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Where to Take Your Child for Swimming Lessons in the North East

Child learning to swim with float Dreamstime
August 2022
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Swimming into Summer

Here’s where to go for swimming lessons this summer.
boy learning to swim Dreamstime


With more than 450 classes every week, PaddlePod’s purpose-built learn to swim centres offer swimming lessons for babies, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children, not to mention modern changing facilities, comfortable viewing areas, café and play area. Newcastle and Shiremoor 0191 281 7678

Lillypad Swimmers

A recognised STA Swim Star school, Lillypad Swimmers’ aim is to nurture swimmers at every stage of life. With a selection of pre-natal, baby and toddler or children’s lessons, there is something for the whole family. Darlington, Richmond and Barnard Castle 07813 636750


Are your children aged 7–14? Get them ready for safe swimming in open water with Swim England and the RNLI’s free water safety sessions. Swim Safe takes place every summer at inland and coastal sites throughout the UK, so keep an eye out for your local one. Regionwide

Puddle Ducks

Leading baby-swimming experts in the UK, Puddle Ducks’ swimming programmes are developed by experts in the industry. With a selection of hand-picked pools around the North East, from baby to 10 years old, you’ll find a lesson near you. Newcastle, Wallsend, Chester-le-Street, Ashington, Hebburn, Cramlington, and Whitley Bay 01661 824191

Learn to Swim

The ‘Learn to Swim’ programme takes the non swimmer from their first splash, right through to developing confidence and competence in the water. Following Swim England Award criteria as a guideline for assessment purposes, it teaches the fundamental movement skills needed to swim. Louisa Centre, Durham DH9 0TE 03000 262444

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