What do you think of us?

The comments below are from parents, pupils and staff past and present.

If you would like to give us your feedback please email us or download and complete the feedback form below.

From Sophie (Lincoln)

'Oh my goodness , what a difference a good teacher can make !!! I just want to say thank you for Finley’s first lessons , he loved it !! He wants to come everyday haha , he did more in his first lesson with you then what he’s done in a year at his old place ! It’s unbelievable, looking forward to coming back next week'

October 2020


We have now moved to Wimbledon. Thank you for the excellent swimming lessons you provided - both my children made great progress with your excellent teachers.


It amazing to watch him come as far as he has in such a small time. you guys are fantastic. 

Sarah Lincoln Mar 2020

Thankyou Ken

Although the swimming teachers of Lincoln might not appreciate the very high standard you have made me come to expect. Laurie is the forth child I've taken to swimming lessons and both his father and I have found your teaching to be well above the usual lessons.Thank you for giving my son both confidence and genuine love for the water.
Rachel 12/2/20

Hi Ken,
Thank you for Patrick’s lesson today, I’ve never seen him so confident putting his face underwater - a vast improvement, thank you!

Becky 18/11/19

''Just a massive thank you on behalf of Sofia, who loves her swimming class each week with your team. Thank you for your angelical patience with her! Have a great holiday and see you in September :-)''

 Best wishes,


''It has been many years since Ralph and Hugh learnt to swim at the Grove with Seals.  I hope you are all well. Unfortunately, my super sporty boys don’t have time to swim much nowadays... but when they go to have fun at Parkside or compete in school galas, they swim with elegance and style.  (I’m sure you would spot loads of bad habits picked up over the years!!!!! Haha!) I am proud to watch them swim though and am grateful to you (Ali and Ken) for the wonderful teaching they received at Seals. Thank you. '' July 19

''Hi Ken, 

After moving home to North Wales at the end of May, I have found new swimming lessons for Dani [Daniel McIlroy]. At first he didn't like his new swimming teacher (she was actually very good, but a bit too upfront, so he wasn't used to that teaching style), and I insisted he should keep going at least a few more weeks. It turns out that he started at level 2 there, and after four sessions he was swimming so amazingly well, I was so impressed, front and back, and he was now invited to join level 3! 
He kept saying how much he enjoyed swimming in Swavesey, he really miss you all very much.
If he is swimming so well today, it is because he learned the foundations from the best [YOU!]!!! 
Thank you for all your amazing teaching over the years,
Kind regards,
Camila'' July 2019

''Dan and Lottie would like to re-enrol for next term please. Their progress has been amazing this term.'' Becky Lincoln

''Thanks for the amazing job you do - Logan lives for his Tuesday lessons'' Cheryl - Lincoln

''I attend the 9:30 saturday morning classes in Over with my son Noah. This is our first go at swimming lessons. I think Noah and I are gaining a lot from them, so far far as we're concerned, glad you came out of retirement and keep doing what you're doing as we think it's great!'' Tom Feb 2019

''Just wanted to say thanks so much for EDDIE and the boys first swimming lessons. EDDIE loved it and was really confident and happy to be with his brothers. His brothers loved having him there too. Thanks for fitting them all in together.'' Lisa Jan 19

"I would recommend Seals Swimming because classes are small, teachers are very attentive and extremely dedicated to helping children make the best possible progress. Teachers focus very carefully on technique and children are well prepared to move on to deeper water pools or swimming clubs should they wish to do so, once they "graduate" from Seals.  Booking is really straightforward and this is a big bonus. Staff are very helpful and respond quickly to any queries." Kate

" We have been so happy with everything that you, Kirsten, Ken and all the Seals team have done for George over the years and I am so impressed with how neat his swimming is looking." Sara

