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Adult Swimming Courses

Adult beginners and improvers

Whether a complete beginner or looking to improve, we’ll help build your comfort, confidence, skills, and technique.

Did you miss out on swimming skills at school? Do you feel like you’re missing out on the benefits and fun of aquatic activities? Perhaps it’s a gap you want to fill or a fear you need to conquer. Whatever your age, we will help you on to embrace the world of water.

If you already have some basic skills but need support and direction to level up and improve your technique then these courses are also for you. 

Regardless of your level, we can help. Join us and see how easy it is to develop your swimming confidence and ability.

Learn with Swimtastic

We Specialise
Swimming is our specialty. Day in and day out we are working with people of all abilities (and none!) instilling belief and self-confidence. While our classes occur in group settings, we take an individual approach to each swimmers’ ability, comfort level, fitness level, and goals. Combining that with training programmes developed to the highest standards ... you can expect the best outcomes.

We Love Our Jobs
The satisfaction and joy people feel at each step on their swimming journey is ours too. We take pride in giving people new skills that will make their world a bigger wetter place. We try to make you feel as comfortable as possible. We want to encourage and support you, getting to know you, keeping you on-track, well informed and up to date.

We Understand the Nerves
Don’t worry, our teachers are very experienced and carefully trained to help people overcome their fears and apprehensions around water, pools, and swimming. We create a friendly and supportive atmosphere. There is never any competition, pushiness, or judgement. Everyone is in the same boat and there for the same reasons.

Your Safety & Comfort
All our teachers are qualified and experienced lifeguards. Working only in the pool’s shallow end the pace is careful and gentle but still progressive and goal oriented. No one gets left behind.

A Dedicated & Consistent Teacher
You are not an entry fee at a time slot... We know that a familiarity and rapport occur when students meet the same teacher week on week – this really aids the learning process. Small classes and good teacher to student ratio are  important. All our teachers are qualified to the highest standard.

The In-pool Teaching Method
To help you feel as relaxed and as safe as possible, our teaching method has teachers tutor and demonstrate in the water right alongside you. It’s a much more effective and rewarding experience than ‘pool bank’ tuition

Quality Systems
Qualified teachers and constant training. We are Swim Ireland and STA UK (International) accredited. Our swim courses are step by step plans and programmes. We’ve been doing this a while now with 1000’s of happy swimmers.

Social and Friendly
You’ll meet the same people (and teacher) at each lesson throughout the term. Not only are they at a similar level to you but the faces and personalities become familiar with experiences shared - It’s great fun to get out and about, be active and meet new people, friends and family. Everyone is treated equally. No one is ever pressured

We Innovate
We continually look for ways that technology can improve customer experience. For example, our new website platform centralises all your swim course information into your own account area which is accessible by you online 24 / 7, so info such as upcoming class dates or teacher contact info isn’t buried in emails.

We’re a Family Business
We’re an Irish born and bred business with values to match and servicing the Leinster midlands. We work hard. We get to know people, provide a personal touch and operate with as much understanding as possible.

What's Involved...

Classes are relaxed and designed to get you swimming at a pace that suits you. Our teachers are patient and supportive.

We use professional course plans which are specific to your abilities and level. Groups are small and intimate, with a maximum of nine places.

At the pool
Each weekly session lasts 45 minutes but please allow time in your schedule for changing before and after. Groups are small and capped at a maximum of 8 places.

What do I bring?
Swimwear, hat, googles, towels and toiletries are all that are required.
Swimtastic provide any additional swimming materials needed.
We provide you with full instruction on how to prepare before you start, so don’t worry, it’s nice and easy.

Course Breakdown
Each course consists of 7 weekly sessions. Sometimes the 7 weeks are broken by breaks for holidays.
We run 5 courses (5 terms) per calendar year.

Follow on Courses
At the end of each term, swimmers will be offered priority places via email in the following term you are progressing into before bookings open to the public - These offers stay active for up to 7 days during which time you can secure your place through your user account. 

After completing a course a personalised certificate of completion for the attending swimmer can be accessed and downloaded from your swimtastic user account.

Booking Information

Your Swimtastic User Account. If you are a new customer we will ask you to set up a user account. A user account is necessary to book a course. Once created you can use it to see course attendance and progression, purchase history, certificates and more.

