Children's Swimming lessons

Zambezi can help your children out with swimming whether they're complete beginners or not. Our highly qualified coaches will teach them the perfect strokes until they're swimming unaided with complete confidence!

At Zambezi, we offer group tuition as well as 1-1 and 2-1 classes in locations across Kent. Your children can join the programme at any point in their young life, and there are six stages for them to progress through. Please see the Zambezi Swimming Journey below!
As a parent, you are able to use your unique Home portal login that allows you to easily manage your bookings online and see weekly updates of your child’s progress. A clear record of your child’s badge progress can be seen and you will are automatically notified when your child achieves their badge and/ or needs to change class. 

Zambezi Swimming Journey

Click the swimming groups below to find out more about each swimming group. 

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Discovery Duckling 1
Discovery Duckling 2
Discovery Duckling 3
Discovery Duckling 4

At the end of Discovery Duckling children will be confident enough to attend lessons without adult assistance.
Children must be a minimum of 2.5 years old before moving into Ducklings.

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  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4

10m distance award

Swim 10 metres on front and back confidently, using overarm recovery and bilateral breathing.

Introduction to Breast stroke

Experience Deep water by moving into crocodile!


  • Stage 9

Bronze Challenge
Silver Challenge
400, 600, 800, 1000m – combining of three different strokes during distances greater than 400m.
Introduction to Brea stroke, backstroke and butterfly turns!

Must show a good understanding and knowledge of both turns on all strokes before moving into Shark, minimum 50m!


  • Duckling 1
  • Duckling 2
  • Duckling 3
  • Duckling 4

This is the first stage of your child’s journey they complete without an adult. Children will start to progress and have lots of FUN building vital skills to prepare them for the rest of their journey.


  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6

15,20,25 metres on front and back

Introduction to butterfly

Introduction to diving before moving into fish!

All swimmers must be able to swim 25m on at least 3 strokes before moving into fish!


  • Stage 10

Gold Challenge
Honours Challenge
1500, 2000, 3000 and 4000m distance awards

The final stage before moving onto club swimming!

Swimmers by the time they reach this stage will be competent and ready to become part of a club and start to participate in competitive swimming.


Stage 1
Stage 2

5m distance award
After being able to kick 5 metres on front and back without aids a swimmer can move into baby hippo!


  • Stage 7
  • Stage 8

Introduction to tumble turns and diving.

Must have a good understanding of diving and turns before moving into Dolphin.

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