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So Thoroughly Deserved !


One of the very best things about owning and running Rusalka Swim School is in watching all of the young ones learning and mastering a new Life Skill that will stay with them forever and may well even end up saving theirs or someone else's life, at some time. Watching them develop and progress, not forgetting the pride and joy shown on their parents faces, is so rewarding and always makes 'coming to work', for us, such a pleasure and a privilege.


One of the very best things in belonging to the Southern Water 'Learn to Swim' programme is being able to nominate, for the first time, one of our swimmers for the annual Southern Water 'Special Achievers Awards' hosted by former Olympic Gold Medal winning swimmer - Duncan Goodhew. This event took place just recently and although we had many children worthy of putting forward for this award, we finally decided that no-one was more deserving than 10 yr old Olivia Daniels.


Olivia has been having swimming lessons with us here at Rusalka Swim School for over 4 years and during this time she has progressed from a complete non-swimmer to ASA Stage 6. During our last academic year she completed both her ASA Stage 5 and Stage 6 certifications and what makes this even more remarkable is that she did this despite suffering a disability from birth known as ‘Right Hemiplegia’. When watching her now, it's so difficult to remember that when Olivia first started to swim on her back she couldn’t move her right arm out of the water at all, but now she uses both arms equally whilst swimming backstroke. She is a wonderful, very focused and hard working young girl. She loves swimming and her progress, determination and work ethic has been applauded by us and by all of our teachers here, whose classes she has attended.



Just like your Mum and Dad, we are also so very proud of you !


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Olivia Yulia and BekkiM



(pictures courtesy of Mr D. Daniels)


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Winter Term Dates

Our next term will start on Tuesday 1st September 2015 and finish on Saturday 19th December 2015.

Half term break will be Monday 26th October till Sunday 1st November 2015.

The date for our next underwater photoshoot, during this term, will be posted soon.

Intensive Swimming Courses in the Summer Holidays !

After many requests each year, Rusalka Swim School is pleased to announce that we will be running an Intensive Swimming Course, for children of all ages for five days - Monday 27th July - Friday 31st July.



Each lessons will last  for a very full and active 30 minutes,  with just a maximum of five children in the entire pool at any time. They  will  take  place on  each  morning  from  9.30 am. and also  each afternoon from 3.30 pm. The total cost,  per  week,  for the 5 lessons will be  £  50.00  per participating child.



Please call us on 02392 594449  or use the 'Contact Us' facility at the bottom of each of our website pages, if you would like your child or children to participate,  or if you would like any further details.


Rusalka Painting Competition Winners !

"This was a much harder competition to judge than I ever expected, all of the entries were to a very high standard and the children not mentioned below should still feel proud of the work they submitted, it was a sterling job. They all did very well indeed and I am so glad all of them will receive a prize for their super efforts.


As the standard generally was so good, I am so pleased that Yulia and Graham have decided to include an extra 'Runner Up' prize of a super pair of Aquasphere swimming goggles to be awarded within each category."



Louise Reed 

Media Lecturer and Course Manager

Department of Arts, Design and Media

South Downs College



Read more: Rusalka Painting Competition Winners !

Win a Whole Half Term of Swimming Lessons with Rusalka Swim School!

Your child could win a whole half terms' swimming lessons with us, during our Autumn term, commencing early September !


As part of our Ten Year Anniversary Celebrations, we are holding a free competition, for all of our children to enter.

All they have to do is paint a picture showing their interpretation of their Swimming Lesson here at Rusalka.

Entries will be accepted and prizes awarded in two different aged categories.
Children aged 5 yrs and under.
Children aged 6 yrs and over.

Pictures should be no larger than A4 size and clearly marked, on the back, with the child's name and age, plus the day and time of their current Swim Class with us.

Read more: Win a Whole Half Term of Swimming Lessons with Rusalka Swim School!

It's our 10th Birthday!


It seems hard to believe but on this day, Ten years ago, namely Saturday 7th May 2005, Rusalka Swim School opened it's doors for the very first time! Since then, we have had the privilege of teaching so many local children, babies (and adults) to learn to swim with us and it really has been such a pleasure.

We have won awards, added a second fantastic teaching pool, made many new and long term friends and most important of all, if we have perhaps helped save the life of just one child, then everything we set out to do has already been achieved.

Read more: It's our 10th Birthday!

Our Next Underwater Photography Session - 24th May 2015

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Hey Everyone!

Be sure to book your space on our next fully 'In- House' Underwater Photoshoot taking place on Sunday 24th May!

Forms will shortly be available in both of our pools. Alternatively, please call us or use the specific selection from the 'Enquire Today' menu that can be found at the bottom of each page of our website.

Your child does not have to swim at Rusalka to be able to attend our Underwater Photography sessions, but they do have to be experienced at swimming or being placed underwater.

If you're at all concerned or if you would simply like to talk it over, before deciding, then just give us a call and we'll be delighted to speak with you.

Our New Website!

Well, you obviously know about it 'cos you're here and reading this and so, what do you think ?

It was only when we stopped and thought about it that we realised just how long are old one had been doing such a good job for us but was certainly now looking somewhat dated and didn't have all of the modern 'tecky' bits that websites today should have either and so we knew it was time for a change. 

We think that Matt - The Designer has done a truly wonderful job for us and we hope you do too ?  It should certainly be a lot more user friendly for you to use from now on and to view on tablets and mobiles also !   AND both Yulia and Graham have been dragged into the 21st Century too by joining Rusalka to Facebook !

Follow Us on Facebook !

Facebook LikeUs IconAs mentioned above, we finally gave in and listened to those around us and Yes, we are now on Facebook and so please 'Like Us' and 'Follow Us'.

To help this along we will be doing silly things like holding little competitions, with prizes,  from time to time etc. and trying our best to make social media work not just for us but , for the benefit of all of our Mums, Dads, Nans, Grandads, Aunts, Uncles, Nanny's, Au Pairs and Children too !

So Stay in Touch.

Rusalka joins Southern Water's 'Learn to Swim'

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Rusalka Swim School is invited to join Southern Water's exciting 'Learn to Swim' Programme

After a meeting, here at Horndean, with Helen Sparkes - Southern Water's Communications Officer and head of their Learn to Swim programme, we were delighted to be invited to join this prestigious and very worthwhile scheme.

Read more: Rusalka joins Southern Water's 'Learn to Swim'