Swimming lessons in Ipswich, Colchester, Billericay, Godmanchester, Suffolk, Essex, Cambrdigeshire. Teach your child to swim, baby swimming, one to one lessons, crash courses, distance swimming.

First Strokes Swim Schools

First Strokes Swim Schools, is a unique and first of its kind, award winning swim school

Founded by Gillian Dovey, (named Business Woman of the Year in both 2007 and 2008) a professional swimming instructor, First Strokes was developed with their own approach to the learning process

Using our own purpose built teaching pools, and other private pools we aim for the highest standards in teaching, staff and facilities

From our start in 2000 and a first term of just 70 students we now have 3 purpose built pools, 4 other private pools and now teach 6000 swimmers throughout our pools every week.

Future expansion plans are already in the pipeline with sites identified in Braintree, Essex - Chelmsford,Essex - Ipswich,Suffolk and Paddock Wood, Kent

For further information please contact your local pool


Ardeligh Hall, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex CO7 7LG
Tel: 0845 838 8952
email: colchester@firststrokes.com


Billericay Pool, Lake Meadows, Radford Crescent, Billericay, Essex CM12 0BW
Tel: 0845 838 8954
email: billericay@firststrokes.com

Ipswich, Cardinal Lofts

Ipswich Waterfront, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW
Tel: 0845 838 8952
email: ipswich@firststrokes.com


Topnotch, Highwoods, Colchester, Essex CO4 9AS
Tel: 0845 838 8952
email: colchester@firststrokes.com


Godmanchester Community Pool, Park Lane, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire PE29 2AG
Tel: 0845 838 8953
email: godmanchester@firststrokes.com


342 London Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 8LT
Tel: 0845 838 8952
email: colchester@firststrokes.com

White Colne

Whites Farm, Bures Road, White Colne, Colchester, Essex CO6 2QF
Tel: 0845 838 8952
email: colchester@firststrokes.com

To contact our Head office

First Strokes Swim Schools Limited, PO BOX 853, Ipswich IP1 9LB
email: headoffice@firststrokes.com

Corporate Information

Registered Office
First Strokes Swim Schools Limited
342 London Road
Email: headoffice@firststrokes.com
Company Registration Number: 04242490