Swimming Lessons

Children Swimming Lessons

Our Swim Assessment waiting list is currently full for the upcoming September course.

If we have any spaces remaining on our September 2024 term, we will advertise for additional assessment slots on 1st August.

Please note that booking a swim assessment will not automatically guarantee you a space on our September 2024 course.

The waitlist will be limited, and an assessment date and time will be given to those who secure a space.

Unfortunately, as soon as we reach our limit for the waiting list, we will be unable to accept any additional children. As soon as spaces become available, we will update this page.

Bookings will be taken via the below link only. No bookings will be taken via phone or in person.


Swimming Lessons cater for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years. Our swimming lessons cater for children of all abilities and our experienced staff will be on hand to assist and encourage all children to progress from Level 1 to Level 5. We offer a lane-swimming programme to children who have completed Level 5, to continue to develop their stamina and skills in the water.

All children are required to complete a pre-assessment before joining lessons. These assessments are carried out before each term begins.

Assessments are limited and unfortunately booking a swim assessment will not guarantee a space in lessons. Spaces in our lessons are dependent on children moving up a level.

Course Days & Times

Level 1 – 5

  • Monday – Friday: 15:30, 16:15 & 17:00
  • Saturdays: 09:00, 09:50, 11:00, 11:45 & 12:30

Lane Swimming

  • Monday – Friday: 17:40

For more information, please contact our receptionist on 0214904751 or by email childrensactivity@ucc.ie


Intensive Swim Lessons for Children

Intensive Swim Lessons for Children

The Mardyke Arena UCC will host 4 weeks of Intensive Swim Lessons for Children.

Our swim programme offers a wonderful way of fast-tracking a child’s development and provides a healthy structured activity for them during the summer holidays. Our intensive course will further develop the skills children have already acquired and assist in refining technique to make swimming less of a challenge and more of an enjoyable experience.

Each course offers different levels:

  • Beginner Class (Level 1 & Level 2) will be to gain confidence, by playing games and learning basic Fundamentals including hopping, bobbing, floating, breath control, basic safety rules etc. in order to make the water their friend. This group will take place in our learner pool.
  • Improver Class (Level 3) Children will further work on these skills, gliding, streamlining, sculling, sitting dives and learning to retrieve objects from the ground with plenty of fun and games. This group will take place in the shallow end of the main pool.
  • Deep End (Level 4 & Level 5) The deep-end group will work on stroke development, treading water, breath control, straddle jumps etc again having great fun, learning through play. The children will work on developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits.


Week 1: 1st – 5th July 2024

Week 2: 15th -19th July 2024

Week 3: 29th July – 2nd August 2024

Week 4: 12th August – 26th August 2024

Price per week:

Members/UCC Staff members €65 Non-Members €75

Booking will open from Monday 29th April 2024 from 10am by calling our main reception on 0214904796.

Adult Swimming Lessons

Our Adult Swimming Lessons is currently not running due to current operational restrictions. We will announce new courses in the coming months.