About Us

Gerry & Rose Madden - the founders of GR Swimming School have been teaching swimming lessons for over 30 years. Their business went from strength to strength with the use of additional pools in the Berkshire area. Together, with a staff of more than 10 teachers, they taught over 600 children per week. 

One of their teachers Jo, over the years, helped support Rose & Gerry both front of house and behind the scenes. So when they made the difficult decision to reduce their teaching hours in the area - Jo was the natural choice. They know that Jo shares and will continue to promote GR's success and unique teaching structure for many years to come.

GR Swimming Schools offers a high standard of swimming tuition in a safe environment for children of all abilities, from Baby swim through to Academy levels. Classes with a ratio of 6 children per teacher, academy and babyswim may differ. Children enjoy their fun swimming lessons with their experienced and friendly swimming teachers.  All teaching staff are qualified Swim England (was ASA) or Swimming Teachers Association (STA) and are DBS checked with a current insurance policy. Teachers hold either National Teachers Rescue or Life Savers Award. Baby teachers are fully qualified.

Many swimmers progress to poolside helpers, and once old enough have become Swimming teachers.  This ensures the high standard of teaching is continued, but also reflects the fun yet professional atmosphere! 

GR Swimming Schools aim is to produce confident and safe swimmers through their monitored program. They expect all swimmers to achieve a high standard of stroke technique and water safety skills required to enjoy other water based activities. Baby swim helps early development core skills as recommended by the Early Years Foundation Stages.   

                                                               *Every child is different - every child is equal*

Jo Lay
Four Swimmers

Customer Reviews

  • I cannot recommend this swim school highly enough, my children love their lessons here. The staff are always patient, engaging and friendly, this creates a really nice environment for them to feel confident and learn to swim. Jo the manager clearly has a lot of experience teaching swimming lessons and is so attuned to each child’s ability, consistently challenging them to ensure they are making progress without pushing the children or making them anxious. This really is a skill that I haven’t witnessed anywhere else in the 22 years I have been caring for children. If you are looking for swimming lessons for your child I wouldn’t go anywhere else, confidence in water is so important for the safety of our children, and I believe Jo’s skills are second to none.

    Mrs T Newbury (March 2020)
  • "We not only had one but two quandaries - our 3 year old daughter really didn't like the water, and refused to get her hair wet and would only enter the pool fully armed with rubber ring armbands and any other flotation device readily available. We were recommended to GR by a work colleague, and were instantly attracted by the good qualified instructor to child ratio (max 6:1), and that all instructors met the ASA qualification high standards."

    Mr MearsHarmanswater
  • "Both our daughters have gone through the swimming school, from toddlers with arm bands to technique and race training. The quality of teaching and friendly encouragement has help them gain many badges and skill levels. The swimming school provides first class teaching with small classes which leads to continual progress. I regularly recommend it to friends."

    Mr MBracknell
  • "Our 10 year old twins, were at the age of 7 non-swimmers with a fear of water despite our attempts to take them swimming. It all changed with a holiday swimming course run by GR Swimming Schools, just before their Summer holidays. From that point on they were on their way to become good swimmers through the school. Their progression was quite remarkable and well beyond what we expected."

    Mr and Mrs FReading
  • "I wanted to say a HUGE thank you. Before joining the swimming club, my girls were frightened of the water and now they’re getting more and more confident by the week. What you guys have achieve in just a couple of terms, we couldn’t achieve in 7 years of trying. Thank you."JennyNewbury