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In a county surrounded by sea, we believe it is so important for all ages to learn to swim.  At Freestyle Swim School we provide well planned, progressive lessons for all ages to learn to swim and become competent and confident in the water. 
All teachers are fully qualified either by Swim England (previously ASA) or the STA and hold up-to-date DBS checks and relevant safeguarding certification and lifesaving qualifications. We hold civil, public and employers’ liability insurance of which documentation can be seen upon request. There is ALWAYS at least one qualified lifeguard at sessions.

Safeguarding/Welfare Officer: Kate Woolven:
Safeguarding Swim England: 01509 640700
NCPCC: 0808 800 5000



Gemma trained at club level in her youth and swimming has always been a passion of hers. Working around bringing up her three children in Falmouth, her career has always involved teaching. A brainwave one evening of combining her passions/skills led to the opening of the swim school in 2011. Numbers steadily grew and the swim school has gone from strength to strength.

"My passion for teaching others to enjoy the water has not faltered and I continue to wish to provide safe, fun, small group lessons where all benefit.


My experience of working with children and a degree in Early Childhood Studies mean my teaching philosophy for young children is underlined by a play-based approach. With older children needing greater stroke acquisition focus, lessons are well planned and structured according to learners’ individual needs, whilst keeping lessons fresh and fun."


Gemma's qualifications include: 

  • Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher

  • STA Level 2 Award for Safety Award for Teachers

  • STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching - Baby and Pre-School

  • STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

  • STA Level 2 Award in Open Water Swimming Coaching

  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard

  • STA Aquatics Tutor

  • Swim England Tutor.  

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education

  • STA Level 3 Award in Education and Training (OLD)

  • SLSGB Level 1 Coach 

Gemma is a member of the Institute of Swimming (IOS) and an associate member of the Swimming Teachers Association (STA). 



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