Penguins Swimming Lessons, West Sussex,  is a friendly, well-established swimschool, nurturing swimmers of all ages, backgrounds and levels to gain a skill, and a love, for life. Here are a few things that are important to us…
Penguins Swimming Gala


Penguins is a family affair. Linette set up Penguins to share with others the love of swimming her father had given her. Her sister, Gill, is a teacher in the school. Their father, John Wheeler, swam competitively and played water polo for Sussex and Shiverers Swimming clubs. He taught his daughters to swim and was devoted to their training and competing.  John passed away in Spring 2014, leaving behind a wonderful legacy.



We focus on the long-term, nurturing each swimmer to fulfill their potential – whether that’s competing for county, training to be a coach, or simply learning a skill they’ll always enjoy. No one is made to do anything they don’t want to.  We don’t push swimmers into competing or force distressed infants into the pool. Enjoyment of the water is our number one aim for every swimmer, from babies to masters.



We keep classes small and build relationships with each swimmer to make sure they are in the right class, at the right level. We take care to see, and support, every swimmer as an individual, through intuitive adjustments to classes and teaching tailored to their needs.

About safety


All our teachers hold lifeguard qualifications. Lifesaving skills are a key part of our programme for all ages and we partner with water safety experts Training 2 Save to undertake and deliver national lifesaving qualifications.  Our work with the RNLI reinforces our emphasis on water safety. One young swimmer even managed to rescue his dad, thanks to the skills he learnt at Penguins.

About partnerships


We have built partnerships to offer swimmers exciting opportunities, including guest teaching from Worthing Water Polo club, snorkelling with the Sussex Wildlife Trust and an annual swimming gala with Shoreham RNLI. We are one of Southern Water’s swimschools, promoting their Learn to Swim Scheme of which Duncan Goodhew and Rebecca Adlington are ambassadors. We work with Training 2 Save to deliver national lifesaving qualifications and Syncrofizz for a fun way to learn new skills in the water.

About - journey


We are proud to be able to teach swimmers of all stages and ages, from infants to adults. It is wonderful to see swimmers, who started with us as babies, training with us as young adults – and even become teachers themselves.

About vocations


For Linette and the team, teaching swimming is a real vocation. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!  We can spot vocation in our swimmers, too, and are proud to have kickstarted the careers of high calibre swimmers, including members of the Great British Deaf Team and the county swimming and water polo teams.

Penguins Swim club


We do what we do because we love it, and we exist to make as many swimmers as possible feel the same. Swimming should be fun – a source of joy, health and strength that, if taught sensitively, will last a lifetime.