Ready to get started with swimming lessons? You’ve come to the right place!
The Swim School Academy is one of Hampshire’s most highly regarded swimming schools. Founded in 2007 by a former England swimmer, we are a family-run business, and family is at the heart of everything we do.
That means your child’s time with us will be informative, safety-focused and challenging, but also exciting and encouraging too – a weekly event that the whole family looks forward to. We do this by offering small-group classes, led by highly qualified teachers who work really closely with the children to build their confidence and improve their strokes.
From small beginnings, we now operate in eight excellent locations across the south of Hampshire. More than 8,000 children and adults have taken the plunge with us. We hope you will too.
“As someone who once swam at a national level, people often think I must be a lifelong waterbaby. But that’s not quite true. When my parents took me to the beach as a five-year-old, I’d cling to them like a crab. I hated the water!
“Everything changed when I started taking lessons at my local pool. The teachers got into the water with me and built my confidence. They encouraged and challenged me. By the time I was in my teens, I loved it so much I was helping at the pool and competing for England.
That same philosophy underpins how we run the Swim School Academy today. Teaching children how to be safe in the water is our number one priority. But swimming classes should also be stimulating and fun. We believe in hands-on teaching in small-size classes, where we can give children the focused attention they need for a lifelong love of swimming.”
Meet the Team
Meet the talented team that keeps our Swim School running like clockwork…
My role involves… Organising teachers and office staff and responding to general enquiries and issues.
Best thing about the job… Every day is different, speaking to all sorts of people and solving problems.
First learned to swim… My mum taught me at the beach, aged seven.
What I love about swimming… The exercise – and the feel-good factor.
Favourite swim stroke… Breast stroke.
Favourite pastimes… Knitting, reading, grandchildren.
Surprising fact… I love Donny Osmond.
My role involves… Working in the office, booking new customers, organising groups and looking after the Swim School finances.
Best thing about the job… Helping the children find the right group that suits them and seeing how they progress.
First learned to swim… Age five.
What I love about swimming… Having fun with my family in the pool, on holiday and in the sea.
Favourite swim stroke… Front crawl
Favourite pastimes… Squash, running, Muay Thai, reading.
Surprising fact… I can do the splits!
My role involves… Helping customers to book and re-enrol, answering email queries and lots of other bits and pieces involving admin!
Best thing about the job… Being part of the Swim School family. We have lots of lovely people to speak to and every day is different.
First learned to swim… Age four, taught by my grandad.
What I love about swimming… That it builds confidence, increases fitness and can potentially save lives.
Favourite swim stroke… Breast stroke if it’s a leisurely swim, or front crawl for speed!
Favourite pastime… Taking the dog for walks. Spending time with the family
Surprising fact… My favourite book of all time is The Lorax.
My role involves… Teaching children to swim and running day-to-day operations. But the team in the office are really in charge (they know everything and everyone!).
Best thing about the job… The team I work with.
First learned to swim… When I was five, at my local leisure centre.
What I love about swimming… The discipline it has instilled in me through the years of training. A never-give-up attitude.
Favourite swim stroke… Butterfly
Favourite pastimes… Family, running, gym, DIY
Swimming hero… Alexander Popov. The greatest sprint swimmer ever. He changed the way people swam.
Surprising fact… I was not that good at swimming until I was a teenager.