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.


New Term Update

The start of our Swim School term will commence on the weekend of 10th/11th September. We look forward to welcoming back parents, new & existing swimmers. If you have any queries regarding your class please contact swimschool@ardingly.com.


The Michaelmas term will be 10 weeks and the dates are as follows:

Start date:  10th/11th September

No swimming: 22nd/23rd October (Half Term Break)

Last lessons: 17th/18th December



  • Ideally, we would like all swimmers to wear a hat and goggles.
  • For new Parent & Baby/toddler group swimmers please check the website for details of the pool temperature and advice on what your child should wear in the pool.
  • Spectators, please take your shoes off before entering the poolside.
  • We no longer require a parent to be in the water for Ducklings classes. If your child is more comfortable with you being in with them that is fine and please note that the instructor may feel that it would be beneficial and may ask you to accompany them.

Ardingly Active T&C’s

Upcoming Courses

Swim Skills
Monday 22nd August: 7am – 9:30am Stroke Turns & Medley Turns
Friday 2nd September: 3:30pm – 5:30pm Racing Dives & Backstroke Starts

Click to book Swim Skills

Michaelmas Term: Dates stated above.

Please contact swimschool@ardingly.com to book.


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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