All our teachers are qualified to ASA level 2 or 3 standard, or STA level 2. We also have our own in house staff training programme that ensures all staff, from assistants up to the most highly qualified, are as knowledgeable as possible.
The majority of our staff have come into teaching through their involvement with local swimming clubs, and the majority have an up to date lifesaving/ water rescue certification.
All staff are CRB/DBS checked through the ASA and all are fully insured through our own comprehensive insurance.
Our senior teachers act as mentors to ensure staff are always improving and learning ( none of us are above learning new skills)
On this page we will attempt to introduce you to each of our teaching staff and explain their individual experience and qualifications’
This is me! I am the owner and founder of Fins Swim School. My experience as both a competitive swimmer since the age of 9, and a teacher for local authority lessons is what made me want to set up my own swim school. I hated local authority lessons, the numbers were too many and I really felt for those children who were fearful, I couldn’t give them the time they needed to give them the confidence to give it a go. We worked with no assistant and had to teach on the side ( due to the numbers). I have been teaching now for over well 20 years. I am a successful age group and masters competitive swimmer, (that is me on the front cover of the swimming times featured on our home page!) and have been swimming since I was 18 months old! I have also been assistant coach at several swimming clubs in the area. It was my crazy idea to set up Fins Mermaid School!
My qualifications include ASA level 2 swimming teacher, STA level 2 swimming teacher, level 2 diploma in Birthlight parent and baby /toddler, various CPD’s in all strokes, including training with a monotint, starts and turns, diving, Aqua ETM level 2, Aqua Pole level 2( including aqua boxing, aqua pilates and aqua bands).I also have an NVQ 3 in health and social care for children and young people.
Joy has also come from a swimming background, indeed we often competed against each other as our favourite discipline is backstroke! Joy has been teaching as long as I have ( we qualified as teachers in the same year) and is also an ASA level 2 teacher. Joy has taught for many years at the local leisure centre and decided to join us 5 years ago. She is also qualified to teach disability swimmers.
Joy is in charge of training all new assistants and also acts as mentor to newly qualified teachers.
Ashleigh is a successful age group and club swimmer and has represented the region in national championships so she is a very accomplished swimmer in her own right. She is an ASA level 2 qualified teacher and has a lot of technical knowledge due to her own swimming experience. I have known Ashleigh since she learned to swim and have watched her blossom into the teacher she is today. Ashleigh has been with the swim school for 7 years.
Rob has been with the swim school since we first started at Pontins he is STA level 2 qualified and is also a fully trained RLSS lifeguard trainer and assessor. Has experience working with challenging and disabled children.
Rob is in charge of our Rookie programme and also mentors our assistants and teachers.
Children like Rob as he is a little bit crazy!
Dave is our level 2 coach, he takes our club swimmers as well as teaches the younger levels. He currently also coaches a Mold swimming club, so we are lucky to have him working with us
Adam is our gentle giant, I have known him since he was 7 years old when I taught him myself at Holywell in their link group. Although he is very quiet and reserved, Adam has a good sound knowledge of swimming as he too was a club swimmer. He is a qualified ASA level 2 teacher. Adams calm nature makes him ideal for nervous children starting out in lessons
Janica joined the team 3 years ago as an ASA level 1 teacher, but has since taken her ASA level 2. Janica has a unique imagination when it comes to teaching the children and is a great asset to the school. Janica is my 2nd in command for Mermaid School
Dionne has swum with Rhyl swimming club and is one of my original teachers, she started as an assistant at 14 and has learned her skills through our own teaching/ mentor programme. She is an ASA level 1 teacher and recently converted over to STA level 2. Dionne is also experienced in teaching children with challenging behaviours and disability.
Jess is a qualified RLSS lifeguard and is an ASA level 1 teacher who also recently converted over to STA level 2. She has been with the swim school for 6 years now and has been mentored by both Joy and myself before going on to take her teachers qualification. Jess is looking into taking her disability swimming certificate at some point in the future.
Kim is the latest recruit to our teaching staff. She has been with us for 2 years and is ASA level 2 qualified. Kim is mentored by myself and Joy to develop her swimming knowledge further.
Assistants who work with us are: