Don’t settle for a poor performance – or even dangerous – swim school. Your choice of swim school can have a huge impact on your child’s experience in the water, during lessons and for the rest of their lives. A swimming teacher who distresses your child, who forces them to do things they’re not comfortable with, or who fails to keep them safe – that’s going to result in trauma, fear, or an outright phobia. A swimming teacher who is unengaged, unfocused, or just plain boring – you’ll end up having to drag your child to class, and worry over whether they’re being kept safe. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s not that way at BritSwim.

What makes BritSwim different?

“I hated swimming as a kid,” says BritSwim’s Coach Susan. Not what you might expect from a teacher who specialises in fearful beginners. Why did she feel so strongly about a sport she now loves and teaches?

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“I was five and started lessons at the local pool.

I remember clearly first not being happy, and then the teacher asking me to jump in from standing up – he promised he’d catch me.

I didn’t want to. But I did.

And he didn’t catch me.

I went under the water for the first time, water filled my mouth and nose, stung my eyes, and I was terrified.

When I came up gasping and crying – he was smiling. He said, I told you you could do it!

I thought, you told me you would catch me.

I never went back to class again, and had horrible associations with the water for decades after that few seconds of betrayal.”

That’s what swimming teachers risk, when they lie to students.

We see it every week when we meet new potential BritSwim students – time after time, the same story of previous swim lessons: teacher lies to child, child doesn’t trust teacher, child fails to progress in class, parent seeks new teacher.

And that’s only the ones we do meet – how many more children are like the young Coach Susan, and just avoid the water for years and years?

Your child deserves a swimming teacher they can trust, who will treat them with respect, honesty, and transparency – just as all of us, child or adult, would like to be treated throughout life. Don’t expect any less: you don’t have to.

BritSwim teachers never lie.

They answer our students’ questions honestly, and share information transparently.

We understand that building trust can make the difference between fun, effective swimming lessons – or a life of fear.


Building connection and trust: at BritSwim, knowing students’ names, preferences, and learning styles is crucial to creating effective, enjoyable, and safe swimming lessons.

Prioritising safety and engagement: BritSwim’s commitment to in-pool teaching and constant assessment sets us apart in a field where negligence can be potentially lethal.

Empathy, communication, and positive feedback: Britswim’s in-house training program prioritises not only teaching skills, but also empathy and communication to create a safe, supportive, and encouraging learning environment.

The importance of respectful and honest swimming teachers for your child: why trust and empathy should be essential qualities for anyone teaching your child to swim.

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