New Mums and Baby (or dad), swimming lessons are starting in Southport, with Gail Rickett, The Water Whisperer.

Gail tells us that the pupils that start at a  young age and stay with the program are the ones that are most likely to achieve big distance swims

like Jodie Higham, who at 3 years old after just a year of swimming lessons trained for her 1/4 a mile distance swim and passed.  Jodie very quickly improved her distance and  went on to swim 1/2 a mile. By the time Jodie was 4 years old, Jodie and Gail were featured on national and regional television as Jodie swam a massive one mile non stop and no armbands. After her wonderful distance swim Jodie went out and played on her bike for a couple of hours!

Other babies that started young was Sophie Murphy another 3 year old who swam 1/4 of a mile when she was still only 3 years old.  These fantastic pupils are not Gail’s only young swimmers there have been many!  Jemima Thompson who at 3 years old could swim correct breaststroke and backstroke, Jemima has now grown up and into a beautiful swimmer who also competes for her region.


Mums (or dads) are in the water supporting and bonding with their baby where they have fun tasks to do such as  baby sitting down ‘jumps in’ helped by singing songs like Humpty Dumpty, blowing bubbles and having sprinkles of water over their heads and faces.  Water safety is covered along with swimming under and on top of the water learning the correct strokes from a very early age.  Gail has been teaching toddlers to swim for decades and has the specialist Mums & Baby / Toddler STA Teachers certificate along with Swimming Teachers and Advanced Swimming Teachers Certificates.  Certificates are taken for the babies too Gail enjoys seeing the babies progress by following the  Duckling Award ASA Scheme.

Here is Herbie Silcock-Jackson who swam a massive 200 meters when he was still only two years old.


For more details about the new mums and baby swimming lessons please contact Gail on 07449135450 or visit her face book page at


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