I’ve been teaching swimming for over 20 years, mostly in Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham, with qualifications in coaching & teaching swimming. As a full-time swimming teacher/coach at Notting Hill and Ealing High School, I have successfully trained school water polo teams to National level and I’m an affiliate member of both the English Schools’ Swimming Association and London Schools Swimming Association. I’m also a First Aid Instructor; a swimming tutor and a Trainer/Assessor teaching Life Guarding for RLSS UK. Last year, I received my Bar to Service Medal from the Royal Life Saving Society at the Guild Hall in London, in recognition for my years of service to lifesaving, presented by Olympic bronze medalist 2003 butterfly swimmer Steve Parry. With 10 children to care for I don’t have much spare time, but I have managed to write a book for children entitled ‘My First Swimming Lesson’!
When I was 15, I started helping to coach before my swimming sessions on a Sunday evening so I have been helping out and coaching for 7 years now. In December 2010, I took my Level 1 Teacher qualification, taking Level 2 the following October and in April 2012, I completed the Level 1 coaching qualification. I have recently joined a Masters squad, getting a feel for the water again because I miss the buzz of competing!
One of the first activities I was introduced to as a child was swimming. I was raised on the beautiful Liguria coastline in the north of Italy. Swimming was as natural to me as walking or running growing up. I am the oldest of five sisters and a brother and we spent all our time in the sea. The Mediterranean became our playground. I enjoy the challenges and rewards that teaching swimming offers instilling confidence and self belief in the children and adults I coach. I believe that swimming is a life skill that every individual should learn.
Sport was my biggest passion since I was little, so I decided to follow that path. As a child I loved being in the water so I joined my town’s swimming club and spent several years training for national competitions. I started my career as a swimming instructor when I felt that I could share my experience with other people of all ages groups. That was before I got swimming teacher qualifications. Now, using both knowledge, skills gained during courses and personal experience I enjoy every day of my work which is never the same and always interesting.