Swim School

Ardingly Active Swim School aims to give children & adults a foundation for learning to swim and to develop skills that enable confidence & safety in the water, in a fun-friendly & safe environment.

Adults & Kids • All ages & abilities • ASA Level 2 teachers • Small Groups


The Ardingly Active Swim School is run by 4x Swimming World Champion Karen Pickering MBE. Karen made her international debut in 1986 and went on to win an incredible 35 Major Championship medals & 38 National Titles as well as competing in 4 consecutive Olympic Games. The 2002 Commonwealth Games saw Karen gain two gold and a silver medal in front of her home crowd, a career highlight that was crowned when she was given the honour of carrying the English flag at the Closing Ceremony. To read more, Click Here.


Re-Opening Update

Thank you for your patience & understanding during our closure and while we have been making preparations for re-opening on: Wednesday 21st April. 

Ardingly Active Swim School have had to make a number of changes in order to meet Swim England’s recommendations and have worked hard to ensure that the cleaning and social distancing measures we put in place will provide a safe environment for you and our instructors while still delivering high quality, fun lessons. We are aware that a number of the children will not have been swimming for some months and may have lost confidence. Ardingly Active Swim School will not be assessing for progression for the first few weeks, but instead will be helping the children settle into new lessons and recapping on the main skills for their stage.

For detailed information on our lesson structure and guidelines, click the tab below:

Lesson Structure & Guidelines

Ardingly active T&C’s

Upcoming Courses

Senior & Junior Swim Skills Week – During July & August 

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Swimming Ethos

Swim for life Inspiring a love of the sport.

Water safety – Teaching skills that can save lives for life – Inspiring a love of the sport.

Individuals  – Adapting lessons to suit each swimmer.

Motivating – to be the best you can be



  • NEW AquaFit
  • NEW One-to-Ones

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