Welcome to South West Swimming School

Welcome to South West Swimming School, we believe that a safe and secure environment is necessary in order to develop and improve the swimming skills of our pupils. Our instructors are fully ASA qualified and in house trained to teach within the water allowing good demonstrations and greater input into the lesson.

Our directors, Kelly and Erica have over 22 years experience between them, both here and abroad. Having qualified in special needs, adult and baby/child and aqua fit to an advanced standard. Together they have designed a unique recipe of teaching.

We at South West Swimming School prioritise Health and Safety when teaching swimming.

Our policy is that all none swimmers-duckling grade 1-4 are fitted with back floats at any of our venues.
This buoyancy aid will be progressively reduced once a child is getting confident and able to float, submerge completely without assistance.

Children are making progress wearing a back float as while they are not able to float independently yet, they can learn how to kick, pull and also learn basic breathing technique.

 All SWSS teachers are carefully selected for their teaching quality, knowledge and experience.



Autumn term will resume from Monday 2nd September  until Friday 20th December 2019.

Please note there will be lessons cancelled during Autumn 2019:

Saturday 28/09-
all swimming lessons from 1pm at Burntwood School are cancelled due school event. 

Half term: 21/10-27/10-all venues
During Half term break we will be running our intensive swimming course:
Splash course 21/10-25/10 at Emanuel School

Follow this link please for Autumn 2019 timetable&prices:
Autumn 2019 timetable and prices


Spring term will resume from Monday 6th January until Sunday 5th April 2020.
Please note there will be lessons cancelled during Spring 2020:
 Slot on Wednesday 5pm and 5:30 pm @ Emanuel School not available in Spring due to Swimming Gala 

* Half term: 17/02-23/02

During Half term break we will be running our intensive swimming course:
Spring Splash 17/02-21/02 @ Emanuel School

Follow this link please for Spring 2020 timetable&prices:
Spring 2020 timetable&prices




click here for terms and conditions


Choose your course


This 45 minute session is for pupils who need more of a challenge and can swim 50m plus. there are 8 pupils per lane/coach, course itinerary to include:

*Stroke improvement

*Starts and turns

*Speed swims

*Stamina training



Under three's; All classes run for half an hour

*Adult and Baby 5-18 months

*Adult and child up to three years

NB. Swim nappies are compulsory

Adults are in the water offering support to the child. Songs, games and key words are used to incorporate the swimming actions and introduce water safety skills. The lessons promote muscle tone, coordination and are a relaxing experience for you and your child.


Learn to swim or improve your strokes in a class or private lession. It is never too late to learn!

3 years plus:

This is a choice of private 1:1 lessons or up to 4:1. All grouped according to ability and age. Advanced swimmers are taught from the poolside, giving a greater vision of the full stroke movements.

*Stroke improvement

*Starts and turns

*Speed swims

*Stamina training



Are you staying at home during your school break? If so, why not try one of our intensive courses?

We run them at Emanuel and Ernest Bevin School from 9am -12pm. Book one or more weeks and enjoy your child progress.

Spring Term Splash Course

Please note Spring Splash course will be run only at Emanuel School
*dates to come*

Easter Holiday Splash courses:

Both weeks will be run at Emanuel and Ernest Bevin School

*dates to come*


Our locations


Burntwood Lane,
Tooting SW17 0AQ map


Beechcroft Road,
Tooting SW17 7DF map


Battersea Rise,
 SW11 1HS 
(access to and exit is via Spencer Park Road gate No parking available on school premises and all customers need to sign in when arriving for lessons)


Hydethorpe Road,
Balham SW12 0JA


401 Battersea Park Road,
Battersea SW11 5AP
(access is via Dagnal Street)




Coming soon we will have profiles on all our current teachers. Currently under moderation work:


Candidate Profile: ASA qualified or internationally recognised equivalent. Excellent swimming ability in all 4 strokes Significant teaching experience, specifically with small children Professional attitude and willingness to take responsibility when required to as part of our great team.

Please note ONLY candidates with the appropriate qualifications will be considered. Successful candidates will be contacted to attend an interview. Please note ONLY candidates with appropriate qualifications and valid DBS check will be considered.

Benefits working for us:

Competitive rate of pay plus bonuses*
Monthly Staff Training - Staff Social Days Out

What our customers say



National Plan for Teaching Swimming, powered by British Gas

The National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS - Powered by British Gas) 2007 is the national syllabus produced by the ASA to assist and support the delivery of swimming lessons.

It is the most successful sports programme of its kind and the syllabus is currently being implemented in over 1,000 swimming programmes nationwide as well as being adopted overseas as a model of good practice.

The NPTS has been developed to use fun and games to take children from their first splash to full competence in the water via 10 Stages but is underpinned throughout by Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles, with clear progression between each stage. The programme fully encompasses all aquatic disciplines, and incorporates Rookie Lifesaving in conjunction with the Royal Life-Saving Society.

The 'swimmer pathway' resulting from the revised syllabus provides more opportunity and variety for swimmers, as well as providing a smooth, progressive structure to take them through the stages. The ASA hopes this will improve the number of swimmers who continue to learn to swim in the later stages and provide a clear link into clubs for those who have completed or progressed well through the stages of the NPTS

The National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) is an all-inclusive programme which takes the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water. The National Governing Body for Swimming, the ASA, has produced a national syllabus for aquatics, in order to equip learn to swim providers with the training and tools to deliver a multi-aquatic, multi-skill programme.

The swimmer's journey through aquatics following the National Plan for Teaching Swimming will result in the development of a wide range of skills. These skills, are a jigsaw of pieces and when put together result in a competent, confident and safe swimmer who has the skill base for developing technique in a wide range of water based sports.

click here for link to NPTS website


Click here for a PDF of the Wave Guidance for Parents.

Emergency Welfare Contact Numbers:

Kelly Tuson Mobile: 07960 557712

Erica Pryke Mobile: 07903 655852

wavepower Do you know the name of your Club Welfare Officer?

Do you know what WAVEPOWER is?

Club Welfare Officers are volunteers many of whom work daily with children. All Welfare Officers will have a good knowledge of the WAVEPOWER document, which is the ASA policy and guidance to safeguarding children and young people in swimming. The Welfare Officer is there for all swimmers under 18 and makes the needs of these swimmers a priority. If you have a concern about yourself or another swimmer, how you are being treated by others or something that is making you unhappy your Club Welfare Officer is there for you, or if you prefer your parent or carer to talk to.

Now try this...

My Club Welfare Officer's name is:

Mrs Kelly Tuson or Ms Erica Pryke

I can contact them by:

07960 557712 or 07903655852

If you don't know ask your coach or parent to help you find out.

Also the WAVEPOWER document from 2012 has a section specifically for swimmers under the age of 18. Check it out! The Club Welfare Officer will recieve a copy or go to the ASA website at www.swimming.org
Click here for Wavepower information document
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All customers arriving at Emanuel school need to sign in at the gate.

Remember to have your login and password to hand

Link to parents portal for pupil progress report


Contact us and we'll get back to you within 2-3 working days
South West Swimming School
Trident Business Centre
89 Bickersteth Road
London SW17 9SH
020 8767 2723

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