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Swimming schools

In the indoor swimming pools, swimming lessons and instruction are organised throughout the year for both children – starting from babies – and adults. There are also swimming schools at beaches during summer.

We provide many different kinds of courses, such as courses for beginners or for more advanced swimmers. Courses are arranged at Hervanta, Tesoma and Pyynikki indoor swimming pools.

Which level to choose?

When choosing a swimming course for your child, it is important that the course level corresponds with the child’s swimming ability. We recommend that you test your child’s swimming ability first, and then choose a suitable course.

It is not advisable to register for successive courses. Instead, we recommend that you give your child time to develop their ability after the swimming course. Best way to do this is to go swimming with your child on your own.

Swimmer’s path

Tampere City Sports Services wish to offer a wide range of swimming instruction as well as encourage and guide the customer during the whole swimmer’s path.

The child’s swimming hobby often starts at a swimming school where the child learns basic swimming ability. However, actual swimming ability is acquired only later, when the child grows and advances on the swimmer’s path, for example, to the Skill group. The group’s goal is to meet the Nordic definition of swimming ability: being able to swim 200 metres without stopping. After this, children who have become interested in swimming can continue their hobby in the Junior Lifesaver group. They can also continue on their own swimming path, for example, in a swimming club. For adults, we offer quality instruction in basic swimming and swimming technique courses.

Baby swimming:

  • Baby swimming
  • Family swimming
  • Advanced babies
  • Water monsters
  • Water play and games
  • Kids swimming school.

Swimming schools:

  • Early skills group
  • Beginners group
  • Advanced swimmers
  • Hobby group
  • Skill group
  • Junior Lifesaver.

Adult swimming school:

  • Beginners group for adults
  • Swimming technique group for adults.

Baby and family swimming

Registration for baby swimming and swimming courses starting in the autumn begins at 9 a.m. on 12 August 2020. The groups will appear in the registration system two weeks before the actual registration opens.

Baby and family swimming are shared play and game time for the baby and parents in comfortably warm (+32 °C) water. Trained baby-swimming instructors guide and encourage the parents. The aim is to accustom the baby and parents to being in water by advancing on the baby’s terms and trying to follow their motor development. Diving is only a small part of baby swimming. During swimming lessons, we will utilise the baby’s innate diving reflex, which means that they can hold their breath when a water or air flow strong enough hits their face.

In baby swimming, we also practise balancing and get accustomed to swimming positions and flotation on back. Sports instructors of Tampere City Sports Services have been teaching quality baby and family swimming for over 20 years at indoor swimming pools in Tampere. Our goal is to continue to improve our operations from now on as well. Before starting baby or family swimming, we arrange an information event where we go through safety issues.

The time and place of the information event is notified electronically to those who have been accepted to the group. You can also read the information materials of the event in electronic format at the bottom of this page.

Baby swimming for beginners
is for at least three-month-old children who weigh at least 5 kilograms. Swim time in this group is 30 minutes.

Advanced babies
is a group for at least eight-month-old, or older children who have attended baby swimming. This group continues from where the baby swimming for beginners left off.

Water monsters
is a group for 18-month to 3-year-old children. During lessons, we play, balance and dive. The lesson consists of strengthening the children’s basic motor skills and encouraging them to get used to water and develop water competence. Swim time in this group is 30 minutes.

Family swimming
is a group where three-month-old children who weigh at least 5 kilograms can swim together with their under 6-year-old siblings. In this group, each child has their own plan. In family swimming, there is always time for shared swim time for the family, too. Swim time in this group is 30 minutes.

Water play and games and Kid swimming

Water games and play
Water games and play is a water play course for 4- to 5-year-old children. During the course, children are taught to get used to water, develop water competence and acting in a group. Water games and play consists of 14 to 16 playtimes, where each playtime is 30 minutes. Lesson builds upon a fairy tale. One parent is also in the pool with the child.

Kids swimming school
is for 4- to 5-year-old children who are not afraid to dive, are fearless and move around independently in the water. Kids swimming school is comprised of water games and basic swimming skills. In kids swimming course, one parent is also in the pool. Kids swimming course consists of about 14 to 16 swimming lessons. Each lesson is 30 minutes.

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Swimmer’s diary

Fill the diary during the swimming school, save it on your computer, and lastly print it as a memento of the course.


Children’s swimming schools

Early skills group
is for timid 6-year-old or older non-swimmers who do not dive. In this group, we practice the basics of basic swimming strokes. The group aims for the early skills badge.

