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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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Benjamin Bennett

Benjamin Bennett

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 1
Emergency First Aid at Work
NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification


I qualified more than 15 years ago and still love teaching swimming. I am qualified to teach pupils with special needs, rehabilitation classes for cancer patients ( 1-2-1 lessons), triathletes, master classes, pre-school, parent and baby/toddler, swim school, Swim fit...

Over the years I have learnt, and continue to learn what works and how to capture the students attention. Although I have taught all stages of the ASA/STA plan over the years, I believe that My niche is the basis of swimming, the early stages, Level 1-6. This is where engaging the pupils is key. The foundations are set here and too many times I have seen un-enthused teachers moving children from level to level and in the end its just a pay check. Most times teachers are not monitored for performance and therefore end up becoming dry and limited in the teaching practices. If the teacher is not enthused how can the children be? Make it fun at all the levels of whatever plan you are teaching. Add diversity and creativity to capture the imagination of the pupils. Trust, connection and giving personal attention to each pupil goes leaps and bounds in developing a pupils will to progress in this discipline.

Freya Benson

Freya Benson

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.

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 1, 2 & 3
Swim England Adult and Child Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

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

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
RLSS Fin2Fit Mermaid Instructor

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.

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
RLSS Fin2Fit Mermaid Instructor

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 do and six 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, national and international. I have a few trophies for my efforts. I aim to do one big charity swim per year 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 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
RLSS Fin2Fit Mermaid Instructor

I am thrilled to be returning to The Sussex Swim School on Saturday afternoons at Great Walstead School Pool.

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

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!

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
RLSS Fin2Fit Mermaid Instructor

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.