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This is a helpful guide to getting you back to the water safely, brought to you in partnership with Scottish Swimming.

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Swimming Lessons

We are absolutely delighted to win the Scottish Water Learn to Swim Service Provider of the Year at the Scottish Swimming Awards 2023. And we are proud to be Scotland’s largest swimming lesson programme with more than 8,000 participants weekly.

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust is the only swimming lesson provider in Fife that delivers lessons following the national governing body, Scottish Swimming’s Learn to Swim pathway.

Our programme offers people of all ages, from babies to older adults, to get in the water and progress seamlessly through class levels, either building confidence, becoming a competent swimmer, progressing onto club level or learning new disciplines such as water polo.

In addition, children enrolled in our programme can enjoy free recreational swimming at any of our 9 pools in Fife.

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Early Years

This programme is designed to introduce you and your child to the water in a fun way making it exciting and enjoyable for you both. It will provide you as a parent with confidence and skills to help teach your child to swim.

  • Adult and Baby
  • Adult and Toddler
  • Adult and Child
Early Years Programme >


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Learn to Swim

The programme provides a fun, progressive and all-inclusive pathway for children to participate in any aquatic discipline to whatever level they aspire to.

  • Pre-school
  • Swim Skills 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
    • Club Ready Swim
    • Club Ready Water Polo
    • Rookie Lifeguard
Learn to Swim Programme >


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Did you miss out on learning to swim as a child, or never really got the opportunity to swim when you were younger?  It’s never too late to learn!  

  • Basic Water Confidence/Beginners
  • Stroke Development/Improvers



Adult Programme >






Inclusive Swimming #SeeMyAbility  

We are proud to be working in partnership with Scottish Swimming.

Swimming provides the opportunity to learn a life skill whilst interacting and having fun in a group environment. This should be no different for a child with a disability and where possible your child will be included in a class with their peers.

What should you expect from our swimming lesson programme?

All children should be having fun! They should be involved in games-based activities to help them learn skills such as breathing, submerging and moving in the water. Swimming strokes will be introduced gradually once a child has learned the core aquatic skills.

Ask your local leisure centre Aquatics Advisor about swimming lessons for your child. Click here for contact telephone numbers.



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Parents Welcome Guide  

Before they start school, start swimming.

To support this, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, in partnership with Scottish Swimming is committed to delivering the national framework in all their operating pools and maintaining our SwiMark accreditation.

We are proud to be awarded the SwiMark Plus from Scottish Swimming, this quality development programme recognises Fife Sports and Leisure Trust’s aquatic standards:

  • Safe, effective and child-friendly environments based on continued good practice
  • Development opportunities for swimmers, instructors and volunteers.
  • Encourage lifelong participation in swimming through sustainable swimming development pathways

Recognising the vital role we play in providing aquatic opportunities for all, our swimming instructors are qualified, licensed and regularly participate in on-going training.

Click the links below to view your Parents Welcome Guide



We need YOU to join our team

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust is currently Scotland’s largest swimming lesson provider, with over 8,000 participants in our #LearntoSwim programme. We are looking to recruit more swimming instructors to increase our programme further.

On completion of the Scottish Swimming Teaching Qualification (SSTQ) you will be able to apply for a job with us as a swimming instructor. Click here to download the Scottish Swimming guide

  • Starts 26th March (book before 12th March 2024)
    Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre, click here to learn more.
  • Starts 16th June  (book before 14th June 2024)
    Carnegie Leisure Centre, click here to learn more.
  • Starts 21st September
    Cupar Sports Centre, booking link coming soon.

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