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Swimming Lessons Bournemouth & Poole

Individuality Swimming & Fitness Team Profiles

(Owner) Kristin Maguire (née Hughes)

(Director) Kristin Maguire (née Hughes)

I learnt to swim at the age of 2½ and joined Poole Swimming Club when I was 8 years old. I was a member of the Club until I was 16 and competed in many competitions across England and swam for the County.

As I loved swimming so much, I became an Assistant Swimming Teacher and Lifeguard and taught at a local Leisure Centre. When I was old enough to take my Full Teachers qualification, ASA Level 2, I taught swimming evenings and weekends whilst I was at College.

At College I studied A Level I.T. and Sports Studies, also a Sports Diploma and Pre-Uniformed Services. These qualifications have helped me in my career and when I left College I worked at Fitness First as a Fitness Instructor and progressed to Studio Co-ordinator and started one to one swimming lessons in the pool.

While at Fitness First I achieved many NVQ’s, which include Personal Trainer, Circuit Instructor, Body Pump, Spinning, Aerobics, Step Aerobics, Weight Management, Nutrition and Aqua Aerobics.

After 2 years it was time to move on and I joined Swalings Swim School part-time and took ASA Parent and Baby and started to set up my own business INDIVIDUALITY, when not working. After a year I left Swalings and ran my own business full time, concentrating on small groups and one to one swimming lessons.

Since we started in 2002, INDIVIDUALITY has grown to about 1300 clients each week and I have several teachers working for me. With Jason as my Operations Manager to help with the work load as it’s hectic with two kids of my own too.

Jason (Operations Manager)

Jason (Operations Manager)

I started swimming aged 4 and progressed through all skills and distance swimming awards. I started teaching as an assistant at 15 and started my own classes once I qualified at 17 and I have been teaching ever since.

I became a qualified lifeguard aged 16 and worked as a lifeguard from 16 until I stopped aged 19. I have taught non swimmers and competitive swimmers, spanning a whole range of ages, abilities and skills. As well as being a fully qualified swimming teacher I am a qualified aqua fit instructor

Becky (Swimming Coordinator)

Becky (Swimming Coordinator)

I started swimming at the age of 3 and after completing lessons I joined Bournemouth Dolphins at the age of 6, and a few years later moved to Poole Swimming Club where I represented the county and made regional finals in multiple events. As swimming was, and is, a huge part of my life I decided at 18 to give back to the sport to try and inspire others to swim and compete. I completed my STA teaching courses as well as Swim England Coaching Level 1 and 2, and I am also an STA Tutor delivering courses and training to those wishing to become teachers. I have also been lucky enough to learn from some of the top coaches in the region having been selected for the England programmes county and regional pathways as a coach of Poole Swimming Club. Swimming is my main passion and I love seeing things click together when swimmers pick up skills for the first time.

Alex (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

Alex (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

Swimming and being around the water is a passion of mine. I started swimming at the age of 3, and continued until the age of 16 when I began to teach my own classes. I believe learning to swim properly and having the skills necessary to save yourself or others in the water is such an essential lifeskill, especially living by the sea. Teaching swimming has been a huge part of my life for many years, and I absolutely love seeing babies, children and adults alike growing in confidence at the pool and becoming great swimmers. I am Mummy to two small children which keeps me very busy, and our favourite family activity is swimming!

Poppy (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

Poppy (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim at a very young age, and I have loved being in the water ever since. I started off as a volunteer when I was 13, and progressed through assistant teacher to a level 1 teacher by 16. I currently have my level 2 ASA swim teachers, American Red Cross learn to swim instructor and American Red Cross open water lifeguard. I taught through sixth form and university, and since graduating in November 2016 I have continued to teach. I have spent the last 4 summers running a swim department at an all-girls summer camp in New Hampshire, USA. I love teaching and seeing those I have taught develop their skills and their confidence in the water.

Tom (Swimming Instructor)

Tom (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming at the age of 5 years old with my family. I have always wanted to give something back and by teaching I can do this. Teaching is both rewarding and beneficial to life, along with exercise. I love to watch people practice what I have taught them, and to see them develop and achieve and learn to swim.

My Qualifications include, RLSS NPLQ, first aid, STA level 2, level 3 in Sports Management, Level 2 in Sports recreation and development, Pool Plant, Health and Safety level 3, Exercise to Music, indoor cycling (spinning), Level 3 PT, Level 2 Gym Instructor, Aquasize instructor, Circuits.

My Hobbies are playing football, Tennis, Squash, swimming (basically any sport) and in my spare time I run for charities, normally half marathons.

