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 Maenporth Estate pool, nr Falmouth, 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 near Falmouth, by arrangement with Len, see 'Individual Lessons' in the side bar menu. 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 or at local beaches, by arrangement with Len.


Classes available for children include: Preschool, Beginners, Improvers, Life Saving & Survival, Snorkelling, Swimming Teacher, Lifeguard Training and open water swimming. Those with special needs can benefit from Len's wide experience and can either join a class or have individual lessons.



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 on a one to one basis includes: 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 menu)



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

or email us at: lenswim@hotmail.co.uk


Over the years Len has developed a highly successful method for teaching swimming to all age groups. Our children's classes are small, with particular care for individuals' needs as determined through assessment  by the tutor. When combined with the expertise gained from  long experience and an endless enthusiasm for all things aquatic, our classes prove to be very popular, effective and fun. Beginners are taught in the warmth and safety of Maenporth Estate pool by highly qualified and experienced STA teachers, together with our trainee teachers.  Len also teaches one to one at the Budock Vean Hotel, Mawnan Smith, see 'Individual Lessons' in the side bar.  On the 'dry side' is Didge Hatcher who in partnership with Len manages the swim school from the admin side.


In 2009 Len trained a team of four girls from Truro School who successfully swam in a relay across the English Channel, with Didge as chaperone.  Since then he has trained and supported many more adults in their quest to complete this and many other open water challenges. 



In 2003 The Len Hatcher Swim School was awarded the Swimming Teachers Association Certificate of Excellence for the teaching of Swimming and Life Saving. This accolade makes us the only S.T.A. Center of Excellence in Cornwall and is in recognition of many years of hard work maintaining the high standards of the foremost association for the teaching of swimming in the UK. Clients come to us from all over the country; taking advantage of our intensive courses while they are on holiday. In 2014 Len qualified as a NOWCA open water coach and also became a National STA Tutor, the highest qualification awarded by the STA, enabling him to examine and moderate STA teachers, tutors and coaches.


Swimming and/or snorkelling tuition and individual coaching sessions can be arranged to suit your requirements. 

Classes start for children 2 years of age and up to 18 years old.

Contact Us

Use the form below for further information or questions for Len.

A booking form for children's lessons can be found HERE.





TR11 5DZ 

Phone: 01326 378437

Enquiries email: lenswim@hotmail.co.uk

To enrol in children's classes email: enrollhss@outlook.com