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Swimming is a life skill and although it is more often thought of as a sport or a leisure pursuit, primarily it is a means by which a person of any age can learn to survive in water and also to have fun.

Len Hatcher has been teaching swimming in Cornwall since 1985. He is a National Tutor, Examiner/Moderator and Diploma Member of the Swimming Teachers Association, a NOWCA open water coach, Advanced Instructor with the British Sub Aqua Club, Snorkelling Instructor and a First Aid at Work Instructor and Examiner. He comes from a background of competitive swimming, National Life-Saving and Sub-Aqua Diving and holds a Certificate of Education teaching qualification.

The Len Hatcher Swim School follows the syllabii of the S.T.A. and B.S.A.C. Pupil’s progress is defined through a series of awards and badges. Len has helpers, all of whom were trained by him and are qualified as Life Savers and Swimming Teachers with the S.T.A.

The Swim School is run at Truro School and Truro Prep School pools where we provide a comprehensive range of classes for all ages as well as for individuals. One to one lessons with Len are also available at the four star Budock Vean Hotel in Mawnan Smith, by arrangement with Len, see 'Individual Lessons' in the side bar. Intensive Learn to Swim sessions are also available for holiday makers and for locals at the hotel all year round. Open water swimming coaching is available at the Budock Vean Hotel orat local beaches, by arrangement with Len.


Classes available for children include: Preschool, Beginners, Improvers, Coaching, Life Saving & Survival, Snorkeling, Swimming Teacher, Lifeguard Training and open water swimming.Those with special needs are very welcome.


Swimming for the less able:
Every age and ability can be accommodated by arrangement, joining in a group or one to one sessions at the Budock Vean Hotel, Mawnan Smith.

Coaching for children over 10yrs:
Stamina & stroke technique with 
a competitive bias.

Snorkeling for age 8yrs and over: Starting in the pool, progressing to open water. Singly or group sessions.

Lifeguard and Swimming Teacher Courses for age 14yrs and over (see Training Academy in the side bar)



To find out more about The Len Hatcher Swim School, or to book a place in one of our classes please ring: 01326 378437      
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