Otters Learn to Swim (part of City of Southampton SC)

Before attending Otters Learn to Swim all swimmers and any accompanying parents / guardians must complete our Covid 19 health declaration form found on this link CSSC Covid-19 Health Declaration Form This requirement is in line with guidance from Swim England.

Update November 2020:

Due to the ongoing lockdown with the pandemic, Regents Park school pool is not currently available.   We are still taking enquiries about Learn to Swim for when we can offer lessons so please contact us here: 

Email:  [email protected]

Telephone: Pete Farmer  07817 247517

Fun, Safe Learning:

We offer childrens' swimming lessons for beginners/non-swimmers; for children who wish to increase their confidence in water; and for those who wish to improve their stroke technique. All swimming lessons are taught by Swim England qualified teachers, under the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme. Class sizes are small so that each swimmer receives close attention and to encourage pupils' rapid swimming development.

Our aim is to:

‘Give children the opportunity to learn to swim by developing confidence and stroke technique in a structured, fun and safe environment’

We have an experienced team of either current swimmers from City of Southampton SC or swimmers who have hung up their goggles to form a structured: progressive and fun lesson scheme. This will get the best out of your child in both technique and confidence.

Lessons at Otters are competitively priced, paid termly. All lessons take place at Regents Park Community College:

Regents Park Community College
King Edward Avenue,
Shirley, Southampton,
SO16 4GW.

If you wish to know more about our Learn to Swim programme or want a free trial, please contact Peter Farmer on: 

[email protected]

or  tel: 07817 247517.

Location and Timetable:

The swimming lessons run during term-time and take place at Regents Park Community College in Shirley, Southampton on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, and parents are able to watch these lessons from a poolside seating area.

Stages 1-4
Stages 5-7
Ducks &
Stage 1    
Stages 1-2
Stages 3-4
Stages 5-7

Information about the Team:
We are very lucky that many of our swimmer teachers have been through the journey from Learn to Swim to Competitive Swimming with City of Southampton SC or other clubs.  They all share a passion for teaching children to swim because they all know the many benefits, fun and enjoyment that come from being able to swim well. 

Pete Farmer - is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher and the co-ordinator of the Learn to Swim programme run in partnership with City of Southampton Swimming Club. His passion and commitment to Learn to Swim has seen the club grow to nearly 200 members.  He is a qualified swimming official and in his spare time supports CSSC at their competitive meets.

Jess Farmer  – is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher and a Swim England Level 2 Coach. Jess works full time as a school teacher in a local secondary school. She is a keen swimmer, who spends many mornings down at the pool and still competes for Masters, where she continues to win medals in her age group. She is excellent in delivering the technical aspects of swimming.

Aislinn Murphy - is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher and Level 2 Coach. Aislinn is currently studying creative writing at Winchester University and continues to swim competitively. She can often be found training at the Quays. One of her strengths is her ability to bring out the best in children who lack confidence. 

Issy Lyon-Marris - is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher. Issy has a Degree in Law and is now studying primary PGCE at Durham University.  She continues to teach when she is home during the holidays and has a great understanding of the technical aspects of all the strokes. 

Nikki Fulford – is a Swim England Level 1 Teacher and previously a competitive swimmer for CSSC, who still holds a number of the club champs records.  She has now hung up her goggles but can’t let go of the sport and is great at teaching children who lack confidence. 

Sophie Russell - is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher. As a competitive swimmer Sophie swam in Hampshire County competitions. She is now studying at Swansea University but continues to return regularly to support Learn to Swim. She is fantastic at encouraging our new swimmers into the pool. 

Jess Blythe - is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher and still a competitive swimmer. Having swam at National, Regional and County level, Jess is currently studying at Swansea University. She is great at explaining and demonstrating all the swimming strokes. 

Becky Masters – Is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher and currently studying politics, economics and accounting at Barton Peveril.  Becky swum to Regional Level in butterfly.  She first started volunteering at learn to swim at the age of 15 and so has a lot of experience in dealing with younger swimmers.

Caitlin Sherry – Is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher.  Currently studying business and sport at Barton Peveril.  Caitlin swum at Regional level in breaststroke.

Tyler Ellis – Is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher also currently studying at Barton Peveril.  He still swims competitively and has swum at many Hampshire County competitions.  He is a sprinter.

Karita Patel – Is a Swim England Level 2 Teacher.    She loves teaching basic technique.

Kieran Beckett – Is a Lifeguard. His swimming journey has taken him to Nationals and he continues to swim competitively whilst studying full time.  He is currently at University.

Isabeau Adams -   Is a qualified Swim England Level 1 Teacher and currently studying at Spartan College on a Level 3 Countryside, Conservation Management course.

Katie Dowling - is qualified as  Level 2 teacher and lifeguard.  Katie Is currently studying A levels at Hampshire Collegiate School and has competed at County and Regional level. Freestyle is her number 1 stroke.

Young Helpers:

Courtney Wilsher - Is currently studying at Mountbatten school in Romsey.  She is a qualified Level 1 teacher and lifeguard.  Courtney is still swimming competitively and has competed at County and Regional level. Butterfly is her number one stroke.

Zara Manning - is a qualified Level 1 teacher and Lifeguard.  Zara studies at Regents Park School so is very used to the learn to swim pool.  Zara still competes at Hampshire County championships. Her number one stroke is Breaststroke.

Neve Day – is a qualified Level 1 teacher and Lifeguard.  Neve is currently studying at Mountbatten and has competed at Hampshire County championships. Neve also has Breaststroke as her number one stroke.

Chloe Short - is currently studying for her GCSEs.  She is a qualified Lifeguard.  Chloe still enjoys swimming competitively.

Some of our teachers

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