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Swimming lessons
55 Market Place, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 8NN

Contact phone

0800 996 1760


From 0 to 13 years old

Opening times

Monday to Thursday 4pm - 5:30pm Saturday 9am-12pm


Group Lessons

Starfish offers tuition for children from birth upwards.

We specialise in water confidence, learning through play and stroke efficiency.

We have small classes and until the children are competent swimmers ;all teachers are in the water with the children enabling them to trust the teacher and gain confidence.

All our teachers are passionate, caring, enthusiastic and energetic meaning children are motivated to achieve and given the all important confidence to swim independently.

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Starfish are proud that they are one of the very few swimming schools in the North West of England qualified to specialise in teaching children with additional needs and disabilities.

Our instructors have also completed a 'sign along' qualification and a foundation introduction in British Sign Language.

We have also undergone intensive specialised training in how to teach children and young adults with additional needs and disabilities.

We have a diverse, energetic and creative approach to these lessons as past experience has taught us it is the best way.  We currently teach children with the following disabilities:

  • Autistic Spectrum
  • Aspergers
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Global Development Delay
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Visual Impairment
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Heart Conditions
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Achondroplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Hydrocheplus
  • ADHD

If your child has a disability that we haven't mentioned above please do contact us and we will do our utmost to accommodate them at Starfish.

All lessons are run in line with the ASA National Development for Swimming in the UK.

We also offer consultancy for teaching assistants who accompany disabled children to school swimming. For example if you are a mainstream school who use the council school swimming service and you have a disabled child in the class that needs additional help in the pool.

Here at Starfish we will offer you a Risk Assessment, Ability Report and specialised lesson plans for the child.

This service is very unique but is a valuable tool as swimming is a sport that every child can participate in. 

Updated: 10/12/2018