Inspired by Disney family fun sessions

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Join us for new Disney-inspired themed pool adventures, with Disney's most-loved characters.

Each 45 minute session includes 10 fun and exciting activities inspired by Disney's Mickey and Friends and based on core aquatic skills to inspire children to keep healthy and learn a key life skill.

The sessions will be delivered by a trained Activator, featuring content inspired by the magic of Disney storytelling and endless family fun - targeted at children 3-11 years and suited to all swimming abilities. Parents and or guardians are required to join in the fun! 

Sessions are taking place on Saturday mornings at Gateshead Leisure Centre at 9:30am, Dunston Leisure Centre at 10:45am, and Birtley Swimming Centre at 12pm.

Inspired by Disney family fun session prices
Adult£3.80
Child (aged 3+)£2.50

If your child is a current swimming lessons customer then they can attend the sessions free with a voucher code (only the adult will pay). Please email aquatics@gateshead.gov.uk if you don't know the voucher code.

Sessions resume from Saturday 5 October and are available to book now.

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Is it a swimming lesson?

No, it is a family fun session. The activities are based on the Swim England essential swimming skills, but it's more about building kids' confidence in the water and having fun.

What age are the sessions for?

Designed with 3-11 years in mind. An adult must be in attendance, even if the child is over eight, and they can get as involved as they like (the sessions are all about having family fun in the water).  The session is not suitable for children under three years old.

What swimming ability is required?

None. We would advise your child is confident in water but all activities are suitable to do with or without swimming aids.

Will swimming aids be provided?

If children need swimming aids (for example arm bands) then these can be purchased at reception if you do not have them already.

How many children can attend with each adult?

The standard pool admissions policy must be followed, so one adult can attend with up to two children aged 4-8. Three year olds must be accompanied on a one to one basis.

Are there any discounts available?

The standard price for these sessions is the Go card public swimming price.  There is no reduction for holders of Access/LAC/LPDC cards or for swimmers who are booked onto lessons with GO Gateshead. 

Occasionally we may run promotions with discount voucher codes, so keep an eye out for these!

What is the cancellation policy?

Bookings are non-refundable once booked.

Can I book regular sessions?

Yes, we actively encourage repeat bookings.  The Activators have a variety of games to choose from to keep things fresh, but these are individual sessions (not a course of lessons) so there will be some repetition.  But if you're having fun then what does it matter?

My child has enjoyed the sessions, how do I sign them up to swimming lessons?

You can speak to one of our receptionists or you can  register online for swimming lessons.