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Individuality Swimming & Fitness Team Profiles

(Managing Director)

Kristin Maguire (Managing Director)

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 3400 clients each week and I have an amazing team of teachers working for me. Individuality has now become a training academy so can train teachers inhouse and make our swim school the best which in turn makes our swimmers the best they can be. I am also the mum of three boys.

Gerard (Director)

Gerard Maguire (Director)

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, swim to keep fit and as a family we paddle board quite a lot. I enjoy teaching parent and baby classes as you can see the babies develop and grow both physically and mentally over the lessons. I have been lucky enough to work with some very large global brands over the years and now use that experience to help develop the swimming school. We have two young boys who both love swimming, so most weekends we go swimming at some point.

Becky (Swimming Coordinator)

Becky (Swimming Coordinator)

I am the Swimming Coordinator at Individuality Swimming. Growing up I was always in and around the water whether it be swimming competitively, coaching, teaching or mentoring new and aspiring teachers. Swimming for me is such a life skill and opens so many options, it’s not all just about being able to pass badges. My aim is to pass that same passion and enjoyment I have had from swimming over the years not only to all of our swimmers, but also our teaching team.

Joy (Office Manager)

Joy (Office Manager)

I have three children and all of them learnt to swim at an early age, they competed in many competitions across England and represented their County. My five grandchildren love the water too, but that is no surprise really! I have done various jobs including working with young children and young adults in Education, been a Foster Carer for many years and also worked in a Hospice until recently. Now working with Kristin and Gerard at Individuality in their busy office and still finding time to enjoy my grandchildren.

Sharon (Office Administrator)

Sharon (Office Administrator)

I am a mother of three and it was so important for all of them to learn how to swim. Many drowning accidents happen where people have not learnt the basic life skill of being able to swim. I am pleased to be part of a team that are looking to make a difference and teach this skill which genuinely saves lives.

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!

Andrew (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

Andrew (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming when I was five years old at Christchurch swimming club and grew to love swimming through the fun and care given by my old swimming teachers. At the end of my time at the club I took my first teaching qualification in 2015 and I have continued to gain new qualifications ever since! I enjoy finding and exploring new ways to teach and impart my love of swimming and the skills I’ve acquired over the years to my swimmers. It’s also highly rewarding to see my swimmers of all ages and abilities, develop and grow in confidence in my lessons. My parent and baby sessions give me great delight, particularly seeing little ones take their first steps in the water on their way to becoming little fishes.

Hannah (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor / Office Administrator)

Hannah (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor / Office Administrator)

I am a Swimming Instructor, Poolside Manager and Office Administrator for Individuality. I love my working days, spending my mornings in the office booking in all our swimmers, then heading to the pools in the afternoon to teach them. I have been teaching since I was 18. After loving my swimming lessons as a child I always wanted to be like my old swim Instructor. It's so important to be confident around the water when we are so lucky to live so close to the beach. I love teaching all ages and abilities. Teaching babies of one year old, to adults who have never swam before and are training to do a triathlon. Every working day is different which not many people can say!

Luke (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

Luke (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming at the age of 3 on holiday in Turkey, I was taught to swim in a weird manner which meant I had to be able to get 2 metres down a fireman's pole. From this point I've grew very fond of swimming and try to go swimming as much as possible. I have been enjoying teaching for the last 3 years and look forward to continue expanding my knowledge and helping those around me.

Phoebe (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

Phoebe (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming when I was 3 years old and have been around the water ever since. I started volunteering when I was 14 and I qualified as an STA teacher at 16. I have always enjoyed teaching and love seeing my classes improve their technique and skills, overcome fears and gain confidence in and around water. I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2018 with a BSc in Exercise and Sport Science and I am currently studying a MSc in Sport Psychology. So I enjoy when I can incorporate my knowledge of sport psychology into my lessons. I have also been lucky enough to travel to America for 3 summers to teach swimming and help run the swim department on a lake at a summer camp.

Robert (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

Robert (Poolside Manager / 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 all levels 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.

Tom (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

Tom (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor)

I am Tom, I teach everything from parent and baby, pre- school, non swimmers, improvers, adults, aqua sensory, Aqua phobia and 1-1 lessons.

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 teaching is both fun and rewarding in every way.

Sarah (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor / Office Administrator)

Sarah (Poolside Manager / Swimming Instructor / Office Administrator)

I teach our Aqua Natal Classes, parent and baby, pre school group lessons, after school lessons and Mermaid. I also Poolside Manage on a Saturday. I have a teacher training background so I naturally love working with children. I am passionate and enthusiastic in my role and love the kids to have a great time in my lessons as well as learning along the way!

