Strokes Swimming School

Karen Barclay is a fully qualified swimming teacher and coach from Basingstoke, with many years of experience.

Swimming Lessons Basingstoke

About Karen

Karen Barclay is a fully qualified swimming teacher and coach with many years of experience. As an ex P.E. teacher she has been teaching adults and children for 28 years. Karen has always had a passion for swimming which led her to swim for Kent junior county championships at one time.

As well as loving her sport Karen is driven to teach swimming because it is a life skill. Children love to play by water and, if they should fall in, being able to swim can be a life saver!

Child Swimming Lessons Basingstoke

Babies and children’s swimming lessons

Karen runs separate swimming lessons for children and for babies. Getting quality time in a swimming lesson is important. This is why there are only a maximum of 3 children or babies in a class. There is only ever one class in the pool at any time, ensuring that your child or baby is not distracted in the pool.

Swimming lessons take place Monday to Friday, during the day and early evening. Lessons last 30 minutes and are held in a private pool in Basingstoke.

Adult Swimming Lessons Basingstoke

Adult swimming lessons

Karen gets enquiries form adults of all ages, often from grandparents who want to be able to swim safely with their grandchildren. As an experienced Basingstoke swimming teacher and coach, she is experienced in helping adults who may have a fear of water.

Adult lessons are on a one-to-one basis and start in the shallow end to quickly help to improve confidence in the water. Lessons take place Monday through to Friday, during the daytime or early evening.

    How would you like Karen to contact you? *
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    Parents and babies

    Are you confident in the water with your child?


    Can your child swim without armbands/woggle/float etc?

    Is your child confident to put their face in the water?

    Happy to jump into the pool and go under the water?

    Can they swim on their back?


    Tell Karen about any previous swimming experience and what you would like to learn.

    Preferred days and times.

    (Lessons are currently available Mon-Fri, during the day or early evening).

    Any other comments?

    Find Me

    24 Two Gate Meadow,
    Overton, Basingstoke,
    Hampshire, RG25 3TG

    01256 771 892
    0796 001 9411