About Us

THE SUSSEX SWIMSCHOOL was founded in 2004 and is a small family run business. We believe in providing the very best swimming tuition within a safe, warm, clean, friendly, fun, progressive environment. We aim to provide efficient, effective, friendly administration service to all our customers.

Swim England awarded The Sussex Swim School with “The Best Swim School in The United Kingdom”. Our team of dynamic swimming teachers are all thrilled to have achieved this award.

Our Teachers

Qualifications:

Level 1 Swimming Teaching

Level 2 Swimming Teaching

As a competitive swimmer since age 7, I know all the ups and downs of swimming.  I have competed at national level and achieved the overall junior and Open Mens South East Regional Open Water Champion at 16.  I’ve also competed in several national competitions such as winter nationals 2018.  I was also Head Boy at my sixth form which gave me the opportunity to develop my leadership and communication skills.

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
STA Level 1 and Level 2 in Swimming Teaching
Safeguarding Children
Pool Safety Award
STA Adult & Child 1, 2 & 3
Swim England Adult and Child Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

I have a competitive swimming background and was trained formally as a swim teacher in Durban, South Africa. I have been trained internationally in Elementary and Intermediate courses, including changing basic strokes to competitive ones. I was also trained in teaching babies 3-18 months. In the UK I have a current STA Pool Safety Award, as well my STA Swim Teachers Award.

I ran my own swim school from 1993-2002. My passion is to impart a love for swimming and skills acquisition in a fun, safe and rewarding environment.

I have two sons and a daughter and live in Copthorne, West Sussex.

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 1 Swimming Coach
Swim England Level 2 Coaching Swimming
NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
First Aid
HABC Level 2 in Cardiopulmonary and Resuscitation
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
RLSS Fin2Fit Mermaid Instructor

After leaving college without a clear idea of what I wanted to do I decided I would try my hand at teaching one of my true passions in life, swimming. As soon as I taught my first lesson I knew that this was something I wanted to do and six years later I am happier than ever having been given a chance to be part of the Sussex Swim School.

I am an open water swimmer at heart and although I do a fair share of my training in the comfort of the pool nothing beats cutting through the water with the sun shining above or battling the elements when nature would rather you turned back! I compete in various open water swim and triathlon competitions both local, national and international. I have a few trophies for my efforts. I aim to do one big charity swim per year raising money for Water Aid and have my sights on the channel in a few years’ time.

Swimming is and always has been a big part of my life and nothing brings me more joy than passing these skills onto the next generation!

My first memory of swimming is when I was travelling with my family; we were snorkelling in one of the bays off an island in Fiji.  I remember being completely enchanted and mesmerised with the “other worldly” environment of the water with all the fish and beautiful colours. To this day, be it in a pool or in the sea, swimming has always given me a sense of serenity with a spark of magic thrown in.  Growing up in Portugal gave me the chance to pursue my passion for the water with easy access to beaches and lakes which in turn, led me to compete and refine my swimming abilities.

When I returned to England, I knew that I could not leave swimming behind and decided to turn my love for swimming into a career.  To my delight I found that teaching suited my personality and I thrived from the sense of pride and passion that comes from teaching children and adults alike to love and respect the water as I do.

 

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
NVQ Level 1 in Coaching and Teaching Swimming
NVQ Level 2 in Coaching and Teaching Swimming
Swim England Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Swim England Adult & Child 
British Red Cross Emergency First Aid Qualification & CPR
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
Emergency First Aid at Work
RLSS Fin2Fit Mermaid Instructor

I learnt to swim at the Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club when I was very young and started my competitive swimming career there. After a family move I joined the Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club and competed for them for many years both in youth and masters swimming. Swimming runs in my family as my mum was a competitive swimmer and a swimming teacher as well. I gained my qualifications about 20 years ago when I was still competing. I have been teaching swimming since then for the local council, local swimming pools but for the last 10 years for the Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club.

I had my first child, Ben in 2009 and my second Annabelle in 2013. After relocating to Horsham and no longer being able to continue my career working for a firm of solicitors in Wimbledon or travel to Croydon to teach, I was lucky enough to find Sussex Swim School to continue with my first love, teaching children to swim.  

