About us

We are an independent swimming school based in Mid Sussex that delivers swimming tuition for all ages, from babies of 4 months through to pre-competitive levels and also adults of all ages and abilities. Our focus is on fun and enjoyment and encouraging a love of the water.

We are fully qualified to the highest standard and regularly hold training classes for all our teachers to ensure that they are the best they can be. We are proud to be members of Swim England and STA.


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Our Summer Term runs from 24th April to 7th July 2024, excluding 27th May to 2nd June 2024.

If you’re interested in booking a place why not get in contact using the form below.

Lessons we offer

Baby & Pre School (0-4 years)

Our aim is for your child to be happy and comfortable in the water and we can encourage this by using songs and movement in the water.  We teach the importance of water safety to ensure your child has the confidence to last a lifetime.  All of our classes are child-led so we do not force submersions, we let the child decide.  Our teachers all hold specific Baby & Pre School qualifications so have a better understanding in teaching young children.

Learn to Swim Group Lessons (4-16 years)

We have a progressive programme that helps develop children into swimmers from an early age.  We teach Non Swimmers right up to Pre Competitive levels and work on technique so our swimmers develop a good style and swim with a confidence that will last a lifetime.  Shallow end groups are kept small with three teachers in the water to assist your child and deep end groups are kept small to maximise your childs full potential.
We also offer Rookie Lifesaving classes for those that want to develop their personal survival skills.

Adult Sessions (16+)

We can offer group or 1-1 lessons for Adults that will suit any age or ability. We have exclusive use of the pools we hire enabling you to relax and not worry whether anyone is watching.  We also run adult fitness sessions to include lane swimming and aquafit.

What our clients say

We changed our eldest to ADV swim school, it’s local and the teachers are great, she loved her lessons & continued to grow in confidence with her swimming. Would recommend this swimming school to anyone, it’s brilliant.

Maureen Rapley

Diane and the other swimming instructors are all amazing. They take the time with each individual child to help build their confidence. Both my daughters love going and have made brilliant progress over the years. I would definitely recommend this swim school!

Michelle Peck

My son had a great fear of water from a baby and Diane and her team worked patiently with him and he now loves the water, he has made so much progress in the past few years. I have recommended this swim school to many friends already and will continue to do so.

Tracy Shields

ADV are a wonderful swim school. Their dedicated teaching to the ‘technique’ of swimming has provided both my children with the ability to swim confidently and with style. I would always recommend ADV to anyone wanting their children to have a skill taught for life.

Emma Mills

Where we swim

Ashdown Junior School
Herne Road, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2NT

The pool at Ashdown Junior School is 1m deep throughout so is an excellent learning pool. The water temperature is kept at 32-33 degrees and therefore lovely and warm for little ones.

When are we here?
Currently not running
Currently not running

Clayton Court Barn
Underhill Lane, Clayton, West Sussex, BN6 9PJ

Clayton pool is kept at 32 degrees so is perfect for those little ones that are new to swimming.

When are we here?
09.30-11.30: Adult & Child and Preschool

Cumnor House School
London Road, Danehill, RH17 7HT

A great pool which is 25m x 7m with depth varying from 0.9m to 1.8m which is great for children who are capable swimmers and wish to improve their technique and learn diving.

When are we here?
09.45-10.45: Adult & Child and Preschool
16.00-18:30: Non-Swimmer to Advanced levels
17.15: Non-Swimmer to Advanced levels
18.15: Rookie Lifeguard/Squad session
18.45-19:30: Aquafit/Adult swim/Private Lessons
17.15-18.45: Non-Swimmer to Advanced levels
08.30-11.30: Adult & Child to Advanced Levels
08.30-11:30: Adult & Child to Advanced levels

Great Walstead School
East Mascalls Lane, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2QL

The pool here is 17m x 8m and is a great pool for teaching all ages and abilities from Non Swimmers up to Advanced levels. This pool is only available for Great Walstead pupils.

When are we here?
15.45-17.45: Non-Swimmer to Advanced levels. For Great Walstead pupils only.

Training courses

ADV offer regular training sessions for existing swimming teachers and for anyone that wants to become a swimming teacher.

If you choose ADV for your swimming training course you’ll be working with some of the Swimming Teachers Association’s top national and international tutors with many years experience. We are an Accredited Training Centre (ATC) with the STA (Safety Training Awards)

We work closely with the STA and hold courses at local venues across East and West Sussex.

We also hold regular lifesaving qualifications, Continual Professional Development (CPD’s) and seminars.

View our current training course list


Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about our lessons or if you have any questions then please send us a message and we’ll do our very best to respond as soon as possible.

If you have general questions about our policies, lessons or locations then you might also find it useful to read our Terms and conditions.