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 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


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


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


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


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.


I have always been a very keen swimmer and from an early age have represented my district and local clubs in competition events. I continued my passion for the sport and became an ASA Advanced Teacher and an ASA Preliminary Club Coach. I have significant experience in teaching children to swim and have helped them develop their skills to be able to compete at a competitive level, including many who have gone on to achieve county honours.

I get tremendous satisfaction from helping children develop the vital skills of swimming knowing that I will be contributing to their safety and ongoing enjoyment in life.


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


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.


Email: alicelittledolphins@yahoo.com


My main moral when teaching is to make sure the children have fun. From first hand experience, I have learnt that without fun the passion and love dies. I aim to ensure that a drive is there within the children that makes them want to work and want to improve otherwise the best will not come out of the child’s ability. Every child should leave a session excited wanting to come back the following day or week. I also strongly believe that every swimmer should feel adequate and confident within their ability. Learning core aquatic skills or how to swim should not knock a child’s confidence but build it.


Hi, I’m Tom and I love everything to do with water. My mother took me swimming from the age of 3 months and started lengths at 3 years. I haven’t stopped swimming since. I love all water sports Including canoeing, sailing, I’m a qualified scuba diver, and anything else water based I can lay my hands on.
I work a great deal with children. I run discos, I’m a Beaver Scout Asistant Leader and have been teaching swimming for a few years now going up in levels to now having an STA level two certificate in teaching.
I enjoy seeing the children develop and progress.