Bootham Swim School was founded in 1997 by Pam Lester a Bootham School mum, ASA swimming teacher and Olympian. The swim school has grown considerably since it began and there are now six fully qualified ASA (Swim England) swimming teachers running lessons for children and adults of all abilities.
Bootham Swim School is now managed by Catherine Butt for Bootham School. Catherine is a qualified and experienced ASA swimming teacher and Swim England tutor. She worked alongside Pam Lester managing the swim school from 1999 until Pam’s death in 2006. Catherine’s expansion of Bootham Swim School since 2006 has always had at it’s heart Pam’s ethos that ‘everyone should not only learn to swim, but learn to swim well’. Catherine believes that teaching swimming to a high standard ensures that everyone has the opportunity to progress onto future aquatic sports and swim for life.
The swim school runs lessons for absolute beginners through to competitive coaching, and offers both group classes and one to one tuition. Lessons are held weekly over term time, on weekday evenings and weekends, and additional intensive courses are held during some school holidays.
The swim school endeavours to give Bootham Junior and Senior school pupils and parents priority. We operate a waiting list system for all classes ensuring that all prospective swimmers will be contacted as soon as a place becomes available in the appropriate group. To avoid disappointment it is recommended that child beginners go on the waiting list from the age of three, although they cannot join lessons until they are five years old.
All children above beginner level will be asked to attend an informal assessment (free of charge) before a swimming lesson place is offered, this ensures that they are placed in the correct group when enrolling for lessons.
Priority booking for subsequent terms is offered to all swimmers once they have joined Bootham Swim School lessons, ensuring swimmers can continue their swimming journey with us.