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Where will lessons be held?


Elmfield Rd, London SW17 8A


39 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NU


Red Lion Ln, London SE18 4LD

What are the times for the lessons?

Sessions in Balham 8.30pm-9.30pm

Sessions in Hackney 6.30 - 7.15pm for beginner Thursdays and 6.15-7pm for Intermediates.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your lesson so that you are able to change and prepare in advance.

What should I bring to my lesson?

Please bring the following:

  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Water Bottle
  • Swimming Costume
  • Change of clothes
  • Slippers/Sliders for poolside
  • Swimming Cap (we recommend a Soul Cap if you have locs, braids or afro)
  • Dry bag (for your wet items after swimming)

What type of goggles are best?

We recommend wearing goggles with clear lenses.

Do you do 1:1 or 2:2:1 classes?

This will be starting very soon. Please stay tuned to our emails and social media for when that will start

I'm a beginner is GRL SWM for me?

Yes GRL SWM is for anyone who wants to learn how to swim/improve their current abilities.

I'm a beginner, how long will it take me to learn how to swim?

This will vary with every swimmer.

We advise at least 12 weeks of lessons for a beginner in order to build a good level of confidence in the water.

It depends on how competent you wish to be.

What is the structure of your membership?

We operate on a weekly basis for 6 weeks. If you have signed up for Hackney this will run every Thursday 6.30-7.15pm. If you have signed up for Balham this will run every Sunday 8.30-9.30pm.

This will run for 6 weeks and after your 6 weeks you have the option of renewing your membership.

Who are the coaches?

You can find out more about our coach here.

As we continue to expand more coaches will be added to our website.

Are coaches qualified?

GRL SWM coaches are Level 2 qualified and above or Swim England qualified/ equivalent certification.

Can I join as a coach?

Yes we are always looking for coaches to join us. Please email

Will GRL SWM come to other areas in London?

Yes we will be expanding across London. Please keep an eye out on our website for updates or sign up to our email subscription to be the first to know.

We are now expanding to South East London and Central London - this will be updated soon

What happens once I have paid for my membership?

You will receive a welcome email that details all the information you need to know ahead of your first session.

Can I switch to another location once i have purchased?

No - this is not available so please choose the right location for you

Are your classes for women only?

Yes even down to our lifeguards however if there is a time where that may not be the case we will update you ahead of a class

I can no longer attend a lesson, who do I tell?

You can chat to the GRL SWM team directly. Please inform us 24 hours beforehand so that our teachers are prepared. Please note there are no refunds on any missed sessions.