"I would highly recommend you guys without hesitation! Freddy has gone from a child who had no interest in learning to swim because of 2 x past experiences with separate swimming schools which knocked his confidence completely. He now LOVES his swimming lesson every Tuesday with Heather and Sylvester which is all thanks to you guys. He is making amazingly fast progress. Keep up the good work and thanks to both Heather and Sylvester particularly." Kirsty

"My feedback is just to say Alice's teacher is fantastic! She’s so switched on and really focused on every child. I’m very impressed- the best lessons I’ve observed for either of my children so far!" Hannah

MIchael - October 18

Hi Ewa

"I went swimming with Michael yesterday - had not been since before he had his course with you. The difference was amazing, he spent the whole time going under water! Thanks so much, I am amazed at the progress that he has made. Many thanks."   Debbie - Michael's mum

"Both my children recently attended a crash course with Ewa. My daughter was not confident in the water, particularly fearful of going under. Within just two lessons, she was wearing goggles, going under water for a few seconds and jumping in. This was a massive achievement and credit due to Ewa and her approach with her. I felt Ewa was very good at reading children and knowing how to encourage them, giving them options and making them feel more in control. I was amazed at the progress in just 5 lessons. 

My son also had lessons and he is much more confident. He really enjoyed the lessons and said they were much more fun, with variety in the class that kept his interest. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ewa and her swim school." Sarah - mum of two

"I  have nothing but great things to say.  I was very impressed with the lessons and your teaching.  I have problems with the children paying attention properly at swimming - because they are three, they never get ‘fun time’ at the pool because I cant take them myself, so want to splash and duck and dive a bit, which is understandable but has created frustrated teachers in the past.  However,  you were fully engaged and playful but firm, which is exactly the approach they need.  You explained everything in a language they understood and demonstrated very clearly why they should hold themselves in a  certain way to move through the water.  The set up was excellent and allowed me to manage multiple children much more easily than in the usual public pool set up.  I could see the children progress in the week.  I have already been recommending it.  I would like to continue lessons with you..." Tamsin - mum of three kids

My son learnt more technique on this 5 day crash course than he has in all his regular lessons at his other swim school. My daughter is shy but was made to feel at ease straight away with Ewa and Sylvester. She gained a lot of water confidence during her 5 day crash course at the Windmill. Ewa really understands children well and picks up on different learning styles straight away." Kate - mum of two children

"Eve loved the course! I am really impressed how her confidence has grown over the week and going from not swimming unaided to doing the length on her back with pretty much no help! I would love her to do another course in the future. I will definitely be recommending you to others. Eve was very happy for you to be teaching her and we both thought you were a brilliant. I was impressed with how you dealt with a difficult student and kept them all swimming and listening to you. Also the demonstrations you did were great where you showed them a poor swimming position  so they could correct you. Just brilliant Ewa (and Sylvester!) thank you very much. " Kate - Eve's mum

"I would thoroughly recommend Seals Swimming, who have taught both my children to swim and to enjoy swimming.  One began nervous of water but now loves any chance to swim.  The groups are guaranteed to be small and the teachers are wonderfully patient." Shani, mum of two children

"Thank you so much to seals swimming team, my kids have been there for 2.5 years. My husband and I have recognized your professionalism and dedication with our kids. They feel confident in any size pool and have acquired good swimming skills. Best regards" Karin

Lucie - August 18

Hi Helen

Wendyhas been swimming with Seals (Ali or Heather +Sam) since she was 3 1/2, has now achieved level 5, and has enjoyed every moment.
I would recommend Seals to any parent looking for their child’s first swImming lessons. The numbers per class are great, the staff are very good, and the grove is prefect for learning to swim.
Both Heather and Ali have been great. Sam is very different in his approach to teaching, but I asked Wendy who she liked best and she said Sam, because he gave her different ways to do things! Which I guess makes sense to a 7yr old who has had the same teachers for over 3 yrs.
The crash courses Wendy did when she was younger were also great and I would definitely recommend them as well.


