Learning to Swim with Individuality Swimming

I am a firm believer that all children should be taught to swim and my kids have all had swimming lessons since an early age.

With the older kids, we enjoyed lessons at local-authority run pools and whilst the teachers were great, the better the kids swimming got, the bigger the classes and I felt they were not progressing as well as they should.

When Isaac was 5, we started lessons with Ruth, who soon became his favourite swimming teacher ever. He loved lessons with her and when she told us she was moving swim schools, it made sense to follow her.

We moved Isaac and Eliza to Individuality Swimming four years ago and Sebby joined them in September after completing his Turtle Tots program.

Individuality Swimming has been brilliant with the kids, they have small class sizes with a maximum of 5 children in a class at any time, which has meant their swimming has progressed much faster. They even managed to coach Eliza through a case of the ‘water wobbles’ when she first started – you’d never know it now, would you?

Ruth has continued to teach both Isaac and Eliza since joining and her background as an ex-competitive swimmer has inspired them both to want to work towards club swimming.

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At the beginning of the year, Kristin Hughes, Managing Director of Individuality Swimming, created Dorset’s largest swimming school with the purchase of Swalings and she arranged a promotional photoshoot for her new marketing campaign with some of her students, and we were invited to be part of it.

Isaac - IndividualityVideoShoot

My kids are as happy under the water as they are on top of it and loved playing up to the camera and showing off their swimming techniques.

Isaac and Eliza IndividualityVideoShoot

Individuality provides Parent and Baby Classes, Small Group Swimming Lessons for up to five children, One to One & Two to One Lessons and Adult Swimming Lessons throughout Bournemouth and Poole. All these classes share a common focus, teaching the valuable life skill that is swimming to people of any age, from beginners to improvers.

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All the swimming instructors are STA and ASA trained and Individuality Swimming follows the ASA Awards schemes:

  • Ducklings
  • Water Skills
  • Distance Badges

At the age of 4, Sebastian has just completed his Duckling Level 4 certificate, Eliza has completed her 400m distance badge and level 5 water skills and Isaac achieved water skills level 6 and his 1500m badge before moving on to club swimming. See them in action below:

Swimming is currently one of the most popular leisure and fitness activities in the UK with over 2.5 million weekly participants aged over 16.

A passionate swimming instructor and business owner, Kristin learnt to swim at the age of 2½. She has since competed in swimming competitions across England and worked in a number of roles from Swimming Teacher to Lifeguard, Fitness Instructor and Studio Co-ordinator. She set up Individuality, to realise her ambitions and concentrate on small groups and one to one swimming lessons.

For more information about Individuality Swimming & Fitness, visit: or find them at

To celebrate the completion of their recent promotional videos, they are offering a month’s worth of swimming lessons with Individuality Swimming & Fitness to one lucky winner AND a friend! All you have to do is visit this facebook post and follow the instructions. They will pick a winner at random on 5th April. Good luck…


Swimming, swimming in the swimming pool!

Our children have all swam since they were babies as it is a life skill I think every child should have.

We are now at the stage where they are all confident in the water and it is just Sebby that needs a water aid to swim, although I don’t think it will be long until he can swim completely unaided too.

Before Christmas Isaac had a trial with Bournemouth Swimming Club who are a competitive swimming team associated with the ASA and I am very proud to say that he was accepted and we have now entered the world of competitive swimming training.

He started this week and we have gone from swimming half an hour a week, to two or three hours a week. We were advised to start at two, but he wants to do three so we are seeing how it goes.


So far they are impressed with his technique, in particular his butterfly, however he needs to work on his breaststroke and get the confidence to dive in the pool off the podium – to be fair, I would be nervous of doing that too.

Eliza is back to do doing her mermaid impression and spends most of her time underwater, however she is also progressing well with Individuality Swimming and her target for this term is to achieve her 100m badge.

She was sent a gorgeous Zoggs swimsuit to review over Christmas and she was keen to try it out.

Zoggs Swimsuit

The Junior Girls Rascals Bella Crossback swimsuit is for girls aged 6-15 years and features a fantastic all-over digital print of ‘Rascals’ cartoon characters for a bright and bold swimsuit.

The open back and crossover straps allow for excellent flexibility and freedom of movement in the back and shoulders, making this swimsuit ideal for regular and competitive swimmers and as it is made from Zoggs 100% chlorine proof Aqualast™ fabric with a lifetime guarantee, it is durable, resistant to snagging and offers excellent shape retention.

We also received some pool toys for when we go swimming as a family and I cannot wait to try them out.


Isaac did water polo for a time, but sadly the classes stopped as they were not popular enough, however, now we can practice some of the skills he learned with the Zoggs neoprene pool ball.

Both Isaac and Eliza love diving to the bottom of the pool to retrieve sinkers, so we were also sent some dive balls, which you can throw as far as you can and then dive down ro retrieve and some Clam hunt shells, which we can see who can find first.

As for Sebby, well he went back to Turtle Tots this week and we found our class had grown by one, so the old “baby swimming crew” were back together. Because they all know each other they bounce off each other really well and it made each toddler swim better as they wanted to keep up with their friends which was lovely to watch.

Turtle Tots

I have bought Isaac a lovely pair of Jammers in the Zoggs sale for his swimming sessions and this afternoon I am taking him to our local swim shop to buy the rest of the equipment he needs. I think this may be an expensive hobby!!

Does your child enjoy swimming?