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Nemo Swimming welcomes its second franchisee in South Tyneside


Rachel with Nemo Swimming co-founders and directors, Phil and Theresa

Rachel Cockburn has become Nemo Swimming’s second franchisee, just weeks after the company announced its first franchise business in Coventry & Solihull. Rachel, mum to one girl (9y) and two boys (6y and 18m), has taken over Nemo Swimming operations in South Tyneside, and will be delivering baby, toddler, and pre-school swimming lessons across the region.

From customer…

Having taken all three of her children to Nemo Swimming lessons, Rachel became a Nemo Swimming instructor in 2014. Teaching classes from The Diving Centre in Boldon, Rachel has helped hundreds of babies, toddlers, and young children to learn to swim, and quickly became a firm favourite with Nemo Swimming parents. When Nemo Swimming announced plans to franchise in September 2017, Rachel expressed an interest in the South Tyneside territory and, after discussions with directors and co-founders Phil and Theresa, she joined the company as a franchisee in July 2018.

“Swimming is a life skill, and it’s something that I don’t think gets anywhere near the attention that it deserves on the National Curriculum,” commented Rachel. “I was determined to get my children into the pool as early as possible, to help build their water confidence and set them on the best possible pathway for the lifetime of swimming. I took my eldest to Nemo Swimming lessons and instantly fell in love with the company’s philosophy – how they taught the lessons, the small class sizes, the approach. My little girl achieved so much in her lessons, and it was amazing to see how quickly she progressed; I’ve seen the same with my two boys, too.”

…to instructor…

She added: “I’m a fully qualified secondary science teacher and taught in state education for over ten years. When the opportunity arose to join the Nemo Swimming team as an instructor it allowed me to combine my love of teaching with my passion for encouraging swimming at a young age. One of the things that I really enjoy is that moment when a child does something that they previously believed they couldn’t – absolutely makes my week!”

…to business owner…

“I’m so excited to have now joined the Nemo Swimming team as a franchisee. I can’t wait to get back in the pool in September, and see all of our swimmers – our little Nemos – again. All of our lessons at The Diving Centre in Boldon will continue as normal, though I have added a few new sessions; I’ll also be looking to quickly extend the timetable with classes at other locations within South Tyneside.”

Find out more

For more information on Nemo Swimming – South Tyneside, please visit, or contact Rachel at [email protected], or call 07494 597 177. You can also follow Nemo Swimming – South Tyneside on Facebook at


Published 8th August 2018