Established since 1984

Where learning to swim is safe and fun

Staff Profiles

Emma – I teach the Junior Lifeguard and also lessons at Oakdene, Ferndown and cover other sessions

A competitive swimmer in my youth, I then went away from the sport for many years following a career in finance and my love of horses (I’m a keen showjumper these days!). On taking my eldest son swimming at 8 weeks old I remembered what I was missing and returned to the sport there and then. I am a fully qualified STA teacher for both children and babies and also a Junior Lifeguard instructor. I am also an STA Tutor, training and qualifying new swimming teachers and I have a Swim England coaching qualification, regularly coaching for Poole Swimming Club. While I love teaching, I don’t get to do much these days, filling in as and when needed. You will find me on the poolside doing the organisation!


Dawn – teaches at Colehill, Wimborne

Dawn is a very popular teacher who has been with SOS for many years and teaches our group 3 and 4 swimmers. Dawn is super experienced and highly qualified at all teaching levels and disciplines including top level coaching, babies and those with disabilities. She loves teaching and especially loves buying themed toys for the children to use during lessons! Dawn is also hoping to become and STA tutor next year.

Joy – teaches at Colehill, Wimborne

Joy has been with SOS for some time, taking a break to have baby Sofia-Rose. Joy teaches our more experienced group 3 and 4 swimmers. She loves swimming, its her passion. She is a keen competitive swimmer who swims for miles each week, putting us all to shame! Joy is very well liked by all her pupils with her kind, supportive approach. Joy is also a swimming coach with Swim Bournemouth.

Jeff – teaches at Colehill, Wimborne

Jeff is qualified to teach at the highest level with the STA. Jeff teaches our higher level classes and gets fantastic results. Jeff is the head coach at Wareham swimming club and is a competitive swimmer himself. He is currently coaching national level swimmers. Jeff is very well liked by all of the boys and girls and is fun while producing really very good swimmers.

Laura – teaches at St Michael’s

Laura is a very experienced and committed teacher who teaches all levels for SOS, from preschool to group 4. She is our beginner teacher at St Michaels and always gets great results with a combination of fun and hard work for the children who love their lessons. A keen synchronised swimmer, Laura is friendly and calm being popular with all the children.

Jennie – teaches parent & baby only

Jennie is the senior teacher for our Baby and Preschool classes. She is a fully qualified STA Baby and Preschool teacher. Jennie adores teaching the little ones for SOS and both babies and parents really love her. She is always sending me links for new, fun toys to buy for the classes and really enjoys seeing the smaller children progress in their water confidence.

Beckie, teaches at Colehill, Wimborne 

Beckie has been with SOS for some time, starting as a helper and progressing to taking the classes herself. Beckie is very committed and in under a year has moved through both her level 1 and 2 teaching exams,being a fully qualified STA teacher. She was a successful competitive county level swimmer herself. She teaches the group 1 and 2 swimmers for SOS. Beckie is young and super enthusiastic! All of our younger swimmers do really well with her and she is excellent at improving water confidence in even the most nervous children.

Beckie is also our Aquafit teacher!

Ella –  teaches on at Oakdene and St Michael’s

Ella is a fully qualified level 2 swimming teacher. She has been a helper with us for some time, working with both beginners and weak swimmers. Ella is an accomplished county level swimmer herself. She teaches both group 1 and 2 swimmers. Ella is young, keen and the children love her.

Sophie – teaches at Oakdene
Sophie has been with us for some time as a helper, and is loved by all the children. She has recently qualified as a level 1 teacher and now takes classes of group 1 and 2 swimmers at Oakdene where her new skills are being put to great use and the children really enjoy her teaching them>




Mae attends school at QE and has been a helper at SOS for some time. She learned to swim through us, gaining her 2000m badge (over a mile!) in impressive style. She is great helper and plans to become a teacher just as soon as she is old enough and we hope its with us!


Elsie has only fairly recently started being a helper. She learned to swim with us and is very good at it! She is a student at St Michael’s and really enjoying her new role. We think she will make a great teacher eventually.


Rosie is the newest member of the team. Rosie is an ex county level swimmer and has recently passed her level 1 teaching qualifications which she will be putting to great use stepping in for cover work. She has excellent knowledge and can’t wait to get stuck in.


Fleur has been with us a short time and is very much enjoying helping with our beginner swimmers. She is a student at QE school and a confident swimmer herself.

Eryn is a keen competitive swimmer and is also a member of the Poole lifeguarding club. As a helper all of the children love her fun, kind way. She has recently qualified as a level 1 teacher and will be stepping in to cover as much as she can. She is very keen and will be a great teacher.


One to One Lessons – Wimborne

Private pool in Wimborne
Bookable on an ad hoc basis

Group Lessons – Ferndown, Verwood, West Moors

Oakdene Holiday Park
Mondays 4:30-6:30

STA Junior Lifeguard & First Aid – Wimborne

Colehill, Wimborne
Tuesdays 3.30-4 & Fridays 6.30-7

Group Lessons – Wimborne

Colehill, Wimborne
Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:00
Fridays 4:00 – 6:30

Baby & Preschool – Wimborne

Colehill, Wimborne
Thursdays: 12:45 – 1:45