Meet The Team
Female Swimming Teachers
My name is Adele, and unlike many other swimming teachers, I did not swim from a young age, or have any swimming background in childhood. Neither my mum or dad swam, and this was not a history I cared to repeat with my own children: having them not be safe, or enjoy being in water was not an option.
I have been passionate about the water from a very young age possibly to do with my Australian roots where swimming and water based activities are an integral part of everyday life. To me swimming is an essential part of life and for many a gateway to being able to partake in numerous sports where a level of swimming ability is required.
I originally volunteered as a pupil on a teachers course running at my childrens swim club. I carried on improving my swimming, attended ASA courses and qualified as a teacher. I enjoy teaching all abilities and improving their confidence so that everyone can enjoy the water!
I have always been in love with the water. Being in or around a body of water, even at a young age, has brought me so many brilliant memories that I still cherish today. I have swum through the ASA levels and upon completing them I was faced with so many options of where I wanted to go and what I pursue next...
When I first started swimming I had no confidence in myself and quite simply I was absolutely terrified, I spent most of my 30 minute lesson refusing to get in the pool. After no time at all there was a drastic change in my attitude and confidence, and my parents couldn’t tear me away from the pool. This is the very reason I decide to become a teacher: making swimming a fun and supportive environment for everyone.
Hello, my name is Deanna!
I began coaching, lifesaving and swimming for all ages and abilities when I was 14 years old and have continued to develop my knowledge and teaching practice since then, seeing swimmers gain confidence in the water is a skill I feel very passionate about.
Hello everyone, my name is Esther and I have been a swimmer for 16 years participating in national competitions back in Spain. I love swimming. Not only is it an essential life skill, but it's also great for your body and your mind.
Hello I'm Fiona! I have a general love of keeping fit and participating in a variety of different sports. I swim for pleasure and fitness – and enjoy helping people achieve skills in the water, they often thought were beyond their reach.
I was the child who stood on the edge of the pool refusing to get in and then when I figured out how much I loved being underwater you couldn't keep me on the surface! My love of being underwater led me to take up Synchronized Swimming and then I began assisting in children's group swimming lessons when I was thirteen.
Hi, I'm Gemma! My parents always told me that swimming was a life skill, and that I had to go to those swimming lessons every Sunday morning even when I really didn’t want to. Now that I’m older, I can’t thank them enough for providing me with those important lessons, and the encouragement to keep going.
I have been a swimming teacher for the club LSST and part of the team since September 2015.
Whilst I have only been teaching swimming for a couple of years, I have been working in childcare for the last 16 years so I am very well equipped to teach children!
Hi! I'm Ivanna.
I started my career in fitness in 2012 and since then, helping people to stay active became my passion. Before, I worked mostly with women and helped them to gain confidence, but when I got chance to restart my fitness career in 2015, I decided to start working in a bit of a different area and work with people of different ages. Now I work with children as well as adults of all different abilities.
I started learning to swim very late and only started because I was embarrassed I was in the lower ability group during primary school lessons. This prevented me from going swimming alone with friends during the school holidays.
Hi my name is Karen and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself.
Since a young age I have had a passion for swimming and have been a swimming teacher now for over 30 years, working with children from 2½ - 11 years old.
My first swimming lessons were in the small pool at my primary school, at Secondary School in the local pool and then I joined the local Life Saving Club. My teachers expected hard work and high standards but were enthusiastic, encouraging, patient and supportive - enjoying my successes almost as much as I did and now I understand why!
Hi I'm Kate,
Taking my baby to swimming classes re-ignited a passion for swimming that I used to have in school. I worked in ICT for many years; but my real passion has always been sport. I can't imagine going through my own life without being able to swim.
Hi I'm Katie, I started swimming lessons when I was 3 and have been swimming ever since!
I began my teaching journey in 2014 and was fully qualified by 2016. Since then I have been teaching my own lessons and I have done both group lessons and one to one from infants to adults.
I'm a confident, friendly person whose passion for the sport of swimming shines through. I’ve been involved in swimming since the age of 4 when my parents put me into a Learn to swim programme at my local club. Although I was scared in the water as a child, my confidence grew and by being guided by fantastic teachers, I’ve learned to love the sport. I currently swim at National standard and through being a swimmer myself; it definitely helps me to be able to relate to other swimmers.
With over 20 years experience in childcare behind me (4 yrs as a Nursery Nurse, 17 years as a Professional Nanny), I felt like I needed a new challenge. With the love of swimming myself and the joy of teaching and caring for children it was suggested to me why don't I become a Swimming Teacher.
