Swimming Buddies


“Autism Swim are an international wandering and drowning prevention specialists for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children with ASD, and Autism Swim is on a mission to change these statistics. Through wider community education and partnering with amazing services such as Swimming Buddies in certifying their staff, more families can receive the support that they need to keep their little one’s safe and happy”

– Erika Gleeson – Founder Autism Swim

At Swimming Buddies our purpose is to save lives. We have an unwavering commitment to education, empowering changes and fostering inclusive practices.


We are delighted to work alongside our partners at Brook Leisure Centre to bring this essential life skill to more families.

We also run a sister program 'FitBuddies' at CrossFit Berserk providing bespoke inclusive fitness classes to encourage co-ordination, strength, endurance, fun and a sense of belonging. 


Fleming Fulton School, Malone Road, Belfast 

Sessions currently run on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Brook Activity Centre, Summerhill Road, Dunmurry

Sessions run on Tuesday evenings on a one to one basis only.

Claire and Carole Johnston-Thompson

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Linda Thompson

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Claire Ratican

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Debbie Smith

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Mairie Devlin

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Swimming Buddies Social Story

Meet Swimming Buddies Sammy the Seahorse!

Sammy will guide you through your Swimming Buddies journey from when you arrive to when you get in the pool.

You will also see the new faces of all our friendly coaches.

Sammy is an expert guide as well as a brilliant buddie. Don't forget to ask if you have any questions!

Welcome to Swimming Buddies.


Welcome to Swimming Buddies at the Brook Leisure Centre!

Our simple, fun guide is available for you to download or view to help our buddies settle into their new pool adventure.

It covers the journey to the pool and some of the new faces you will meet along the way.


Refund Policy

We will not be liable to you for failure to perform any of our obligations if the venue is required to close by a force majeure event (meaning any cause beyond our reasonable control including without limitation, acts of God, war, insurrection, riot, civil disturbances, acts of terrorism, fire, explosion, flood, theft of essential equipment, malicious damage, strike, lock out, weather, third party injunction, national defence requirements, acts or regulations of national or local governments.) 

Please note if we are unable to run sessions due to any of the above we will endeavour to offer a replacement class but refunds will not be possible.

Session fees must be paid in full at the beginning of term, fees will not be deducted for missed classes.

If you would like any clarification please email us info@swimmingbuddies.co.uk

Many Thanks

The Team @ Swimming Buddies

Terms, Conditions and Data Protection

Please click on the link below to read Swimming Buddies Terms, Conditions and Data Protection policy. This form must be read and signed before your child can start their sessions at Swimming Buddies.

Child Protection Policy

If you would like a copy of our Child Protection Policy please click on the link below and we will email it to you.