Welcome to the Balfour Swimming School

Can your child swim?  Being able to swim is a life saving skill, especially living near the sea.  For over 20 years, FAB volunteers have run the Balfour Swimming School for our Balfour children.  Supporting absolute beginners through to advanced levels, our sessions are run on a Saturday morning and after school on a Thursday (during term time only) at Surrenden pool.

Please note that Surrenden Pool is closed for refurbishment and will not reopen until January 2021.

If your child is currently a swimmer with us, we will be in touch to confirm times and term dates.

If you would like to put your child’s name on the waiting list please email swimming@friendsatbalfour.org 

Swimming Fees

£5.50 per session, sibling discounts may also apply.  See below for discounts.

Payment must be received before the start of the swimming term to secure your child’s place.  Payments made after due date will not be eligible for sibling discount.

We follow the Swim England framework supported by ASA.  To find out more about the awards that we help the children work towards take a look at the following link: http://www.swimming.org/swimengland/swim-england-learn-swim-awards-overview-swimming-teachers/

The Balfour Swimming School is run by FAB volunteers.  Our swimming teachers also teach in other Brighton swimming schools.

Swimmers are divided into three abilities; beginners, middle and confident, within these bands are swimming stages 0 to 12.

Saturday Sessions

9:05 Non swimmers to Level 1 Level 3 to

Level 4

Level 6 to

Level 7

9:40 Level 1 to

Level 2

Level 4 to

Level 5

Level 7 to

Level 8

10:15 Level 2 to

Level 3

Level 5 to

Level 6

Level 8 +

Thursday Sessions

3:30 Non swimmers to Level 2 Level 4 to Level 6 Level 8 to Level 10
4:00 Level 2 to Level 4 Level 6 to Level 8 Level 8 +

Each lesson runs for 30 minutes – swimmers need to be changed and ready to enter the pool at the start of the lesson.  If your child is a non-swimmer we have ‘rocket packs’ that are used instead of armbands, these attach to the swimmer’s back and provide flotation without interfering with their arms.  In the beginners group there will be a minimum of two trained personnel in the pool, this will be the teacher and a trained helper.  All our trained helpers and teachers are CRB checked and have the relevant swimming qualifications to support and/or teach.

Please bring the following:

  • Swimsuit/trunks
  • Goggles (recommended)
  • Swimming hats (mandatory – no hat – no swimming lesson)

Please do not bring your own flotation devices or leave valuables in the changing rooms.


Payment Details

Payment for the lessons are made on a termly basis.  The lessons cost £5.50 a session, this covers the cost of pool hire and teachers and the remaining amount goes to FAB and is spent on trips, activities and equipment to enrich our children’s time at school.

An “early bird” sibling discount applies if paid before the deadline date.

1st child full price £5.50 per session

2nd child 25% off £4.12 per session

3rd and subsequent children 50% off £2.75 per session


BACS is the preferred payment method, although cash and cheques are accepted.

Bank: HSBC

Payee Name: FAB (Friends at Balfour)

Payment Reference: SWIM<initials>1/2/3 etc. e.g. SWIMJB1

Bank Account number: 41501615

Sort code: 40-14-01


Waiting List

Our sessions are popular, especially the beginners groups.  So it is likely that new starters will be put on a waiting list and you will be informed as soon as a place is available.  In your child’s first lesson, they will be assessed regardless of any previous experience and the teacher will then move them to the right time slot or ability group if necessary.

The children are continually assessed throughout the year to monitor their progress.

When your child passes a stage or is able to swim a new distance, you will be offered the opportunity to purchase a badge and certificate; these cost £2.50 each and are a fantastic way of marking their development.

Contact details

Email us at: swimming@friendsatbalfour.org