Swimsafe returns

SwimNE have been delighted to be working with Swim England and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) this Summer to bring the Swim Safe project back to the North East for a third year!


Last year we delivered Swim Safe sessions in Summer 2017 to 1161 children in Tyne & Wear.

This year we will be offering over 2000 spaces to swimmers in the region.


Swim Safe is an open water initiative which offers FREE water safety sessions, in outdoor swimming environments for swimmers aged between 7-14 years of age. Swimmers must be able to swim a pool based, 25 metres to take part. All wetsuits are provided FREE of charge and sessions will last for one hour.


This years locations are;

  • Sandhaven beach, South Shields
  • Longsands beach, Tynemouth


Check back here in April for the full timetable for Summer 2018!!






Our friends at Aquality Training will be running a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course the week of Monday 31st July to Saturday 5th August at Farringdon Community academy in Sunderland. The NPLQ course is suitable for all those who wish to undertake life guarding duties or to start a career in the leisure industry. The course includes CPR, pool work and it is a Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) recognised qualification.

The cost of the course is £300 (including VAT). The course runs on all days from 9am – 5.30pm and includes the assessment on Saturday 5th August.

The National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC) will run on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July at Fenham pool in Newcastle. The course cost is £120 (including VAT) and will run from 9am to 6pm on both days.

For further information – please contact Matt Thompson at Aquality Training  – 0191 2817678



Join the team

SwimNE is able to offer the opportunity for one further individual to pursue a career in the leisure industry through a teaching route; it is entirely work based and work related.  This position is newly created and will be an additional teaching position building upon the successful recruitment this past Summer. The swimming programme gives you a wide range of knowledge and experience, and most importantly the qualifications to help you develop a career within the leisure industry. We are looking for a fully qualified swimming teacher, with the ability to teach lessons to groups of swimmers from beginners to experienced, children to adults.



You will undertake the following qualifications as part of your role although candidates holding the listed qualifications will be preferred:

  • ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics or STA-C Level 2 award
  • ASA UKCC Level 1 Teaching Aquatics or STA-A Level 2 award
  • National Pool Lifeguard qualification
  • Functional Skills training


 Applicants must:

 Be 18+ on application

Have access to a vehicle as the position involves working between two sites – one in Sunderland and one in Newcastle

Not be in Full-Time education

Have lived in the UK/EU for the previous 3 years

Be able to swim 100m

Have a passion for teaching and working with young people – a must!



Further information / To apply…..


If you would like to apply please send your CV to admin@swimne.co.uk or matt@swimne.co.uk



If you have any questions please contact SwimNE on 0191 2817678  


SwimNE is 10!

For those of you who don’t already know, SwimNE turns 10 years old on Saturday 5th November 2016.

In order to celebrate this important milestone, we will be sharing some stories from the last 10 years on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and we want you to join in. We want to hear your swimming stories.

Alongside this, we’re hosting some fantastic events during the October Half Term (Monday 24th October to Sunday 30th October 2016); from free family fun days to a sponsored swim, we have something for everyone.

– Create a birthday card for us and be in with a chance of winning a fantastic goody bag.

The winning card will be printed and framed for us to keep in our office. Post a photo of your card on Facebook or Twitter, and the best entry will win a swimming related goody bag.

– Family Fun Days – when and where;

Monday 24th October – 10am – 12pm Fenham Swimming Pool
Wednesday 26th October 9:30am to 11am – Boldon School
Sunday 30th October 2016 10am to 12pm – Sport Central

Book your space to this FREE swim and help celebrate our birthday.

For more information, or to book your space, contact us on 0191 2817678.

– Sponsored swim – please come along and show your support if you are able to.

Some of our instructors are collaboratively doing a 10 hour Sponsored Swim, in which 10 instructors will be swimming continuously for an hour each. This is taking place on Sunday 30th October 2016 between 7am and 5pm at Sport Central on behalf of a very special charity. We are raising money for CHUF (Children’s Heart Unit Foundation), which is a charity close to our hearts.

– Our next term begins on Monday 31st October 2016, and we’re going to be celebrating in our lessons.

We can’t wait to see you back after half term. If you’re not able to join us during the half term, don’t worry, we’re going to be celebrating during our first week back.

We can’t wait to share this celebration with you!

Sponsored swim

Sponsored swim – please come along and show your support if you are able to.

Some of our instructors are collaboratively doing a 10 hour Sponsored Swim, in which 10 instructors will be swimming continuously for an hour each. This is taking place on Sunday 30th October 2016 between 7am and 5pm at Sport Central on behalf of a very special charity. We are raising money for CHUF (Children’s Heart Unit Foundation), which is a charity close to our hearts.

Please donate by using our Just Giving page below;


Swim For Fitness

SwimNE offers a session on a Monday evening at Fenham pool between 7-8pm.

