Happy Baby (0-1yrs)

Happy Toddler (1-3yrs)

Happy Splash (3+yrs)

Happy Swim (5+ yrs)

Happy Baby is the perfect way to introduce your baby to the wonderful world of swimming. There’s no better place to give your precious little one their first lesson. Bring your baby swimming with us from birth.

For toddlers of all experience levels, you’ll find the right class to join here. For a lot of toddlers, this may be the first time in the water, others may be looking for more advanced lessons. Our teachers will take good care of you wherever your little one is joining us.

The perfect transition classes to take your child through to independent swimming. Suitable for children moving through our programme or preschool aged children starting swimming for the first time and looking for that extra support from having an adult in the water with them.

Progressive classes to take your little one on their own exciting swimming adventure. Our Happy Swim 3 is perfect for children who have completed our Happy Splash classes or had similar classes elsewhere or for complete beginner’s look for our Happy Swim 1.

Why we’re so Happy…

You’re in the right place

Raising the standard for children’s swimming venues with The Fish Tank

Toasty warm water and a calm relaxed environment means your little one will be happy, comfortable and ready to learn. So many of our customers have commented how much their little one’s confidence and skills have progressed since visiting our pool.

The Happy Swim Company are guaranteed exclusive use of the pool limiting the noise and any distractions. With this we can also allow spectators poolside and photography (subject to everyone in your class agreeing)

relax at the reef

After your lesson, let your little one play in our role play section or explore under the sea on our soft play whilst you relax and enjoy a hot drink and cake with your friends.

Why not stay for lunch and try our freshly prepared paninis or even one of our popular sharing pizzas.

visit our swim shop

The Fish Tank have an extensive range of swim essentials on site. Your essential Swim Nappy and Happy Nappy combination, quality changing mats, towels, woggles, goggles, toys and floats.

Browse at your leisure or ask the knowledgeable Happiness Engineers for assistance.

friendly staff

Nothing makes you feel more welcome than a happy, smiling face when you walk through the door. The Fish Tank Team and our Happy Swim Company team are always on hand to make your experience a Happy one.

If you have any questions or concerns look for one of the uniformed team who will always be Happy to help.

bespoke changing facilities

Spacious changing with baby changing tables in every cubicle, underfloor heating throughout, luxury complimentary MooGoo toiletries in the showers and washrooms, secure coded lockers and vanity unit with hair dryers.

All meticulously cleaned and sanitised after every use as standard.

reliable swimming

The Fish Tank’s deck level pool, along with a double nappy policy for all swimmers not yet confidently potty-trained ensures a clean and hygienic pool for everyone.

The water quality is constantly monitored and adjusted behind the scenes to ensure uninterrupted swimming for all our customers.

free parking

However you’re visiting us we’ve got you covered. From plentiful free parking, including disabled bays, to our covered bicycle shelter and a free, secure indoor pushchair park for those arriving by bus, taxi or train.

Our venue is all on one level too, perfect for wheelchairs, pushchairs and little legs.

You’re in safe hands

Highly qualified instructors

Our hand-picked teachers are chosen to get the best from your children in the pool. Highly qualified in their field and empowered to deliver fun, quality lessons.

They complete ongoing training and development to ensure they stay at the top of their game and bring your child the latest teaching methods and games.

Our small classes give your teacher plenty of time to focus on your child and provide them the teaching points and encouragement to help them shine.

comfortable class sizes

We limit our class sizes for everyone’s enjoyment.

Small enough to give each child the attention they deserve whilst maintaining the benefits of learning and growing alongside their peers.

Our 10x6m same depth pool gives plenty of room to move around during your lesson.

progressive programme

Our expertly developed swim programme is designed to safely guide your little one through their swimming journey from their first splash in the pool to independent swimming and stroke development.

passionate teachers

Our team of teachers is the heart of our business. You’ll love what they do just as much as they do.

You can rest assured our team are qualified to the highest level, have enhanced DBS checks and hold up-to-date lifesaving and first aid qualifications.

We’ll keep it simple for you

We’ll regularly update you with your child’s progress so you can all celebrate their achievements together.

With online booking and a set monthly amount, we make it easy to manage your account. If you do need to speak to us, we’re always just a phone call away.

easy monthly payments

Pay monthly to hold your place for as long as you need it. If you decide to leave for any reason, you can cancel with one month’s notice.

Please let us know, before you do as we may be able to offer an alternative day, time or level.

year round classes

Keep swimming all year round. No more gaps in learning or missed lessons because of school or bank holidays!

Consistency is key when it comes to learning to swim.

parent portal

Stay up to date with your child’s progress, let us know if you can’t make a lesson, or check your payment status with our new bespoke parent portal.

Our Happy Customers

Don’t just take our word for it – here’s what our customers say:

Lovely venue, welcoming friendly staff for my grandaughter’s swimming lessons. She loves this place and her teacher is brilliant. Thank you!


Happy Swim Customer

Company run by fantastic couple with masses of experience and passion!!!


Verified customer

The evening swimming lessons are fantastic. In just two sessions our Rosie has picked up great swimming skills. She loves going. The place is so clean and warm and the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. A great asset to Aycliffe.


Happy Swim Customer

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