Swimming is fun, a life skill and can be enjoyed by all. I have been teaching swimming for over 6 years in the UK and Dubai. I have taught both groups and 1-2-1 classes to all ages, from 3 year olds to adults. I have focused on and improved a particular stroke that a swimmer has struggled with e.g. incorrect breaststroke kick. I have worked with competent swimmers, improving their technique, building their stamina and speed, as part of their fitness programme or in preparation for a race.
I started teaching swimming in the United States as fresh faced eighteen year old. In the many years since then, I have taught in three continents and worked with students of all ages/abilities. I have taught in both open water and pool environments. I specialise in both child and adult beginners, elderly swimmers and hydrophobes, as well as people with severe social, behavioural, developmental, communication or physical disabilities.. I have also coached swim teams and worked with triathletes.
Hi, I’m Margarita and water is my passion.
I started as a swimmer in 1989 in Bulgaria. I was multiple national champion in 100 and 200 meters butterfly and 400 and 800 meters freestyle. From the ages of 12 to 15 years old I was a competitor in the senior national team and from 16 to 21 years old I was a competitor in the master national team.
Hi, I'm Marta! I'm a creative, charismatic person and motivated to constantly upgrade my qualifications. Sport (especially swimming) is my life. To be honest... I grew up in the water! Since I was young I was a swimmer. I trained two times a day, 7 days a week. Consequently, I have several medals from international competitions. I then went on to obtain my Pool & Open Water Lifeguard Qualification and worked as a Sea Lifeguard for a while.
I am an ASA Level 2 Teacher and Level 3 Swim Coach having taught swimming since 2003. In addition to being a hands-on swimming teacher, I work at a strategic level in the delivery of swim programmes both in a swim school and in a highly successful private school for girls in the Sevenoaks area. Some of my students have competed at National level. I have experience of delivering lessons in water polo, life saving and synchronised swimming, primarily for enjoyment purposes but also to gain a taste for these aquatic skills.
Hi, my name is Monika. I started swimming when I was 7 years old. I participated in national competitions in Poland and I won gold medals in the 100m and 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly in the Polish Championship. When I was 14 years old I began to train modern pentathlon (swimming, fencing, running, shooting and horse riding). I won 5th place at the Polish Championship in the Pentathlon.
Hi, my name is Nadia.
Having travelled a great deal in my life with expat parents, swimming (especially outdoors), was my favourite hobby, but not competitively... I left that to my niece and nephew who swam at national level in The Netherlands and Scotland. Instead, I trained in scuba diving with the British Sub Aqua Club, obtaining several qualifications.
After swallowing water and twisting and turning on a slide on a family swimming day out, I became fearful and cautious of water - so much that I didn't go back to that swimming pool for about two years. But thanks to a supportive swimming teacher at my primary school, I soon fell in love with swimming - as a sport and leisure activity.
Hi, my name's Sammie, I'm 25 years old and I have been a swimming instructor for 9 years. Throughout my time teaching, I have helped terrified adults who have never stepped foot in a swimming pool learn to swim, along with children & adults with learning difficulties, mental health problems, autism, down-syndrome as well as physical impairment.
Teaching is in my nature and something I am passionate about. I swim regularly myself and believe it is never too early (or too late) to fall in love with water!
Come and learn to swim with me! A fun-loving, young surfer chick who thinks she was a mermaid in a previous life wants to show you the motions of the ocean.
Hi I'm Shadiay! I work within the swimming world for a number of different client types and have turned my hand to most abilities. I have experience with all ages from toddlers to adults and absolutely love the challenge of new clients, helping them meet thier targets and encouraging them to continually craft new goals.
I spent most of my childhood in lanes trying to beat my personal best and trying to make my coach proud. Victory or defeat I always sought praise and always wanted to improve.
Hi, I'm Shola and I have been swimming since I was a baby. I love the water; everyone should enjoy it and learn how to swim! In high school I was a competitive swimmer for 4 years and then became a national coach for the Canadian Special Olympics for 6 years.
Hi, I'm Sonia! Being a swimming teaching means I get to combine my two passions in life – swimming and helping people. Working with people to overcome their fears and achieve their goals is an amazing feeling and I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they have achieved something that they think they couldn’t do
Hi, I'm Sue! I am an experienced swimming teacher. I'm self-motivated with an excellent work ethic. I am experienced at working with children aged 3 upwards and adults of all ages both mainstream and special needs.
My name is Tiffany, I am an Experienced National Level Swimming coach with a degree in Physical Education, I currently compete with the Reading Swimming Club.