I am a mum of two children aged 9 and 12 years, and
after loving the experience of taking my children to
baby swimming classes I decided to retrain and have
now been teaching swimming to all ages for 6 years.
I have been teaching swimming at Billingshurst leisure
centre for 6 years to large groups of children, and
I have 6 years experience teaching at private swim
I love teaching all ages but especially young babies and watching them grow and develop their motor skills and water confidence. To see their personalities develop as they become toddlers and watch how they interact and develop their social skills in the pool is fascinating. Having the opportunity to teach young children how to float, balance, kick, paddle and control their breathing is incredibly rewarding!
It is also very gratifying to teach children and adults to perfect and simplify their strokes to glide effortlessly through the water. It is the best feeling when you have mastered it!
(I hold STA Parent and Baby qualifications, ASA Level 1 & 2 qualifications, a current National Rescue Award and I am also fully insured).
A bit about my lessons and ethos...
My lessons are based on the STA International Learn to Swim Programme (ILSP) which offers a fun and comprehensive programme for all ages. Please look at my STA ILSP Awards page for all the information!
The group lessons are structured to enable your child to learn the skills for each STA award and to also learn basic water safety skills. The STA ILSP teaches your child to swim front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly and swimming a distance of 25m on their front and back.
The aim of my parent and child lessons is to provide a relaxed and fun environment for you and your children to enjoy the water together. My lessons have a different theme each week, for example Sea Life, Dinosaurs and Cars, to keep your children entertained and motivated.
The lessons are structured around your child's development phases and water confidence levels to ensure that they are comfortable with the different activities and to give you mums and dads a more enjoyable lesson.
As your child grows and develops, both physically and emotionally, there may be times when they express a dislike for doing certain activities in the pool. This can be frustrating for you and your child, but please don't worry, it is perfectly normal and all children will go through these little 'wobbles' at some point.
My focus is on your child feeling happy and enjoying the water, to provide fun activities to support their learning but most of all allowing your child to learn at their own pace.
The pool is 8m x 4m and is 1.3m deep. The pool has no shallow end so I have a large swimming pool platform for children to stand on and hold onto the white bar. I also use buoyancy aids such as floatation belts and noodles to ensure the children are safe at all times.
The pool is maintained around 31-32 degrees celsius so is lovely and warm for everyone!