What Our Customers Say

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Lovely place, 100% would recommend.


I’m responding to your news letter but also to say how much I love and appreciate what you have done during the summer refurb.

I hurt my back last year and my physio recommended daily swimming which I try to continue to do. Therefore I wanted to say that the idea of having a lane for walking and hydrotherapy is fabulous and great to help those recovering from injury. I would have loved to do this last year.

I think everything looks Amazing  and the outside and the play area are so much better now and more cheerful.

I love shirley pool I learnt to swim here and I intend to keep on coming along for as long as I can.
Tracey Beckerleg


***** Jack Wells Google

This place is spectacular and run by an amazing family. Great facilities and the best cafe in a ten mile radius. It can get busy but that’s what happens to popular lovely places, people go there. I can’t see that it’s anything to complain about. Sometimes after the schools kick out the car park might be a tad swollen, that, however is certainly not the pool’s fault. Again its a popular busy place and everyone insists on driving. Walk, run , ride your bikes… there are any number of alternative transportation methods. I’ve swam here for ages and have never had any issues whatsoever. Smile, swim, have a bite to eat or a fresh coffee whatever you decide you’re in the best possible hands. Shirley pool for the win. 🙂

***** Josh Trebilcock Google

Shirleyswimmingpool is fantastic. My son has been having lessons there since he was 12 weeks old. I would really recommend.

***** Viv O’Conner Google

The teaching is excellent, well structured and great fun for the children. The small pool is so lovely a great place to start – safe and very warm. Highly organised and there’s progress all the way.

***** Ruth Watson 2015 Google

Went last Thursday for a quick dip and it was exceptional. Very clean and a welcoming atmosphere. The staff were very polite too. Look forward to returning A+

***** Max White Nov 9th 2015 Google

Standard of teaching is Amazing. My daughters have both loved swimming at Shirley, in fact I can’t keep them away from the place! The big Red bus is a great addition. I can recommend the pizza.

***** Tracey Yates Nov 10th 2015 Google

Swam here from the age of five to twelve and now couldn’t feel more confident in the water. Great pool and fantastic staff, definitely the best place in Southampton to learn to swim!

*****Tim Stringfellow Google

Dear David,

Just a short note to say that, with some sadness, that our relationship with Shirley Pool is coming to an end!

With Kirsty not wanting to carry on with Dolphins, she has out grown Turtles and there’s no Rookie, she feels she needs to explore other opertunities.

She wants to improve her fitness as she is going on a waterskills trip with school in May (something she wouldn’t have done without Shirley Pool’s input.)

Thank you for the 13 years and many classes and events we’ve been involved with!

Thank you for giving Kirsty the gift of being a confident swimmer!

Mrs Woods, St. Deny’s

Our family are moving back to Australia, please pass on an enormous thank you to all the staff at Shirley Swimming Pool. Jeremy has absolutely loved attending your lessons. In particular, thank you to Jane, Jeremy’s swimming teacher. Jane is a brilliant swimming teacher, and Jeremy’s swimming has improved immensely since being under her guidance. We have been very thankful to have Jeremy attending such a high quality swimming school. We are sorry that we can’t take Jane back to Australia with us!

We are also very appreciative of the unlimited make up classes, it is a wonderful service and has enabled Jeremy to progress in swimming despite any illnesses and
holidays away.

We would highly recommend your swim school to anyone.”

Ben & Jacinta Milne, Southampton

“ Weʼd like to thank you and the team of swimming instructors for all your help, encouragement and training that you have given Ollie over the last 8 years.
Now Ollie is a confident swimmer he would like to swim with his friends. Can we again thank you, we do appreciate the work put in to teaching Ollie to swim.”

Mrs White, Romsey.

“We are about to move away and have to have to stop swimming. Thank you for everything. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and we are sad to leave”

Mrs Powell



“Since joining Shirley Pool around two years ago, I as a parent have seen such an improvement in his confidence and swimming ability and I have, and will continue to, recommend you to others in the community”

Mrs Estlea

“Thank you and the staff for all you have done to teach our children to swim confidently. We will continue to support and recommend you at Shirley Pool”

Denyn Robinson, Shirley.

“Bradley has made such amazing progress since attending your swim schoo but we are finding the journey too much. If you ever open a swim school this side of Shirley, please let us know.”

