Meet The DS Swim TEAM
Blending years of experience with a proven methodical swimming approach, our team have helped hundreds of swimmers achieve a broad variety of goals in the sport, including medalling at national and international level.
MATT – LEARN TO SWIM COORDINATOR
I have always been a lover of the sport of Swimming ever since having my first lesson as a child, and my passion for it has been there ever since. Once I had completed my certificates and badges, at the age of 10, I was asked to join the school swimming team where I entered in competitions and galas for my school, which gave me even more passion for the sport, and from this I knew Swim Teaching was something I wanted to do and have always kept up swimming ever since.
I have a passion for teaching and coaching. I hold a degree in ‘Sport and Exercise Science with Coaching’ from Sheffield Hallam University, and spent 9 years heavily involved in Karate as both a student and a Sensei (teacher), which gave me great teaching experience working with students from beginners to international medallists.
Since graduating from University, as well as teaching swimming, I have also worked as a Lifeguard & Fitness Class Instructor, I am also studying for my Swimming Coach qualifications to develop my knowledge of competitive swimming.
Teaching swimming gives me amazing job satisfaction. To see children grow in confidence in the water and have fun whilst learning a key life skill that keeps them safe makes this the best job anybody could wish for and I would recommend anybody interested in becoming a swim teacher to speak to us and give it a go, as we are always looking for people who share our love of swimming to join the DS Swim family!
Lewis knows what makes the DS Swim Learn to Swim Academy great better than almost anyone, having learned to swim with us and, after completing all of his awards, going on to train with the Dolphins. Before starting his teaching career, Lewis spent a significant amount of time observing and being mentored by a number of experienced teachers, and this has resulted in him bringing a level of expertise to his lessons which is far beyond his relatively young years. One of Lewis’s greatest strengths is his amazing rapport with our younger and less confident swimmers, and he is a hugely valuable member of the DS Swim team!
Having had a fear of being in water from a young age I started swimming lessons at the age of 4. Throughout my swimming lessons I soon overcame this fear and progressed through the stages until the age of 10 when I achieved my Gold award. I then thought it was a time for a new challenge and I joined Sutton Swimming Club. I have swum for the club for the past 8 years competing for them in many galas and competitions, a highlight was swimming in the National Arena League. During my time of swimming for Sutton Swimming Club I was invited to join Nova Centurion, Nottinghamshire’s County Squad at the age of 13 and competed to Regional Level. At the age of 16 I wanted to give something back to the system that helped me on my swim journey, so decided to become a swim teaching assistant for two different Swim Schools, Splash Dance Academy (which is now DS Swim) and Neptune Academy. I gained my STA level 1 qualification and learned how to transfer my knowledge over to the public and learn all the different teaching styles by working alongside highly qualified swimming teachers. I progressed to achieve my STA Level 2 qualification and obtain my swim teacher’s rescue award to become a fully qualified swimming teacher. Alongside this I have volunteered as a coach at my local club, so I have been able to gain experience with children of differing abilities. I have also completed a beginner’s sign language course and all necessary safeguarding courses. Now as a Student at Sheffield Hallam University studying physiotherapy, I work for DS Swim at the weekends and still enjoy giving back to the sport I fell in love with.
Ian got involved in swimming through his daughter more than 10 years ago. Over the years, he has had many roles in swimming, including Head Coach at Nottingham Northern Swimming Club, where he is currently working (and achieving great success)! Ian has an infectious enthusiasm to partner with his excellent technical knowledge, which cannot fail to make children and adults alike feel at ease in the water. Ian is also the Chairman of the Dolphins of Spinkhill Swim Club, and provides invaluable support to the club’s swimmers behind the scenes.
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