about us

Welcome to the Harrogate School of Swimming, founded and managed by Louise Aikman. She teaches alongside a fantastic, enthusiastic group of fully qualified ASA instructors.

We offer an outstanding development scheme for children aged 3 years old and upwards, following the Swim England Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Learn to Swim Framework. This plan teaches the fundamentals of swimming using the most innovative techniques, in a fun and exciting environment. The use of toys and games are a big part of our beginner classes. We aim to create a happy and safe environment concentrating initially on water confidence, and building on the necessary skills to develop stroke technique, through to encouraging stamina and advanced strokes.

Swimmers will be continually assessed during their lessons and formal assessments are undertaken every term, with badges awarded for successfully completing all skills required for each award. There is a strict criteria for gaining each of the awards; therefore some children may not achieve awards every term.

Group sizes are small (up to 4) so that each child receives the attention they deserve and this enables them to progress at their own pace. Tuition is “hands on” with the extra security of having their teacher in the water with them at the early stages of swimming.

Lessons take place every week during the state school term times and are 30 minutes in duration. In addition intensive week swimming courses take place during the Easter & Summer holidays.

Private lessons are available for all ages and abilities by request – we provide from beginners to advanced competitive swimmers.


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We have various classes available for Parent & Child/Baby & Pre-school lessons.  The sessions are an ideal opportunity for parents to introduce young children to basic water skills and orientation in a safe and fun environment.


adult classes

We also provide 1:1 lessons for adults or smaller groups on request to help you gain that all important confidence in the water.


Intensive classes

We offer both Easter & Summer intensive week courses for both group & private daily lessons as well as diving lessons.

She is like a different girl now and her confidence has just grown so much and she absolutely beams throughout her lessons now
— Gemma, June 2017 - Belmont Grosvenor Lessons