Sport, Leisure, Health & Fitness in Newport

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Active Newport provides a comprehensive ‘learn to swim’ programme following the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS), which aims to provide high quality swimming lessons within a safe environment.

Read about standards and progression of the swim lesson programme.

Download and print a swim lesson progression chart (pdf).

Swim Development Programme

Newport City Councils ‘learn to swim’ programme follows the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS), which aims to provide high quality swimming lessons within a safe environment.

In January 2014, Swim Development implemented a new IT system called Learn 2, which allows swim lessons to be delivered more effectively through electronic registration and assessment procedures.

As part of this new IT system, Swim Teachers use IPods on poolside to record attendance and also update your child’s progress.

Learn 2 is an ASA-endorsed solution to allow parents and guardians greater visibility of their child (ren)’s progress through courses and a smoother re-enrolment process.

The portable poolside devices allow teachers to upload assessment information during the lesson itself, rather than writing it down or relying on memory for write up at a future point in time. Parents can view progress against the course content online through the Home Portal software component.  (Please see below)

Where appropriate and initiated by the class instructor, parents can move their child to the next course online from the comfort of their own home. Children progress at different rates through classes, so the use of a continuous assessment scheme allows children to be advanced to the next level without having to hold them back until the end of the course.  Spaces are freed up sooner, meaning waiting lists can be dramatically reduced.

Home Portal

To register parents will need to follow the above link.

Parents will be required to enter the following details to register their children:

    • Childs card ID which can be obtained from our reception team or by looking at the number on your childs leisure card.

    • Childs date of birth

    • Either an email address or postcode matching that recorded in our database

    • Parents will have the option to register all children using the same email address

An activation email will be sent. Upon receiving this email activate the account following the on screen instructions. Parents will be able to track their childs progress against set criteria as well as monitoring remaining sessions for each individual.

Aqua Tots

Younger children up to the age of 3 years are introduced to the water through fun & games. Class day and times vary dependant on demand.


An ideal stepping stone from the Aqua Tots sessions to the learn to swim programme.

Children are introduced to water and learn very basic floating and submerging skills to build confidence in the water.

Suitable for children aged 3-4 years.

When Pre-ducklings lessons have been completed children can progress to the swim lesson programme beginning with Duckling classes, aimed at children aged 4 years.

Download the Swim Lesson programme leaflet (pdf) for further information.

Swim lessons are either 30 minutes or an hour priced at £38.50 and £49 respectively for 10 sessions.


Swimming lessons are offered at two Newport City Council leisure sites, Newport International Sports Village and the Active Living Centre at Bettws.

Adult swim lessons

Age is not a barrier if you want to learn to swim and there are no age restrictions with our adult swimming lessons.

Programmes are designed for adults who lack water confidence and are non-swimmers.

We also cater for confident swimmers who want to improve their technique and work on additional skills and stamina.

The cost is £53 for 10 sessions.

Intensive swim course

In addition to the main swim lesson programme, crash course swimming lessons are offered during the school holidays.

Download the Swim Lesson programme leaflet (pdf).

Swimming lessons take place in blocks of ten and do not break for public or school holidays.

Payment must be made at the time of enrolment.

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RT @richdale84: Active Tots sessions from @NCCSportsDev @TennisNewport @ActiveNewport & Play Development #physicalliteracy - 18 hours ago

@pr1nce55cate we normally run out intensive courses during school holidays. Has the child had any experience of swimming? - 1 day ago