Vladka (Swimming Instructor / Office Administrator)

Vladka (Swimming Instructor / Office Administrator)

I am a keen swimmer and enjoy various watersports. I also like to swim in the sea throughout the winter months.

I enjoyed bringing my own children to swimming lessons and watching their progress, so I decided to train as a swimming teacher when the opportunity arose.

I get huge satisfaction seeing children of all levels progress with each lesson. I always aim to deliver fun lessons where children are developing and learning new skills each week.

Alex W (Swimming Instructor)

Alex W (Swimming Instructor)

I have always loved swimming and I learnt to swim at a young age. For many years swimming was only a hobby for me as I pursued a career in Early Years. I worked in childcare for 16 years and during this time I completed a BA Honours Degree in Early Years. When my daughter was 6 months old, I started taking her to swimming lessons. I loved it so much I decided to change my career and combine my passion for swimming with my knowledge of child development. My knowledge and experience of working with many different children really helps me to support the children in the water while also making learning fun. I can adapt my teaching style to suit each child’s needs. I have completed my STA Baby and Pre-school swim teaching qualification and I am very excited to continue my professional development within my new role.

Amelia B (Millie)(Swimming Instructor)

Amelia B (Millie) (Swimming Instructor)

My love of water began when I started swimming lessons at 6 months old. I progressed quickly through levels and represented Poole and Dorset in galas and competitions. When I was 10, I began RLSS Rookie Lifeguarding training and have gained many lifesaving awards such as my Bronze Medallion. I started working at Individuality as a Helper in 2020 and soon qualified as a Swimming Instructor. I enjoy working with children of all ages and abilities; sharing my passion for the sport and helping them gain confidence with this essential life skill.

Amelia W (Swimming Instructor)

Amelia W (Swimming Instructor)

I am a Swim Instructor at Individuality as swimming has always been a part of my life. I started swimming competitively when I was just 8 years old and my love for swimming grew. I went to Nationals in 2015 and came 4th at English Nationals and 12th a British Nationals. When I quit swimming I still wanted it to be a huge aspect of my life and my mum is also a Swim Instructor. I was previously a Lifeguard and when I had the opportunity to take my Level 1 and 2 Swim Instructor course I jumped at the chance. I started working as a Swimming Instructor and finally enjoyed working, I felt so rewarded. I wanted to carry on and keep swim teaching, it was such a great job and I just loved it. So being able to come to study in Bournemouth and still swim teach is amazing.

Betsy (Swimming Instructor)

Betsy (Swimming Instructor)

I am a recently qualified Swimming Instructor at individuality. Through my different shifts, I work with children from Non-swimmer level to Beginner 2s. Being a swimming Instructor has allowed me to develop my all around skills from confidence to enthusiasm and dedication. Not only has this aided my role as a swimming Instructor but it’s also allowed me to grow personally! I enjoy working with children and seeing their progress throughout the lessons.

Growing up, I was always involved in different sporting activities with swimming being one of them. Now, I am grateful to be able to give back to this sport by teaching others in something I found so much joy in myself. I am currently studying PE as one of my A-Levels and am hopefully off to study Sport and Exercise Sciences at university next year, through this I am excited to continue my journey with swim teaching and can’t wait to develop my skills further!

Clodagh (Swimming Instructor)

Clodagh (Swimming Instructor)

I qualified as a swimming teacher in 2013 once I stopped competitive swimming, but I wanted to still be involved with the sport I love. I am also a qualified swimming coach and have experienced some of the swimmers that I've coached achieving national level. I am passionate about swimming and I believe every child should be able to swim confidently whilst having as much fun as I do when I teach. I teach children aged 3 plus in group and 1/2:1 lessons and I also teach adult group lessons. My aim is to keep lessons as fun as possible whilst teaching all the skills needed to become confident in the water.

Colleen (Swimming Instructor)

Colleen (Swimming Instructor)

Hello, my name is Colleen and while I am studying here in Bournemouth I have become a fully trained swimming teacher. When I was back home in Ireland, I swam competitively and absolutely loved training/coaching the younger club members, so I love teaching young kids of all ages how to swim.

Dylan (Swimming Instructor)

Dylan (Swimming Instructor)

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 swimming teacher I really enjoy watching the steady progression and the enthusiasm of the children.

