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Toddlers learn to swim a mile thanks to 'Water Whisperer'

'Water Whisperer' Gail Ricketts and two of her pupils Credit: ITV

A swimming teacher from Southport has become known as the "Water Whisperer" because she can make her young pupils swim remarkable distances.

Gail Ricketts taught a two-year-old to swim 20 metres without armbands. Her lessons have seen toddlers swim more than a mile.

Pupils' parents gave her the moniker of "whisperer", as she convinces youngsters that they "will be able" to swim further.