I don’t have a great deal of spare time but when I do I enjoy cycling, walking and gardening. My partner is a keen Formula One fan and I have grown to love it too and hope to attend some live races around the world. I would like to get back into open water competitive swimming once my children are older.

Qualifications:

Level 2 Coaching Swimming
NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
First Aid
HABC Level 2 in

Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics

STA Adult & Child 1 & 2
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
RLSS First Aid

Safeguarding Children

I started swimming when I was a child growing up in Spain, I can’t ever remember not being able to swim. My Father taught my brother and I the basics of lifesaving aged 5 because he knew we were in and out of all our neighbours’ pools and the beach.

When we returned to the UK, I swam and competed with the swimming club until I was in my late teens.

I was a mortgage advisor for ten years and whilst doing this job I qualified to become a swimming instructor, I taught swimming in the evenings. Redundancy followed and I decided to follow my swimming passion and made teaching swimming my full-time career. I’ve not looked back.

The reward from teaching swimming is unbelievable. To see the excitement in a child’s face when they can’t wait to tell me where they came in a gala to the first strokes and they realise they swam on their own.

Now, I have two teenage children who both compete in lifesaving competitions all over the country and they have their proud Mum watching in the side-lines.

Qualifications:
Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics
NVQ Level 2 in Swimming Teaching and Coaching
Swim England Adult & Child
RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers
Emergency First Aid at Work

I am delighted to be part of The Sussex Swim School.
I have has spent my working career involved with leisure provision having spent my full time working career in leisure centre management. During this time I qualified as a Level 1 and 2 swimming teacher, and have since added the Adult and Child qualification to that.

If I say that I often bump into people who remind me that I taught their child to swim, and that child has just graduated from University, you will probably guess how long I have been teaching swimming. However that doesn’t mean I have lost any enthusiasm for teaching swimming, in fact I have become even more passionate about making sure that every child I teach are given those early fundamental skills and confidence that are needed for this essential life skill.

Along with teaching swimming, I am also a qualified tennis coach, teaching the under 8’s at Horsham Tennis Club, and also a qualified trampoline coach, taking sessions at a Disability Sports Club.
When I have time I enjoy playing tennis, baking (I’m told I make an awesome chocolate brownie), and skiing in the winter months.

Qualifications:

Swim England Level 1 Teaching Swimming
Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming

Surf Beach lifeguard, Powerboat Level 2

First Aid

Swim Guide International

Iyengar Introductory & Level 1 Yoga Bugs ( children yoga teacher)

Growing up on the South Coast, Brighton meant that the ocean was a big part of my life. My father at the age of three threw me in at Croyde Bay, that was my intro in to swimming! From there on I spent as much time as I possibly could in and around the water.

My love for the water has taken me on a journey with its ever changing energy and beauty whether surfing, swimming, diving or just simply being. The ocean is my refuge my temple.

Twenty Five years ago I discovered Iyengar Yoga. Discovering the incredible combination of swimming and yoga  these two essential disciplines has brought me an awareness of not only myself, how I raise my family, how I teach swimming and yoga and how I live on a daily basis and the environment I find myself in.

Travelling the world teaching yoga, swimming and working as a swim guide I feel incredibly privileged to teach from my heart and love what I do. It is with this knowledge and passion I want to translate to all I meet whether teaching on land or water my ethos is effortless effort.

Qualifications:

Swim England Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics

Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics

Swim England Adult and Child Qualification

Safeguarding Children

Emergency First Aid at Work

RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers

 

Growing up in South Africa I spent most of my childhood in and around water.  I joined my local lifesaving club at age 7 and this helped me understand and respect the water.  I love open water swimming and the freedom it allows. When I was made redundant after having my kids I was able to take the leap and do what I really wanted to do. Being a swimming teacher gives me immense joy, watching my swimmers of all ages achieve and grow in confidence and ability.  I love seeing the light bulb moment when it all clicks together. One of my proudest teaching moments was watching one of my 78 year old adults do her first ‘bomb’.  