Karen Isles, Shedfield, Hampshire

“Sam has had a fantastic experience at Shirley Swimming Pool and I am relieved that he can swim well. Thank you for all the help you have given him over the years. It is much appreciated”

Felicity Woodcock, Shirley

“We have thought long and hard about this, and with a heavy heart we have decided to end the girls swimming. We’re very, very grateful to you and your colleagues for all the hard work you’ve put in over the many years and Eleanor’s love of swimming is in no small part down to you, thanks again.”

Richard Porges, Chandlers Ford

“We have been delighted with the progress daisy has made and feel she is a confident and able swimmer, definitely out swimming us as she is very speedy! We would like to thank her swimming teachers for all the hard work and effort shown to Daisy, she has always spoken highly of them”

Belinda Murray, Freemantle

Just fantastic. They have taught me and the rest of my family to swim. I have met some of the nicest people you could want to meet there – staff and other swimmers. Brilliant teachers, brilliant pool.

***** Chris Cole Google

Take my son Aidan to Swimming lessons every Wednesday morning,
Staff are Excellent,The teacher (Vicki) is Outstanding and overall a terrific place to either swim yourself or receive teaching!

Tony Stubbs

Great little treasure of the community. Dedicated teachers, friendly and efficient reception staff and a fantastic and unique cafe in the car park.

***** Luke Perry Google

Roger comes home from his swimming classes beaming – he said he has a lovely time and meets lots of nice people there. We have been going for years and the place has such a local feel to it. The cafe is great too!

***** Fred Andrews Google

Fab teachers, great teaching methods which is all done in a fun way! Good coffee too!

**** Jacqui Neil Google

I grew up learning at Shirley Pool. Fantastic experience every time! I have continued to use this Pool from when my lessons ended and have enjoyed watching the service improve and the facilities grow!

***** Tom Watson Google

Good all around service. Changing rooms and pool area are maintained well by the friendly staff. I learned to swim here and have continued to use the facilities regularly since!

***** Will Johnson Google

Dear David,

This is to inform you that Grace will be leaving at the end of May.

I would like to thank you and the team (especially Chris!) for teaching her to swim and giving her years of acheivement and pleasure – She loves swimming and wants to go further.

Thanks again

Fiona Jeffery, Shirley

After 8 years, Jamie has decided to hang up his goggles and become the next Man Utd star… he has been coming to swimming lessons non stop since he was 4 months old and has progressed amazingly with all of your hard work. Many thanks again-we think you are doing a great job and should all feel very proud of how you have helped so many children(and adults) in their quests to swim”

Helen Ridley, Shirley.

“Thank you for all the swimming skills that you have taught Jamie. He has really enjoyed the sessions with you.”

Mrs mcBride, Bitterne Park

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all and especially Jane as Imogen’s main teacher for teaching Imogen to swim and making it such a fun experience”

Richard Bryant, Rownhams



”Thank you for providing most fantastic swimming lessons for my daughter, Mili. She has very much enjoyed her time with all her teachers and has benefitted greatly from lessons and crash courses. Look forward to returning to your well organised swimming school. Best wishes and thanks.”

Gabriella Valiceh-D’Arcy, Bitterne

“we would like too say how happy we have been with the excellent swimming instructors that she has had since coming and hope that you can pass on our thanks to them”

Hayley hammick

“Evie loved her lessons with Chloe on a Saturday morning. We will definitely use the pool in future and have recommended to others as they have been excellent”

Teresa Burnage

“I would like to thank everyoneat the pool as I have enjoyed the lessons and look forward to my new baby coming to swim with you”

E.Barley, Southampton February 2011

“We’d like to thank you for the excellent swimming lessons Mathilda has had over the last year. Phil, Chloe and Pete have all been great and Mathilda has thoroughly enjoyed their lessons. Thank you to all the team at Shirley Pool for making it all work so well.”

