Swimming is a healthy activity for all ages and abilities. As well as being fun, swimming is a great way to keep fit and stay active, and it is an activity that you can enjoy throughout your life - whatever your age.
This is why, in partnership with Newham Council, we offer free swimming sessions to all Newham residents over the age of 60 and under the age of 16. Swimming is an important life skill which is why we offer a wide range of lessons for people of all ages.
We have some of the best facilities in London, with large swimming pools and smaller teaching pools at all of our centres.
Follow these links for details of all of the swimming sessions at our leisure centres in Newham:
• Atherton Leisure Centre
• Balaam Leisure Centre
• East Ham Leisure Centre
• Newham Leisure Centre
If you are a Newham resident and are aged 60 and over or 16 and under, you can swim for free at any of the leisure centres in Newham. All you need to do is provide proof of your age and your address and we will give you a free activeNewham membership card. Please call 0300 124 0123 to find out how to use this great offer or visit our Fun Swimming Page.
Adult & child
Adult & child
Adult & child lessons are the perfect way to introduce babies and toddlers to the water. Led by a qualified instructor, children develop their confidence and basic swimming skills with lots of fun and encouragement and with the security of a parent or guardian.
Ducklings (Under 5s Learn to Swim)
Our Under 5s Learn to Swim sessions continue to develop basic swimming skills, water confidence and water safety to boost young children’s confidence both in and out of the water. Children must be over the age of 3.5 to take part.
activeNewham Swim School
Our lessons take children from the ages of 5 to 16 through every stage of their swimming journey so that they can be confident, competent and safe in the water. Lessons are tailored to suit each child’s needs and abilities to ensure they continue to progress at their own pace.
Early morning swimming lessons for adults
Enjoy early morning swimming lessons at any of the four activeNewham leisure centres. You will not only learn a lifesaving skill, but by exercising early in the morning, you will release endorphins that have a positive effect on you throughout the day!
One-to-one swimming lessons
We understand that not everyone learns in the same way, or develops at the same speed which is why we are pleased to be able to offer one-to-one swimming lessons for children and adults of all ages and abilities.
One-to-one swimming tuition offers the undivided attention of your swimming teacher, allowing them to work with you to develop your skills and confidence at a pace that is comfortable and as unique as you are.
School swimming lessons
activeNewham works with many local schools to deliver swimming lessons.
To support your school to achieve curriculum targets, activeNewham offers a variety of options for booking swimming lessons, including weekly 30, 45 or 60 minute lesson options, as well as intensive crash courses of two or three weeks.
We also believe that schools have a big part to play in educating and engaging children and we are pleased to offer training and workshops for school staff interested in supporting your children in the water.
Swimming crash courses
Every half-term and school holiday, the activeNewham Swim School runs intensive crash cousres, where swimmers of all ages can spend a week or more receiving specialised coaching. This is a great way to improve your skills in the water and to improve your confidence
Swimming lessons for children with disabilities
Specifically developed for children with complex and special educational needs, our qualified instructors teach swimmers in small groups to help every child reach their potential.
The Otters Swimming Club
A fun and welcoming club for children and adults with a disability. Come along to swim or splash about with friends and family under the safe guidance of lifeguards, swimming instructors and volunteers.
Newham & University of East London Swimming Club
This competitive swimming club aims to provide the highest level of training to give swimmers the confidence and skills they need to perform and compete with excellence. The club competes in the Essex Swimming League and a number of open competitions.
We run additional weekly training sessions for talented young swimmers aged seven to 11 who want to improve their fitness and develop competitive swimming techniques.
activeNewham Swim School for adults
If you’ve reached adulthood without learning to swim, don’t worry. It’s never too late to learn. Or, if you’re just nervous in the water and want to learn to control your fear, we can help. We offer a range of adult classes in a friendly and supportive environment so you can take things at your own pace.
Adult fitness coaching
Join one of activeNewham’s qualified swimming coaches for a SwimFit Activate session, designed to assist all swimmers to get the most out of your swim session.
Whether you are looking to gain speed for a competition or simply looking to bring more structure to your swim practice, this session will help you meet your goals and improve your swimming.