Lesia - July 18

Hi Ken,

Thank you for reply and I'm sorry to hear you are not teaching anymore. At the same time, I'm happy for you to have more time for yourself! Hope you are enjoying it there in Lincoln. 

We loved seeing you teach, and seeing the amazing progress after your lessons. You are truly an incredible teacher, always our first choice. Wish you all the best and hope to see you again,


Claire - June 18

To Ken & team, what can I say!  A huge, massive thank you for teaching Florence & Ruby to swim in the most positive, child friendly way possible.  Seals really stands out from the rest! We also really appreciate how well you know the students and their abilities/challenges - so many children and yet you always knew who I was phoning about, how they were getting on and what was best for moving forwards.

Seals is a friendly, professional and pro-active company, we are proud our kids were a part of it.  Thanks again x

Abigail - May 2018

As Blake has finished attending swimming we do not I feel, need to stay on your database.  I cannot praise Seals highly enough to others - such a wonderful organisation. Thank you all so much for your dedicated teaching with a real human dimension to all processes!  Abby, Silas Rozzi and Blake

Sarah - March 2018, Grove Pool, Friday - Cambridge 

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you, Emily has had lessons in 3 different places over the years and Seals have stood out as the highest quality by a long way.

Jenny - Feb 2018, Grove Pool, Thursday - Cambridge

I wish that Seals had a provision for a larger pool as the children have always really enjoyed their lessons and we have been very impressed with your teaching.


Joanne - Feb 2018, Grove Pool, Thursday - Cambridge

 Pass on thanks to Helen and Heather for their really outstanding teaching. I have been amazed how much progress both girls have made, particularly Phoebe who was so scared to do anything when she first came.

Sarah - Feb 2018, Grove Pool, Saturday - Cambridge 

Thank you for teaching Eleanor, she absolutely loves swimming and really enjoys her lessons!


Emma - Dec 2017, Grove Pool, Saturday - Cambridge

I just wanted to say thank you for encouraging Poppy to swim on her own today. She was so proud! You do such a fab job with them!

Rachel - Dec 2017, Grove Pool, Saturday - Cambridge

Just a quick email to thank you for the super swimming lessons we have had over the years - over 7 years and 3 children - we won't know what to do with ourselves on Saturday mornings (hmm - we may enjoy the lie-ins for a while!). The teaching has always been of a really high quality and all three children are super confident swimmers - I always recommend Seals to our friends!

Best Wishes and thank you,

 (Amber, Eddie and Jasmine's mum).

Clodie - Nov 2017, Granta Pool - Linton

Thanks for the fab swimming lessons, both children love their lessons and lovely to see the progress they are making, thank you!

Sylvie - Nov 17 Windmill Pool - Swavsesey
Thanks again for Sophia's lesson last Wednesday. We went swimming as a family at the weekend and she came on loads, putting her face in no problem, my husband couldn't believe the difference after one lesson! See you Thursday.
Many thanks

Pete - Nov 2017, Granta Pool - Linton

Ive just enrolled paid for Amber and Hazel again for next term. They're both doing great with all your excellent teaching!

Many thanks

Beata - Oct 2017, Windmill Pool - Swavesay

I would like to thank you very much for teaching Olga. She is very happy now with swimming. I am so pleased as we were very worried if she could get over the bad experience she had at the other swimming school. She is more like herself now. I can not believe you have manage to do it in such a short time. She loves water so it was so sad to see her so stressed.
You are a star. Thank you Ken.

Louise - July 2017, Grove Pool, Thursday -  Cambridge

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you've done for Molly and Eve this past year. Watching Eve trying to move through the pool yesterday using her arms in a front crawl type motion instead of doggy paddle - after starting the year unable to swim at all - was one of those proud mummy moments I will never forget. You've done so much for both of my girls, I'm really grateful.

Have a fabulous summer (once the crash courses are done!)