Vick Parker, Southampton October 2010

“I am so thankful to Phil for all his wonderful efforts and I am amazed at Theo’s progress with Phil. Theo has really bonded with Phil and really enjoys his classes, so my thanks to Phil”

Michelle Limbert Hill Lane

“I would like to thank you and all the tutors who have taught them over the years and Jane who started them off. The girls have enjoyed their time at the swimming club and have benefitted greatly from the skills they have learnt. All the best for the future, long may it continue”

Mrs J. Whitlock Bitterne Park

“Josh has loved his swimming lessons with your teachers”

Sarah Dawson, Townhill Park

“Thank you very much for teaching Lucy- she has loved having lessons with you and the other teachers and may come back to it later.”

Annie Donnan, Shirley

Best swimming lessons in the area and a fab cafe in the bus! Pulled pork burger yum!

***** Nick Smith Google June 2015

Lovely pool with a fantastically unique cafe! Great service, all the staff were welcoming and friendly. Clean, presentable, and brilliant coffee! Would definitely recommend and will definitely return!

*****Kerri Emma Dobson Google

I haven’t swam at the pool but Luke Perry has worked for me as Coasteering instructor for the past 3 summers and is the best waterman I have ever worked with. If you want to learn from someone there is no better instructor. He’s a lovely person too a credit to his family.

***** Bare Foot Coasteer Google

A personalised form of teaching that concentrates on self development and fun. Clean, friendly, helpful and I wouldn’t send my kids anywhere else.

***** Amy Kibler Google

Both my children have been having swimming lessons at Shirley pool. My daughter has gone on from being terrified of putting her head under the water to being able to confidently swim in a matter of months. She loves having the chance to get badges and see herself progress. My son (aged 1) loves his lessons and is growing in confidence each time he enters the pool and the teachers are so patient and understanding with the children. All the staff are friendly and helpful and the facilities are great!

***** Dan Wade Nov 10th 2015 Google

Great place to go the staff all happy and helpful. This is the best teaching pool in Southampton.

***** Philip Nelson Google

Lovely clean pool – great staff, and wonderful cafe – A Jewel in the middle of Shirley –

*****Wesley Lewis, Shirley Google

“Thank you for brilliant lessons, the twins had a great time. Hope to see you at crash courses in the future.”

Pamela Hatt, Chandlers Ford.

“ A huge thank you to Abbie and Deborah for teaching Ella to swim over the last four years. She has loved her swimming lessons”

Mrs Anthes Hedge End.

“Thank you to all that have taught Alex, he is now a very able and confident swimmer. We will continue to recommend you to everyone we know”

Sue Johnson, Townhill Park Southampton.

“We have much appreciated the excellent swimming tuition you have given our daughters over the past 3 years. Many thanks for all that you have done to help them become confident in the water and enjoy swimming.”

Mrs Hargreaves, Southampton

“Thank you for teaching me to swim. I never thought I would be able to”

Theresa Ferguson

“Thank you to all the staff at Shirley Pool that have taught Peter to swim over the years and that have made his lessons over the years a happy time which he has enjoyed. All the best to you and all the staff”

Veronica Findlay, Romsey.

“all three of my girls have thoroughly enjoyed their swimming lessons over the last five years and swim well as a result. Thank you for the quality of the instructors that you have facilitated”

Suzie Winsor, Highfield

“ I plan to continue swimming practise on a regular basis and thanks to all I have learnt at Shirley Pool I am now able to apply for my dream job working for an International Airline. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Phil and Pete for all their efforts to help me improve my swimming technique and I know I have come a long way over the past year and that’s thanks to you”

Angelina DAbbraccio

“Jacob has thoroughly enjoyed his lessons at Shirley pool for all the years he has been coming. Please pass on a big thank you to everyone – especially cool Phil!”

J Cassey, Rownhams

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all your staff for the encouragement and dedication that KERRY HAS ALWAYS RECEIVED”


“We are happy that Mimi can swim to a good standard. We are really pleased with the fast progress she has mad since starting in the small pool, her confidence has increased and your method of teaching has been brilliant for her. We will continue to recommend you to others”

RR Bartlett Eastleigh.

“Thank you so much for teaching Michael to swim- he is so proud of himself!”

Mrs Lowman Portswood

“Jay has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Shirley Pool and the teaching has been excellent . Thank you very much for this.”

Carolyn Howson, Southampton

“Henry has enjoyed learning to swim with you hugely and has made great progress. Many thanks for everything you have done to give him such a sound grounding in such an enjoyable way”

Mrs Thould, Southampton