Amanda (Office Administrator)

Amanda (Office Administrator)

I learnt to swim as a young child as my parents believed this to be an essential life skill to have, and since then I have always been drawn to water. Years ago I competed in the Devizes to Westminster (125 miles) Canoe Race, and also the National Canoe Marathon Championships, achieving 2nd place. I became a qualified Ski Instructor and worked several seasons in the German and Austrian Alps. I also graduated from University with a Degree in Sports and Leisure Management. After moving around a lot, my career changed direction and I worked for over 7 years in Aerospace Engineering Quality Assurance. I then left work to bring up my two children and now find myself returning to my original love of water, living on the South Coast in Poole, and working for a swimming and fitness company.

Becky (Swimming Instructor)

Becky (Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim at an early age and soon joined Poole Swimming Club. I was a member of the Club for 7 years and competed in many competitions.

When I left school I worked in a local Leisure Centre as a Life Guard, Swimming Instructor and Sports Assistant.

My qualifications include RLSS National Pool Lifeguard, ASA Level 2 for Teaching Swimming, BWLA Leaders Award, Level 2 NVQ in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations Operational Services, Shallow Wave and Mit, NSPCC Child Protection in Sport and Child Protection in Sport Awareness.

Ben (Swimming Instructor)

Ben (Swimming Instructor)

I was taught to swim by my grandad at an early age and have always enjoyed the water. I passed my STA level 2 teachers award in June 2014 and also have a National pool lifeguarding qualification. I also have my Safeguarding young children and vulnerable adult’s qualification. Watching children and adult’s progress from non-swimmers to confident swimmers is very rewarding.

I am passionate about football and have played for various teams from an early age. I now coach under 6s for Longfleet Youth FCc and have started to build qualifications in this area also. The rest of the time I am busy having fun with my partner and kids.

Robert (Swimming Instructor)

Robert (Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming at the age of 4 and have acquired a variety of skills that I intend to pass on with the utmost care. I wish to promote fun yet safety.

I’ve been an assistant since I was 15, then became a level 1 teacher at 17 and I went on to progress to level 2 at 18. I have taught non swimmers until they can swim and I have done some water aerobics. I like to incorporate fitness with confidence building which will lead to happier and safer environment around water.

Ruth (Swimming Instructor)

Ruth (Swimming Instructor)

I have been teaching swimming now for 15years. After learning to swim as a baby with my parents, through to graduating through levels at the local pool. I eventually reached the dizzy heights of 10th fastest breaststroke 200m swimmer in the country for my age group. Also injury put an end to my own swimming career but enjoying the privilege of teaching others is the most inspiring thing of all.

Despite a competitive edge, my main unique technique is teaching safe positions in the water which enables the stroke technique to build with confidence.

George (Swimming Instructor)

George (Swimming Instructor)

I started to learn how to swim at the age of 4 and progressed through different swim schools.

 As soon as I left school in year 11 I went straight to college to study level 2 childcare and I followed onto level 3. Then 2 months after I turned 16 I qualified as a swimming Teacher .I have always loved swimming and working with children. I now teach children of all different ages and abilities in groups and individually with 1-1 and 2-1's

Andrew (Swimming Instructor)

Andrew (Swimming Instructor)

I started to swim when I was 4 or 5 at Christchurch Swimming Club, I'm still a member of the club as I volunteer there on Wednesday nights.

Last year I qualified as an STA swimming teacher. Through swimming teaching I'm able to give back some of the skills I have learnt over the years.

I'm currently taking PE as one of my A levels, which i hope will enhance and deepen my knowledge and ability to teach others sport.

Elaine (Swimming Instructor)

Elaine (Swimming Instructor)

I was taught to swim at a very early age and have loved being in the water ever since. I also like to try many water sport activities including paddle boarding and surfing. I graduated uni in 2014 and became a swimming teacher two years ago which I found to be much more fun and rewarding than working at a desk! I passed my STA parent and baby qualification and then went on to complete my level 2 swimming teaching award. I love teaching all ages and particularly enjoy seeing progression of water skills and ability. But most importantly seeing the children enjoy themselves whilst doing so.

Natalie (Swimming Instructor)

Natalie (Swimming Instructor)

I was taught by my parents to swim at an early age. I have always enjoyed the water and swim as a hobby. I have two young sons who are both learning to swim and having seen how rewarding and such an important skill to know I decided to train to become a teacher. I qualified as a STA swimming instructor this year. I am looking forward to making a difference, working with young children and watching them learn and progress through their swimming skill.

