Jo Balmer-Smith

Hello, and a warm welcome to Swim School!

I founded Swim School back in 2004 after identifying the need for small, private children’s swimming lessons in the Burnley & Pendle area. Swim School grew very quickly and we now deliver a full and comprehensive swimming lesson programme for babies, toddlers and children.

When I’m not teaching swimming and completing never-ending paperwork, I like to spend my time watching motor sport (F1 in particular!) and going off snowboarding whenever I get the chance! I live next door to Swim School with my husband Julian and my little doggy called Beryl.

Amanda Gent

Hi, my name’s Amanda and I teach the younger generation at Swim School; from babies as young as 8 weeks old to toddlers and pre-school children.
Getting children introduced to water at a young age gives them a huge advantage and greatly increases their water confidence.

When I’m not teaching swimming, I’m spending my time with my family, including my two children – Chloe and Jake and we love to walk our Husky dog – Mia around the beautiful Burnley countryside.

Martin Wall

I am a committed and ambitious BA (Hons) Sports Coaching graduate with a wealth of experience in coaching a variety of sports including swimming, football and track & field athletics.

At Swim School I teach the 4 years + swimming lessons and I aim to make each lesson both educational and fun, whilst boosting water confidence and improving swimming technique in the process.

In my spare time I enjoy playing football, cycling and spending time with my wife, Emily, our two daughters; Summer and Violet, and our three dogs.

Welcome to Swim School!

Coronovirus Update

Swim School offers a variety of swimming lessons for parents and babies, toddlers, and children of primary school age.

Our group sizes are kept small so your child can fully interact with our water-based instructors and the lessons are taught in a structured and progressive manner providing encouragement and reassurance every step of the way on their swimming journey.

So if the time has come for your child to start swimming lessons, choose Swim School for fun and friendly classes with rapid results!