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Swimspiration while in isolation: learning

If you have any energy left after working from home, doing a work-out in your living room, home-schooling the kids, walking the dog and reading all the books, you could try and learn something new. There are plenty of free learning opportunities online, here are some of our favourites.


Swim England

For the whole of April and May, you can get an Introduction to Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly online learning (RRP £25) for FREE! It is aimed at anybody who wants to learn more about the strokes and perfect for those who want to start a career in swimming or to support learning. You have to book a place, they are limited. Sign up here!


If you are a qualified member of the RLSS as a lifeguard, volunteer, trainer or operator you can now access a new system and membership program online. As well as staying up to date with your qualifications and latest information, you can also access online learning. Sign up here!


Free and up to 50% off CPDs (Continuing Professional Development) and webinars for STA members, swimming teachers and tutors, providing the opportunity to up-skill. Free Straight Line Swimming CPD from Keri-anne Payne, first aid and how to elevate your brand. More information here!

Ocean Walker

Adam Walker is doing swim training from his hot tub across his social media channels. He has already tackled breathing and head position. Follow him on YouTube or Facebook for more lessons and advice.

Anything goes…


Free learning from The Open University. Whether you want to learn something completely new or dig deeper into something you have already discovered, there is so much resource here. I discovered business courses that will be beneficial as well as ways to improve my language skills. Discover more here!


You want to learn it, there will be someone who can teach it. Searching YouTube for ‘how-to’ is simple, endless and useful. Knitting, cooking, DIY, swimming… lots of great material. Filter by ratings to get the best footage of your chosen subject.



One of the most popular and fun ways to learn languages. It is like a game and addictive, a great trick into learning. It adapts to your learning style, you get rewards and it is free. You can download the app to your phone or use the web-based learning. Learn here!


Learn the guitar

If like our Founder Simon Griffiths you have always fancied yourself as a bit of a Rockstar, now is your chance. Guitar manufacturers Fender will be offering free guitar lessons. The first 100,000 people to sign up to Fender Play will be offered the chance to learn guitar, bass or ukulele. Sign up quick!

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