Jonathan - Aug 2017, Windmill Pool - Swavesey

Hi Ken

A quick email to say thank you for a tremendous week of lessons for my son Seth Taylor.  Before attending the summer term of lessons and this crash course Seth says he “hated being in the water” and now he tells me that he “loves swimming”. 


He has loved the diving and is buzzing with self confidence now.

Catherine - Aug 2017, Windmill Pool - Swavesey

Hi Ken

In my haste to herd my children out of the pool area before any of them slipped over I forgot to say goodbye and thank you for a wonderful week of swimming lessons for Rosalyn. You were superb in the way you really focused on their individual technique and issues. She really has learnt so much, as well as having a lot of fun. So thank you, truely, and I wish you a happy holiday until your next crash course!

 Lucy - July 2017, Grove Pool - Cambridge 

Dear Seals team, After many happy years with Seals, we are moving on with Hamish as days and times are difficult for us going forward.Thank you for the amazing teaching that you have given all three of mine – they are all happy water children and their technique is always commented on after the Seals teaching. I continue to recommend Seals unreservedly. BwLucy

Teresa - Feb 2016

Thanks again to both ken and Kirsten for all their great work. We would highly recommend Seals to anyone looking for swimming lessons for thier child!

Clare, Nick, Ellie and Susie - Dec 2015

Thank you for teaching Ellie to swim. She has loved every second of your lessons and her confidence and ability is amazing. She came to you as a non-swimmer 3 years ago - amazing teaching!

Aarnavh- Dec 2015

Thank you a bit to much for teaching me my swimming. The one and only reason I got past the trials was because you taught me, I hope your wishes come true.

Shane - Dec 2015

Dear Ken thank you for being the best teacher

Tiffany - Dec 2015 

Dear Ken Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year, you have been the best swimming teacher in the UNIVERSE!!

Jamie - Dec 2015

To Ali, you are A-Fish-ally one of the best swimming teachers!

Mrs Shellard - Dec 2015

As my youngest daughter has now passed Seals 7 I realise that my time with Seals Swimming has come to an end. Thirteen years ago (!) I started swimming lessons for my oldest of my four children. Ever since I have come faithfully more or less every Saturday. They haven't been the fastest learners but in the end we got there! So many thanks for your efforts, I certainly can recommend Seals Swimming to parents with younger children and I wish you continued success.

Mrs Ayodeji - Oct 2015

I just wanted to take the time to say thank you to all of you at Seals who have taught my children over the past two years and let you know that you are doing a wonderful job with young children. Apart from teaching a vital life skill, you boost self confidence and there is no substitute for that.

Mr and Mrs Laverick - July 2015

Thanks for the fantastic job you have done teaching our two girls to swim. Both nervous non-swimmers at the start, you and your team built up their confidence and skills and they are now far better swimmers than we are! You are an amazing swimming school, you all have a great understanding of how children learn, behaviour management teachniques and how to inspire them to do their best - please feel free to cite us as very satisfied customers.

Mr Naprstek - June 2015

I'd like to thank you for all your kind effort, my boys both very much enjoyed your lessons and greatly improved in their relationship to water.

Ms Williams - April 2015

I've had 5 children over 20 years learn through Seals. I'm sad the last is leaving. Excellent quality and fantastic teachers have given my children a lifetime's love of swimming. I unreservedly recommend Seals above all other groups to everyone I meet. 

Jo Sheldrick - April 2015

I am amazed at the progress my son has made during the crash course. He started as a beginner, and by the end of day five, he was confidently floating on his back and doing pretty good front crawl. We've tried other swim schools, but Seals Swimming has been the best. Thank you Ken and team!

Kate - May 2013

Many, many thanks to you all for the brilliant and excellent teaching that you have provided over the past 10 years. You all deserve a medal!

