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THE SUSSEX SWIMSCHOOL was founded in 2004 and is a small family run business. We believe in providing the very best swimming tuition within a safe, warm, clean, friendly, fun, progressive environment. We aim to provide efficient, effective, friendly administration service to all our customers.

In October 2014 at The ASA National Swimming Awards (now known as Swim England), The Sussex Swim School was awarded with silver for "The Best Swim School in The United Kingdom". Our team of dynamic swimming teachers are all thrilled to have achieved this award.

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Freya Barham

Freya Barham

Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
STA Adult & Child
Emergency First Aid at Work
STA Level 2 Safety Award for Teachers

I started swimming when I was young having a pool in our garden. Our friends used to come round and I would help them to master their strokes.

I used to swim with Edenbridge Piranhas for 8 years, competing most weekends and was also on the school swimming team and I loved it.

I really enjoy teaching pupils to swim at The Sussex Swim School, seeing the big smiles when they have achieved something they thought they couldn't achieve.

I also volunteer at The Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club.

Kelly Bull

Kelly Bull

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 Swimming Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Adult and Child Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
Coaching Disabled Performers
Bachelor of Science in Sports Education
Safeguarding Children
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers

I have been a fully qualified ASA Swimming Teacher since 2008 but have been involved in swimming all of my life. I used to compete in masters springboard diving.

My family own a successful swimming school based in Surrey where I have taught and assisted for many years.

I teach people of all ages and abilities from babies through to adults. I have gained lots of experience teaching children with disabilities in water.
I worked part time as a swimming teacher whilst working for local charities supporting people with disabilities until I had my son in 2013.

I have two beautiful little boys, Alexander and baby Oliver.

In my free time I like spending time my family. I enjoy being creative with my sewing machine and trying new sports and activities.

Dominique Carter

Dominique Carter

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 Swimming Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Adult and Child Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
Safeguarding Children
Coaching Disabled Performers
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers

My enthusiasm for teaching swimming started at a young age when I first took my younger siblings to their adult and baby classes. I began assisting in lessons, taking my qualifications and realising my passion for teaching swimming to all ages.
I continued to teach Swimming whilst completing a degree in Chemistry and training to be a Secondary School Science teacher.
I have years of experience of teaching children and adults to swim and have loved every minute. My main aim during my swimming classes is to ensure I teach important life skills through fun and exciting lessons, developing passionate swimmers who may one day reach their full potential as a competitive swimmer.
I spend most of my time with my two beautiful children aged 1 and 3 however when I get time I also enjoy long distance running. In 2010 I reached my goal of competing in the Brighton Marathon. My next goal is to compete in a 10K assault course and the local triathlon.

Glenda Davis

Glenda Davis

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
STA Level 1 and Level 2 in Swimming Teaching
Safeguarding Children
Pool Safety Award
STA Adult & Child
Swim England Adult and Child Qualification
STA Adult and Child
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers

I have a competitive swimming background and was trained formally as a swim teacher in Durban, South Africa. I have been trained internationally in Elementary and Intermediate courses, including changing basic strokes to competitive ones. I was also trained in teaching babies 3-18 months. In the UK I have a current STA Pool Safety Award, as well my STA Swim Teachers Award.

I ran my own swim school from 1993-2002. My passion is to impart a love for swimming and skills acquisition in a fun, safe and rewarding environment.

I have two sons and a daughter and live in Copthorne, West Sussex.

Mirella Eade

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 Swimming Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teaching Aquatics
STA Baby & Pre-School Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
Safeguarding Children
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers


I always say the reason I became a swimmer and a diver was because my parent met at a swimming pool. My mum pushed dad in the pool so their courtship began.

Swimming has been fantastic for me. I started at St Francis pool and Sunday morning was swim time for me and to be honest I didn't like swimming at first but then one day I manage to swim in the deep end and well, that was it. I loved it.

I was lucky to have been spotted by a Brighton coach which, I then went on to swim for Brighton Ladies Swimming Club. I also swam for Haywards Heath Swimming Club.

Can you imagine the dilemma I was in? Who would I swim and compete for? When you see me ask me and I will tell all!

As time went on I became a lifeguard at the Dolphin centre when I was 15 and then eventually worked across Sussex in many different roles in the swimming industry.
I have been teaching for a long time and really enjoy watching the children faces when they have reached the other end of the pool with that YES I have done it look. It's great.

I am now really looking forward to teaching with the Sussex Swim School coming full circle back to my passion. I believe that swimming is a skill for life and it opens up so many possibilities for the individual in life.

Keri Flint-Clarke

Keri Flint-Clarke

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 Swimming Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teaching Aquatics
STA Baby & Pre-School Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
Safeguarding Children
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers

My first experience of swimming that I remember is of my Grandma taking me to a pool in Brighton only for me to manage to escape from her and the safety of the shallow end and jump into the deep end! At this point I could not swim and had to get scooped out by the lifeguards…. This passion for the water has continued throughout my life from competitive swimming as a kid, open water swimming and triathlons and now teaching whomever wants to learn.

