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Swimtots | Teachers - Sarah

Sarah is the Founder and Director of Swimtots. She has been swimming for over 35 years and has represented her country in swimming. Sarah is also Head of Learning and Development for the company. Using her 18 years L&D and Leadership experience from the Royal Navy, her Qualified Teaching Status and her high level of swimming knowledge she has developed the Swimtots programme from the top down. This means ensuring that the practices taught at the baby level are developing the child for swimming lessons later in life and instilling life saving techniques from the start.

Her passion is Open Water and Long Distance swimming. She has been a swimming instructor for 20+ years and specialises in Special Needs Instruction. One of her students went on to represent Great Britain in the Special Olympics. Several of Sarah’s swimmers over the years have competed in Ironman competitions, swam the Channel and overcome the fear of the water.

Sarah is a qualified STA Baby and Pre-School teacher and tutor for the STA. She holds STA Award  and is an ASA Level 1 and 2 Instructor and Coach. She is currently coaching at North Norfolk Vikings in North Walsham. She has taught her two children to swim through the Swimtots programme, both of whom now swim in North Norfolk Vikings Squad System.
Sarah is also able to provide specialist 121 lessons and coaching for all abilities. Sarah is the Safeguarding Designated person for Swimtots.

 

 

 

Spike is co-owner and Director with Sarah. Spike’s passion of swimming is as enthusiastic as Sarah’s and all the other staff. Spike has swum since a young age representing Great Yarmouth and Norfolk in Counties. He enjoyed a 22 year long career in the Royal Air Force where he swam and coached the team. He retrained as a podiatrist and now alongside clinic work works with Norwich City Football  Club. Alongside this he is a coach and teacher at North Norfolk Vikings and deals  with the administration of Swimtots.

Portsmouth Teachers

Swimtots | Teachers - Michelle

 

Michelle joined Swimtots in May 2012. She decided to become a baby and pre school swim teacher after taking her son through the Starfish badges and in April 2012 qualified as a baby and pre school swim teacher.

She is very passionate about helping little ones to gain confidence and enjoy being in the water. As she started her son on the Starfish 1 badge from 4 months old she knows and understands how daunting it can be when you first start swimming with babies.

 

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Amy has been teaching swimming for over 2 years. Prior to that she was a primary school teacher who taught music and drama on the weekends. Having made the switch to teaching swimming before her daughter was born, Amy says she loves singing and splashing with the babies, building the confidence of the pre-schoolers and honing techniques with older children and adults.
She believes swimming is an important life skill and knows first hand the power of bonding with your baby/toddler in lessons. Amy is a strong advocate of baby and child led swimming and a gentle approach to each child and parent’s needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worcester Teachers

 

Stewart brings to Swimtots a wealth of knowledge and experience; he is a level 2 British Triathlon coach and a level 2 Swim teacher. He is head coach of Malvern triathlon club youth section. Developing fundamental movement skills in children through fun and friendly sessions forms the basic building blocks to core aquatic skills needed to learn to swim and take part in sport.

Stewart coaches and teaches both adults and juniors at Milestone Swimming Club, Malvern. He is passionate about encouraging participations to achieve their aims, whether it is to learn to swim, or to achieve a specific goal or just to stay fit and health.

He also teachers with a swim group in Malvern called Swim Inspiration that encourages aqua exercise for people who have been referred to the group through a GP, either through health or disability issues.

His passion lies in swimming, with his impressive background in competitive swimming, being coached by Olympic silver medallist Martyn Woodroffe competing to a national level as a youth in the 1970s, swimming for Warrington Warriors and Coventry swimming Club.

Stewart still swims daily in the pool, competing in Triathlons and open water events.

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Jonas, I am in my final year of university, studying Sports Coaching Science BSc (Hons).  This is my first year being a swimming teacher, however  I have always been passionate about sports and I believe it is an important stepping stone in life. Creating fun & exciting atmosphere when learning boosts the swimmers confidence and is on of my top priorities when teaching. Seeing students grow in confidence and reaching their full potential through exercise is a fantastic reward and something I never get bored with.

Tom Ablett – Instructor
Tom is currently in his second year in college studying maths, physics and graphics. He used to be a swimmer for in the competition group but he stopped so he could train the same group in the same way as he was trained. He was swimming at the baths in Stourport before they were shut down. He has also been a swimmer for Wyre Forest and, because he was also a scout and now a leader, he was a keen swimmer and racer for Abberly and Whitley scouts. He originally joined Swimtots when it was originally called Orca Swim School. Here he continued to be a trained and became more technically correct in his stroke. First of all he became a volunteer assistant. When swimtots took over the swim school he was asked to be come fully trained. Tom say “The reason why I enjoy to teach is because I am making a difference to. Child’s life. Through me they are learning important life skills that they can use for both enjoyment and for safety.”

 

 

Grace Baldwin – Instructor
Annalie Kelsall – Assistant
My name is Annalie and I am currently in my second year studying for my A levels. In my spare time I enjoy taking part in a weekly drama class and, of course, swimming. For many years I have been a keen swimmer and have consequently also taken part in lifesaving where I hold a gold award. As such I recognise that swimming is not only a great way to stay fit but also an essential life skill.
When teaching I believe it important not only to challenge students, but for them to enjoy learning to swim. For this reason I believe that using games and activities which incorporate the skills of swimming helps to build swimmers confidence in the water, and makes the lesson more enjoyable for them.
Through challenging them every lesson it is ensured they reach the best of their ability and not only do they become fitter but also safer in the water which of course is a main priority.

 

Oli Oakley – Assistant
Norfolk Teachers
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Sarah Bane – Norwich and Surlingham. Babies and children.
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Hi I’m Karly, I was looking for a rewarding job, where I could make a difference to people & after enjoying taking my children through the baby / pre school swim classes I thought what better job to do than become a swim teacher & teach what I feel as a very important life skill & watch children & parents bond & grow together within the pool environment.
I’m qualified in STA Level 2 Award Baby & Pre School, STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching and Pre & Post Natal Aqua Aerobics Instructor. I absolutely love being a swim teacher & watching the baby’s & children develop & grow in confidence, it’s not like any other job it’s so rewarding. I just want to teach the world to swim, be safe & enjoy the water.