Daisy (Swimming Instructor)

Daisy (Swimming Instructor)

I started to learn to swim at the age of three and ever since I have loved the water! Having become an assistant teacher when I was thirteen, I then did my Level 1 qualification when I was fifteen. I love to see the progression of children in my classes and for them to acquire the same enthusiasm for swimming as I have. I am currently studying for my A Levels at the Parkstone Grammar School Sixth Form and hope to go on to university were I intend to carry on teaching swimming.

Sam Canmore (Swimming Instructor)

Sam (Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim quite late in my childhood when I learned with my primary school, I remember being amazed by the good swimmers in my class & from then on I tried my utmost with my swimming, I learned to surf by the age of 10 and went on to train as a lifeguard & learn to train with inflatable rescue boats with SLSGB. I qualified to teach and assess lifeguarding and first aid.

I went on to have my two children and then decided it was time to get back into doing what I love so I qualified in my STA level 2 award in swimming teaching.

Helen (Swimming Instructor)

Helen (Swimming Instructor)

Swimming has always been a massive part of my life. When I was a baby my mum used to take me swimming and I regularly went to lessons growing up. At around 11 I started swimming competitively, reaching a national level in the 200m Butterfly. Now I have been a lifeguard for several years and became a swimming teacher as I love helping people find the joy in swimming that I am lucky enough to have had.

Emma (Swimming Instructor)

Emma (Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim when I was 3 and have been swimming regularly since! I became a swimming assistant when I was 13 and once I reached 16 I did the first level of my STA teaching qualification. I like teaching children of all ages to swim as it is rewarding to see them develop over time. My continued interest led me to complete my full STA qualification in August 2017. I want to continue to teach whilst at University as swimming is a key part of my life and I want to continue to pass on the enjoyment I get from it to other people.

Gerard (Swimming Instructor)

Gerard (Swimming Instructor)

I have been swimming from an early age and having been brought up in South Africa I spent most of my summer holidays either in a pool or in the sea. I love snorkelling and swim to keep fit. We have two young boys who both love swimming, so most weekends we go swimming at some point.

Joe (Swimming Instructor)

Joe (Swimming Instructor)

I started to learn to swim at the age of 3 and since then have always loved being in the water. I was a member of Poole Swimming club for about 5 years where I competed in county and regional competitions for my club. Since then I have enjoyed to swim in more open water events, my first one being the 1.4-mile Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier swim and more recently, completing the River Dart 10km swim in just over 2 hours. My aim for this year is to complete the River Dart swim and hopefully achieve a time of under 2 hours.

Rachel (Swimming Instructor)

Rachel (Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim when I was very young and from this i went on to competing in a club and used to swim for the county until I was 16 years old. I am a fully qualified ASA swimming teacher but i also have a background of working with autistic young people and have my level 3 QVC in health and social care. My hobbies are horse riding, aerial hoops and silks, and of course swimming.

Jacob (Swimming Instructor)

Jacob (Swimming Instructor)

I am currently part of Poole Swimming Club where I help coach, as well as teaching for Individuality. I have always enjoyed swimming and spend most of my time around a pool either teaching or coaching.

Fern (Swimming Instructor)

Fern (Swimming Instructor)

After learning to swim from the age of 2, I have carried on my passion for swimming through Poole swimming club by becoming a competitive swimmer. When i was 15 i participated in work experience as a swimming assistant, I loved it. I carried on assisting and eventually achieved my teaching qualification. I enjoy teaching all abilitys, especially seeing pupils progress through all classes. I like to incorporate my knowledge from my competitive swimming to really help improve the technique of my pupils.

Hannah (Swimming Instructor)

Hannah (Swimming Instructor)

I began learning to swim at the age of 5 and I developed a love of swimming thanks to the work of my amazing teachers. I want to pass this love onto the children that I teach and give them the confidence to enjoy swimming and be safe in and around water. I started as an assistant teacher and then qualified as an STA instructor. I currently enjoy playing percussion in the Wessex Youth Orchestra as well as teaching swimming.

Jessie (Swimming Instructor)

Jessie (Swimming Instructor)

I've always enjoyed swimming as a fun hobby and so when I was 11 I joined a swimming club. Later I did my work experience as a swimming assistant and then carried that on, and went on to get my qualification as a swimming teacher. I love this job as I enjoy working with kids and teaching them a much needed skill which I know will benefit them in the future.

Max (Swimming Instructor)

Max (Swimming Instructor)

I started to learn to swim at the age of 5 and I have loved swimming ever since. As I grew up I completed a number of swimming distances and skills badges. From the ages of 14 to 16 I was member of the water polo club at Poole Dolphin Centre. During that time I became an assistant teacher and shortly afterward I gained my Level 1 teacher qualification. I enjoy teaching children to swim as I believe this is an important life skill for them.

