School swimming at Egham Orbit


Egham Orbit runs school swimming programmes for local schools in Surrey, Berkshire and Middlesex for all ages and abilities.


If your school is interested in arranging swimming lessons then please email us at

Why does your child have school swimming lessons?

The Department for Education understands the importance of learning to swim – it is the only physical activity which can save your life.

All schools must provide swimming lessons in Key Stage 1 or 2. Swimming is the only statutory sport within the Physical Education (PE) programme of study – and in particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
What is the difference between swimming in the National Curriculum and the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme?

Once your child starts swimming lessons with school, it is important that your child continues with their regular extra-curricular swimming lessons. This is crucial to their continued development and ultimately safety. The National Curriculum framework is designed to build water confidence and safety, rather than stroke technique.

Regular lessons progress way past the minimum National Curriculum requirements and continue their aquatic education towards an active and healthy future, therefore it is highly recommended that both are undertaken.

For more information, click HERE to visit the Swim England website.

What will pupils learn in School Swimming and Water Safety lessons?

As well as learning to swim the basic strokes, your child will learn how to be safe around different water environments e.g. beaches, lakes, canals etc. Your child will know how the skills they learn in their swimming lessons can be used in an emergency situation. 

Awards include School Swimming and Water Safety Awards 1-6, School Swimming and Water Safety Self Rescue Award and School Swimming and Water Safety Skills Award.  

School swimming lessons at Egham Orbit
Home Education Programme (Home Schooling) Swimming Academy

Do you home-school your children?

We have devised a swimming programme that aims to meet this need. Swimming lessons are part of the current National Curriculum and we would like to provide the opportunity for home educators to access this activity also. We hope that you may like to join us for the home education programme.


If you are interested in finding out more information or would like to reserve a place, please click HERE.