Welcome to Swimming!


Founder and Teacher of Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club

6th April 1920 – 10th November 2015

The DLSC began in 1977 as Jeanne’s little acorn, a seed of an idea that when planted, grew and grew with her perseverance during the next 35 years. It became like herself a strong oak tree, branching out to reach all around.

Jeanne kept immaculate records over these many years, all hand written and clearly a skill that had been used previously in her office job. When it came to gathering details for The DLSC 30th Anniversary book, I found hundreds of members’ names, all the years they had attended and minutes going back to day one. It was such a joy to read through her archives and remember how the club used to be managed.

By the age of 91, Jeanne had been teaching for 32 years. She passed her first teaching exam in 1979; by 2011 her classes still looked forward to her lessons, especially as she took on board current methods, listening to the younger teachers to find out how techniques where changing.

Jeanne was eventually teaching from a chair on poolside with her walking stick to hand, now one of the oldest swimming teachers in the country, and had been photographed teaching on poolside by the local newspaper on her 90th Birthday.

And rightly proud of her we were too.

Being obstinate, Jeanne asked for all the reasons why she should stop teaching, giving excellent arguments for continuing, but after pointing out that she would still be on the committee and remain adviser to the DLSC, Jeanne’s pride was satisfied.

We spoke regularly during the last few years, mostly on the phone, and her attendance at Birthday lunches thrilled everyone that she had made such effort to attend in her wheelchair.

Every time Jeanne would say to me - “If only I could get into the pool, I know I should be able to swim”. Jeanne loved the water; she loved the freedom of moving with ease.

Our Teachers are all in debt to Jeanne to have had the opportunities to improve our swimming skills, to have had amazing support when training to become teachers and for all the wonderful friends we have made and kindness shown. Without Jeanne there would not be a DLSC; a very special club, created by a very special Lady.

On behalf of all the Teachers, Committee and Members throughout the years;

Thank you Jeanne; for your inspiration and strength.

Stephanie Wilson

Swimming is great exercise and good fun too.

Would you like to ;

learn to swim

improve your swimming strokes

or learn a new stroke

Half hour lessons with qualified swimming teachers

Ladies from 19 to 90! We welcome all abilities, including non-swimmers.

Come and watch our Tuesday swimming classes, by visiting The Dolphin and viewing from the gallery.

New members are always welcome.

It was September 2007 - and I wasn't looking forward to the dreary empty winter months ahead. My husband had passed away after a long illness and getting on with life was quite hard. We had been married for 48 years and trying to find a new interest seemed pointless. However early one Friday morning Isobel and Jean persuaded me to join them swimming. I hadn't been for a swim for many years and didn't really want to go. I just couldn't believe how pleasant and relaxing it was and when another swimmer said "Are you in the Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club? " "You must be joking" I said, "I am not a good enough swimmer for that." "They always welcome new members" said this gentlemen (who I later discovered happened to be the Treasurer's husband!!) Isobel badgered me even more and low and behold much to my surprise I turned up the following Tuesday morning very anxious and wondering why I had been talked into this. That was the beginning of fun and learning. I am still so grateful to the ladies in my group - so encouraging and welcoming. I could not believe how much swimming had changed in 25 years and I sunk at my first attempt at the 'new' breaststroke. Discovering at my age just what can be done to improve your stroke was really exciting. I never believed I could do the crawl, still breathe and not drown. It's just wonderful.Thank you to all the members of the DLSC, and Sue Bridgman who is so encouraging and makes learning fun. I never dreamt that on a cold frosty morning I would look forward to getting up and going swimming. The coffee and chat afterwards is also an attraction!
Pauline Leeney.

Brief Info

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We meet on;

Tuesday mornings at

Haywards Heath  

Friday mornings at


Full swimming class details here.

And location info here.

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