Megan (Swimming Instructor)

Megan (Swimming Instructor)

I began swimming at the age of 2 and have loved swimming ever since. I was a part of Branksome Surf Life DmSavers for about 4 years and enjoyed every aspect of it so when I had to stop I decided that I wanted to teach and I qualified as a STA swimming instructor. I have always enjoyed getting to know each pupil and watching them grow into incredible swimmers.

Tom W (Swimming Instructor)

Tom W (Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming at a very young age and joined Poole Swimming Club and I swam with them for 12 years. I then became a lifeguard at Splashdown and Poole Dolphin swimming pool until I eventually gained a swimming teaching qualification and could use my skills to help others experience the benefits of swimming that I have been so fond of for many years. I have been teaching swimming periodically for 10 years whilst also studying at university and attaining other personal goals. I am now proud to be a swim teacher for Individuality and I'm looking forward to helping students progress to the best of their abilities.

Polly (Swimming Instructor)

Polly (Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming lessons at the age of 3 and even though I was pretty scared in the beginning, I soon learnt to enjoy it. I became a swimming assistant at the age of 13, which I loved, so I decided to become a teacher and I qualified as soon as I was able. I love working with the children and find it very rewarding to see them progress and develop both as swimmers and as people.

Ella (Swimming Instructor)

Ella (Swimming Instructor)

I started to learn to swim at a very young age and have loved being in and around the water ever since. I have grown up being on boats every summer so was always confident and enthusiastic about swimming. I hope and intend to pass on this enthusiasm and excitement about swimming to the children I teach. I love seeing the children progress and enjoy what they are learning in a safe but fun manner.

Sarah (Swimming Instructor)

Sarah (Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming at a young age and was a member of Poole Swimming club from the age of 10. I then went onto join Bournemouth Swimming Club as well as Poole Lifeguards. I competed in many competitions and galas and won a Lifeguard Championship in 1999, and I went on to pass my STA Swimming Teaching qualification. I have a hectic full time job but am now helping teach once a week.

Zara (Swimming Instructor)

Zara (Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim at the age of 3 and I was swimming as part of a local swimming club up until secondary school. Swimming has always been a big part of my life. When I was 16 years old I got my National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and then got my swimming teachers qualification a year later. I am currently studying Childcare at college and have always loved working with children. I like teaching children of all ages and abilities to swim and plan to continue teaching children to swim through my university course where I plan to become a primary school teacher.

Bailey (Swimming Instructor)

Bailey (Swimming Instructor)

I've been swimming since the age of 3 working through all my skills and distance badges. I volunteered as a helper from the age of 12 and I then qualified as a pool side helper and went on to take my swimming instructors qualification. I was a member of Southbourne life-saving club for 5 years.

Eddie (Swimming Instructor)

Eddie (Swimming Instructor)

I began learning to swim when I was about 2 years old and I have loved the water ever since. When I go to the beach I’ll happily stay in the sea for hours at a time. I started as a teaching assistant and then went on to qualify as a swimming teacher. I love teaching and building relationships with my students. I enjoy seeing them improve, even when they have moved up past the class that I taught them.

Rebecca (Swimming Instructor)

Rebecca (Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim at the age of 4 and never really stopped. when I was 14 I did my work experience as a assistant and I carried on with this up until I qualified as a swimming teacher. I especially love to teach beginners and watch how they progress. Swimming will forever be apart of my life and I want to share this passion for swimming through teaching others.

Oliwia (Swimming Instructor)

Oliwia (Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming at the age of 3 and I have loved it ever since. I became a swimming assistant at age 15 when I did it for my work experience. I then went on to do my STA teaching qualification. I have loved the job ever since as its extremely rewarding watching the children improve on their swimming and building their confidence as I believe that swimming a is vital skill to have in life.

Niamh (Teaching Assistant)

Niamh (Teaching Assistant)

I started learning how to swim at 6 months of age. At the age of 7 I started surf lifesaving and competed in many competitions. Later I became an assistant swim teacher and soon after I completed my STA assistant course. I have always been passionate about swimming and I want to share my enthusiasm with the children I help to teach to swim.

Emily (Teaching Assistant)

Emily (Teaching Assistant)

I was swimming by the age of 3 and started synchronised swimming at 5 years old. Over the years I have competed in swimming nationally and, following my sisters footsteps, decided to start swim teaching. I still like to swim and do other sports regularly in my free time.

