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About Us

Our Purpose

To give all children the chance to learn how to swim in a fun and stimulating way. We believe swimming is a vital life skill and we want children to experience the joy of the water, safely with a natural process. 

About Helen

Welcome to Mini Water Adventurers.​

I am Helen Hughes and I have been active in the swimming world since I was 11 years old. My love of swimming started when a friend of mine took me to our local swim club. From there I started training very early every day before school and in the evenings too. I traveled all over the UK competing.  I also competed for my amazing University Team, where we were ranked in the Top 3 University swim teams in the country.

For 10 years I lived in Florida, USA and built up a very successful independent swimming business, Helen's Fishes Club. 

When I moved back to the UK in 2016 I wanted to bring all my years of experience, knowledge of swimming and the art of teaching together to form Mini Water Adventurers. 

I am proud to be the designer of the Orca swim trainer which has helped hundreds of children thrive and confidently enjoy their journey learning to swim.

I have spent many years researching and developing our Learn to SWIM philosophy which really sets us apart from other educators in the aquatic teaching space. 

It's our mission to offer an alternative programme for swimming teachers that are seeking a progressive and innovative approach.

I hope you enjoy the resources, online courses and products we have designed for you.

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About Kathryn


I am Kathryn Charlton and proud to be the co-owner of Mini Water Adventurers with my sister.

It has been my dream from an early age to be an entrepreneur and build my very own business - and who better to do this with than my sister.

When other children were out playing I was busy with my cousin pretending to run businesses. So you won't be surprised to learn that I have spent most of the last 20 years in the corporate world, mainly working in marketing and communications.

Last year I was able to fulfil one of my dreams and became a published international best-selling author with a group of beautiful woman who want to make a difference in the world. It's called 'Notes to my younger self'.

Whilst raising my beautiful daughter, some 14 years ago I took the opportunity to train and become a primary school teacher. This is why I am so passionate about ensuring children can have the best possible opportunities to grow and develop in supportive and loving environments. This is at the core of everything we do here at Mini Water Adventurers. I truly hope you get real value out of everything we create and share with you.

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