A bit about us:

Our Staff


We are experienced swimming teachers and coaches who love doing what we do! We are educated to at least degree level and as a result we had the opportunity to pursue a different career path, but we have been fortunate enough to be able to choose the path that allowed us to follow our passion.

For your peace of mind as a minimum we hold our ASA  or STA level 2 Swimming Teachers qualification and have a rescue qualification such as the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification or National Rescue award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches. We are either members of the Institute of Swimming, the Swimming Teacher Association, or UK coaching and we’re insured through Hiscox. The sum of these qualifications is a measurable way of demonstrating to you our knowledge, high standards and commitment to swimming teaching and coaching.

We are also trained listeners, which helps us to tailor your sessions to your needs, whether that’s how to swim better or helping you overcome a swimming-worry. It helps us support you with getting the most from your sessions with us; we think learning is not just a one-way process.

It is not just teaching swimming that we love, we love swimming in our spare time; in fact we feel there is nothing quite like it. We are experienced competitive athletes. This means that we have invaluable personal swimming experience in addition to our formal qualifications, which helps you to have a more enriched swimming experience from your sessions with us.




LUCY 


Qualifications:

Swim Smooth Certified Coach; ASA Level 2 Certificate for Teaching; ASA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Swimming;  Level 2 Award in Coaching Open Water Swimming; Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Aqua);  National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and a member of the Institute of Swimming.

Swimming has played a big part in Lucy’s life. She couldn’t have imagined how much so when she first went for lessons at the age of 3.  It is now so intertwined with her life that she can’t imagine being without it. With all the benefits that swimming brings, she sees this as life-long relationship.

She is continually inspired by people’s drive to improve their swimming and what it means to them. Over the years she has worked with a variety of swimmers and triathletes from those who are nervously taking their first strokes right up to those that have competed in the age group World Triathlon Championships, and even for an English Channel swim.

On a personal level, she has swum competitively for 25 years and some of the highlights of her pool-swimming career so far are being part of 6 FINA Masters World Record breaking relay teams, and an individual Masters British Record in her age group for the 100m butterfly (long course) 200m Butterfly (long and short course). More recently she has also started to dabble in open water swimming and her highlights include swimming 5K on butterfly, being part of the fastest ever female double English Channel relay (2015) and part of the fastest ever triple English Channel relay (2017).

Lucy is a great motivator with an infectious enthusiasm for swimming. No challenge seems too big or too small for her – Dawn

Lucy is really supportive and adapts the sessions as needed to help me achieve my goals while working around my injuries. I didn’t think I’d be able to swim after a serious injury, but Lucy has helped me fine tune my stroke so I can swim well again.

I would highly recommend Lucy, she is patient, supportive and knowledgeable. Her lessons suit any level of swimmer. Every time I see a big expanse of water now I want to jump in it and go for a swim. Sam
I always look forward to my lessons every week. I am amazed how quickly I have learnt to swim and Lucy has changed the process from something which would have normally been quite daunting into something enjoyable and easy – Hannah


CAROLYN


Qualifications:

Swim England Tutor; ASA Level 2 Certificate for Teaching Swimming; Level 2  Award in Coaching Open Water Swimming; ASA Level 1 Certificate for Coaching Swimming; National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches, and member of the Institute of Swimming.

I think it can be safe to say that Carolyn loves swimming! This started at 4-months old and she hasn’t looked back since! Her passion for swimming can be seen on many levels – she is a teacher, coach, a Swim England tutor, volunteer, Masters swimmer and works for the national governing body with operators across the North helping them to develop their learn to swim programmes.

Carolyn has been lucky to have worked with a broad spectrum of swimmers over the years in a number of roles from adults nervous in the water, international triathletes, to national swimmers and world championship synchronised swimmers. These provide her with a wide knowledge and experience base across the aquatic disciplines. She is surprised daily by the determination and self-motivation of swimmers under her instruction.

In her spare time, swimming also plays a large part. She has swum competitively for over 20-years and she continues to train on a regular basis. She has also been involved with national and international events as a member of the British Swimming/Swim England Event Management Teams for the last 9 years. This has included roles at 2 Commonwealth Games, the London Olympic and Paralympics and many more national events.

Carolyn is very patient and as I know she has loads of experience with adults and children alike. She would be able to help anyone.

Carolyn’s friendly approach is great and she helps me understand what I need to improve and how that will help my swimming. Every session is different and varied to help me progress – Mike Pearce Personal Trainer, Ironman finisher 2014.

Carolyn has good observational skills and application of corrective techniques to iron out my imperfections. Although I am experienced swimmer, I know that I can still improve – Andy, World Age Group Triathlon competitor and Channel relay swim hopeful.


LOUISA


Qualifications:
STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching, ASA Level 1 Certificate for Coaching Swimming, and her National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and a member of the STA.



Louisa continues to compete to a high level and this has motivated her to become a coach in order to inspire swimmers in the way her coaches did for her.