Eddie (Swimming Instructor)

Eddie (Swimming Instructor)

I have been working within swimming teaching since I was 14 and actually teaching since I was 16 meaning I have 5 years of teaching experience under my belt. I have always loved swimming and have often been told as a child it was near impossible to get me out of the water.

Eloise (Swimming Instructor)

Eloise (Swimming Instructor)

I was introduced to the water at the age of 2 months doing Parent and Baby classes with my mum. When I was 10, I did a charity swim to raise money for Sports Relief. I swam 30 lengths of the Littledown pool. I used to be part of the Seagulls synchronised swimming club, where I would take part in competitions and shows. I became a Helper at the age of 16 and loved watching the childrens confidence grow in the water and it inspired me to become a Swimming Instructor. So at the age of 17, I qualified to become a Swimming Instructor to help children's confidence grow in the water and to enjoy being in the water. Swimming is a very important life skill that every child/adult should learn.

Emilia (Swimming Instructor)

Emilia (Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming at a young age but never swam in a club or competitively, however now being a Instructor I love swimming. All lessons go smoothly and the children enjoy it every week, we ensure they do independent swimming every lesson which shows the children how much they're progressing. I became a Swimming Instructor in September and I love it because it’s very rewarding seeing the children become more confident and progress through the stages.

Emily (Swimming Instructor)

Emily (Swimming Instructor)

I started as a swimming helper when I was just 12, and became a teacher when I was 16- completing both my award and certificate course. Having worked elsewhere previously, I appreciate how special and great the individuality company is. Currently I work as a cover teacher - doing lessons part-time when I am not at university. I competed in synchronised swimming my whole childhood, so appreciate how important and fun it is!

Honey (Swimming Instructor)

Honey (Swimming Instructor)

At a very young age I started swimming and have loved the water ever since. When I was 14, I became a swimming assistant and enjoyed helping so much I became a qualified teacher. I find this job extremely rewarding, watching the children improve and build their confidence. I believe that swimming is vital skill to have in life and look forward to helping many more fulfil their full potential.

Jodie (Swimming Instructor)

Jodie (Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim at a young age, progressing onto fitness and competitive groups. I started as a swimming helper and then became a Swimming Instructor. I love teaching adults and children to swim and watching their confidence grow as they progress through the stages.

Kira (Swimming Instructor)

Kira (Swimming Instructor)

I plan and deliver lessons for Non-swimmers to Improvers. I have loved swimming almost my whole life, and being able to see children find enjoyment in it whilst also learning key life skills is extremely rewarding.

Maggie (Swimming Instructor)

Maggie (Swimming Instructor)

I learnt to swim quite late, when I was 8, and then joined Poole Swimming Club to progress even further.

I enjoy watching the student's development and helping them become better and better every week.

Mel (Swimming Instructor)

Mel (Swimming Instructor)

I am a Swimming Instructor, it is very rewarding seeing the children progress and take on board the life skills that you are teaching them.

Niamh P (Swimming Instructor)

Niamh P (Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming at the age of two, this lead to me discovering a passion for diving. I competed in high diving competitions and have loved being in the water ever since. I still participate in water sports and love teaching and seeing people grow to love the sport I have grown up doing.

Nilu (Swimming Instructor)

Nilu (Swimming Instructor)

I started swimming when I was younger, staying with the same swim school to work my way up to an assistant and then a teacher. I moved to Bournemouth eight years ago and realised that teaching is what I enjoy.

Sam F (Swimming Instructor)

Sam F (Swimming Instructor)

I have been a swimming teacher for over 15 years and it is a job I do enjoy. I teach all ages from 3 to 63. I find the job very rewarding, seeing the look on the children's face when theydo something for the first time is great. I also enjoy seeing them progress from having to wear a back pack all the way to getting their 400m badge is fantastic.

Sam W (Swimming Instructor)

Sam W (Swimming Instructor)

I have been a Swimming coach for 5 years and this is now my first year of swim teaching. I've been swimming since I was 3 years old and have since progressed into triathlons. I have qualified for the Great British Triathlon Team.

I enjoy teaching because you get to see the children progress all the way through. You can see them start as Non-swimmers and then when they complete all the levels they end up as competent swimmers. I get a great sense of satisfaction knowing I helped that.

Tilly (Swimming Instructor)

Tilly (Swimming Instructor)

At Individuality, I teach and help my students develop their communication and motor skills in the pool. They learn in an interactive environment full of games and different guidance techniques. As a swimming instructor I love to see the friendships created between swimmers when we do seahorse racing, or even completing a distance badge. Being a teacher is not all fun and games, you have to be there for the students who may be struggling inside or outside of lessons, I try to do this and more, providing a safe space in my lessons.

