[06-09-17] IMG_0595.jpgJulia 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

Primary Times


  • "Swimming is our favorite day of the week! The pool facilities are great, the teachers are friendly and we are very happy with her progress! I always suggest Smart Swim to my friends. Thanks!"


  • "You are worth every Penny and we can’t praise you enough. Our lesson is the highlight of our day! The boys are really responding well to the sessions."

    Charley and Harry

  • "A warm and happy place to be! Pippa is doing so well and loves her swimming. She has gained so much confidence. Lessons are fun and educational."


  • "Fantastic, positive, well structured lessons. Safety is paramount. Each child is encouraged to reach their full potential with lots of praise. You have a lovely manner with the children. Highly recommended!!"


  • "We are so please we found you!! The teachers strike the right balance of reassurance, encouragement and challenge. We are really happy with the gentle but firm methods. A real joy to see their nerves turn into love of the water and confidence tempered with sense"


  • "The facilities are clean and spacious and the water is lovely and warm. I am very impressed with everything so far! My daughter loves it and it has improved her confidence to no end."


  • "We LOVE Smart Swim! You are the best!! Our kids love their lessons, the teachers, the pool and are learning and growing in confidence every week. Well done to a great team at Smart Swim"


  • "Your patience with the children is awesome! You teach in a gentle, loving and confident manner, which spills over to the children. Everyone seems to be happy and having lots of fun! I love seeing all the children with big smiles on their faces every week."