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Welcome to Darwin Court Pool

1 Crail Row, Walworth, SE17 1AD

All you need to know to get ready for your visit to Darwin Court Pool

Our lessons at Darwin Court

4:1 child to teacher ratio

Children Ages 3.5 and up to teens

Beginner to intermediate ability

Adult classes also available!

Friday from 16:00 -18:45 from 7 June 2024


More lessons between 15:00 – 19:30 from the Autumn Term September 2024

Great teachers, very good facilities

“My son loved going to classes and feels so confident in water.
Big thanks to Jasmine.” – Barno Rasulova

Nothing short of fantastic

“I enrolled my child in swimming lessons at Cindy’s, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the swimming lessons have been nothing short of fantastic. The instructors are lovely and dedicated. My child went from being nervous around water to feeling a lot more confident. The pool area is clean, well-maintained, and equipped.” – Soledad Vitale

Very good facilities

“Great teachers, very good facilities , my son loved going to classes and feels so confident in water. Big thanks to Jasmine.” – Barno Rasulova

Introducing Darwin Court Swimming Pool

child swim lesson
stage 1 swim lesson
stage 1 swim lesson

Darwin Court pool is a lovely warm pool, local to Walworth, Elephant and Castle and Southwark. It is also not too far from Bermondsey. It is an excellent size for children’s swimming lessons being 15 metres in length. This makes it perfect from early swimming skills, through to gaining more swimming stroke technique. Compared to busy public pools, A smaller private pool like this really helps the child’s concentration, grow confidence and to feel safe with their swimming teacher.

Our swimming teachers

We have a rota of dedicated swimming teachers at our Darwin Court swimming pool who are all are either Swim England or Swimming Teachers Association Level 2 qualified or above (or hold equivalent certification).  They all hold relevant first aid certification and all have up to date DBS certificates – to ensure the safety of your children.

Pool Statistics

15m x 5m

Indoor, heated pool

Café for parents to enjoy


Changing rooms and shower facilities

Crash Courses

Find out more about our upcoming school holiday crash courses!

What to bring

Please note the kit you need to bring to your class depends on what pool you are swimming  at and what class-level you are swimming at.  All pupils will need to bring: 

Swimming costumes and towel

It can be useful for changing if this is a poncho style towel although not necessary.


These can be purchased from us if you call the office in advance of your lesson so that we make sure we have the right size for you at the pool.

which swim stage?

Please bring the appropriate swim kit for the class. You can purchase this from us or can source the equipment elsewhere. Stages 4+ need: Kick board, pull buoy, pair of flippers and a drainable mesh bag.


Label everything

Please label your pupil’s kits and belongings so that you can easily identify them.

We ask that only one parent/carer accompany the swimmer to lessons and that parents wait for
their swimmers at the coffee shop. No parents are allowed on poolside. 

parent and baby swim

As prior lessons are likely to be ongoing please aim to arrive at your lesson NO MORE THAN 15 minutes early, allowing you enough time to be changed and ready to begin at your start time.

Please follow the Cindy’s Swim School signage to find the pool. Please make sure to remove your shoes before entering the pool area. We have shoe covers available for use.

Travel Tips

We’ve included some travel tips below. However, please refer to Transport for London for up to date travel information, as this can change.

Coming by tube / train

The nearest tube station is Elephant & Castle Underground.

Coming by bus

The following buses serve the area and stop as per the accompanying map.

Here is a handy map of the bus stops nearby.

Riversdale bus map
Coming by car

There is paid on street parking.

Map of pool location

The following map shows the pool marked with the red GPS point marker.

Riversdale bus map

Some suggestions for after your lesson

We encourage our pupils and parents to spend time with each other outside of lessons. There are a number of cafes and parks in the vicinity of all of our pools. So why not suggest to anyone else at the lesson to grab a coffee or visit the local playground.
We are looking to build partnerships with local businesses to help benefit the school. Please do contact the office with any recommendations of places to go after class or services that might be useful to school members.
Baby boy swimming with mother
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