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Swim School & Sports Club Manager

Hi, I’m Val, Swim School & Sports Club Manager. I have worked in the leisure industry since qualifying as a Level 1 Swim Teacher at 16 years old. I managed a large swim school for almost 10 years. I am also a qualified PE teacher and have been teaching PE and assisting children with additional needs to learn.

I have taught swimming for over 25 years spanning all levels, ages and abilities. It has always been my passion and even at times when I have been working full time as a teacher I have always squeezed in some swim teaching as I love watching the progress that swimmers can make through good teaching.

Outside of swimming I am a scout leader which takes me to all sorts of interesting and exciting places. I play rounders and enjoying running and keeping fit. I love outdoor pursuits, from hiking, cycling, paddle-boarding to just enjoying the countryside.


Hi, I’m Rhys Cole, Swim Teacher and Mentor

I have been working as a swim teacher and coach for eight years and enjoy all that it has to offer. Seeing children grow with confidence in the water as they learn new skills is amazing and incredibly rewarding. In my role as a mentor, I enjoy supporting my fellow swim teachers and offer guidance to parents (and swimmers!) with any queries they may have.

I have come from a competitive swimming background. I qualified for several national competitions and was ranked in the top 10 in the UK for my events. I have now entered the world of triathlon and have completed an ironman triathlon.

I would always encourage, and support, a pathway into competitive swimming but the main reason why I’m a swim teacher is to see youngsters enjoy themselves in the water as they learn new skills.

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