Summer swimming crash courses

This summer, build your kids' confidence in the water with a crash course of swimming lessons at Birtley Swimming Centre, Dunston Leisure Centre, Gateshead Leisure Centre or Heworth Leisure Centre.

The courses are available to children ages 5+ and suitable for beginners through to advanced swimmers (stages 1-7).

We are not currently planning to offer lessons for under 5s, children who have passed stage 7 or adults.

Each lesson lasts 30 minutes.

One to one lessons are also available at Dunston Leisure Centre for children who need additional support.

Course timetables

Gateshead Leisure Centre swimming courses
OverviewCourse datesTimes to choose from 

Six 30-minute lessons over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings

26 July, 28 July, 30 July, 2 August, 4 August and 6 August

8am, 8.30am, 9am or 9.30am

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Six 30-minute lessons over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings9 August, 11 August, 13 August, 16 August, 18 August and 20 August8am, 8.30am, 9am or 9.30amBook now
Five 30-minute lessons over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings23 August, 25 August, 27 August, 1 September and 3 September8am, 8.30am, 9am or 9.30amBook now

Dunston Leisure Centre swimming courses

OverviewCourse datesTimes to choose from 
Six 30-minute lessons over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons26 July, 28 July, 30 July, 2 August, 4 August and 6 August

Only Stage 3/4 3.30pm remaining 

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Six 30-minute lessons over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons9 August, 11 August, 13 August, 16 August, 18 August and 20 August3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm or 4.30pmBook now
Five 30-minute lessons over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons23 August, 25 August, 27 August, 1 September and 3 September3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm or 4.30pmBook now
One to one sessions on Tuesday mornings. Individual sessions. Limited availability.27 July, 3 August, 10 August and 17 August

9am to 1pm
Available to LPDC only until Thursday 22 July

Phone 0191 433 7111
Heworth Leisure Centre swimming courses
OverviewCourse datesTimes to choose from 
Six 30-minute lessons over two weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings26 July, 28 July, 30 July, 3 August, 5 August, 10 August and 12 August

3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, or 6pm

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Six 30-minute lessons over two weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings17 August, 19 August, 24 August, 26 August, 31 August and 2 September3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, or 6pmBook now
Birtley Swimming Centre swimming courses
OverviewCourse datesTimes to choose from 

Five 30-minute sessions over one week on Monday to Friday afternoons

2 August, 3 August, 4 August, 5 August and 6 August

3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm or 4.30pm

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Five 30-minute sessions over one week on Monday to Friday afternoons23 August, 24 August, 25 August, 26 August and 27 August3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm or 4.30pmBook now

Booking a course

Courses must be booked in advance and bookings will open two weeks in advance of the start date.

To book you will need a GO Gateshead card, but you can sign up online and be ready to book in minutes.  Simply register online for a free GO Gateshead card (customers who have an existing frozen weekly swimming lesson booking will not need to do this step) and then use the unique number (beginning 777, or your existing card number if you already have one) to register for an online account . 

To book, under 'I want to book' select 'Courses' and choose your required centre, stage, course start month and time. 

Swimmers who have not previously had lessons should book into Stage 1/2 classes. For those who have had lessons before, please choose a class with the stage your child was last booked in. Don't worry if you're not sure - the teachers on the day will be able to move your child into the most appropriate stage for their ability.  All stages will be running at the same time.

Please book online if you can. Otherwise, you can call 0191 433 7111 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 3pm at the weekend. It's a very busy time for our teams, but they're working hard to answer calls as quickly as possible.

Price

Six session courses: £34.02 (Access £25.50, LPDC/LAC £17.04)

Five session courses: £28.35 (Access £21.35, LPDC/LAC £14.20)

One to one lessons can be booked individually and cost £20.00 each (£10.00 LPDC).

You will need to pay for crash courses separately from any existing Direct Debits for weekly swimming lessons, which will remain frozen.

Safety measures

We ask that only one adult attends with each child (other children may attend with the adult if necessary). Please wear a face covering and respect the one way systems and other safety measures in place around the leisure centre.

While we will try to ensure consistency, we can't guarantee that the same teacher will teach every lesson within a course.