Swim School – Information

Harlow Penguins offers high quality swimming lessons through the Penguin Swim School to children aged 4 and over at Harlow Leisurezone and Burnt Mill School.


As an Amateur Swimming Association (A.S.A.) affiliated club, we follow the ASA Learn to Swim Framework which has been developed to use fun and games to take children from their first splash to full competence in the water.

Within Penguins Swim School, we have classes catering for Stage 1 to Stage 5 level swimmers. Stage 6 and upward swimmers are managed within our Academy.

Generally each swimmer will be assessed for their ASA Stage badges in weeks 9 or 10. In addition, in week 5 all swimmers will also be given the opportunity to achieve a distance badge.

Details of the ASA Framework can be found on the following webpage:



New members will be allocated a suitable time slot. All of our classes are 30 minute lessons, class sizes are small and pupils are grouped by both age and ability. Times are available as follows:

  • Tuesday – 4:30 – 5:30, Burnt Mill School (Stage 4 and 5)
  • Thursday – 4:30 – 5:30, Burnt Mill School (Stage 4 and 5)
  • Friday – 6:00 – 7:00, Harlow Leisurezone (Stage 1 to Stage 4)

 Staff – Teacher & Helpers

Penguins Swim School is co-ordinated by Sarah Stringer, Head of Swim School.

All of our class teachers are either Level 2 or 1 ASA qualified teachers and have current CRB checks. In addition, as part of our workforce development programme we have numerous assistants working within our classes. These are generally our senior swimmers who are trained to the level of ASA Helper Certificate and in most cases will go on to qualify themselves as Aquatics teachers.

Teachers will use games and fun techniques to take your child through their aquatic journey; from their first splash to fully competent, confident and safe swimmer.

We assess our teachers and coaches regularly, sending them on A.S.A. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses to ensure that skills and practices remain current.