Karen is an ASA, STA and Birthlight fully qualified swim teacher, with many years experience, working abroad and in England.
"I am passionate about swimming and teaching swimming and have many years experience of teaching all ages from newborn babies to adults in their seventies.
I have always been a swimmer and could probably swim before I could walk. Although I trained in law, there is no better way for me to spend a day doing something I love, in the pool with smiley babies and children with happy parents.
I am an associate member of the STA and a member of the Institute of Swimmers. I am committed to providing good value for money, safe and progressive lessons that are ultimately good fun."
Karen's daughter, Jade, joined the team in 2018. She has been teaching part time for over 12 years but decided to make the jump to full time, leaving her career in marketing behind.
Jade is an ASA Level 2 Swim Teacher, STA Baby and Preschool Teacher, Birthlight Level 2 Baby Swimming Teacher, IAIM Infant Massage Instructor and has completed the Aqua Sensory Foundation Course.
In 2017, Jade was invited to share her skills with a swim school in China to assist the center with the more child-led approach to lessons.
More recently, she attended the Birthlight Baby Swimming Level 1 & 2 course to further improve her knowledge of water parenting, elective submersions, and baby development.
'Birthlight believes that a life long love of water and enjoyment of swimming are best generated by a confident and loving handling of babies in water, by swimming with babies and by imparting gentle progressive methods towards unaided swimming, without ever resorting to forceful conditioning. The sooner a child discovers the freedom of buoyancy and underwater swimming, the more relaxed and independent he or she will be in water.' - www.birthlight.co.uk
Christina says: “Hi, my name is Christina, I’m a member of the Swimming Teachers Association - I teach baby, pre-school and private lessons. I was also a swimming teacher in my teenage years where I grow up in Australia. I taught at the pool and in the waves at the beach.
I spent my whole childhood at the pool, swam in the swimming club and went to Australian nationals.
I’m also a qualified Teaching Assistant. I love being with children and being a fish at heart - the pool is my happy place. So why not combine the two. Going to work every day and seeing all the smiling children is the best thing and to see how much they learn, and progress is such an awarding experience. Having a fun, safe and child-led experience in the pool gives children the confidence they need to have a happy swimming experience.”
Vicky & Lacey