Qualifications:

Level 1 Swim England Teacher Qualification
Level 2 Swim England Teacher Qualification
RYA First Aid Qualification

I have been teaching swimming for many years. I am a mother of three children, all of whom are good swimmers. My passion is surfing and swimming in the ocean. I am in the water through the darkest of winter days paddling out in the waves at 6am to snorkelling with my kids on the warmest of summer days. I love the ocean and believe every child should have the skill to be able to safely and confidently enjoy the water too. The health benefits to the mind and body of swimming and connecting with water are a life skill I am passionate to share and teach. My ethos is “Swimming should be fun, children should leave the class feeling happy, confident, calm and balanced.” It is important not to push or rush a child, allowing them time to build a love and passion for swimming in a nurturing environment. This will give them a life skill they will use forever.

Qualifications:

Level 1 Swim England Teacher Qualification
Level 2 Swim England Teacher Qualification

NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers

I’ve been swimming regularly since before I can remember, having my first ‘lessons’ before my first birthday. Throughout my teens, I got involved with lifesaving and joined Horsham Lifesaving Club. This required me to keep my swimming fitness levels up-to-date whilst I also developed a whole host of new skills. In 2016 after finishing my GCSE’s, I qualified as a lifeguard and in May 2019 I completed my Level 2 in Swimming Teaching.  Since then, I’ve really enjoyed introducing people of all ages to the wonders of swimming and look forward to doing the same with the Sussex Swim School!

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Testimonials

Heidi

"Hilary has taught my 2 boys swimming for the last 4 years and in that time they have progressed amazingly. She is authoritative in a way that children respond to, whilst also being very fair. Her great strength is in knowing which strategies to employ to achieve the best results from each of her students. My 7 year old has developed from a nervous, shy swimmer, to a very confident and competent one. My 9 year old had a tendency to play around, found it tricky to concentrate and aimed to be the fastest rather than performing correct swimming technique. With him, Hilary took a firmer approach, making him slow down and take his time.
Hilary is a true professional and endeavours to get to know each and every one of her students (and their parents) individually. Her communication with parents is excellent and I have always felt fully informed with regards to how the boys are progressing. I feel she goes out of her way to develop each student individually, encouraging them to achieve their maximal potential and moving them up through each stage as and when they are ready. In addition to all this, she manages to ensure that the children are aware of safety issues related to swimming and being in and around water. Above all she ensures that each and every swimming lesson is great fun! A massive thank you Hilary for being a truly fabulous swimming teacher! The entire team of teachers are fab."
The Sussex Swim School
2019-02-12T11:45:50+00:00
"Hilary has taught my 2 boys swimming for the last 4 years and in that time they have progressed amazingly. She is authoritative in a way that children respond to, whilst also being very fair. Her great strength is in knowing which strategies to employ to achieve the best results from each of her students. My 7 year old has developed from a nervous, shy swimmer, to a very confident and competent one. My 9 year old had a tendency to play around, found it tricky to concentrate and aimed to be the fastest rather than performing correct swimming technique. With him, Hilary took a firmer approach, making him slow down and take his time. Hilary is a true professional and endeavours to get to know each and every one of her students (and their parents) individually. Her communication with parents is excellent and I have always felt fully informed with regards to how the boys are progressing. I feel she goes out of her way to develop each student individually, encouraging them to achieve their maximal potential and moving them up through each stage as and when they are ready. In addition to all this, she manages to ensure that the children are aware of safety issues related to swimming and being in and around water. Above all she ensures that each and every swimming lesson is great fun! A massive thank you Hilary for being a truly fabulous swimming teacher! The entire team of teachers are fab."

Diane

"Hilary’s swimming lessons are simply the best! My daughter has been having lessons with Hilary since she was 1 year old – she is now 10 and through Hilary’s passion for swimming and having such well structured lessons, my daughter is now a very competent and able swimmer. What’s more important is my daughter enjoys swimming and looks forward to her lessons every week. On holiday, people are often amazed at my daughter’s confidence in the pool. By having small classes and with Hilary in the pool with the children, she is able to provide individual tuition and help the children progress quickly. I really can’t recommend Hilary and her team of amazing swimming teachers enough – In my opinion the Best Swim School and they won The Best Swim School in The UK a couple of years ago."
The Sussex Swim School
2019-02-12T11:47:53+00:00
"Hilary’s swimming lessons are simply the best! My daughter has been having lessons with Hilary since she was 1 year old – she is now 10 and through Hilary’s passion for swimming and having such well structured lessons, my daughter is now a very competent and able swimmer. What’s more important is my daughter enjoys swimming and looks forward to her lessons every week. On holiday, people are often amazed at my daughter’s confidence in the pool. By having small classes and with Hilary in the pool with the children, she is able to provide individual tuition and help the children progress quickly. I really can’t recommend Hilary and her team of amazing swimming teachers enough – In my opinion the Best Swim School and they won The Best Swim School in The UK a couple of years ago."

