Neil Bailey Swimming was established in 2009 by Neil Bailey, a qualified ASA instructor, who felt that the local area lacked good quality, ‘no-fuss’ swimming lessons for children. The company is focused on its ‘family values’ ethos, teaching children to swim as if they are members of our own family, and internally training staff to teach with skill, passion and enthusiasm. Neil’s mission is to build a team to teach as many children in the area to not only swim, but to swim well.
Neil Bailey Swimming prides itself on inclusivity and offers lessons to all children over the age of 3 and adults, regardless of ability or disability. At present, we teach 700 people to swim a week during term-time and over 1,000 during the school holidays. On average, 1 in 7 of these swimmers have additional needs, yet we feel that we have the potential to reach out to many more with access to a purpose-built facility. Neil Bailey Swimming also prides itself upon its fantastic internal staff training, which provides support and mentoring to teens and young adults keen on learning to teach. We actively encourage over 16s involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme to volunteer with us supporting the teaching staff and find that many stay on. Over the years we have successfully mentored over 30 staff, building a skilled and reliable team. At present, the company operates from two local school swimming pools and two private pools. However, usage restrictions, planning constraints and school politics prevent us from expanding further and reaching a larger audience.