As a parent of a neurodiverse child (my youngest of 5 children), I understand the difficulties in finding suitable extra-curricular activities for them. I have worked in the leisure industry for many years and the issues I have encountered with my son have led me to try to find a way of providing sporting and leisure activities to neurodiverse people. I am hoping that my qualification with Autism Swim will be the start of an amazing new venture! As I was already qualified as a swim teacher it made sense to start with pool based activities and water safety.

We will run 1-2-1, 2-2-1 and small group sessions, and are also hoping to find the time and pool space to run carer and swimmer lessons where we can support parents and carers with their swimmer in a safe environment where they can enjoy the water together.

I currently hold the following qualifications
STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming
STA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming
STA Level 2 Award for Safety Award for Teachers
School Swimming Academy
STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming
My next courses are Makaton and British Sign Language.

Currently working from a base near Chudleigh but are looking to provide a mobile service in the near future. I am happy to receive enquiries from schools for specialist swim teaching for pupils with additional needs.


~ I have known Claire for a year.
My son Teddy is 7 years old and autistic.
He can be scared of the water and due to my own health I’m unable to take him swimming regularly.

Given all this it could be quite tricky for my son with his sensory issues but having Claire as his swimming teacher he has loved it has been amazing.
I honestly don’t think he would have stayed interested in the water like he has without Claire’s professional, calm and educated approach.

Claire has also spent a lot of time with my son who is 7, and she is a total gem, kind and experienced and totally trustworthy not to mention lots of fun.
If your child is looking for someone to gently encourage and fully understand their needs, then Claire is the person for the job. No question. I highly recommend her she’s fab. ~

Aquatic Provider – Claire Murdoch
23 Lower Farthings
Newton Poppleford
Sidmouth Devon EX10 0HE
United Kingdom
Phone: 07979 591659