Daisy P (Teaching Assistant)

Daisy P (Teaching Assistant)

I started swimming from the age of 3 and have loved it ever since. I started volunteering when I turned 13 and have now become a teaching assistant. I do wish to continue helping and become a teacher in the future. I help little children under the age of 7 normally, all with individual ability's and I do wish to grow and help children of all ages and abilities.

Fleur (Teaching Assistant)

Fleur (Teaching Assistant)

I started learning to swim at a young age and since then have always loved the water. I was a poolside helper for a year and then I received my STA teaching qualification. I really enjoy teaching swimming and when I’m older I would love to continue and take it further.

Penny (Teaching Assistant)

Penny (Teaching Assistant)

I learnt to swim at the age of two, and I have swum ever since. I swam competitively until i was 11 and then progress to become a volunteer helper. I loved spending the time watching children learn to swim so began to work as a teaching assistant. I am soon to take my teachers course to continue my passion of teaching. I look forward to seeing those I teach develop their confidence in water.

Francesca (Teaching Assistant)

Francesca (Teaching Assistant)

I began swimming at the age of 3 and I have loved being in the water ever since. I became a volunteer teaching assistant and then progressed to gain my STA teaching qualification. I love seeing the improvement of the students in my class and to teach them new skills.

Jack (Teaching Assistant)

Jack (Teaching Assistant)

I started to learn how to swim when I was three and slowly built my way up to swimming with Poole Swimming Club. I became a poolside helper late 2017. I really enjoy helping and look to support in any way I can.

Zak (Teaching Assistant)

Zak (Teaching Assistant)

I was taught to swim when I was very young, almost before I could walk, and have loved swimming ever since. I represented my school in inter-school swimming competitions from an early age, and was also in a team that represented all Bournemouth schools in regional swimming galas. I try to go to the beach as often as I can in the summer, and have tried many water sports, including sailing, canoeing and paddle boarding, as well as scuba diving, and I really enjoy the freedom that being able to swim gives me. I think that swimming is an important life skill for young children to learn, and really enjoy being part of the team that helps make this happen.

Hana (Teaching Assistant)

Hana (Teaching Assistant)

I learnt to swim a little later than usual, at the age of 9 and have loved it ever since. My parents have encouraged and supported me, which has helped me to push myself, to achieve high levels in distance and ability. I am currently a teaching assistant, but I would like to take this further and teach my own classes in the future. I enjoy seeing the pleasure that swimming brings to so many little ones, and love being part of that.

Daisy (Teaching Assistant)

Daisy (Teaching Assistant)

I learnt to swim at around three years old and have always loved it, and I swam for my school in national competitions and many other swimming galas. After that I started volunteering as a helper before my swimming lessons which lead to me completing my STA safety award for teachers and becoming a teaching assistant. I am hoping to continue with teaching in the future as it’s something that I enjoy doing.

James (Teaching Assistant)

James (Teaching Assistant)

I am very sporty and enjoy most sports especially basketball and swimming. I enjoy learning new things and helping others to learn new things too, and I hope I can pass some of this enthusiasm for learning onto the children I help to teach.

Dylan (Teaching Assistant)

Dylan (Teaching Assistant)

I learnt to swim when I was 4 and continued lessons to achieve all of my distance and life saving badges. Since then I have continued to enjoy the water and water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and water skiing and feel that living near the sea learning to swim is an important skill for all as well as being a fun, healthy activity. As a teaching assistant I really enjoy watching the steady progression and the enthusiasm of the children.

Niamh P (Teaching Assistant)

Niamh P (Teaching Assistant)

I started swimming classes at the age of one and a half and have always loved being in the water, at the age of 7 I was spotted in the Southampton pool and asked to test and then train in diving at West Quay. Later I began volunteering as a helper with the idea to follow in my sisters footsteps and train as a poolside helper and then a swimming teacher. This lead to me completing and passing my STA safety award for teachers and becoming a teaching assistant. I hope to continue with swimming and become a swimming teacher. I have always loved the water and swimming and to be taught and to teach how to swim nicely is fantastic, especially living by the sea.

Parent And Baby Classes

Parent and Baby swim classes involve lots of play to help the children learn. We also use submersion techniques to help the children feel confident in the water.

Children can start from just 6 weeks old. We also offer Aqua Sensory from 6 months up.

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We offer small group swimming lessons for children, with no more than five children in a group you are assured that your child receives the individual attention important to develop their swimming skills.

The children will learn all the safety aspects of swimming without their parents.

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One to one swimming lessons help children to learn with confidence. We can adapt the structure of the lessons to suit your child’s individual needs.

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