Gresham’s swimming offers lessons and coaching to all ages and all abilities, from pupils who attend the Pre-Prep and are just learning to swim, through to the team swimmers who will represent Gresham’s in school, regional and National competitions.

Gresham’s coaching staff offers many years of experience specialising in all aspects of swimming. We assess each pupil to make sure they are working at the correct level for their ability and encourage them to improve at their own pace so they get the best swimming lessons possible during their time at the school to reach their goals.


Pupils have weekly swimming lessons which focus on gaining confidence in the water, starting to learn swimming strokes and developing water skills. On Saturday mornings the Pre-Prep children and their families are invited to attend non-structured sessions with family members to help develop skills through play. Year 2 children are encouraged to attend lane swimming on Thursday mornings to start to learn the skills needed to compete.

(Below: To help understand how plastic pollution affects marine life the pre prep swimmers had part of their lesson with lots of plastic items in the pool.)

Prep School

At the Prep School pupils continue to develop their swimming skills and there are several opportunities for keen swimmers to attend training sessions.

Wednesday Development Squad – This session is to develop and improve swimming strokes and learn skills with the aim of progressing into the Prep School swimming squad.

Monday Team Training – This session is aimed at swimmers who have been invited to train with the Prep School swimming team in preparation to represent the school in swimming competitions.

Thursday Early Morning – This session will consist of distance swimming, sprinting over various distances, skill drills and mixed training to improve fitness and pupils PB times.

IAPS Swimming Finals June 2019


Kayaking is open to all pupils during hobbies time on a Thursday, no experience is necessary as our experienced instructor will teach from beginner level through to advance skills level in all aspects of kayaking and canoeing.

Senior School

Gresham’s Senior School offers various opportunities for pupils to swim from teaching non swimmers to coaching competitive swimmers to compete in competitions.

Recreational Swimming 

These sessions are for swimmers who enjoy and want to improve their swimming but do not want to take part in team training, so sessions are structured to develop stroke skills, distance swimming and a mixture of both to keep swimmers fit.

There are evening and weekend sessions for pupils to relax and have fun with their friends.

Gresham’s Swimming Team

The team trains up to seven times a week during games times, early mornings and evenings. A typical games training session would be usually be between 2000m – 3000m with stroke development, drills, sprints, distance and dry training.

Each term, the swimming team competes against other schools in various competitions and in March a team is selected to go to the National Aquatic Centre in Stratford to compete in the National Schools Relay Competition. There are limited spaces for the teams so competition between the swimmers is very high to represent the school.

In the summer term, we have our Old Greshamian (OG) Swimming Gala and barbeque which is always very popular, OG swimmers return to Gresham’s to swim against the pupils and talk about their swimming experiences which always inspire the team.

Hobbies  – Swimming is a hobbies choice, pupils can come to have a swim and receive individual coaching if desired.

Lifeguarding – The NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) is a course open to pupils at Gresham’s and is designed to train pool lifeguards. The candidates complete over forty hours of training to gain the award including adult/child/baby CPR, first aid, pool rescue procedures, manual handling techniques, risk assessment, including all aspects of the day to day running of a swimming pool. Recently, the Royal Life Saving Society has introduced Automated External Defibrillator training and a three day first aid qualification, which is offered to pupils at the School.

Gresham’s Lifeguard Club usually has approximately 25 qualified lifeguards with a further 12 undergoing training. The course runs on Monday and Friday evenings between 19:45 – 21:45 over one and half terms. After the qualification is gained, lifeguards are expected to attend ongoing training once a month for two hours to further their skill development.

Kayaking – Kayaking has become very popular, with training sessions offered in the swimming pool each week. These sessions provide training for outdoor kayaking expeditions for Duke of Edinburgh awards and for recreation.

For more information, please contact Tania Liberman at tliberman@greshams.com