The Elite School of Swimming is a family run business that was set up in February 2015 by Melissa Hewison. The Swim School has grown rapidly in the short time since the company was incorporated and now has nearly 400 pupils attending swimming lessons each week. The Swim School lessons are held at Fitness at Gurnard (formerly known as Cowes Club, Gurnard Pines). The complex is ideal as it offers a warm 25 metre pool, which gives children the chance to develop their swimming ability from non-swimming beginners to fully competent lane swimmers ready to move onto competitive swimming.

We pride ourselves on our exceptionally high quality swimming lessons with small numbers in each group lesson. This allows every child the opportunity to make good progress by building their confidence and technique in the water. We concentrate and work on the different swimming strokes and children are given different activities to work on to enable them to gain new water confidence skills. Once these are achieved children are awarded the STA Stanley Awards, STA Goldfish Awards, STA Angelfish Awards, STA Shark Awards and STA Advanced Awards as well as the STA Distance Awards. This is a great way to reward our children’s achievements in the pool!

We run several different types of swimming lessons. Our group swimming lessons run on a Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. Our preschool swimming lessons run on Monday afternoons, Wednesday mornings and Saturday mornings. We also offer school swimming lessons which are run in conjunction with local Island schools to fit in with and enhance their curriculum.

We treat all our families personally and we care about the progress children make in their lessons. Our friendly and nurturing approach to our children and parents is our way of helping even the most nervous swimmers feel at ease in the pool.

In November 2017, Melissa, was nominated for the Venus Women in Business awards throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Melissa attended the Awards and won the overall Venus Award for Customer Service. She now goes forward to the National Awards. Melissa said ‘To win the 2017 Hampshire Venus Women in business award for customer service means so much to me and my staff. To be recognised by Venus is fantastic but above all I am so very grateful for all our customers who voted for me. Great Customer Service is vital as it will make or break a new business especially on the Island where business is conducted within a close knit community.’

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