Learn to swim academy

Highest Quality Swimming Lessons in County Durham for children aged 3 and above.

Small Class Sizes

We have a maximum of 6 children per class to allow for more personal teaching and maximum progression

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We always teach from in the water.

All Learn to swim stages have a teacher in the water, regardless of lesson type.

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Swim England Accredited Swim School

We are a registered and approved swim school with the national governing body, swim england.

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What we do

At Strokes Ahead our lessons are designed for children aged 3 and above. Each of our swimming lessons is arranged accordingly to your childs swimming experience and water confidence. Each class is 30 minutes in length and is filled with fun, interactive games and productive learning. Our number of swimmers in each lesson ranges between 5 – 6, this ensures that each child receives the individual teaching required to aid full development whilst having fun with fellow swimmers.

What our parents think of our lessons...

"Where do I start.. My daughter has been learning to swim for 2 years with a different swim school and seemed to be getting nowhere... Within 4 weeks of learning to swim with Amii at strokes ahead she literally is strokes ahead. My little girl has mild autism and struggles to pay attention. Amii is the most caring, patient person I've ever met, she genuinely loves the kids and where we had to fight to get Our Daughter to her swimming class in the past, she can't wait for her next lesson with Amii. Thank you so much.. highly recommend "

Does your Child Love to Swim? Can they already Swim?

We offer professional lessons for children looking to move into competitive swimming. Our 60 minute lessons allow those that have passed stage 7 of the learn to swim programme to continue swimming to complete stage 8,9 & 10 whilst also developing skills needed for a club environment.

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Lessons for all levels of pool experience.


Maximum of 6 children per class with a teacher in the water.


A 30 minute lesson with a teacher in the water.


A 60 Minute lesson, with two teachers and stroke development.