Photo: Sophy Murphy 3 Years old with her trophy.

Swimming Teacher, Gail Rickett’s success continues, following her TV appearance on ITV’s Granada Report’s as Gail has her third 3 year old Sophie Murphy swim 1/4 of a mile non stop.

Sophie Murphy only 3 years old is another one of Gail’s 3 year old pupils to swim 1/4 of a mile without stopping or needing any support.  Sophie started swimming about a year ago with Gail Rickett. Gail is also known as ‘The Water Whisperer’ for her jaw-dropping super fast results with her pupils. Sophie has attended Gail’s group lessons each week and has seldom missed a class in a year since she joined. Sophie had been training well completing her other distance swims earlier on in 2015 before she tried for her 1/4 of a mile.

Gail tells us to swim 1/4 of a mile it can vary between children but it takes about 20 to 25 minutes.  Lots
of training is carried out before a little one tries the distance and of course the child has to want to try to swim it without stopping.

Sophie won a Trophy for the distance she swam and she is now aiming to reach her half mile and possibly make a full mile swim before she turns 5 years old.

gail-herbiePhoto: Gail Rickett and Herbie Silcock-Jackson, 2 years old.

A few other remarkable distance swims from young children are Herbie Silcock – Jackson who at 2 years old swim 200 meters full stroke no support, Jodie Higham and Rohan both 3 years olds swam their 1/4 of a mile with Gail, and Jodie went on to complete her full one mile distance swim when she was still 4 years old.  Erin Lovegrove at 3 years old swam just a little short of 1/4 mile
completing 300 meters.

One of Gails most amazing pupils was Leah McCarthy who at 8 yrs old swam 5 miles in one session, non stop for charity.

CD7O8509 (4)Photo: Nicola Fenna swimming butterfly.

Nicola Fenna after a few weeks of lessons went from a very upset and nervous pupil to completing her one mile distance swim, and Nicola eventually went on to compete, and win many galas, training at 5 am most mornings and back again in the pool after school. Many of Gail’s pupils have been inspired by Gail to swim until they reach competitive level.

Gail says ‘I love what I do and I have been involved in teaching swimming and competitive sports for so long, some of my early pupils have grown up and brought their new babies back to me, which is really wonderful.  I did start helping out at around 14 years old at a swimming club so there’s a fair amount pupils grown up now, I once taught.”

Gail has an intensive learn to swim or improve 4 day course comming up in the February half term holidays and Gail has other classes available, if you would like help, advice or more information
please contact Gail on 07449135450.

Gail’s website is at



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