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.
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.
New members are always welcome.
We meet on;
Tuesday mornings at
Friday mornings at