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our

teachers

Our teachers are the heart of what we do here at First Swim. They will take care of you and your child. They are there to make sure your baby or toddler is learning in an environment that is safe and fun.
Our teachers are STA/ASA qualified in Baby/Pre-school teaching as a minimum, plus they all have a lifesaving award.

 

Shannon
I’m a kiwi through and through.  I spent most of my youth on or in the water.  Be it sailing, swimming, kayaking or bare foot water skiing.  I came over to the UK in Jan 2000 and haven’t managed to leave…! I decided to change career after having my children now 6 and 5 because I didn’t want to work in an environment I couldn’t relate to anymore.  Children changed me! I love teaching babies and toddlers because I whole heartily believe swimming provides both the adult and the child with a unique platform to bond. Swimming is a life skill that in my opinion is vital. My passion for swimming runs deep, I couldn’t imagine not swimming.  So, to be able to teach and share one of my first loves with others is truly awesome.  I’ve recently completed my Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School. I’m able to teach all ages and levels due to the qualifications I’ve gained.
Vicky
I started swimming at the age of six. Soon afterwards I joined my first swimming club where I continued to fall in love with the sport. As I progressed I ventured into the world of competitive swimming at both regional and national levels. I became more adventurous as a swimming enthusiast and started competing open water events, I even swam the Solent sea from Gosport to the Isle of Wight all in aid of Charity. However after years of competing it was time to hang up my goggles and put my experience to the test! I took my first steps where I started out as a Lifeguard. During this time I studied to become a qualified Level 2 swim teacher and my Parent and Baby qualification. Over the next seven years I became a much respected teacher going on to tutoring and assessor for the National Royal Life Saving Society. I then decided to deepen my knowledge by gaining my coaching in swimming. Now with over fourteen years experience as a swim teacher, still my proudest and biggest achievement to date is my little boy who swims like a fish!
Natalie
I love swimming! I joined my 1st swimming club at age 8 and swam with them until I was 18. As a teenager as well as training I would help with the younger children’s lessons which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately after leaving education a job in the city of London meant I was no longer able to get to the pool regularly to train. In 2009 I quit corporate life and moved to Dubai with my husband and had my son. He and I went to baby and toddler swim classes in Dubai which were great and he was a total water baby, he still swims regularly so if not in the pool teaching I’m poolside watching! When he started school I decided to train & qualify as a swim teacher and taught baby and toddler lessons in some amazing pools around Dubai.Swimming in Dubai is an integral part of life with pools in every school and the majority of people having access to a pool from their homes. It was great being there at the start of children’s swimming lives and then watching some in school galas a few years later.I left Dubai in April 2019 and I’m excited to be getting back into the pool again with babies & toddlers, albeit in less sunny climes!
Sarah
I first discovered the joys and benefits of baby swimming with my first child, so much so that it inspired me to make a career change and have been teaching since 2011. I’ve now got three children (all of whom love the water). My eldest child has Down Syndrome, baby swimming is inclusive of all children and benefits both parent and child. I love teaching children of all ages. It’s wonderful to watch the relationships between parents and children and to see their progression and confidence build in the water.
Tiffany
I have been a swimming teacher for some years now and have the best job in the world! I teach 6-week-old babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and adults (I shouldn’t have favourites, but I love my babies and toddlers). Having swum as a child and loved it, I came in to teaching after having two children of my own and saw once again how important swimming is for children. Not only when they are small and are learning how to be safe around water and save their own lives (and above all have fun) but also when older, when they cement good technique to enable beautiful swimming executed with ease. After all, when you can swim, it opens up a whole world of water sports, fitness and aquatic adventures for the rest of your life.
Nicola
Hello! My experience as a former Team GB synchronised swimmer has been key to my success as a swimming instructor. I love the water and have many years (10+) of experience and this means I can engage with and get great results across all ages and abilities.   I’m driven to create a positive experience of the water by sharing my knowledge and skills through fun and engaging learning!
Clare
I was an early but slow learner of swimming as a child but once I got the hang of it, it became my freedom and sanctuary, I was like a dolphin in the water (with size 10 flippers to boot!) My vocation in life was always to teach. I started studying a teaching degree then life took me in a different direction in management. After having my daughter and taking her swimming, I finally found the missing piece of the puzzle! I then retrained to combine my love of children and teaching with one of my oldest held pastimes of swimming. I absolutely love babies and children and get sheer joy from the experience of teaching them and seeing each little one’s achievements – I hope this always shines through in my teaching.