About Squidgers


Squidgers swim school has at last come to life after being a dream for many years. Phillippa, the founder and local lass, became a  swim instructor after taking classes with her youngest child. She loved it so much she gained her teaching qualifications and began a job she adored. Due to her husbands job, she is an ex-solider herself and now a military wife, she began teaching in the south and worked there for 5 years. She is delighted to have been able to 'come home' and settle with her gorgeous hubby and two children in the north east and make her dream a reality. Squidgers began in April 2014  .Being able to share her passion and have the priviledge of teaching your precious mini people is never taken for granted.


Phillippa has many years of experience teaching babies and young children the joys of swimming. She also holds the following qualifications


STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching

STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching - Baby and Pre School

STA Pool Safety Award

Paediatric First Aid

DBS - Enhanced Disclosure

Safeguarding Children, Young people and Vulnerable Adults

STA Risk Assessment Programme

STA Antenatal Swimming Programme




Squidgers Baby Swim School is delighted to be a Swim Star Swim School. We have been recognised by the STA (Swimming Teachers Association) and given their stamp of approval that Squidgers works to the highest standards in safety,teaching and customer service.

We are the only baby swim school in the area to have this recognition and are currently  working towards achieving our STAmark Bronze Award.


At Squidgers we follow the STA Starfish award programme. The Starfish series is the official water safety programme developed by the STA. The series consists of 6 progressive levels, each with its own certificate and badge. Once they have successfully completed the Starfish Series they can progress onto the next stage in the STA.




Swim Star Swim School