1-2-1 Swimming Lessons

A great place to take on the water and learn to swim

Amazing 1-2-1 teaching with our experienced teachers

Whether you are just starting out or trying to improve, our teachers at Sandford Parks Lido can help you.

We understand that everyone has different abilities, and our teachers will work with you to improve on specific skills and fitness.


Book a 1-2-1 lesson with Dom

I am a qualified teacher with many years experience in Gloucestershire schools – Having retired from ‘the classroom’ I transferred my knowledge and skills to the sport I have always loved, swimming! I now focus teaching skills to ensure swimmers make progress.
I love swimming teaching because It’s a life skill, and a sport that is truly accessible for all ages and all abilities. I enjoy making a difference and ensuring people make progress and enjoy seeing their confidence grow and their skills and knowledge improve.
My favourite stroke is front crawl as it’s so good for fitness, but breaststroke will always be up there – supportive and rhythmic and of course helps with lifesaving backstroke!


Book a 1-2-1 lesson with Pip

I have been swim teaching and coaching for 7 years. I have participated in competitive swimming and waterpolo. I started assisting at the school I trained at and then built my qualifications and experience to teach classes and 1-2-1s of all age ranges. I am also a primary school teacher so have lots of experience teaching and supporting children in developing their understanding and application of skills.I have specialised in SEND and SEMH altering my approach and lessons to meet the needs of each individual child. In addition to this I have done lots of coaching to build confidence, technique and speed for adults and teenagers to prepare for competitions or just increase swimming ability.

I love swim teaching because it’s such an important skill for everyone to have and therefore seeing a person develop their stoke and become more confident in their own abilities is so rewarding, especially when all the skills and techniques come together and form a perfect stroke. It is also a skill that can lead to so many other opportunities I believe in teaching to the interest and skills of each individual swimmer.


Book a 1-2-1 lesson with Laura

Hi, I’m Laura and I’m a fully qualified STA Level 2 Open Water Coach with additional Bluetits accreditation and cold water CPD. I’m also an STA level 2 swimming teacher.

I have a person-centred approach and work with swimmers to enable them to identify and achieve their swimming goals and to give them the information, support and confidence they need to get whatever they want out of swimming, sharing my enjoyment and the amazing physiological and mental health benefits of swimming outdoors all year round.

  • Heads-up to heads-down swimming
  • Breaststroke to front crawl
  • Beginners
  • Building confidence, maintaining motivation
  • Stroke improvement
  • Event preparation for swims and triathlons
  • Open water skills

I love to swim outdoors and this year I’m challenging myself to complete events in a lido, lake, river and the sea.


Book a 1-2-1 lesson with Maddie

Hello! I absolutely love the water and when I am not in it I am on it rowing! I enjoy working with children to find what they enjoy in the water and working on those skills to develop their passions. I teach beginners from their first time in the water through to coaching and developing strokes to either a competitive or pleasure level. I have been teaching for 6 years at a variety of pools across Gloucestershire, my favourite stroke is breast stroke and I love diving! I am enthusiastic and bring lots of energy to all of my lessons making sure that they are adapted to suit each child individually. My approach to teaching is relaxed and reassuring, making sure that all swimmers have a positive experience in the pool and want to come back for more.


Book a 1-2-1 lesson with Anthony

I have been teaching for over 20 year and used to own my own swim school. I have also played and competed in waterpolo for Great Britain! I provide lessons and coaching for any age and ability from children who have never been in the water before to adults who want technique or stuntmen who need training. I have become one of the longest standing members of staff at the lido and love coaching and teaching all strokes but especially front crawl and butterfly. I have a gentle but energetic approach to teaching and never fail to make sure everyone feels comfortable, safe and leave the lesson with a smile. I also coach the swim fit classes focusing on technique and stamina. When I am not teaching you will find me enjoying the sun with my grandchildren!


Book a 1-2-1 lesson with Josh

My name is Josh and I’m a level 2 swim teacher with over two years experience. I’m passionate about helping people of all ages and abilities learn how to swim and feel confident in the water. I have experience teaching a variety of swim strokes, including front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. I also have experience working with beginners, intermediate swimmers and adults.
In my classes, I focus on creating a fun and supportive environment where students feel comfortable trying new things and pushing their limits. I believe that everyone can learn how to swim with the right guidance and encouragement, and I’m committed to helping my students achieve their goals.
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Book a 1-2-1 lesson with Maeve

Hi, I’m Maeve and I’ve been teaching swimming for about 2 years. I love helping people of all ages and abilities to develop their skills and confidence in the water. I have a strong understanding of swimming technique and I am able to adapt my teaching style to suit the needs of each individual swimmer. I am committed to creating a supportive learning environment for all my swimmers, and I take pride in seeing them progress and achieve their goals. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced swimmer, I am dedicated to helping you improve your skills and enjoy the many benefits that swimming can bring and have lots of fun!



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Today, we’re celebrating our commitment to sustainability at Sandford Parks Lido.

We are continuing to strive towards reducing emissions, cutting waste, and safeguarding water, whilst also preserving the historic charm and cherished experiences of our beloved Lido. 

This winter we have repaired a leak in our children’s pool, installed inverters on our heritage pumps and installed pipe work so we can divert water away from the fountain at night and go directly to the pool, thus reducing heat loss.

And thanks to the Sports England Swimming Pool Support Fund and support from CBC’s Cheltenham Zero Community Grant, we’re set to achieve the third stage of our decarbonisation plan at Sandford Parks Lido.

With this funding, we’ll be purchasing a new pool cover for the children’s pool and installing solar PV panels in the Lido car park. 

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We’re also committed to enhancing energy efficiency with EV charging points and improvements for pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility. 

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