Swimming Academy

The Somerset Swimming Academy provides a range of well-developed programmes open to the Somerset community and all members of the public, catering for all swimmers from Learn to Swim, to the development of Juniors, Seniors and Masters swimming.

The Somerset Swimming Academy is driven to provide a strong focus on technique development with professional and experienced staff in our first class facilities. The Academy offers a full service system catering for all levels and ages including community programmes such as Deep Water Running and Masters Swimming programmes.

The Somerset Swim Academy runs Learn to Swim programmes for both Somerset College and the wider community. Throughout the year, the College uses the pool for school swimming lessons, physical education classes and water polo, along with its its annual swimming carnivals for Junior and Senior School.

The Somerset Swimming Academy runs a large range of aquatic programmes at the pool complex, before and after school. These programmes cover Learn To Swim, Junior Development, Squad, Masters and Deep Water Running.

The Somerset Swimming Academy caters for all ages from six-months-old to Olympic level athletes.

I look forward to welcoming new swimmers to our programme and helping all our existing swimmers reach their potential.

Forrest Butcher - Head Coach

Learn to Swim

The Somerset Swimming Academy offers a Learn to Swim programme focused on delivering an enjoyable familiarisation to the aquatic environment. Swimmers are taught water safety and all four swimming strokes beginning with basic stroke technique, progressing as they move through the levels.

Learn to Swim

Junior Development Programme

The Junior Development (JD) classes are the next level following Learn to Swim and involves a mini squad environment. The lessons are designed to teach swimmers all four swimming strokes and improve their technique to a level appropriate for squad training.

Junior Development

Squad Programme

The training squads at the Academy are designed to test swimmers’ ability and promote both technique and speed development. Swimmers are introduced to a variety of training techniques to increase their ability.


​Community Programme

For interested adult swimmers, there are a few programmes within the Academy to choose from, to keep fit. There is an early morning Masters programme four times a week, as well as an adult fitness squad and Deep Water Running programme.