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 1500 clients each week and I have several teachers working for me.
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.
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.
I have been swimming from a very early age. Growing up in Central Europe, I wasn’t around the sea until a later on in life when I moved to the UK. I was immediately hooked on variety of watersports and I am continuing this journey with my own children. I have worked for Individuality as an office administrator for few months and got the taste for teaching after being asked to assist qualified teachers. I liked it so much I recently completed my STA Award in swimming qualification and can’t wait to teach my own classes starting in September 2019! My lesson planning will revolve around having fun whilst learning new , important skills .
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 four 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 joining Kristin and Gerard at Individuality working in the office and still finding time to enjoy my grandchildren.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I started teaching swimming when I was 17. After the past few years of teaching sailing and windsurfing to children in the sunny south of France, I am back doing my dream job! I love teaching all abilities and ages. Having confidence in and around water is a life skill, and super important for where we live.
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 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.
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.
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.
I have been swimming throughout my life, either as a family activity for fun or training for exercise. It is a sport that allows individuals to exercise and to enjoy an immense variety of experiences whilst moving freely in the water. Having trained as a swimming teacher in 2010 I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my love of the sport to children and adults since then. I am still an active swimmer, both in the pool and in open water. I am constantly learning and exploring new ways to encourage everyone into the water safely and productively.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m an absolute water baby, who grew up in South Africa. While studying at university, I started teaching lessons for babies through to adults. I moved to the Isle of Man where I taught at various schools. I was then offered the opportunity to teach swimming in China which I’m very grateful for. It was an amazing experience and I saw out the full work placement before moving to Bournemouth with my family. I adore living by the beach and feel most at home when close to water.
From a young age I have always loved swimming and I joined Ferndown otters where I developed my swimming and began to swim competitively. I have competed for Swim Bournemouth and Poole Swimming Club where I raced up to regional level. I competed in Biathlon and made the nationals qualifying for the world championships. After a 4-year injury I started triathlons which I compete in now winning South West championships and local adult races, I also play underwater hockey for my school. I hope to complete my teaching qualification next year where I can further help and allow young kids to develop their skills in the water as it is such a fun but important life skill to have.
I started swimming from an early age and then was encouraged to join Poole Swimming club at the age of 7 where I have continued to progress throughout the club as a competitive swimmer. I had always been fascinated by the work carried out by my coaches to teach me. So, at the age of 14, I decided to start volunteering to give back to the next generation within the club. I’ve always enjoyed helping others and now I look forwards to helping many more fulfil their full potential.
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.
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.
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.
I started swimming at the age of 4 and then went on to swim competitively till I was 16. I trained as an assistant teacher then went on to get my STA teaching qualification and taught a range of lessons from pre-school classes to sessions that prepared children for competitive swimming clubs. Two years ago I moved to Bournemouth to teach adults with a phobia of water. This was a really good experience, knowing that I was helping people get over their fear of water and swimming. Since then, I work in a middle school as a swimming teacher as well as for Individuality Swimming is a big part of my life and I still do it as a regular hobby. I feel really strongly about promoting water safety and I think learning to swim is a vital life skill.
I have been swimming since I was 3 years old and started competitive swimming when I was 8 years old. My dad worked in the military so I have been a member of several swim clubs before finally settling in Wiltshire where I joined Calne Alpha 4 competitive and synchronised swimming club. I competed at National level in Synchronised swimming before finally giving up to go to university at 18. I have been a swim teacher for 10 years and have experience in competitive and synchronised swimming as well as water polo and rookie lifeguarding. I am now a member of the local masters synchronised swimming team here in Dorset. I have taught in the U.K. and abroad in the UAE with an international swimming club. I believe swimming is an essential life skill to learn particularly as we live so close to the sea.
I learnt to swim as member of Christchurch Swimming Club when I was 5. When I completed the STA Student Teachers Certificate I started to help at the club. I also started working as a teaching assistant at a local swim school. Soon I plan to complete the STA swim teaching qualifications so that I can start teaching my own classes. I enjoy seeing the children progress each week and develop their swimming skills.
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.
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 meters down a fireman’s pole. From this point I’ve grew very fond of swimming and try to go swimming as much as possible.
My name is Fern Spencer, I have always loved sports. I currently study Childcare at Poole College and enjoy working with children and helping them to achieve their goals. I have always been very enthusiastic about swimming and hope to help others enjoy it as well.
I started swimming when I was 3 months old and have been completing distance and skills badges ever since. I still swim now because I love it, and I became a swimming teaching assistant. I like working with the children because I like to see them make progress and put hard work in to their swimming so they can move up to a higher group. I hope to carry on and become a swimming teacher in the future.
I was 6 months old when I first started swimming and continued swimming for years, doing distance and skills awards. Eventually I stopped lessons and I started assisting. I enjoy helping because I like seeing the children progress in swimming, the amount of effort they put in and how much they enjoy the swimming. I hope to continue helping and to become a swimming teacher when I am older.
I have always enjoyed swimming and have been a member of Christchurch Swimming Club since I was 5. Once I had progressed through the levels I began helping on poolside and completed my STA Student Teachers Certificate. I enjoy helping the children learn to swim and want to complete my STA teaching certificates as soon as I can.
I have been ever swimming since I can remember and it is the thing I have always been most passionate about. After starting at the age of 2 I moved on to become a competitive swimmer at the age of 8 and am still training now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I started to learn how to swim at the age of 4 and have joined my first swimming club at age 7. I’ve competed around the country in swimming events and I’ve always loved being in the water. I wanted to try something different for work experience in year 10, so I decided something hands on. My love for water has definitely grown since working for individuality as now I’m, in a sense, giving back to a younger generation who can now share my love for water.
My name is Lillie May I am 14 years old in which I attend queen Elizabeth school. I am very active and enjoy working with children and watch there progression in the pool. Eventually I would love to go on and further my development within individuality.
I am Lucy Purcell. I have enjoyed swimming and other sports my whole life. I took swimming lessons when I was younger and then went on to swim competitively at Poole Swimming Club which I thoroughly enjoyed. Sport is a huge passion of mine and I am looking forward to helping younger children feel comfortable in the water and enjoy swimming so they are able to progress and fulfil their potential.
I’m Louis, I am a helper at individuality. I learnt to swim at the age of 4 and then joined Poole Swimming Club when I was 9 where I have since competed at both county and regional level. I also help assist with coaching. I really enjoy helping all the kids learn, gain confidence and improve their swimming skills.
I didn’t learn to swim until I was about seven, and although I’d had swimming lessons before, it was only when I took lessons from individuality that I began to realise my love for swimming. I then proceeded to join Poole Swimming club in 2018 and began volunteering as an assistant at individuality. I have loved every second of it. I really enjoy swimming every week at the club and being a strong swimmer has given me so many opportunities, like windsurfing and lifesaving. I hope that the lessons individuality provide can encourage any child to love swimming, as they did to me.
I learnt to swim at a young age, which I enjoyed very much, and since then I have always loved the water. I became a teaching assistant at the beginning of 2019. I love being a helper at Individuality because I really enjoy working with younger children and it is very rewarding to see children gaining confidence and their improvement in the pool. I hope to continue with teaching in the future.
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