Where to Find Us:

Homewood Suites

6905 Main Street

Stratford, CT 06614

Our Philosophy

Established in 2006, The Penguin Swim School focuses on water safety as a vital life skill. We are a certified member of the United States Swim School Association. Our private and semi-private instruction takes the anxiety out of swimming by enabling your child to learn at his or her own pace in a highly supervised setting. Unlike group lessons, our instructors are able to dedicate 100% of their attention on your child and their exact needs. All of our instructors are trained with decades of combined experience teaching swim lessons. There is always a certified lifeguard present at all lessons. Our staff works as a team to provide a safe and secure environment to encourage your child to reach his or her fullest potential.


The scary truth is, every year nearly 300 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools. 98% of the time these drownings occur in private back yard pools. Further, more than 2000 individuals are treated in hospitals for submersion related injuries. Our goal is to prevent injury and loss of life through our proven technique!


Meet Our Staff




Gwynne is the Owner of The Penguin Swim School. She created this program in 2006 to provide the local community an alternative to traditional groups lessons. Gwynne has always been in the pool, swimming competitively during her years in school, and teaching lessons well after.
She has a BA and MBA in Marketing and for years she worked in advertising in NYC. Of all the job titles shes held, her favorite has always been Mom! Having raised three kids along the
shoreline of Connecticut she recognized the necessity for such a program. She believes that her individualized approach is the best method to keeping all kids safe near the water.




Andrea is the Aquatics Manager at The Penguin Swim School. She has loved the water her whole life. She learned to swim at a young age, swam competively for a few years, and even learned to scuba dive!  She earned a BS in Marine Science from Stony Brook University. Andrea is a natural born teacher. Shes been teaching swim lessons for over a decade. Recognizing the individual abilities of each of her students, she designs her lessons to build on their skills while providing the emotional support for them to succeed with confidence. She brings her love of the water, teaching & children to everything she does! She truly believes everyone can and should learn how to swim! Even her dog Maggie learned to swim!




Diane lives in a lake community with her husband and two teenage kids. She enjoys swimming, surfing and skiing. She has a BFA in Graphic Design and an AA in Criminology. She is a freelance graphic designer and has been teachng swimming with Penguin for 10+years.
Diane has an extensive background in swimming and has always loved the water. She was a competitive swimmer and diver between the ages of 6-16. She has lifeguarded and taught swimming at the Greenwich YWCA, White Plains YWCA, and private pools in Stamford, CT. She was a coach in White Plains for the Middies Swim Team and their Masters program. 
Diane teaches kids and adults individually, based on their personalities and needs, and understands that every individual learns differently. Safety and basic swimming skills are her priority, followed by proper/detailed stroke work. She believes that swimming is not just a hobby or sport…it is a life




Jordan is a native New Yorker with an incredible work ethic! While working with us at Penguin, he also works as a behavioral specialist in a school focused on helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He earned his BS in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University and is pursing his Nursing Degree at the University of Bridgeport. Jordan swam competetively for 5 years, competing mainly in breaststroke and freestyle. He has also worked as a lifeguard. He has been with Penguin since 2012. When he's not working or at school, you can find Jordan relaxing at the beach playing Kan Jam with friends! He believes swimming can be both great exercise and great fun!

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