Meet the Teachers

Our teachers are all highly qualified swimming instructors, and most of us are parents. We have a passion for teaching children to enjoy the water, be safe in the water and learn to swim in a fun and hands on way. View each individual profile to learn more about each of the team.

Julia de Lucchi – Owner & Instructor

Julia is the Founder of Smart Swim School. She is an STA Baby and Pre-school Tutor in Infant Aquatics. She trains teachers both in the U.K. and abroad. Her passion for teaching children to love the water shines through in every one of the classes she teaches.

Julia has a vision to see children love the water and encourages many children to become little fish! She has a talent in helping both children and adults to overcome their fear of the water and learn to swim. She believes in teaching through having fun, understanding ones buoyancy, having good breath control, as well as learning life saving water safety skills. The most important element to learning to swim, is trust with the person teaching you!!

Julia began developing the vision for Smart Swim School in 2004. After moving to Reepham in 2010, Smart Swim has grown and added 14 members to the team and teaches around 400 children a week!

Julia has four children of her own. Her youngest son, Hudson, was a 10 pound home water birth. Her two eldest, Daniel and Taylor, are both qualified teachers who worked for Smart Swim. Her littlest Amy-Li is her little fish and loves being underwater.

Julia loved doing the Birthlight Diploma course and is the only person in Birthlight to pass the diploma with a distinction in both her course work and her practical assessment, and this lead to her becoming one of the Birthlight Infant Aquatic Tutors. Training other teachers is a passion of hers and her dream is to see baby swimming spread throughout China, where her daughter is from.


  • STA (Swimming Teachers Association) Full Teachers Certificate
  • STA Baby & Pre-School and TUTOR certificate
  • Birthlight Infant Aquatics Diploma and TUTOR certificate
  • STA Special needs Certificate
  • STA Aquacise Qualification
  • STA teaching Adult Swimming
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
  • First Aid Qualification
  • WATSU Intro Course
  • Hydrotherapy Level 1
  • Hands on Babies Baby Yoga Diploma
  • Hands on Babies Baby Massage Diploma

Granny Bee

Granny Bee has a passion for helping people.  She loves children and has 13 grandchildren of her own, scattered across the globe.  She is great with admin and helps to keep Smart Swim running smoothly. We all love Granny Bee.

Granny B (Brenda) says: “I enjoy working with my daughter, Julia, and I am so proud to see how much the children love coming swimming. My grandsons, Daniel and Taylor and Hudson, make fantastic teachers and are very good with the children. I am a jack of all trades and it is always interesting chatting to all the parents and grandparents that come to Smart Swim.  I am proud to be a part of the team.”


Lindsay joined the Smart Swim team after completing her High School education and coming over from California. She is a natural with children and has a lovely gentle disposition.

Lindsay says: “I love helping the children gain confidence in the water and become better swimmers. It brings me great pleasure and joy to see the smiles on the kids faces. I enjoy being a part of the team.”


  • STA (Swimming Teachers Association) Full Teachers Certificate
  • STA Level 2 Baby & Pre-School
  • STA Level 2 Award in Safety Award for Teachers (QCF)
  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults


Heather is our longest standing staff member and is such an asset to the Smart Swim team. Even before she trained to be a Baby Swim instructor, she was one of our swimming parents, giving her a deeper understanding from the parents point of view. Smart Swim wouldn’t run as smoothly without her expert administration skills. She is organised, tidy and always reliable. Both the children and their parents love the warmth and enthusiasm she brings to her classes. Heather is always happy to lend a helping hand to our swimming parents, by keeping an eye on the little ones on poolside, making it easier for them to come swimming with siblings.

Heather says “I was a stay-at-home mum for 8 1/2 years before starting an exciting journey at Smart Swim. I started my journey as a parent, the atmosphere and fun teaching was brilliant. It was then that the opportunity arose for me to train and be a part of that great team. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and seeing the children progress. Their happy, smiley faces make my day!

In my spare time I enjoy running and have a keen interest in nutrition.”


  • STA level 2 certificate – Baby and Pre-school.
  • STA National Rescue Award – Pool safety award for Swimming Teachers
  • First Aid and CPR


Amy is the newest recruit to the team at Smart Swim. Julia’s youngest child has been swimming like a fish since she was small and is proud to be training for full swimming qualifications.


  • Student Teacher Qualification

Taylor & Hudson

Julia’s sons Taylor and Hudson have always had a natural flair for working with children. Both are very competent swimming teachers, loved by all the children they teach, as they are funny, kind, compassionate and great teachers! Both boys come back during university breaks to teach when they can.


  • STA (Swimming Teachers Association) Full Teachers Certificate
  • STA Baby & Pre-School
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
  • First Aid Qualification

New to Smart Swim?

We are regularly at full capacity, so to find out about availability, just tell us a little about you and your child and Julia will contact you to find the class that’s suited to you.

“Smart Swim has easy approachable teachers, and teachers have great knowledge of each child.  we especially love the high teacher child ratios