Floaters has always prided itself in supporting and training its teachers to the highest levels far above any national qualification available (these are currently only adequate to take pupils about half way through our SwimCare programme). Many have gained their national qualifications with Floaters TrainingPlus+ and all our teachers undertake regular in house training, upskilling from our own tutors and ongoing mentoring and appraisal.
What this means is that our teachers are knowledgeable beyond any other teachers out there who have simply passed through a qualification course and therefore have skills to pass to your children that you cannot get anywhere else. Moreover, they have wide range personalities, attributes, backgrounds, skills and abilities that compliment each other and mean that we can suit any pupils individual needs.
It really says something that the majority of our teachers have been and stayed with us for many years (some over 12 years) and some have gone elsewhere and returned. We must be doing something right!!
All our teachers are Enhanced Checked through the CRB system and are Lifeguard Trained as an absolute minimum
Our current teachers and cover teachers are:
Joint owner and an ASA qualified swimming teacher, she is also qualified in Disabilities, Adult and Child and Aquafit teaching. Charlotte has been referred to as “The Swimming Whisperer” because of her unique ability to get the best out of pupils under her care and is probably one of the most intuitive and successful teachers you will ever come across. Charlotte has been predominantly responsible for the development of the enviable Pre-School part of the SwimCare programme and trains all of our teachers at this level. Charlotte was voted “Best Teacher” in the 2005 Bright FM awards. This is a rare achievement as it included nominations from every category of teaching discipline in Sussex – not just swimming teachers. She holds the NRASTC lifesaving qualification.
Joint Owner, Teacher, ASA and STA Tutor, National Quality Assurance Assessor, ASA Level 3 Assessor, inaugural Chair of the National Federation of Swim Schools. He also a qualified Architect and has an Masters Degree in Business. Nicholas is a national technical expert whose advice is much sought after and tends to teach the upper end of the SwimCare Programme. He has also trained Triathletes in swimming technique and Rugby players in pool fitness. Nicholas is responsible for the business aspects of the organisation and holds NRASTC and Bronze Medallion lifesaving qualifications.
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Anna is our Senior Teacher at Woodlands Meed. She is a fully qualified swimming teacher having been originally trained by Floaters Tutors. She is a special needs teacher by profession and brings all the knowledge and skills needed for this work to teaching Floaters pupils. She is efficient and organised and has an ability to learn all the time, which enables her to bring the best out of the pupils under her care. She has learned through the ability levels and is now hugely proficient from Toddlers to Squad! Anna Holds the NRASTC lifesaving award.
Sally is our Lead Teacher at Hurstpierpoint College, where she has been working for a couple of years now and shown that she is a cut above other teachers out there. Her knowledge, experience and commitment are now so much more than admirable and is now a first class teacher in every respect!!
Her original aim of becoming one of the “Outstanding” teachers by applying herself to this new career path has been achieved and she continues to improve all the time.
Sally Gained her initial Level 1 qualification in 2011 whereupon we mentored her towards her Level 2 course and she passed this with flying colours in August 2013. Floaters and up-skilled her into the Floaters SwimCare programme and she started teaching independently in January 2014. Her background is as a professional nurse, so she understand people!
Jess joined the team formally in the Summer Term 2017 having completed her initial qualification training in January 2017, attending Floaters induction training & mentoring during the Winter term and fasttrack SwimCare training in the Easter holidays, where she proved to be an intelligent and fast learner. Jess was a pupil with Floaters and has worked as a Swimming Assistant and Activity Leader with us for several years now, so she is well aware of the standards we aspire to and together with her background in childcare, she is proving that she has what it takes to really benefit the swimmers under her care.
It is inevitable that some teachers are unable to teach all sessions in a term through illness, accident or some unforeseen incident and we have a number of excellent teachers potentially available who are all trained in the SwimCare programme and have worked with Floaters previously.
Anna worked with Floaters many years ago and has now returned to add to our awesome team of teachers. Anna holds the STA Full Teachers certificate and NRTSTC lifeguard qualification. She has been teaching swimming in Brighton in the interim period and is a consistent contributor of ideas and suggestions that help improve what we do. She is extremely well organised and committed and she is understanding more and more of the Swimcare programme all the time.
Alison is affectionately known as our “Secret Weapon”. She is reliable, dedicated, professional and we have never had any client complain of her teaching. She is a fully qualified swimming teacher and holds A NARS pool lifeguard qualification. Alison has been with Floaters since the turn of the century and successfully ran our lessons at Court Meadow on Saturday mornings. Her specialty is at pre-School level and will be returning to the team after a short beak in 2014.
Emily is a pupil parent and in 2012, decided to qualify as a swimming teacher. Having completed her initial formal qualification training, she has been ups-killing with us over the Summer term 2012 and her considerable enthusiasm and commitment have really shone through as she has really embraced the Floaters Swimcare programme. She holds an ASA Level 2 certificate and her obvious will to do the best for the pupils under her care, will make her a very valued member of the Floaters Teaching Team.
Kim originally gained her formal teaching qualification with Floaters is a ASA L2 qualified swimming teacher and holds the NRTSTC lifesaving qualification. Until moving on to other things, Kim taught with Floaters for many years during which time she has developed into a first class teacher and she has brought many toddlers and non swimmers through to being confident swimmers. She has been one of Floaters principal teachers and takes her care of the pupils under her direction very seriously.
Alex is a qualified swimming teacher who was trained by Floaters own tutors. She has been with Floaters for 8 years during which time she has developed into a first class teacher, particularly at the more proficient end of the SwimCare programme. She has been one of Floaters lead teachers, is very particular about the welfare of pupils under her tutelage and has run our programme at Hurstpierpoint College. Alex holds the NRASTC lifesaving qualification.
We have a number of young helpers who assist teachers in the water all of whom have been Floaters pupils and have been fully vetted for their abilities to work with children