Founded by Christine Thompson FIOS (CC)

I aim to find swimming lessons for all abilities and ages and at all levels of Skill. If my organisation can’t fit your requirements then I will try very hard to get you accommodated somewhere else that can, as I have forged links with other organisations in the local area. As this web site grows I will add links to them all.


Classes Soon at Grove Hill in Hemel Hempstead

Ages 7 and upwards, beginners

Club and stroke improvement from 7.30




Do you wish you could swim?

Do you wonder what you are missing when you see the children playing in the pool on holiday? Are you very nervous of the water and wonder if you could ever beat the fear?

Then read on.

Many adults who cannot swim may now believe that it'’ no longer possible for them to master the waves of a swimming pool. This belief is of course not true as EVERYONE has the ability to float independently; they just have to master the techniques of moving around safely. What’s more………………..


see course details for more information.


Christine Thompson Fellow Institute Of Swimming (FIOS (CC))

I started teaching swimming in 1989 with the local Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club where I learned a vast number of skills and quickly became passionate about the sport. In 1999 I received a Diploma in Sports Psychology,(Newcastle University). I Obtained  a Certificate in Education (Post 16) from the University of Hertfordshire and my club coach qualification in 2002.  I have regularly attended Child Protection workshops hosted by various organisations, and I always hold a current National Rescue Award for Teachers and Coaches.

In September 1992 I set up the Swim School (Starting Blocks) at The Cavendish School and I then added the roles of co-ordinating the swimming at the two local Primary Schools, Kings Langley & St Pauls Chipperfield following this I worked over the following Summer terms teaching in the outdoor pools in other local schools. I continued to gain more experience, In 1995 I took on some of the Learn to swim with the local Council in Kings Langley (Now Sportspace Kings Langley) and in 2000 I took on a range of Adult classes at the Local Pool.

From 2001 I was Chief Coach at the Berkhamsted Sports Centre Swimming Club whilst also managing a group of Junior swimmers at Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club.

Currently, I still Co-ordinate and Teach at Starting Blocks Swim School. I teach various ability groups at Sportspace Hemel Hempstead, (including Adult Classes Beginners to Advanced) I Coach a junior group at Berkhamsted Sports Centre Swimming Club and also a junior early competitive class at Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club.

I believe that everyone has the ability to survive in the water and I believe that the sport offers a valuable life skill. There is a class out there somewhere that fits an individual need whether it is for a nervous beginner or a skilled ex competitive swimmer, I will always do my best to find one for them.

Swimming For All

Established 1993


One to One available at Private member pool in Hemel Hempstead.

Nervous Adults to Stroke improvement

Call 07930 424731