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Starfish School of Swimming provides professional swimming lessons in the Oldham and Rochdale area of Greater Manchester.


We teach babies, toddlers, children and specialize in teaching disabled children. We are not a franchise for a company with headquarters miles away. We offer lessons at Oulder Hill Leisure due to the fantastic cleanliness of the pool and changing rooms and state of the art facilities. There is plenty of free parking too!

Don't leave your child's swimming tuition to chance, use a professional organisation with a proven track record. At Starfish you will be amazed at the rate of your child's progression.

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0800 996 1760



55 Market Place
Shaw, Oldham, 
Greater Manchester,



Mon-Thu 10am–6pm
Sat 8:30am–12pm




The children in each class are always matched by age and ability and all our classes are run in line with the ASA National Development Plan for Swimming in the UK.

Group Lessons

Starfish offers tuition for children from the age of 3 years. We specilise 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.Starfish operates for 46 weeks of the year as we believe that children learn through routine and consistency therefore we do not close on every school holiday.

School Lessons

If you require mobile, fully qualified swimming teachers with years of experience and lifeguard qualifications then we can help.

We are available to teach within a 15 mile radius of Greater Manchester, provide our own equipment can help guide your school teachers through the basics elements of teaching swimming. We can also offer classroom sessions on water safety, survival skills and can provide worksheets if desired. Badges and certificates are also available for you to purchase for pupils.

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 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.


Swimming Badges

At Starfish School of Swimming we follow the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).  This is the journey through swimming that is encouraged by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and BRITISH Swimming. The NPTS maps the swimmer's 'journey through aquatics' .  Following the NPTS will result in the development of a wide range of skills.  These skills are like a jigsaw of pieces, and when put together result in a competent, confident and safe swimmer. The most successful way for children to learn is through an enviroment involving FUN and games.  Games are an ideal way for children to develop and even help to combine one skill with another to support the process of 'building' skills and techniques. The focus areas of skill that are developed through the NPTS programme are: Entry, Exit, Buoyancy & Balance, Rotation & Orientation, Streamlining, Aquatic Breathing, Travel & Coordination, Water Safety, Health & Fitness. 


Call 0800 996 1760 from 5am – 11pm daily, or use the form below.
All lessons must be paid for in advance.

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Our Swimming Pool Locations

Oulder Hill Leisure Centre

Hudsons Walk, Oulder Hill, Rochdale. OL11 5EF

Freephone: 0800 996 1760

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Castleton Pool

Manchester Road, Rochdale, OL11 3AF

Freephone: 0800 996 1760

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