This session is aimed at those adult swimmers who are looking to get a little bit more from there swim sessions. The emphasis is on technique and efficiency and can be worked at your own pace. It is a stepping stone between adult 1-1 lessons and Masters swimming.

Everyone welcome – £5 per session paid after the session to the instructor. Session cards entitling swimmers to ten sessions can be purchased for £40 also.

Pool closures

Pool closures – Friday 2nd March ’18

Due to the ongoing weather conditions this evening, we have made the decision at SwimNE to cancel all sessions, at all venues for Friday 2nd March 2018.

This means that all sessions at the following pools will be cancelled for the day;



  • Fenham pool, Newcastle
  • Deep Blue Dive centre, Whitley Bay
  • Boldon Dive centre, Boldon

We will credit all lessons back to your Club Booky accounts in due course.

Our office will also remain closed for the day. Please note that this means we will be unable to answer any messages left tomorrow via phone. Please email us at support@swimne.co.uk and we will endeavour to respond where possible.


Weekend lessons – Saturday 3rd March ’18

With weather conditions due to start improving tomorrow afternoon, we plan to run a full schedule of lessons on Saturday 3rd March and Sunday 4th March across all venues. Lessons will therefore run at the following venues;

  • Fenham pool, Newcastle
  • Deep Blue Dive centre, Whitley Bay
  • Northumbria University Sport Central pool, Newcastle
  • Benfield school, Newcastle


Our office will also be open as normal on Saturday from 9am-3pm.

Should any unexpected changes occur, we will let you know.

Wrap up warm!

SwimNE management team

Swimtastic Awards

SwimNE and Nemo Swimming were delighted to receive the Silver award in the UK Swimtastic awards 2014. We received our award in the swimming teachers of the year award – Matt Thompson of SwimNE collecting the award on behalf of the whole team in Birmingham last weekend.

A big congratulations to the whole team for all of your hard work – hopefully this highlights how much you put in to your lessons and is definitely recognition that you deserve!

We would also like to congratulate Rachael Cooper and the team at Better Swim school in Thamesmead on their Gold award. Rachael managed to continue teaching her lessons even after going into labour – we couldn’t compete with that!!

Thanks finally to all of our parents and supporters of our lessons in the region – without you it wouldn’t be possible and we were proud to represent the North East in this event!


Swimming Blog

Ten Reasons Swimming Is the Best Sport in the World –


Ok, we might be a bit biased here at SwimNE and Nemo Swimming, but we think we can put across a great argument for why swimming is the best sport in the world! Here are our 10 reasons….


Water is kind. Water has natural buoyancy which counteracts the force of gravity, meaning it’s a low impact sport which puts little stress on bones and joints. Swimming is a useful tool in aiding recovery from injury and the support of the water makes it suitable for those with physical disabilities or reduced mobility.


Swimming helps to develop motor coordination. Often publicised as a ‘full-body workout’, swimming works over two thirds of the body’s musculature, including arms, legs, trunk and head.


Prevents drowning. Seriously now, not only is swimming fun and great exercise for people of any age, it’s an incredibly important life skill! Water has its dangers and you never know when you could find yourself in a situation where being able to swim could save your life.


Variety of strokes. Different swimming strokes work different muscle groups in the body so exercise is very varied. There is also something for everyone to enjoy and excel at!


Race alone or together. Unlike most other sports, swimming allows you to race as a lone ranger or together in relays as you wish.


Low cost. Swimming requires little in the way of equipment, aside from a swimming costume and perhaps a buoyancy aid in the early stages.


Making friends. Particularly if you take lessons for a number of years and spend a lot of hours in the pool, you are bound to make firm friends and have a laugh. Swimming really brings people together.


Improves breathing control. Exercising around moist air can have benefits for the respiratory system and there is some evidence it can improve health for those with Asthma and other respiratory conditions.


Calming effects of water. Relax…… feel the cool waves on your skin… ahhh! There’s no other feeling like that!


Anyone can do it. From tiny Nemos to those in their 90’s- anyone can enjoy their time in the water- there are no pre-requirements to entering the pool, it’s such an inclusive sport!


Keep swimming! Rachel Thompson – SwimNE x

Sarah’s swim!

We would like to wish a few of our ‘more experienced’ adult swimmers the very best of luck in some up and coming Open Water swims. Hopefully this will inspire many of our adults reading this!!


Best of luck from all at SwimNE to one of our own instructors, Sarah who is completing the Chillswim Coniston lake 5.25 mile challenge swim on Saturday 14th September along with friend and fellow masters swimmer, Sylvia Bland. They are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and any donations would be gratefully appreciated. Please help by following the link below;




This is a really tough swim along the full length of Coniston Lake in chilly waters – Sarah teaches for Nemo Swimming and you can see the scale of their challenge by following the link below;