Oakgrove Aquatics Education Program and Swimming Lessons

Get started swimming at any age

Our Aquatic Education program involves Swimming lessons and the entire Aquatic strand of the Physical Education Curriculum as set out by Department of Education and include

  • The importance of Hygiene
  • Water Safety including Pool Rules and water hazards
  • Entry to and exit from the water and the Pool area
  • Buoyancy, Floatation, Propulsion and Gliding
  • Water based games
  • Develop a selection of swimming strokes, i.e.,

Front crawl, Back crawl, Breast stroke and Butterfly

  • Practice of personal Survival Skills
  • Ability to Thread water at deep end and swim head-up to pool bank
  • Understanding and appreciation of Aquatics.

This Education together with Swimming stroke proficiency and our continual assessment of your child’s progress will contribute to your child’s education, safety and appreciation of the dangers of water whether in pools, rivers, lakes or by the sea.

Our Aquatic Educational activities and Swimming lessons are held every day at Oakgrove Leisure Centre and on selected dates at Lavanagh Centre, Ballintemple. When our assessment team are satisfied with the completion of your child’s Aquatic Education programme and proficiency in swimming strokes, your child has the option of bodily exercise via lane swimming, both here at Oakgrove and at Douglas Pool or proceed to Lifesaving courses held independently at other swimming pools.

We specialize in both groups swim lessons and private (1:1 or 1:2) lessons . We teach children and adults, you do not have to be a member of Oakgrove to take part. We are Cork’s premier providers of Swimming Lessons, with over 30 years experience at the Lavanagh Centre in Ballintemple and now also at Oakgrove Leisure Centre. During this time, we have developed our own philosophy of small groups with a holistic approach to each swimmer.

Marguerite’s background in registered General and Paediatric nursing provides valuable experience for dealing with young age-group swimmers and their varied needs. Marguerite uses her experience to ensure each swimmer is given attention, due care, and guidance at each lesson. Our lessons cater for all levels of swimmers.

Each of us in the family business have been competitive swimmers and share over 50 years combined experience in teaching children of all levels. It’s what we do best! Choose from the menu below to see which service suits you best.

Our group swimming lessons run in 2 locations:


every Friday with staggered start times from July 2nd 2021.

Groups 1, 2, and 3 start at:

3.00pm, 3.35pm, 4.10pm, 4.45pm, 5.20pm and 5.55pm

Groups 4, 5 and 6 (more advanced groups) start at:

3.15pm, 3.50pm, 4.25pm, 5.00pm, 5.35pm and 6.10pm

We have lane swimming groups at the following times:

Lanes 1 and 2 start at 6.50pm and 7.05pm (far side of pool)

Lanes 3 and 4 start at 7.25pm and 7.40pm (near reception side)

Lavanagh Centre;

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Adults group swim lessons are currently paused due to covid restrictions.

Adults swim lessons on:

Mondays or Tuesdays: 7.45pm – 8.00pm (Beginners)
Your swim teacher is in the water with you to make sure you’re as relaxed as possible. In this group, we focus on the complete basics up to the introduction of front crawl and back crawl.

Mondays or Tuesdays: 7.00pm – 7.45pm (Improvers)
In this class, we focus on the breathing and timing of your strokes as well as breaststroke.
It’s suitable for anyone who can already swim but might find full lengths difficult right up to those who wish to take part in triathlons etc. General water skills such as threading water and duck diving are also included.

As with all our group classes we have small group sizes.

Check back here for details of intensive swim week for the summertime.

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Oakgrove’s experienced instructors, led by Ronan Morley, will put you at ease in the water and have helped hundreds of swimmers (children and adults) to fulfil their potential.

  • All levels and all ages are catered for and we are also able to accommodate 1:2 classes.
  • We run lessons at various times both during the day and the evening.
  • We understand your fears and frustrations and can help you overcome them with your teacher in the water with you or if you need to improve your swim technique for sports events and triathlons, we’re just the people you need to see!
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I have enjoyed ten great years as a member of Oakgrove Leisure Centre. The excellent facilities, the cleanliness but above all the family atmosphere have all contributed so much to my pleasure.


“It kick starts my heart. I arrive sluggish and leave slim, trim and bursting with energy. Ready to take on the world!”