Victoria (Vicki) (Swimming Instructor)

Victoria (Vicki) (Swimming Instructor)

I had swimming lessons from the age of 4 and have always loved swimming. I have always spent as much of my free time as possible in the pool or the sea.

When my own children started having swimming lessons, I watched the Instructors and kept thinking to myself how much of a fun and interesting job it looked compared to my office work! Once all 3 of my children had started school, I trained, and qualified as a Swimming Instructor and Parent and Baby Instructor starting my new swimming journey with Individuality. I’ve never looked back.

Ella (Teacher)

Ella (Teacher)

At Individuality I am a Helper and help teach Non-swimmers. I choose to do this because I love swimming and have done ever since I was little.

Joe (Helper)

Joe (Helper)

I started swimming at the age of 2 then at around 8 or 9 years old started Poole Swimming Club where I stayed for 3 years.

I have been working for Individuality for three years now starting it for my Duke of Edinburgh Award and as I enjoyed it so much continued afterwards.

Keegan (Helper)

Keegan (Helper)

Having come from a country where people spend a lot of time outdoors because of the good weather, my family and I were always in the swimming pool or at the beach. I think it is important for everyone to learn how to swim. I get to be in the pool which I love and help teach children how to swim at the same time which is great.

Lucy (Helper)

Lucy (Helper)

I am a helper as it allows me to continue swimming even though it isn’t competitively. I love seeing the children learn and grown and see the potential they have as young swimmers. I want to ensure they enjoy swimming as it’s such an important skill that can save lives and is so much fun. I was looking for a job and one that involves my favourite thing in the world is perfect. Individuality is allowing me to see and learn what it is like having the responsibility of having a job. The kids are wonderful and I love every week seeing them grow and develop.

Sam R (Helper)

Sam R (Helper)

 

Siena (Teacher)

Siena (Teacher)

I started swimming from a very young age and ever since it has been a massive part of my life. I began to volunteer so that I could learn how to help children of a variety of abilities and ages. I always wanted to follow my sisters and help people to reach their potential. Building a relationship with the students and watching them grow is one of the main reasons I first started at Individuality.

Teah (Helper)

Teah (Helper)

I recently started work at Individuality, building my experience as a helper and working towards completing my Teaching qualifications. As we live so close to the sea I believe it's important for kids to be able to swim - it might save their life but it is also a great way to help build their confidence.

I enjoy swimming and cycling, in 2020 me and my mum cycled Lands End to John O’Groats which was an amazing experience.

Tegan (Helper)

Tegan (Teacher)

I have always loved the water and started learning to swim at the age of 4. I then went on to join Poole Swimming Club at 10 where I competed at both county and regional level. I continue to swim in my free time because I love it. I now want to use my passion for swimming to help younger children enjoy it as much as myself as well as helping them to feel comfortable in the water.

Tom G (Helper)

Tom G (Helper)

I am an Individuality swimming Helper. This is my first job, working on Saturday mornings to gain some experience. I started having swimming lessons when I was about 5 and I enjoy swimming. It is a great form of exercise. I enjoy helping children learn to swim.

Tyler (Helper)

Tyler (Helper)

I'm a Helper at Individuality. I was such a water baby from birth…where I found water I was in it, safe to say I started swimming early on and I continue to swim in the sea whenever I can. I love helping the instructors to give your child the confidence to love water and swim in a safe and controlled environment just like I did.

Zoe (Helper)

Zoe (Helper)

I am a helper at Individuality. I started to learn to swim at a young age, and seeing as I enjoyed it so much, at the age of 7 I joined Poole Swimming Club, where I competed at Counties and Regionals multiple times, and I am still a member of the club. I wanted to become a helper to help see children develop new skills in the water and improve their swimming for the better. In the future, I would love to get my swimming teacher qualification to continue helping young swimmers.

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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Small Group Swimming Lessons

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 / Two to One Lessons

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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Adult Swimming Lessons

Private swimming lessons provide the greatest flexibility and one-on-one attention for swimmers of any age, beginners or improvers.

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Aqua Natal Classes

Aqua natal classes are the best way to ease pregnancy aches and pains along with a full body workout. Feel weightless in pool and forget about the stresses and strains on your body.

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Swimming Shop

We offer a range of products including kids swimming goggles, hoodies, water bottles and swimming hats. All our products are tried and tested so you or your child can experience the best swimming lessons possible.

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