Learn to swim

Welcome to Active Stirling’s Learn to swim programme, with swim lessons ideal for children aged 6 months to 15 years.
Encouraging your child to swim is one of the most important life skills you can give them. If they enjoy the water from an early age they will do so for the rest of their lives.

Active Stirling’s Learn to swim programme follows Scottish Swimming’s National Framework for swimming in Scotland and is great for children to learn core swimming skills such as breathing, submerging, and moving in the water.

Watch your child grow and build their confidence as they have fun, play games, and enjoy other activities in the water.

Swimming strokes will be introduced gradually once your child has learned the core water skills and techniques.

Swim lessons take place at various venues in Stirling:

  • The PEAK
  • Stirling High School
  • Wallace High School
  • Bannockburn High School
  • Balfron High School
Early Years
Adult and baby (6–12 months), Adult and toddler (1–2 years) & Adult and child (2–3 years)
Children 3–15 years
Pre school (3–5 years), Fundamentals, Swim skills 1 to 4, Disability swim lessons

National framework for swimming in Scotland

Our Learn to swim programme follows Scottish Swimming’s National Framework for swimming in Scotland which provides a clear set of national standards and a pathway which allows you to follow how your child is progressing and their ability to swim. The Learn to swim framework is an all inclusive programme that helps all children, regardless of ability to become safer and confident swimmers.

What are the benefits of the new scheme?

  • Seamless pathway through the class levels
  • Pathway approved by Scottish Swimming means better quality classes with more in-depth detail in each level
  • Increased opportunities to develop swimming skills
  • Online access to monitor progress
How can I check my child’s progress?

Your child’s progress will be assessed regularly by their teacher. Once your child meets the standard for that level they can be moved on to the next level.

This can be done here using —

Active Stirling’s Learn to Swim Portal

If you are not sure of your login, please e-mail our

Bookings team

Please note: Your child’s swimming progression will be marked once your child is in a pre school swimming class. Disability classes may or may not follow an assessment criteria.

Learn to swim progression chart

Our Learn to swim programme progresses from Pre school/Fundamentals to Learn to swim skills 1-4.

The programme will help your child become confident in the water, learn core water skills, enjoy fun water games and learn in an all inclusive pathway they wish to choose.

View the chart here

How to book and pay
  • Payments for children 3–15 years swim lessons can be made annually or by direct debit
  • Adult and child lessons can be paid in blocks
  • Direct debit is taken on the 1st of each month and payments are split equally across 12 months. For 3–15 years lessons, please complete our learn to swim enquiry form above, and we will be in touch to advise when a space becomes available.
  • All available adult and child classes can be viewed and booked using our online booking portal. BOOK NOW
  • Your child will need an online account with an e-mail address and PIN number to book classes.

Contact our customer service team if you need help setting up an account.

How to check if spaces are available

You can make an enquiry for multiple children using the same enquiry form. Once we receive your details we will review and get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Pool rules
  • Please remain available during your child’s lesson to take your child to the toilet or help us with any behavioural issues (our school venues have toilets on poolside so children will be sent there).
  • Our Staff cannot take children to the toilet.
  • School pools without lockers—children should either bring their belongings on to the poolside after getting changed or give them to their parents during the class.
  • Please do not leave belongings in a cubicle at any of our venues.
  • School changing rooms—Active Stirling's policy is that if a child is 7 years old or younger, then they may get changed in the same sex changing room of the parent that brings them. If they are 8 years old or over then they are required to change in their own sex changing room. If they need help to get changed from a parent then you are welcome to use the disabled changing rooms on poolside, please speak to a member of the poolside staff about this and allow more time to get changed in case they are busy.
  • Please be prompt when picking your child up after their lesson.
  • Community venue customers - please note that access will be provided to the venue/changing rooms from approximately 10 minutes before the lesson is due to take place. Should customers arrive out with this time we cannot guarantee access to the venue. Can we please ask for your support in helping/encouraging your child to change as quickly as possible at the end of the lesson; we ask if this can be done ideally within 10 minutes after the lesson has finished to allow other users access to the area. We do however understand if certain user groups require extra time.
  • Please don’t distract our teachers during a lesson. No spectators are allowed on poolside unless this has been agreed with the Pool Co-ordinators.
  • If you have any queries, regarding your child’s progress, please speak to the Pool Co-ordinator or e-mail bookings@activestirling.org.uk.
  • Please be on time for your lesson, arrive on poolside 5 minutes before the lesson starts (not earlier). Pupils can be refused entry if they are more than 5 minutes late. The instructor/co-ordinator will give you a thumbs up or thumbs down sign to indicate if it is ok for your child to join the lesson.
  • Children under 8 should not be left unaccompanied before or after lessons.
  • Please don’t bring your child if they are unwell, we recommend that you do not bring them to their swimming lesson within 48 hours of being unwell. If your child has been ill with diarrhoea, they should not attend their lesson. To protect others, they should not swim for at least a week after it has completely cleared up.
  • Please make sure your child has a shower before and after their lesson.
  • Photography or filming is not permitted on poolside or in the changing areas without prior approval from the Centre Management.
What to bring / What to wear
  • Swim kit and towel
  • Goggles
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • Please take children’s jewellery off before they enter the pool