Katie

"Well, words cannot describe how pleased I am with my son's progress in such a short space of time. When he started with Hilary 3 months ago, he was scared to even dip his toe in the water. After a few one to one private lessons and half a term of group classes, he is now performing standing dives into the deep end, swimming over 10 metres unaided and will happily go under water to collect objects from the bottom of the pool. In Hilary's words, he has gone from "shivers and shakes and tears and gasping" to "a confident little swimmer" - a task that all other swim schools I have tried have not accomplished in 3 years. Hilary did it in 3 months!!
Thank you once again! "
The Sussex Swim School
2019-02-12T12:12:18+00:00
"Well, words cannot describe how pleased I am with my son's progress in such a short space of time. When he started with Hilary 3 months ago, he was scared to even dip his toe in the water. After a few one to one private lessons and half a term of group classes, he is now performing standing dives into the deep end, swimming over 10 metres unaided and will happily go under water to collect objects from the bottom of the pool. In Hilary's words, he has gone from "shivers and shakes and tears and gasping" to "a confident little swimmer" - a task that all other swim schools I have tried have not accomplished in 3 years. Hilary did it in 3 months!! Thank you once again! "

Aimee

"My 8 year old son has been swimming with The Sussex Swim School since he was 3 months old. His confidence and enthusiasm for swimming continues to astonish me and I am certain this is due to the high quality and friendly teaching he receives.
I am especially keen on the early introduction to water safety - twice my son has fallen into water and used water safety techniques taught at The Sussex Swim School.
The small number of children in a class and 1:1 attention results in brilliant progress and confidence boosts.
I always recommend this swimming school to friends and will continue to do so."
The Sussex Swim School
2019-02-12T12:13:19+00:00
"My 8 year old son has been swimming with The Sussex Swim School since he was 3 months old. His confidence and enthusiasm for swimming continues to astonish me and I am certain this is due to the high quality and friendly teaching he receives. I am especially keen on the early introduction to water safety - twice my son has fallen into water and used water safety techniques taught at The Sussex Swim School. The small number of children in a class and 1:1 attention results in brilliant progress and confidence boosts. I always recommend this swimming school to friends and will continue to do so."

Vicky

"Oscar and Emmy have been taught by Hilary at the Sussex Swim School for nearly nine years and they have loved every lesson with her. She has taught them life saving skills in a caring professional manner that has been as much about fun as it has about learning. They are both confident swimmers that love the water and look forward to their classes each week, thanks to Hilary's teaching."
The Sussex Swim School
2019-02-12T12:13:45+00:00
"Oscar and Emmy have been taught by Hilary at the Sussex Swim School for nearly nine years and they have loved every lesson with her. She has taught them life saving skills in a caring professional manner that has been as much about fun as it has about learning. They are both confident swimmers that love the water and look forward to their classes each week, thanks to Hilary's teaching."

Claudine

"I can wholeheartedly recommend The Sussex Swim School. All 3 of my children have learnt to swim since they were 3 month old babies and they are now all confident and able swimmers. My youngest are 2 years and 4 months and I am always being complemented by other people at how confident my children are in the water for their age and I always say the same thing - its all down to the excellent swimming lessons they receive at The Sussex Swim School."
The Sussex Swim School
2019-02-12T12:14:10+00:00
"I can wholeheartedly recommend The Sussex Swim School. All 3 of my children have learnt to swim since they were 3 month old babies and they are now all confident and able swimmers. My youngest are 2 years and 4 months and I am always being complemented by other people at how confident my children are in the water for their age and I always say the same thing - its all down to the excellent swimming lessons they receive at The Sussex Swim School."
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