Inclusive swimming lessons

The Disability Swimming Programme is a partnership between Horsham District Council, Places for People and Christ’s Hospital Enterprises. The programme provides a range of disability swimming sessions across Horsham District to enable those wishing to experience the benefits of water who may have found it difficult in the past to do so.

There are two different elements to the scheme:

  • FUNdamentals Alpha lessons
  • ASA Stages 1 - 4
A swimming instructor helps a girl to swim on her back with a yellow pool noodle

Whilst it's understood that one scheme will not fit all, efforts have been made to ensure disabled swimmers have the opportunity to either taste the competitive environment or be more involved in the social aspects of swimming.

FUNdamentals Alpha lessons

  • An instructor-led lesson delivered in a group format
  • Lessons are 25 minutes
  • Parent/carer/guardians to accompany the children in the water
  • Instructors will be offering support and guidance where necessary

At the Alpha lessons, children can enjoy the benefits of water through play, and learn how to be safe in the water. The lessons aim to enable the students to become independent and safe on their own in the water

Session times

  • Billingshurst Leisure Centre, Saturday 12-12.30pm
  • Bluecoats (Christ's Hospital), Saturday 11-11.30am
  • Steyning Leisure Centre, Saturday 8am-9am
  • Pavilions In The Park, Tuesday 5.30-6pm

ASA Stages 1-4

  • Small groups or one-to-one sessions, depending on the needs of the individual
  • These will follow the same scheme as the mainstream swimming lessons, working through the different stages covering all aspects of the learning outcomes

Session times

  • Billingshurst Leisure Centre, Thursday 3.30-4pm
  • Bluecoats (Christ's Hospital), Saturday 11.30-12pm
  • Steyning Leisure Centre, Tuesday 6.15-6.45pm
  • Pavilions In The Park, Friday 4.30pm-5pm

Before you book

To enable us to ensure your child is matched to the most appropriate swimming lesson, please register with us:

If you have any questions about the inclusive swimming lessons please call Paul Taylor on 07764 146339 or email

Registration form