Whatever your kids are keen to try – from ballet to basketball, gymnastics to German, forest schools to French, STEM to stirring (well, cooking), we’d put money on the fact that there’s a class in York for them (take a look at our selection of the best classes in York for kids here). For most parents, the one that’s non-negotiable is swimming lessons. After all, mastering a cartwheel might be satisfying but it’s not much help if you’re in trouble in the sea or a swimming pool. Thankfully there are plenty of swim schools in York, and you can start almost as early as you like with some sessions running for babies as young as a month old. Older children are catered for too, with plenty of classes for kids of junior school age and beyond. Here are five swimming lessons to try.
Brightwater Swim School
Brightwater Swim School believes in providing a safe, fun and friendly environment for children aged 3.5 years+ to learn to swim in. Their focus on small classes ensures that lessons are personal and allow for that all-important one-to-one interactivity with the teacher.
Venues – The Mount School York and St Peter’s School York
Days – Saturday and Sunday
Age range – 3.5 years +
Contact – Visit the Brightwater Swim School website or email
Swimming at York Leisure Centre
Better Leisure runs the UK’s largest Swim School, and they have swimming lessons for all ages at York Leisure Centre at Monks Cross (York Stadium). They have baby swimming lessons (SWIMBiES), lessons for pre-school children and lessons for juniors, as well as adult lessons.
Day – Varies
Venue – York Leisure Centre, Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross Dr, Huntington, York YO32 9AF
Age range – Baby to adult
Contact – Call 01904 403900 or visit York Leisure Centre website
Pure Swim Yorkshire
Pure Swim Yorkshire provide gentle, sensory and child-centred swimming lessons in York from baby through to 11 years of age. They teach in small class sizes and develop the lessons around the individual’s learning style; their aim is to have happy and water confident babies and children.
Venue – Novotel York and Archbishop Holgate’s School
Age range – 20 months +
Contact – Email or visit the Pure Swim Yorkshire Facebook page
Swimming with Linzi
Swimming with Linzi offers swimming lessons for babies and children in York. Classes focus on having fun in a safe environment and gaining water confidence. At this small independent York-based swim school, teachers get to know all the children individually. Teaching is adapted to suit every child who then happily progress at their own pace. Click here to book lessons with Swimming with Linzi.
Venue – Carr Junior Pool in Acomb, York
Days – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
Age range – 1 month – 8 years
Contact & website – visit the Swimming with Linzi website email
Swimming lessons at York Sport
York Sport’s extensive timetable of lessons follows the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway. This structured pathway allows all learners to progress at their own pace, developing into confident swimmers. They have Ducklings sessions for 6 months +, ages 3-5, and then 5 years +.
Venue – York Sport, Lakeside Way, Heslington, York YO10 5FG
Age range – 6 months +
Contact – Email or visit the York Sport website