Beginners group
is for 6-year-old or older non-swimmers who dive fluently. The group aims to be able to swim 10 metres dog paddle and elementary backstroke. Another goal is to complete the beginner’s badge.

Advanced swimmers
is for 7-year-old or older children who can swim 10 metres dog paddle and elementary backstroke with correct techniques. The group’s aim is to reach the ability to swim 25 to 50 metres and improve basic swimming techniques. The group practices various aquatic skills. Instruction mainly takes place in deep water.

Hobby group
is for 8-year-old or older children who can swim 25 to 50 metres without stopping. The group’s goal is to complete the hobby badge.

Skill group
is for 9-year-old or older children who can swim at least 50 metres length swimming. The goal is to complete the skills badge.

School-age children

For children in primary schools, swimming instruction is given in cooperation with schools. Swimming instruction is part of physical education in schools: children get familiar with water and all pupils receive at least basic swimming instruction. During lessons, dangers associated with water are explained to children, and they are taught basic lifesaving skills.

Young people’s groups

Young beginners
is for 9- to 12-year-old children who cannot swim (swim under 5 metres) and are afraid to take a dip and move in water. The aim is to swim 10 metres on their stomachs and backs.

Advanced young swimmers
is for 9- to 12-year-old children who can swim 10 metres on their stomachs and backs. The aim is to complete the swimming distance badge (25 or 50 metres). Part of the instruction takes place in deep water.

Junior Lifesaver

Basic course
is for 10 to 15-year-old girls and boys who can swim at least 100 metres. The group practices saving oneself and saving someone else using proper equipment and techniques. Training programme includes, for example, resuscitation, rescue and swimming techniques as well as diving.

2nd level course
is for those who have completed the Basic course. During the course, we strengthen the saving skills that we learned during the first level, train emergency first aid skills, practice with mask and fins and take 2nd level rescue and swim tests among other things. The course is basically fun action in water as well as improving one’s swimming skills and fitness with challenging and exciting exercises.

3rd level course
is for those who have completed the 2nd level course. This course includes fast and critical problematic situations, predicting and identifying them as well as learning first aid skills that are suitable on land, too. The course also teaches how to recognise one’s limits. Along with rescue exercises, our target is good swimming skills and stamina.

Adult groups

For adults who cannot swim, we offer beginners groups where teaching starts from basics and takes each participant’s starting level into account. The groups meet twice a week, 8 times/group in total. One lesson is 45 minutes.

Beginners swimming group
Teaching starts from basics taking each participant’s starting level into account. The group is for 17-year-old or older adults who cannot swim. The goal is to learn basics of swimming.

Swimming technique group
is for 17-year-old or older adults who can swim 100 metres. Swimming instruction starts from the basics taking each participant’s starting level into account.

Course fees and payment terms

When booking a swimming course for your child, it is important that the course matches your child’s swimming skills. We recommend that you test your child’s skills first, and only then choose a suitable course.

You should not book consecutive courses, but give time for the child’s skills to develop after the swimming course. Best way to do that is to go swimming on your own. You can join various courses as soon as the registration opens.

Good to know

In addition to the course fee, you have to pay the entrance fee to the indoor swimming pool. If the parents want to swim during the swimming school, they pay the normal entrance fee at the cash desk. Before going into the swimming pool, you have to wash yourself thoroughly without swimwear. You have to wet your hair, too, and long hair has to be tied back.

Parents may accompany their child to the pool through the changing room. If they do not swim themselves, they get a companion card from the cash desk. With the card, they can go in and out the gate once. The parents should have clean indoor slippers when walking in the changing and shower room.

The groups meet 10 times (summer swimming schools 8 times), and one lesson is 30 minutes. If the swimming school is cancelled due to reasons beyond the organiser’s control, the lesson will not be compensated.

Swimming schools are conducted in Finnish.

For people visiting Tampere Swimming Centre and Pyynikki Swimming Pool

Practice for swimming school pupils and their parents or companions: The parents have to accompany their child to the area between the shower room and pool. The area is marked. Sports instructor will collect the children at the same time from the marked area about 5 minutes before the swimming school starts. After the lesson has started, the parents have to go to the cafeteria, or if they have paid the entrance, they can go swimming. The companion cannot stay in the pool area. Exceptions will be agreed separately.

Please note! Swimming schools are primarily intended only for people living in Tampere. Out-of-towners may inquire about possible vacant places 24 hours after the registration period has started. In cases of abuse, you will lose the place and the fee will not be refunded.

Sports coordinator Tommi Liimatta Tel. 040 801 6587