West Buckland 

Swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. Our pool is situated within the beautiful grounds of West Buckland School, a school which Olympic and World Champion Jonathon Edwards attended. The pool is 25m, has four lanes and is heated to 31 degrees. The depth starts at 0.9m and slowly increases to 1.8m, there are steps at both ends allowing safe entry. There is a good designated seating area for spectators about 3m away from the pool, as well as changing rooms, baby benches, toilets and showers. 
 
At this pool we teach all ages and all abilities to swim and to be safe in the water. We follow the STA Award Scheme which is a journey through Aquatics focusing on fundamentals. If the parent and child wish, we will also test for other awards like personal survival, diving, cub and brownie badges etc. 
 
Our teachers are STA qualified, which includes qualifications in Swimming Teaching for all ages and abilities - babies up to adults, including disability and Aqua Sensory. Our assistants undertake the STA Aquatic Helper Certificate and qualify in the STA's Safety Award for Teachers (rescue qualification), alongside our teaches and is a compulsory standard set by ourselves to maintain safety for all swimmers. All families have access to their own Parent Portal, which allows for good teacher/admin to parent/adult communication. 
 
Each term is 12 weeks and only runs in school term time. In the Easter and Summer holidays we offer crash courses over 3 consecutive days, an hour lesson each day.  
 
Our adult and child classes are suitable for babies and toddlers under 3. One adult is to be in the water with little one each week, spectators are allowed to watch. If you wish to alternate the adult in the water each week, please feel free to do so. Children aged 3 - 5 are grouped into Pre-School classes, where an adult can go in to support if they require that extra assistance. Children over 5 are then grouped on ability. The Double Nappy system is compulsory for all non-potty trained children at this pool. 
 
Each course costs £96.00 (10% discount for siblings) and can be payable in full or over monthly instalments via direct debit (4 months per term). For more information please click on our FAQs page.  

To join our West Buckland lessons 

To book your term of lessons at our West Buckland Pool or for more information please complete our Online Enquiry Form and we will email you with further information on lesson details, availability and costs. On booking confirmation, families will have access to our Parent Portal where you can keep track of your lesson dates, swimmer award progress, health issues and send us any important messages.  

Location of West Buckland Pool 

Address: 
West Buckland School, 
West Buckland, 
Barnstaple, 
Devon, 
EX32 0SX 
Lessons are held: 
Tuesdays 5.30pm to 7.30pm 
Thursdays 5.30pm to 7.30pm 
Fridays 5.30pm to 7.30pm 
Saturday 9am to 12pm 
Sunday 9am to 12pm 
Summer Term 2022: 
Term starts Sunday 24th April 
Finishes Sunday 24th July 
No Swimm on Sunday 15th and 22nd May 
No swimming for HT Monday 30th May - Saturday 4th June - we are swimming Sunday 5th June 
Adults Only Swim Lessons 
We understand it can be very daunting for adults who are wanting to learn to swim or build water confidence. We offer adult group lessons and private lessons during our quieter times. Small adult classes are run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, with private lessons on a Thursday at 7pm and Saturday at 11:30am. Swimmers are grouped on ability. To enquire about adult lessons, please use our Online Enquiry Form to submit your details and we will email you with lesson availability and costs. 
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