About the East Midlands Swimming Academy

EMSA – The East Midlands Swimming Academy was established in 1998, by Sally Parkin. Sally has been involved in swimming from a very young age, and has competed at both regional and national levels for swimming and lifesaving.

EMSA offers swimming lessons in Derby, Castle Donington, Ripley Nottingham, Eastwood, Ravenshead, Alfreton, West Bridgford, and Chesterfield for adult and child swimming lessons.  Learn to swim in one of our private swimming pools.

Swimming is one of the most important life skills that you can teach your children and is the best form of low impact exercise for people of all ages. It develops all the muscles in your body as well as strengthening the heart and lungs. Regular swimming exercise supports the physical development and coordination of children.

The East Midlands Swimming Academy specialises in individual and small group tuition. Our lessons are perfect for people of all ages, we cover every aspect of swimming and teaching, one-2-one, parent and child, group and adult lessons, to all ability levels, from complete beginners to those swimmers who wish to develop their technique or to improve their competitive performance

Our teachers are either ASA or STA qualified and have years of experience behind them, and have been carefully selected, personally by Sally. All EMSA teachers have a fully comprehensive and up to date insurance policy and have passed an enhanced DBS check.

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We follow the Amateur Swimming Association’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) as part of our teaching programme.

The NPTS is a comprehensive and progressive teaching programme based upon sound technical and educational principles.

Further details on the scheme can be found at www.britishswimming.org

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) is the National Governing Body for Swimming throughout England.

Group Definitions

All of our skilled and qualified teachers work with you in the water to obtain the best results.

EMSA Babies, swimming lessons for babies aged 6 week to 3 years.

EMSA Babies now take baby lessons from 6 weeks old – our lessons teach you to teach your baby to move through the water with ease,  through games, songs and interaction with other babies. It’s a great way to bond with your child or grandchild.  You will learn how to hold and move baby through the water to promote their early reflexes and instil water confidence.  Preparing babies for our EMSA swim school.

Pre School

Maximum 4 children per class, with the teacher joining them in the water for reassurance. Aimed at pre-school swimmers from 2 and a half to 4 years of age. A gentle and fun introduction to water through games, songs and the introduction of the basic strokes. Teaching basic water safety education as integral part of their lessons.


Maximum of 4 pupils per class, or 6 with 2 teachers in the water, aimed at new swimmers.


Maximum 4 per class, or 6 with 2 teachers in the water, aimed at improving stroke technique and developing stamina.


Maximum 8 per class concentrating on stamina and incorporating survival and water safety skills.