Welcome to Swimfun North East

Swimming lessons in South Shields, Hebburn & Gateshead for babies toddlers & children.


Small Group Sizes

In Pool Teachers

All Abilities

Why choose Swimfun North East?

Unlike other swim schools, we can support your children throughout their swimming journey. We provide classes for all ages and abilities, from birth, right through the 10 Swim England stages, meaning you or your child will have the opportunity to be taught to a competitive standard by the end of your time with us. We even provide tuition for mams and dads wanting to learn for the first time or to improve their technique. The expertise and vast experience of our team enable us to provide this comprehensive programme, with many of us having a background in competitive swimming, which is beneficial when working with the more advanced swimmer.

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Everyone Welcome

All of our swimmers become part of our Swimfun family. We value the importance of being able to support them throughout their entire journey with the same swim teachers who will always ensure that our swimmers feel safe and confident.

We value the importance and benefits of swimming so much that our ethos is to be a truly inclusive swim school where we welcome families from all backgrounds and endeavor to meet all needs.

Highly Recommended


"My granddaughter Amy recently joined Swimfun. She used to go to a swimming club nearer home in Newcastle but didn’t progress at all or concentrate in lessons. It has been very worth our while travelling to South Shields every week as Amy has progressed really well and thoroughly enjoys her lessons. Michelle and her team are very patient and understanding to her additional needs. I would highly recommend you all!"
Emma Young
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Value for Money

We don’t believe in charging astronomical fees to learn this vital life skill, so our monthly membership fee is only £39! Our flexible approach includes catch-up lessons, so if you cannot attend your regular class one week you can double up the week after…we don’t believe in people losing their fees when you can quickly join another class. The membership fee also includes  certificates in line with the Swim England framework, which children receive at the end of each school term

High Quality Lessons

Consistency is vital to us as it is crucial for swimming development. That is why you will have the same teachers each week. It is important for both children and adults to develop a trusting relationship and for our teachers to fully understand what support and expertise they need to share throughout their journey with us. From stages 1 and above, our small ratios of 1 teacher to an average of 6 swimmers enable instructors to provide an individualised experience whilst still having the fun of working in a group. All of our teachers follow the same framework so if you switch class/teacher one week your little one will still be following the same criteria. 

Experienced Trainers

Since Swimfun North East was started in April 2017 by founder and director Michelle Harrison, we have worked with over 1400 families having fun whilst teaching safe water skills and efficient swimming techniques. Please read our testimonials so you can see what other families think of their Swimfun experience! 

What our Families Say