I qualified as a swimming teacher after a long career as a veterinary nurse. I wanted swimming to be a bigger part of my life than just training myself and teaching was the obvious outlet. I love the way children learn and how as a teacher you need to think on your feet and find new and innovative ways to engage with your students to get the best out of them.

Helen French

Helen French

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Adult and Child Qualification
RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
Emergency First Aid At Work
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers


I was taught to swim at a very young age. I quickly progressed to a competitive standard and represented both Eastbourne Swimming Club and Lewes Swimming Club. During this time I achieved the Sussex County Championship title for 100m Breaststroke. After competitive swimming, I focussed on achieving a Bronze and Silver Life Saving awards. I continued to regularly swim for my own wellbeing and exercise, and hope in the future to join a masters club.

I had my son in 2010, and we joined lessons at The Sussex Swim School in 2011. My daughter, born 18 months later, also started lessons at 9 months old. I love taking them to their lessons with Julia and am amazed at their confidence and progress. I look forward to them developing with The Sussex Swim School until they achieve their Stage 10 NPTS.

I was a police officer for 15 years during which time I was a constable and a Sergeant, I taught in schools and trained new recruits, to highlight just a few of the many roles I did. I have always pursued and enjoyed the training roles. Having my children caused me to re-evaluate my personal priorities. Swimming makes me happy! I am so excited to be embarking on a new career, and especially with the support of Hilary at The Sussex Swim School. I will be teaching where my children have learned to swim and where I look forward to teaching lots of other children such a vital, life long, enriching skill.

Nick Isaacsson

Nick Isaacsson

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 1 Swimming Coach
Swim England Level 2 Coaching Swimming
NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
First Aid
HABC Level 2 in Cardiopulmonary and Resuscitation
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers


After leaving college without a clear idea of what I wanted to do I decided I would try my hand at teaching one of my true passions in life, swimming. As soon as I taught my first lesson I knew that this was something I wanted to peruse and two years later I am happier than ever having been given a chance to be part of the Sussex Swim School.

I am an open water swimmer at heart and although I do a fair share of my training in the comfort of the pool nothing beats cutting through the water with the sun shining above or battling the elements when nature would rather you turned back! I compete in various open water swim and triathlon competitions both local and national and have a few trophies for my efforts. I aim to do one big charity swim per year with this year’s target a 5.5mile swim along the length of Coniston Water in the Lake District raising money for Water Aid and have my sights on the channel in a few years’ time.

Swimming is and always has been a big part of my life and nothing brings me more joy than passing these skills onto the next generation!

Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Swimming
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Swimming
NVQ Level 1 in Coaching and Teaching Swimming
NVQ Level 2 in Coaching and Teaching Swimming
Swim England Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Swim England Adult & Child
British Red Cross Emergency First Aid Qualification & CPR
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
Emergency First Aid at Work

I have been working with The Sussex Swim School since 2008 and really enjoy teaching the children to swim.

My main job is looking after my 2 young sons, Finn and Jamie, and my beautiful daughter, Eden.

Prior to having my children, I was an Occupational Therapist working with adults and the elderly - specialising in Stroke Rehabilitation within the community from 1999-2007. I will probably return to this field once all my children go to school.

Some of my hobbies (prior to having a family) are travelling – I spent a year travelling after University, and my favourite place was South America (Patagonia).

I have always loved the water. I enjoy Canoeing which is where I met my hubby Gavin, surfing, and Underwater hockey which is basically like a rugby scrum underwater. Since having children, I enjoy swimming, going to the cinema & catching up with friends.

Lastly - a fun quirky thing about myself? I guess I could say competing in the GB 2nd team in the European Underwater Hockey championships in Yugoslavia (2001). How many people can say they have done that? It is a weird crazy sport, but great fun!

Simon King

Simon King

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Adult and Child Qualification
Swim England Registered Competitor
Swim England J1 Judging
Swim England Timekeeping
Mid Sussex Marlins Swimming Teacher
PADI Open Water Diver
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers


There has never been a time in my life when swimming wasn't a part of it. Since before I joined my first swimming club (Black Lions SC, Kent) in '83 I have been a lover of swimming. I still remember my first teacher Mrs Crawley, who I choose to associate with front crawl as this was my favourite stroke and she was my favourite teacher. By 7 years old I was placed in the talent squad and by 8 I decided wanted to swim in the Olympics and across the English Channel (still in the offing!). From '85 I lived abroad and competed in diving, waterpolo and galas at the Calcutta Swimming Club and Lincoln International School in Nepal and travelled to galas across South East Asia to exotic locations such as Delhi, Dhaka, Lahore and Karachi. Eventually my parents thought I had done enough gala-vanting and I was sent back to the UK and boarded at Lancing College where I trained with Shiverers SC and became the college swim and waterpolo captain.

