Learn to Swim Programme



Email: SwimmingDevelopment@lisburncityswimmingclub.org

ADMIN OFFICER – Mandy (Acting)

Email: adminofficer@lisburncityswimmingclub.org


Reports and awards are available at the end of term and the first week back.  Award are presented when a child completes a Level in the Learn to Swim syllabus.  There is a charge of £2.00 for the certificate.


Will take place on 8th September 5.00pm – 6.00pm & 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Invitations to trials have been sent out to those eligible.


Details of places offered along with dates, times and invoice will be emailed to parents of current swimmers, and we then enrol from the waiting list.  If you wish to change days or times, or discuss further options, request by email to adminofficer@lisburnswimmingclub.org   All places must be confirmed and paid for before the start of term.  If you do not wish to re-enrol, please inform the Admin Officer so places can be offered to children on the waiting list.  Dates and fees are detailed below.


The LCSC Learn to Swim Programme is based on the Swim Ireland Child Learn to Swim syllabus and award scheme, and is designed for children from the age of 5 years.

With the emphasis on building confidence and enjoyment, children learn the fundamental skills for water safety and for developing a wide range of aquatic skills alongside the four main swimming strokes.

Each child is placed in an appropriate level according to experience and ability, and will progress at his or her own rate through the Levels 1 – 6.  Children who have completed Level 6 may apply for a trial to join the Development Squads in the club, which start them on the competitive pathway (there may be restrictions due to the number of places available).  Not all children wish to proceed to competitive swimming; the aim of the programme is make swimming fun, develop safety and competency in the water, and provide the foundation for a lifetime involvement in aquatics.  The diving and water polo programmes provide an excellent opportunity to challenge and further develop skills.

To view the objectives of the Swim Ireland levels click here: Swim Ireland Child Learn to Swim Levels 1 – 6

Below is a downloadable leaflet and application form

Application-form-page 1

Application-form-page 2


The club has invested in an advanced on-line database programme (SwimSoft) that enables us to track the progress of each individual pupil.  The teachers will assess the children towards the end of each term and complete their reports on line.  From the reports we are able to provide feedback on specific areas a child needs to work on in order to move to the next level.  This information is also made available the following term, so the subsequent teacher will be aware of the child’s strengths and weaknesses.  On completion of a level, the child is awarded a Swim Ireland Certificate and badge.


With the use of the diving pit and competition diving boards, and the commitment of our fully qualified diving instructor we are able to offer both introductory and intermediate diving courses.  The standard of diving has continued to increase.  Children must be fully competent in deep water,  practised in jumping and able to somersault in the water.   This term the classes take place on Thursdays: introductory (Stages 1 & 2) at 6.30 pm, the intermediate class (Stages 3 & 4) at 7.30 pm.


Ball skills and games are included in many of the lessons, to add variety, build on confidence, enjoyment and coordination.  We can now offer children the opportunity to further their skills and develop the sport of water polo including inter club league matches.  The water is shallow and equipment used is adapted for the younger age group.  The session runs 5.30-6.30 pm.  We encourage children to keep up a swimming session to ensure all-round skills and fitness.  Beyond the Mini-Maxi Polo matches, players can progress into full membership of the club, availing of additional training with the aim of competing in 14yrs/under and 16yrs/under matches.


The SwimFit session takes place in the main pool on Sundays 1-2 pm.  Places will be limited, with priority to children aged 11 yrs+ who are already in the club or learn to swim programme.  The aim will be to improve technique and develop stamina and speed.


Dates and fees are provisional until notification of events at the LeisurePlex are confirmed. For information on dates and the timetable of classes, click on the documents below.

Term Dates 2017-18 to be updated



Fees are based on £6.50 per week, and are payable in advance, or in two instalments on request.  An invoice is emailed, with information on the terms and methods of payment. Fees can be paid by direct debit or cheque:  cash is not accepted.  Scheduled cancellations are not charged; if a class has to be cancelled accounts will be credited.  Fees are non-refundable other than medical or compassionate grounds.  The Swim Manager must be notified, providing information: a medical note from the doctor may be requested.


Lisburn City Swimming Club is an Accredited Centre for the delivery of Swim Ireland education and training courses.  Parents will be informed in the event of training taking place during term time:  the aim as always is to maintain the highest standard of teaching; courses are subject to Swim Ireland regulations; lessons are supervised, planned and evaluated, and while children may have a less experienced teacher on those occasions,  they should benefit from smaller classes.  If you have any queries, comments or concerns we are keen to listen.


Places will be offered to children on the waiting list as soon as they become available.  To register, phone or text Hilary providing the following information: Name, Date of Birth, Home Address, Contact Telephone Numbers, a brief description of swimming experience and any special needs.  Children who can swim may be invited to an assessment to ensure they are placed in the most appropriate class.


Trials for entry to the Development Squads take place in September, January and April.

This is the first step for children who are keen to pursue competitive swimming. Selection is based on good skills, sufficient stamina, commitment and desire to progress in the sport;  if selected, a 6-week settling in period allows the swimmer, coaches and parents time to decide whether full membership of the club is the route to take.

See below the squad criteria for development squad 3 (which is the first level within the club structure)

Development Squad 3 criteria

Head of Development – David Stronge

Email: SwimmingDevelopment@lisburncityswimmingclub.org

Admin Officer

Email:  adminofficer@lisburncityswimmingclub.org

For a guide to the technique and skills of swimming, go to the BBC sports website: