Private swimming lessons for children.

We run enjoyable, structured and affordable swimming sessions for children of all ages and abilities.

RB Sports has been teaching children to swim since 2002, and we have seen many children pass through our classes and progress. Some just enjoyed their swimming in their free time and others have gone on to compete in national trials.

We have always tried to keep the fun aspect of swimming whilst not losing focus on the learning and safety aspects.

Rich holds an A.S.A. swim teacher certificate, is a Fellow of the Institute of Swimming Teachers and Coaches, and is a member of the Institute of Swimming.

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Posted on March 19th, 2020

As you are aware, the schools and clubs are closing for the time being. As soon as it is safe and possible to start again, the lessons will resume on week 6 of the 10 week block. Please keep an eye on the website for any more information or call/text if there are any questions.


The swim school will resume on week 6 when safe, possible and permitted to do so

Posted on March 19th, 2020


1 child: £53
2 children: £98
3 children: £143

for a 10 week course of group swimming lessons.

Lessons are on Saturdays between 3:00 and 5:30 at St Edwards School, Cheltenham.

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Our lessons

Parents and toddlers: fun and games whilst learning valuable water skills for both parent and child.

Non swim: water confidence, taking those first “steps” towards swimming on your own.

Beginners: introduction of stroke skills.

Improvers: building on skills and strokes.

Stroke improvement: improving stamina, strengthening and perfecting strokes.


"We have been coming to Rich Birks for swimming lessons for the last 6 years and we have been impressed with Rich and his teaching team throughout. All 3 of our children are competent and confident in the water and this is in part due to the style of Rich's teaching and his approach to all the children. RB Sports provides a safe and child friendly environment for the kids to develop quickly in the water with controlled swimming drills and clear instruction. It's a pleasure to watch them flourish like little dolphins! Highly recommended - excellent!"
- Charlotte Billington

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About Rich

Rich has been working in the leisure industry for over 20 years, dating back to 1992. In this time he has gained invaluable coaching and teaching experience working with a huge variety of people; young, old, international and recreational swimmers.

Having been involved in coaching and teaching since 1996 in a range of sports, Rich qualified as a full ASA Swim Teacher in 2002 and set up a swim school, RB Sports.

In 2009 Rich completed a 5.5 mile swim in the Lake District and in 2010 completed an English Channel swim with a group of friends.