Friendly Local Swimming
Lessons in Devon

SwimSouthWest is a small company based in East Devon that provides swim instruction catering predominantly for children of school age. We offer inexpensive lessons following the ASA’s acclaimed National Plan for the Teaching of Swimming.

We give focused attention to all our pupils.

We restrict our classes to small numbers to enable our teachers to be able to give personal attention to all our pupils. Most lessons take place during term time and after school hours but we are occasionally able to offer lessons during school holidays.

We can also cater for anyone who is in any way water phobic or nervous. We may be able to provide one to one lessons to help you overcome your fears to allow you to enjoy being in the water.

Zoe SwimSouthWest Founder and Instructor

Born and raised in Derby my first experiences in the water were swimming lessons like lots of children at the local pool. Swimming didn’t come particularly easy to me when I was little but eventually I progressed and joined the swimming club spending many years training and competing in swimming galas. Just over 20 years ago I trained as a lifeguard, ASA swimming teacher and Aquafit instructor and lifeguard trainer/ assessor and my passion for teaching swimming was realised. I started my own business, Seaton swim school about 15yrs ago after my daughter was born and shortly after that trained as a WaterBabies teacher, for many years enjoying the superbly rewarding job of senior teacher with the Devon and Somerset team. Swim School was growing and as we were teaching in neighbouring counties it seemed appropriate to change the business name to SwimSouthwest. Having qualified as a level 3 GP referral for exercise consultant approximately 4 yrs ago I’m able to offer bespoke private or group therapy sessions tailored to individuals needs. I’m passionate about the enigmatic healing qualities of water for so many conditions whether they are physical-musculoskeletal, neurological or mental/emotional-depression anxiety.

Paul Instructor

Paul was born in Harrogate many years ago and moved to Derby aged 5 where he learned to swim. As he progressed he then joined Derby Phoenix Swimming Club before being invited to swim for Spondon Swimming Club being coached by an ex England Swimming Coach. In the later years of secondary he had a part time job at pool. In 1974 he joined the #RoyalNavy and went on to be Naval and Inter Services Champion. After leaving the Navy in 1996 was employed on Cruise ships as Chief of Security. Paul Qualified as a Level 2 in October 2011 and he is also qualified to teach Rookie Lifeguard. Paul has found teaching with SwimSouthWest to be one of the most rewarding experiences, take a child from the ‘I can’t do that’ to the ‘I can do that and it’s fun’ is so satisfying.

Richard Instructor

I was born in Yeovil in 1993 and ever since I’ve lived in the South West. I went to Chardstock Primary School then to Axe Valley. I started swimming age 5 and completed all my levels, as well as completing rookie lifeguard, When I turned 16 I became lifeguard and have been for 10 years. I have a degree in graphics and I enjoy amateur dramatics, acting and directing. I have been in the boys’ brigade since age 5 and now I am a officer. I love to travel and like to watch football and rugby.

Ana Instructor

I was born and bought up on a farm in Dorset. As I was growing up I competed regularly on my horses, eventing as many weekends as I could squeeze in, and up to national level in tetrathlons, (shooting, swimming running and horse riding). This led to me joining Bridport Barracudas Swimming Club. From there I began regularly training and coaching. I then joined a team of swim teachers teaching private, group and school lessons regularly. I spend my spare time helping my parents on the farm, or looking after my own animals which I seem to have collected over the years! Mainly sheep and horses!

Meet the Team

  • Zoe
  • Paul
  • Richard
  • Ana
An abundance of patience and understanding...

Our daughter came in at level 4 on moving into the area and has progressed within 4 years to become a Rookie Lifeguard. Zoe and Paul have an abundance of patience and understanding whether in a group lesson or one to one. We have recommended them to friends who have seen their children progress with water confidence.

A good relationship is built up between child and teacher...

Zoe has taught our children to swim with confidence and style. A good relationship is built up between child and teacher making learning fun but progressive.

Alison and Andrew Sparks.
we feel very privileged to have been able to swim with her...

Zoe is an amazing teacher and we feel very privileged to have been able to swim with her.

Liz Churchett