All children at Biscovey Academy receive one week of intensive lessons in the spring term. The minimum aim is for all children to leave the school being able to swim 25m in a recognised stroke, as well as demonstrating the ability to perform self-rescue and to show competence in a range of strokes. Historically, many children have gone on to exceed these standards.
Children should wear a tight fitting swimming costume for lessons. For girls it should be a one piece costume with boys wearing trunks or tight shorts. Baggy shorts are not good for allowing children to learn to swim as they can restrict movement and cause air pockets. Goggles are recommended for all abilities of children.