Sophie – Swim School Owner, Session Leader, Teacher Trainer, Pool Plant Operator

Sophie is the founder and owner of Seahorses. She has been teaching for over 11 years and swimming is her one true passion in life. Sophie competed at county and regional level as a long distance breastroker as a child/teen. The opportunity arose to create her own swim school in 2014 and she hasn’t looked back since! She has enjoyed every step of the way and absolutely loves both teaching and also running a business and training her fantastic team of teachers!

Outside of the pool Sophie loves animals (she has 6 cats and two gerbils), nature and walks and travelling.

Sophie has a wide range of qualifications and regularly attends additional training courses. These include, but are not limited to:

Qualifications

ASA Level 1 & 2 Teaching Aquatics

Birthlight Toddler Swimming

National Rescue Award for Teachers and Coaches

National Pool Plant Operator

STA Safeguarding

IOS, STA and BGi Personal & Business Insurances

Continual Professional Development Seminars

Effective Sculling & Development into strokes

Effective Communication & Feedback for Swimming Teaching & Coaching

Teaching Turns

Improving Frontcrawl

Improving Breastroke

Aquatic Skills Diving

Strokes Masterclass

Disability Swimming

Deaf Friendly Swimming

Junior Lifeguard Diving, Stars & Turns

Risk Assessments

Safety Award Upskill

Baby & Preschool Submersion & Diploma Upskills

Manual Handling of People

Equality & Diversity

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

Lone Working for Managers

Data Protection

Kathryn – Session Leader & Teacher

Kathryn has been with Seahorses since the very beginning and has been teaching for over 6 years. Kathryn completed training to become a session leader and runs many of our Tongham sessions. Kathryn’s skills stretch beyond just teaching and she is responsible for the smooth running of her nights’ classes and looking after our pool. She is incredibly hard working, dedicated and an invaluable member of our team! Kathryn also plays an integral part in our admin procedures including taking bookings.

Outside of swimming Kathryn loves horse riding and is training to be a riding instructor and attending concerts.

Anna – Birthlight Baby Teacher, Session Leader & Teacher

Anna has been with Seahorses for two terms now and is our absolutely fantastic Birthlight baby/toddler teacher, an incredibly experienced swimming teacher and also a session leader during her Birthlight classes. Anna is incredibly passionate about teaching and particularly loves her baby classes, which really are the best around! She is a strong believer in taking things at each child’s pace and her classes are incredibly progressive and enjoyable for all! Anna is an expert in baby swimming and even aided in writing the lesson plans used by Birthlight for their training.

Away from the pool Anna is kept on her toes as she is a proud mummy to three lovely young girls and is an avid rugby fan – she used to play herself.

Michelle – Session Leader, Teacher, Pool Plant Operator, Aqua Aerobics

Michelle has been teaching for over 15 years! She is incredibly experienced with all ages and abilities. Teaching is a massive part of who she is and she loves being able to make a difference in each individuals journey – no person or day is the same! Michelle has been with Seahorses for over a year now and we are incredibly excited and flattered that she is now joining us full time as her main career. She very much looks forward to meeting more of our swimmers and taking an active role in our swim school.

Outside of the pool Michelle trains in Ariel skills, Ariel hoop, kickboxing and crossfit.

Kelly – Session Leader & Teacher

Kelly has always loved the water and taught herself to swim underwater after discovering a window below the surface of a pool when she was 4yrs old! Since then she went on to complete her swimming awards and then took up synchro. Kelly trained up and qualified as a teacher and absolutely loves her job! Kelly has been with us for over a year now and is a huge asset to our team. Her swimmers love her classes and she is absolutely fantastic with all our little ones.

Outside of work she is kept busy by her three children….they are love the beach (come rain or shine!) and enjoy being outdoors in general. Kelly loves music and spending lots of time with her family and friends.

Caroline – Teacher

Swimming has always been a big part of Caroline’s life, from competing as a child to volunteering as her local club and progressing to take her qualifications. Caroline worked in IT for many years before having children of her own and realised she missed the pool and returned to teaching when her eldest started his own swimming lessons.

Caroline has since completed her ASA L2 teaching, Birthlight Baby Swimming and STA Safety Award qualifications and is very passionate about helping children on their swimming journey.

Outside of the pool, Caroline loves spending time with her husband and 2 boys, travelling and can often be found relaxing in a coffee shop!

Janine – Teacher

Janine has been with us for over a year now and is currently undergoing our extensive three year training program. Janine saw the smile on her own children’s faces at their swimming lessons and thought “yep, that’s what I want to do!” She is absolutely loving the journey and experience so far and has been working with all different ages and abilities to gain experience. Janine is fully committed and dedicated to us and has grown in to a fantastic teacher. She is currently expecting a new little one so will be taking a short break from teaching to focus on family life, but will be back with us in 2019!

Outside of the pool Janine is kept on her toes by her two young boys and husband and enjoys going to music events and festivals.

Beth W – Teacher

Beth has joined Seahorses this term and is absolutely loving it! She has been swimming since she was little and began her teaching journey around 5 years ago as a pool helper. She has trained up and progressed through her qualifications and has been teaching for 3 years now and couldn’t be happier! We are very excited to have Beth as a part of our team.
 
Outside of the pool, Beth also runs her own beauty business specifying in eyelash extensions, as well as loving to travel the world.

Michelle – Teacher

Michelle has been with us over a year now and is also taking part in our teacher training programme, having completed her first course. She has always loved swimming and coming from South Africa swimming was a big part of her life. She believes it is very important life skill for children to have. As a child she swam the Midmar mile a couple of times. Michelle has always wanted to get back into swimming and sees teaching as the perfect opportunity! We very much look forward to working with her and watching her develop her skills.

Outside of the pool Michelle enjoys photography and cake making and is a fabulous mummy to two young boys.

Debbie – Teacher

Debbie has been with us for over a year now and has completed her teaching qualifications. She has been swimming with her children since they were very young and loves seeing them confident, having fun and being safe around the water. She wants to help other children experience that joy, whilst teaching them both a skill for life and a life-saving skill! Debbie will be continuing ongoing training as part of our three year program and is very much looking forward to working with her own classes. We look forward to watching her grow as a teacher!

Outside of swimming Debbie likes reading, cooking/entertaining friends and family, exploring the local area and entertaining her two young children.

Lucy – Teacher

Lucy is very much enjoying being a part of our swim school and loves learning new skills every week. She has completed several teaching qualifications and is enjoying undergoing our training programme. Lucy has always loved swimming and it’s a true passion of hers. She is now returning to work after taking a career break to raise her sons and realised swim teaching is the thing she really wants to do! She is very much looking forward to training up and a long career in teaching!

Outside of the pool Lucy is a mum to two lovely boys and enjoys exercising and socialising.

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