Hello everyone,
Welcome to Above the Water. Above the Water was started

in April 2016 and is now in South Tyneside, Sunderland and

Newcastle. I originally chose to become a swimming teacher

to gain further work experience to help towards my ultimate

goal to become a Primary School teacher. However, I soon developed a passion and love for this job so I decided to set up a Swim School designed to make swimming fun and accessible to all. I wanted to create a safe atmosphere that is fun for all involved. Through the support and encouragement from a number of wonderful parents, together we have created a Swim School that is unique and personal.

I am a Swimming teacher and a qualified Primary School teacher with a vision to inspire and motivate many individuals. The unique approach to teaching has made us continue to grow and develop. My vision is that swimmers will obtain the necessary skills to be successful and pursue any objective while developing the confidence in the water so be safe at all times.  I absolutely love being part of the great sense of achievement all individuals get when they achieve something new. It is such a rewarding feeling and is very important to me that everyone gets to where they want to be. The best part of my job is seeing the progression made and the big smiles of all involved!


  • We plan fun, structured lessons to ensure that the learning is enjoyed by all. We all are deeply committed to swimming as it is a life-skill that everyone should acquire.

  • We are a small, independent swim school so we guarantee that you will receive a fantastic personal service from all of the staff at Above the Water.

  • We believe that consistency helps our swimmers feel comfortable and relaxed in their swimming lesson which in turn means you get the optimum benefit from the lesson.

  • We want to ensure that our swimmers are safe in the water at all times which is why we are so enthusiastic about what we teach in a safe and secure environment. We establish a professional relationship with all our swimmers to ensure that they enjoy their lessons and make great progress.

  • All of our team are easy to talk to, easy to get on with and great fun! Every staff member will go out of the way to make sure that a swimmer is confident, happy and relaxed in the pool.

  • We follow the ASA framework with tweaks here and there to ensure that all of our swimmers reach every objective. We believe strongly that it helps a swimmer learn all of the basic skills needed to be safe and confident in the water. We have found it very successful with all ages and have found that it is a way in which all swimmers can succeed. For more information please ask your Swimming Instructor. All of the staff use the same marking criteria. Certificates and badges are provided for a fee of £3.50.

Why do we think you should swim?

  • Helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

  • Makes you feel great.

  • Increases muscle strength.

  • Improves heart rate.

  • Improves blood flow.

  • Helps you become flexible.

  • Not only does swimming increase relaxation chemicals, it is also highly conducive to meditation.

  • Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses.

  • Swimming is a lifelong skill that could save a life.

  • Swimming can improve psychological well being.