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


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


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.



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


Hello! I’m charlotte, swimming has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started swimming at 4, as I got older I got into competitive swimming which allowed me to swim around the country. From 13, I used to volunteer at my school pool helping children develop a skill I’m really passionate about. As soon as I turned 16 I knew getting my ASA level 1 teaching qualification was something I wanted to do. Ever since then I’ve been working as a swimming teacher at local schools sharing my love for swimming from those who have never stepped foot in a pool to those wanting to excel in the sport.


Hello I’m Gary a step dad of two boys who love the water as much as I do. I have been working along side Gemma for a few months gaining confidence to teach. Teaching swimming is so rewarding and I have recently passed my level 1 and looking forward to sitting my level 2 very soon.


With a background in outdoor education I met many children and adults who were afraid to try certain activities due to their lack of swimming ability. when I became a parent it was very clear to me that one of the first skills that my children needed to learn was how to swim. Swimming is the only sport that you can teach a child that could potentially save their life. I loved being in the water with my own children and decided that if i could help others enjoy their lessons as much as we did then that was what i should do, and the rest as they say is history!


Hello I’m Layla, When I was younger I swam with Little Dolphins in Tewkesbury every Wednesday night. I have been involved with Little Dolphins ever since I can remember. I love working with children and encouraging them to swim. I passed my level 1 in June 2021. I can’t wait to have my very own class.


I’ve been teaching swimming for 4 years and I really enjoy teaching parents the skills and techniques from Little Dolphins carefully designed lesson plans. It’s so important to teach swimming from a very young age as it is a lifesaving skill. I’m a level 2 swimming teacher, baby trained, I also have NRASTC qualification.


Jasmine has been a big part of Wyre Forest Swimming club since the age of 10. Starting as a stage 4 swimmer progressing quickly through the stages and competing for the club. She first started volunteering at the age of 13 and completed her Level 1 at 16 and level 2 at 18. Swimming has always been a huge part of her life and teaching others gives her a great sense of achievement!





Hello, I’m Abi. I’ve been swimming with little dolphins for as long as I can remember. It has always been a constant in my life, so when it came to choosing something to do for the volunteering section of my DofE, helping out teaching the classes just seemed natural. I achieved my level 2 swim teacher qualification with the STA in the summer of 2021 and have loved being able to put it into practice. It’s been so rewarding seeing the children progress and fall more in love with the sport!