More than 200 Andover children swam like little fishes in a special purple pool as they took part in a Disney inspired swimming programme at Andover Leisure Centre.

The Finding Dory family swim sessions helped children, as young as two become better swimmers over a six-week period.

The youngsters learnt important swimming skills from swim teacher Cynthia Cannon in the interactive and creative activities. It involved recreating scenes from the hugely popular film, including when Dory, Marlin and Nemo get separated.

Tammy Dewhurst, the assistant manager for sport at Valley Leisure, said the secret of success for the programme was having a great class which the kids enjoyed.

She said: “Finding Dory is something they love. They didn’t really know it but we used it to get them in the pool and learning to swim. It stopped them thinking about any fears they had and it made it even more fun.”

To add extra fun, the water in the pool was also dyed purple for some of the sessions.

Every child that took part received a loyalty card for other activities at Valley Leisure run leisure facilities and some also won Finding Dory goodies.

Andover swimmers find fun when finding Dory