Welcome to Water Lilies Swimming School

Get active, have fun, learn skills

Thomas underwaterOperating in Norfolk and Suffolk we offer high quality teaching for all ages and abilities, we are dedicated to a personal teaching service in all our sessions and guarantee you will find something to suit your needs. So, whether you are 6 weeks old or 101 Water Lilies will help you learn a life-saving skill. We are part of the national STA Swim Star Swim School intitative for independent swim schools and also STAmark accredited.

Fun & Motivating Classes: Over 1,400 babies, children and adults swim with us every week across Norfolk & Suffolk in 13 lovely privately owned swimming pools.  We welcome babies from 6 weeks old and teach children of all ages and abilities through to our Development Squad and onto our new ASA affiliated swimming club The Harleston Stingrays. We provide an excellent personal teaching service to small groups of children at each term-time session. No more than 4 children in a group for school age non-swimmers, beginners & advanced beginners! Plus great activities and courses during the holidays too. And our new Junior Lifeguard Academy for 8yrs+.

Our swimming lessons are based on the STA's international Learn to Swim programme. Click the Swimming Lessons page for details of all badges, levels and what each class is working towards!

Water Lilies Swimming Gala Group Photo

Congratulations and Well Done to all the children who took part in our annual Water Lilies' 2016 Swimming Gala!!!


We use 13 lovely heated private pools all set in quiet idylic settings with free parking and comfortable changing faciliies. Click here to view all pools we swim at:

Exercising in the water is beneficial for all ages and abilities

Aquarobics LadiesCome to our fun and motivating adult fitness sessions, our qualified instructors support ALL ages, ALL abilities!

SwimActive - Whatever your fitness level, if you can swim just one width or 100 lengths, we can help you reach your goal. Try with our £5 taster session! Find out more here

Water Aerobics - Have fun whilst improving muscle tone and perfecting your posture. Classes now running in Shelfanger, Pulham Market, Redlingfield, Harleston, Bungay and Ubbeston pools


Aqua Natal: Aerobics & Yoga for Pregnancy - Suitable for all stages of pregnancy. Stay active, stretch out and relax too! 

Water Aerobics with Baby - Aqua Aerobics class exclusively for mums, with baby/toddler joining you in the pool too. 

Ladies Only - Swimming sessions with instructor support.

Private Tuition - Learn to swim or improve your technique with one-to-one instruction for adults and children. 


...and there's more!

WORK WITH US: Due to exciting expansion locally we have job opportunities at Water Lilies Swimming School!

  • STA / ASA Level 2 Swimming Instructors
  • Poolside Assistants - training will be given.

To apply or find out more, contact us!

COURSES: Interested in becoming a Water Lilies Swimming School instructor? Contact us to find out how we can help you! We host STA teaching courses and CPDs, next one: August 2016: STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching. 
Book your place today, contact us!

Course Update

  • Congratulations to the 11 course participants who PASSED their STA Safety Award 29th March 2016.
  • Well done to the teachers who took part in the STA Award in Swimming Teaching last week. Incredible feedback from swimmers and parents who were involved.

SHOP WITH US: If it's swimming aids or unique birthday gifts you are looking for, Water Lilies has it all, just take a browse through our online shop.

NEWSLETTER: All our swimmers receive a termly newsletter with news and updates on what we do and the efforts and achievements of our Water Lilies swimmers. If you'd like to get in touch, please click here for all the details...



Term dates

New term started: Saturday 9th April 2016 

Half term break:  BH Monday 30th May - Saturday 4th June (inclusive).

Please note we ARE swimming on Saturday 28th May.

Private hire available during half term!

Photo shoot: Saturday 4th June

Last day of term: Friday 29th July 2016 (inclusive).

Latest news 

New pools: Ubbeston near Laxfield

Fun and Fitness for Adults Aqua Natal / Water Aerobics / SwimActive NOW BOOKING!

NEW private pool hire: timeshare Shadingfield pool

We're raised over £5,400 for charity in 2015. Thank you for taking part 

NEW Junior Lifeguard Academy for 8yrs+ now on in Harleston and Quidenham . Contact us to book! 

Water Aerobics for Mummies - and baby comes too! Call us to book

Aqua Natal - Aerobics & Yoga for Pregnancy Call us to book

Swimming accessories

Visit our online shop for gift ideas: goggles, hats, floats, baby swim nappies and more...

NEW!! Zipped certificate & badge holder £19.99

NEW!! Water Lilies branded ZOGGS silicone swim hats £4.50

Peppa & George Pig kickboard
£7 each

Zoggs goggles from £3.50