I qualified as a teacher in 2005 and soon discovered I enjoyed teaching as much as swimming. I believe if I can give learners the best start in the pool then they might love swimming as much as me. Then maybe they'll swim the channel or in the Olympics and hopefully remember me, as I remember Mrs Crawley, who I am forever grateful for teaching me to swim!.

Hilary Silverman

Hilary Silverman

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Swimming
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Swimming
NVQ Level 1 in Coaching and Teaching Swimming
NVQ Level 2 in Coaching and Teaching Swimming
Swim England Diving
Swim England Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Swim England Adult & Child
British Red Cross Emergency First Aid Qualification & CPR
IOS Child Protection
Coaching the Disabled
Swim England Competitive Swimming
Swim England Teaching the Deaf to Swim
Swim England Teaching Turns
Swim England Teaching Butterfly
Swim England Effective Sculling
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
Level 2 Risk Assessment
RQL Level 2 Award in Automated External Defibrillator


From a young age I swam competitively for Wembley Swimming Club and was Brent Junior Champion Swimmer in Front Crawl, Back Crawl and Butterfly for a number of years. I trained as a swimming teacher when my son Jonathan was a small baby. I have a passion for swimming, and teaching children to swim in a professional, friendly, safe and fun environment. We have a wonderful team of expert swimming teachers who include: Julia, Rachel, Tessa, Sara and our new Swimming Coach, Louise. Our combined years of swimming teaching experience totals over 80 years.

We keep our skills and qualifications up to date in teaching swimming, life guarding, first aid and aquatics by regularly attending continuous professional development training courses. I believe this keeps us “fresh” and motivated.

Teaching children to swim is the most rewarding, fulfilling and exciting career. Every day is different. Swimming is such a huge and important part of my life.
I love it!

Jonny Silverman

Jonny Silverman

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Swim England Adult and Child Qualification
RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
PADI Open Water Diver
British Red Cross Emergency First Aid with Child CPR
Emergency Responder
AED - Automated External Defibrillator
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers


Swimming is in my blood. From just a few weeks old, my mother introduced me to swimming. It has always been a large factor in my life. My mother was a County swimmer and this eventually lead to the creation of The Sussex Swim School. I was a regional county swimmer for Mid Sussex Marlins for ten years and I am hoping to return to competitive swimming in the new year. My mother has always been a large influence in my swimming, whether it be participating in galas, driving me to open meets here, there and everywhere, judging or timekeeping, or just giving me sound advice and tips. I am blessed to have the natural skill and flare for swimming which I have inherited from my mum, and if I could inspire our pupils to share the same passion that the team and I all share for swimming, it would be a great achievement.

Sara Pirks

Sara Pirks

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
NVQ Level 1 in Coaching and Teaching Swimming
NVQ Level 2 in Coaching and Teaching Swimming
Swim England Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Swim England Adult & Child
British Red Cross Emergency First Aid Qualification & CPR
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
Emergency First Aid at Work

I learnt to swim at the Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club when I was very young and started my competitive swimming career there. After a family move I joined the Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club and competed for them for many years both in youth and masters swimming. Swimming runs in my family as my mum was a competitive swimmer and a swimming teacher as well. I gained my qualifications about 20 years ago when I was still competing. I have been teaching swimming since then for the local council, local swimming pools but for the last 10 years for the Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club.

I had my first child, Ben in 2009 and my second Annabelle in 2013. After relocating to Horsham and no longer being able to continue my career working for a firm of solicitors in Wimbledon or travel to Croydon to teach, I was lucky enough to find Sussex Swim School to continue with my first love, teaching children to swim.

I don’t have a great deal of spare time but when I do I enjoy cycling, walking and gardening. My partner is a keen Formula One fan and I have grown to love it too and hope to attend some live races around the world. I would like to get back into open water competitive swimming once my children are older.

Tessa Walder

Tessa Walder

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
NVQ Level 2 in Swimming Teaching and Coaching
Swim England Adult & Child
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
Emergency First Aid at Work

I am delighted to be part of The Sussex Swim School.
I have has spent my working career involved with leisure provision having spent my full time working career in leisure centre management. During this time I qualified as a Level 1 and 2 swimming teacher, and have since added the Adult and Child qualification to that.

If I say that I often bump into people who remind me that I taught their child to swim, and that child has just graduated from University, you will probably guess how long I have been teaching swimming. However that doesn’t mean I have lost any enthusiasm for teaching swimming, in fact I have become even more passionate about making sure that every child I teach are given those early fundamental skills and confidence that are needed for this essential life skill.

Along with teaching swimming, I am also a qualified tennis coach, teaching the under 8’s at Horsham Tennis Club, and also a qualified trampoline coach, taking sessions at a Disability Sports Club.
When I have time I enjoy playing tennis, baking (I’m told I make an awesome chocolate brownie), and skiing in the winter months.