When booking a new course we will collect all the details of those attending the course. 

Booking more than 1 course
It’s easy book more than one course. Just go through the process and after you add a course to your cart, you’ll be asked if you’d like to book another.

Follow on Course Offers 
To avail of a priority place offer in the next term you must book it through your user account within the specified time to secure your place.

Adult Swimming Courses - Levels & Skills

Our Adult Swimming courses have a series of levels that broadly define a swimmers ability from compete novice to proficient swimmer. 

The programme skills and abilities our teachers check for at each level can be found under 'learn more’ below. You can also use the bullets under each level to gauge your own level when joining. Skill level checks are important as they ensure that a student can engage with the course level content confidently and safely.

Adult Level 1  - This level is an introduction to the aquatic environment for complete non–swimmers. The goal is to establish an understanding of safety, bouyancy and breath control. You will build on your water confidence and we will encourage and support independent movement and floating. This class is held mostly in shallow water with no introduction to deep water.

Adult Level 2 - This level is for those that don’t have a fear of the water but have very limited experience or may not have been successful at lessons before. The class is held mostly in shallow water with a limited introduction to deep water. You will learn correct breath control, full body submerging and correct leg action. You will gain the confidence to float on your front and back without aids or support.

Adult Level 3 - This course is for students that have successfully completed Adult Level 2 or new students who are able to submerge underwater and who already understand basic aquatic breathing. The goal is to further develop core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids and develop basic stroke technique with main focus on leg and arm action in both stroke front crawl and back stroke. 

Adult Level 4 - This course is for students that are already swimming 10 metres of front crawl and have an elementary back stroke but need a little help with breathing. The focus is to develop bilateral breathing technique, which will further help with full front and back stroke and distances. We will also introduce breaststroke.

Adult Level 5 - This course is for students that have successfully completed Adult Level 4 or new students who are looking to refine their front crawl, back stroke, breaststroke, and introduction to butterfly. With main focus been on putting all the elements of a stroke together. We will teach you to “distance swim” whilst maintaining correct and consistent technique.    

Adult Level 6 - This level is for those that have successfully completed Adult Level 5 or new students looking to achieve advanced front crawl, back stroke, breaststroke, and refine butterfly. The focus of this course is to improve the quality of your stroke technique and guide you to becoming a strong lane distance swimmer with a full understanding of Lane Swimming etiquette and rules.

What do our customers say?

At the outset, I could swim but struggled with my breathing and strokes. I enjoy swimming every week, so I wanted to improve so that I could get more out of pool visits. My teacher was Elaine, and she was great. My technique has improved a lot. I can breathe well when swimming multiple strokes, and I’ve met some lovely people.

Pat Gorman, Portlaoise

Would highly recommend their Adult classes. Instructors were great - very patient and easy to work with. The lessons were great fun and supportive! I learned lots and my technique, breathing, strokes and stamina have improved. Week by week progression and I never felt pressurised or stressed. I’d recommend Swimtastic’s Adult programme to anyone no matter how nervous.

Sarah Tallon, Kilkenny

I would recommend swimtastic to anyone of any age, who wants to learn to swim. Zuzana, Donnagh, Edel and Elaine are fantastic teachers. Kind, considerate helpful and understanding loads of patience Thank you girls. Mary and Jim - we’ve really enjoyed your courses and thank you for your support. We now have way much more confidence and look forward to going swimming.

Mary & Jim Byrne, Tullow

A recent self-taught swimmer I tentatively joined the advanced swimming sessions. From day one I was positively encouraged and directed. All aspects are considered- improving stroke and technique, improving fitness, additional tips and tricks I'd never have known. I cannot recommend Swimtastic and the team HIGHLY enough. I might have been bitten by the swim bug......Thanks Zuzanna, Elaine and all the team xx

Noelle Lazenby, Athy

Need to know more?


All our courses have been professionally and especially designed by the Swimtastic team. Our courses have the approval of our affiliates; Swim Ireland, STA (UK) and Birthlight.

A family swim club

At Swimtastic we pride ourselves on providing swimming programmes for all ages and abilities.