Happy Fish (Additional Needs)

At Westbury Swim School we believe that there shouldn’t be any barriers to swimming lessons. Some children may require a different learning process to accomplish their swimming journey. Delayed communication, language and sensory needs can make regular swimming lessons very overwhelming. Our Happy Fish Classes are a gentle and friendly way to learn to swim. Parents also participate in the class as they wholly understand their child’s way of learning. We augment our classes with visual schedules, p.e.c.s and lámh words for swimming. Children learn how to move and swim with confidence at their level of understanding. Happy Fish classes are small group lessons with a water based teacher.

Key Course Features

  • Controlled Swimming Environment with low noise levels
  • Sensory Friendly warm-ups
  • Augmented Communication to aid understanding of skills
  • Gentle movement of body on front and back
  • Confident with getting face wet
  • Jumping into water at own pace
  • Bonding time with parent/ guardian
  • Improving motor coordination and spatial awarenes

Fantastic, your approach with the kids is amazing so patient and calm.


I can honestly say having my little boy take up your swimming classes been one of the best decisions we have ever made.


Our daughter adores her swimming classes and adores all her Happy Fish friends.


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