Stage 4
Water Skills
Stage 5 This class will develop all four main strokes as well as water skills such as sculling and treading water. 10m Distance Stroke
Stage 5
Water Skills 4
Stage 6 This class will develop effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing across all four strokes and building up stamina. Children will also be introduced to swimming in clothes and personal survival skills. Personal Survival 1
Stage 7 All four swimming strokes will be performed for the distance of 25m. Skills learnt throughout stages 1-7 will be refined and further developed. Personal Survival 2
25m Stroke Awards
Water Skills 6 and 7
Rookie Lifeguard Learn about water safety, how to save yourself, act out rescues, swim with your clothes on and have lots of fun too (1 Hour). Bronze 1,2,3. Silver
1,2,3. Gold 1,2,3.
Multi Aquatics This class develops the finer technical points of all four strokes, speed and stamina. Children will be introduced to other aquatic activities: diving, water polo and synchronised swimming (1 Hour). Bronze, Silver, Gold
Honours, 800m,
1000m, 2000m
& 1 Mile

Children’s Lesson Prices

(30 Minute Lessons)
Full Price (No Go CV card)
£26.50 per month
Go CV card
£24.50 per month
Go CV card + concession
£20.50 per month

Multi Aquatics 

(60 Minute Lessons)
Full Price (No Go CV card)
£32.50 per month
Go CV card
£30.50 per month
Go CV card + concession
£28.50 per month

Accelerated Lessons

at The Wave
The swiming lesson price includes FREE public swimming for children currently enrolled onto the Aquarius Swim School.
The Wave
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Xcel Leisure Centre
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The Alan Higgs Centre
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Centre AT7
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Swimming lessons
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Term-time Activities
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