Mrs Malhotra  - Dec 2012

I don't know whether you will remember my daughter, but she first came to you on a crash course at the Grove pool when she was 5 and a half (May 2006). After managing a width of the pool by the end of the week I could see that it was time to sign her up for weekly lessons. She carried on swimming with you until she was about 8 when you said that it was probably time for a longer pool and more depth so she could build up her stamina. We signed her up for lessons at the Leys and she continued to improve and even grew to like the butterfly due to the singular enthusiasm of a coach called Mark and she gradually built up her swimming to coping with one hour a week.
In March 2009 I spotted a notice at Parkside offering a free taster session of their Rookie Lifeguard courses, I signed her up and she came back absolutely glowing with enthusiasm. After six months she had completed her bronze award and was doing an assessment for her silver when her coach came and asked me if she was doing any club swimming yet? He had been timing her on rescues and said that she was actually nearly hitting adult pass times and she was only a month away from her tenth birthday. He said that she should really try out for the City of Cambridge Swimming Club and set up a trial for her. That was just over two years ago and she is now swimming 6 days a week in the City B squad. She has proved to be a talented sprinter and at the Club Championships in September won 7 gold medals, 3 silver medals and a bronze taking away the Age Group Champion award for the 11 year old girls. She has just qualified for 4 races at the ASA level 2 winter meet at Parkside, has at least 6 County qualifying times and is gradually counting off the seconds to hit the regional 100m freestyle time.
Swimming as a sport is wonderfully grounding and her strength and stamina now sees her through all her other sports, there is never a hint of a wilt at all day hockey tournaments.
So for all your mums sitting poolside hoping that their child will eventually grow to love the water, then the truth is that it might lead to a whole family living their lives on poolside, reading during training and cheering during galas.'

Mrs Rogers

Our two boys, now aged 8 and 11 years, first learnt to swim with Seals at the age of 4. We found the teaching to be first class. The teachers are very patient and we believe it’s an enormous advantage that they are in the water with the pupils until they reach a level where they no longer need this. The small class sizes make it much easier for the children to learn and also grow in confidence. As a consequence, our boys are both confident swimmers who thoroughly enjoy being in the water. Having now outgrown Seals they have been able to move on to lessons elsewhere and are progressing with other skills such as Rookie Lifeguarding. We firmly believe this has been greatly helped with the skills they learnt with Seals.


I learnt to swim with Seals, starting with a crash course when I was 3 1/2 years old. Ken and the other teachers were brilliant and I learnt quickly and had a lot of fun! I finished last year and went on to the deep pool lessons at Impington. My sister Heather is learning with them too and is nearly ready for a deep pool. She also has started triathlon training with her primary school so has a good start for the swimming bit with Seals.

Mrs Middleton

I shall remain for ever grateful for the expertise of your excellent staff. My child loves to swim and you have taken her from a 'doggy paddler' to a Level 7. I shall continue to recommend you to everyone who has a child. I truly think SEALS is exceptional!!

Mrs Au

Just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for teaching both of my boys. We are looking forward to moving to a bigger pool in September. Given both my boys are not very sporty in general, learning to swim with good technique means that swimming is the one sport that they feel they are relatively good at.


Ken and all his Staff - Thank you for all the super swimming lessons.

Maureen Perl (Teacher 2005-2010)

I feel privileged and it has been an absolute delight to have been part of the Seals Swimming team as a teacher from 2005 to my last day in October 2010. I have felt part of an extended family.'
'The pupils I have taught over the past years have been enthusiastic, motivated and disciplined. It has been such joy and fun to teach the many aspects of swimming and introducing many secrets that I have acquired in the many years I have been a Swimming Teacher and Coach.

Mrs Spence (2011)

Thank you for providing excellent lessons, in small classes and a nice warm pool. It has worked out really well for my children - giving them confidence, enjoyment and a great base from which to improve their swimming skills in the future. I wish you all the best of luck with Seals Swimming in the future.

Mrs Holt (2011)

I would like to thank you all for all the super swimming instruction and fun that you have given all 3 boys over the last few years. They all love swimming and much of that is down to you all.

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