About Little Dolphins

At Little Dolphins, babies develop water confidence and specific skills to move towards independent swimming, through our carefully developed Swim Programme. Little Dolphin classes are based in several locations throughout Cheltenham and the West Midlands in lovely warm pools. Helen Whittle was the founder of Little Dolphins in 2003.

Our Teachers

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Gemma was given the opportunity to purchase Little Dolphins in 2012. Gemma has been teaching swimming for over 10 years. She is a qualified ASA level 2 swimming teacher and continues her professional development in ASA cpd’s. Gemma also holds the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard qualification. She has experience working with many ages and abilities.
“It is very rewarding being in a business that allows me to get to know lovely people and their babies and to give them back afterwards!”

Email: gemma@littledolphins.co.uk

Sarah Wedgbury

I am a mum of two boys who both started with Little Dolphins at the age of four months. I’ve loved watching them develop their swimming skills over the years and I wanted to be able to teach other children those same skills, to help make their time in the pool fun and enjoyable. I am currently an ASA swimming teacher working through different cpd’s to broaden my knowledge.


Email: sarahlittledolphins@hotmail.com

Hannah Kinghorn

Having been involved in outdoor education for many years, I realised how many children were uncomfortable in water and how much it affected their confidence in trying many new activities.  As a mother I was keen to encourage my children to become competent swimmers at a young age and Little Dolphins enabled me to do this.  I have loved teaching my children to be swimmers so much that I have become a level 2 ASA swimming teacher so that I can inspire confidence in future generations of parents and children.

Email: hannahlittledolphins@yahoo.com

Donna Smith

I have always enjoyed swimming and thought it was an important skill for my children to learn. I loved watching their lessons but didn’t think about teaching myself until I was asked to help out in the water in August 2015. I quickly got the bug and after gaining lots of poolside experience I completed the last part of my ASA Teaching Aquatics qualification at the beginning of 2017. I am enjoying being part of the Little Dolphins team.

Email: donna.littledolphins@gmail.com

Janice Paterson

Hi I’m Janice. A mum of 2 who has been a level 2 swimming instructor and lifeguard for over 20 years. I really enjoy teaching adults and children so moving in to infant submersion and helping parents start their child’s swim journey earlier seemed an obvious choice. I love seeing my little dolphins progress throughout the term and love teaching them.


Email: janicelittledolphins@hotmail.com

Charmain Ashbury

I am a proud mom of 3. I began swim lessons with my youngest when she was 2 months old. To see her enjoy swimming so much and watching her confidence build week on week has been a fantastic reward. I feel allowing children the opportunity to learn to swim is very important life skill which I am proud to be part of.

Eric Sinnett

I’m enjoying working for little dolphins swim school. I have been teaching for a few years and recently passed my ASA level 2, August 2017. I am looking forward to getting to know your children and share my knowledge to improve their swimming ability.

Sue Parker

I have been teaching swimming for over 20 years, being a qualified ASA level 2 swimming teacher and keen to learn new ideas and concepts. I have experience with all age groups and abilities, a mother to two older teenage children.

I come from a very sporting background starting swimming at school, representing the county and a member of West Midlands Police swimming and Lifesaving teams. After a career change I volunteered at my children’s primary school swimming lessons and soon decided to become a qualified teacher, teaching both privately and at leisure centres and have remained active ever since.


Swimming is something that I’ve always enjoyed. I did my level 2 in August 2018 as I wanted to pass on the knowledge that I have learnt as I believe that swimming is an important life skill that should be taught to everyone. I really enjoy watching the progressions of children and watching swimmers conquer fear throughout the lessons. I also hold a RLSS lifeguard qualification and I’m an RLSS survive and save instructor.

Email: amielittledolphins@hotmail.com


Hi I’m becky im a proud mum to my little girl, after having my little girl I realised that swimming was such an important life skill to have. I’m looking forward to meeting and teaching all the children along the way and have the privilege to say I have taught that child to swim!

Email: beckylittledolphins@yahoo.com


I absolutely love the water and have done from a very young age. I took up scuba diving at age 10 and since become a fully qualified scuba diver. I enjoy water sports such as waterskiing and wakeboarding and have been lucky enough to take my powerboat licence.