Louisa believes you are never too old to learn how to swim, and has worked with swimmers from 2 months to over 80 years of age! These include complete beginners who are nervous, club squad swimmers, Master’s world record holders, triathletes and individuals with a range of complex physical and mental impairments. These experiences have allowed her to develop personalised and flexible session plans that will help swimmers achieve their goals no matter how big or small! She is amazed by the determination of people to improve or even start swimming, and their dedication during practice sessions.

As a youth swimmer she broke several club and Manchester and District records in butterfly and backstroke. She has since made the natural progression into Masters swimming. In her age group, she is currently Cheshire record holder in 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle and British Masters Champion for 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, and 100m freestyle.
Louisa is a truly a credit to the Swimming Matters team! Before my lessons I was struggling to swim two lengths. She has transformed my swimming!  I really enjoy my sessions with her and she has taught me the right technique, which has made me come on in leaps and bounds.  She breaks it down into bits you can understand and she helps with drills that I take away to practice on my own. She is always there to give help and advice and encourages you to give it a go.  If you are wondering if swimming lessons are for you they will help you become a better swimmer I now enjoy my swimming immensely!  Thank you!  – Colin

 

Louisa is very personable and has been a great help to me in improving my stroke technique. Above all, she has given me the confidence to really enjoy swimming – Claire



LLYR


Qualifications:

Degree in Sport and Business Management; British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach; STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming; STA Level 2 Safety Award for Teachers; National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and a member of the STA and the BTF.

Swimming is very important to Llŷr for a number of reasons: being safe and confident in the water is vital as it could be a life-saving skill; it’s a great way for all ages to keep fit and healthy, and he’s also a talented triathlete and triathlon coach, which without the swimming part, it just wouldn’t be a triathlon!

Llŷr has been involved in coaching for nearly 20 years and he understands that each athlete has different reasons and motivation for wanting to improve their swimming or taking on a triathlon.  Once he understands the overall picture, he creates a learning environment that is safe, fun and appropriately challenging. By taking this balanced perspective it has helped him to get the most from swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities from beginners up to World championship level Age Group triathletes.

On a personal level, Llŷr is quite the sports man! He swam competitively up until his mid-teens before concentrating on football. He went on to play semi-professional football for Aberystwyth Town in the Welsh League. A series of knees injuries lead him back to the pool. He went on to swim in a couple of the Great Swim races and soon after discovered triathlon. He has since gone on to represent GB in the Age Group World Championships in Auckland and London. He finished 10th in his age group at the European Championships in Turkey.

“Llyr’s coaching experience is evident from talking to him! I really appreciate how he took the time to get to understand me and my sporting background and so that he could tailor the sessions to my needs.”

“I noticed the difference with my front crawl from my first session with him! He taught me how to exhale in the water and I’m amazed at the difference that it made!”

“In 90 minutes, Llyr took me from permanently swimming with my head above the water to completing one length of front crawl, with correct breathing and my head in! Amazing! Thank you!”


KAREN


Qualifications:

British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach; ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming; and a member of UK Coaching.





She first qualified as a level 2 swimming teacher many years ago and has worked with athletes from many different backgrounds and abilities, both in professional and voluntary roles. More recently she has qualified as a level 2 Triathlon coach and is a volunteer coach and committee member at Rochdale Triathlon Club. In recognition of her hard work she was awarded Rochdale coach of the year (2014)

Karen’s passion for swimming threads through every aspect of her life; working for Swim England, (the national governing body for swimming), volunteering at Rochdale Triathlon Club and spending time helping people accomplish their ambitions. She’s enthused and inspired by those wanting to continually achieve whether this is learning to swim, overcoming the fear of open water or competing at their highest level.

Karen has always had a love of water and can’t imagine a life where swimming doesn’t pay a part. In addition to coaching Karen is a keen open water swimmer and can often be found swimming around on of the North West’s open water venues. She has also recently started to get into Swim-Runs.

“Over the past few weeks at least 4 different people have commented on what a good swimmer I am. One lady said to me today “I wish I could swim like you”, this made me smile because I used to look at other swimmers and think the same, so this is all helping to build my confidence. I did tell them I have a very good swimming coach. you’re quite clearly doing a good job.”


AJ


Qualifications:

ASA Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics, ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics, National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches, and member of the Swimming Teachers Association.


AJ has always enjoyed swimming, but it wasn’t until he started junior lifeguarding that he developed his passion for it. His love for the lifesaving developed and he regularly competed. The highlight being competing in the National Life-saving Championships at Ponds Forge. From there, the natural progression was to qualify as a lifeguard.

Having spent time from the lifeguard chair watching swimming lessons, he knew that he wanted to teach and soon after, he qualified as a swimming teacher. He started teaching in his local pool, and then continued elsewhere when he moved to Manchester for university. He has been teaching for 5 years and he is experienced in teaching basic mechanics, distance swimming, lifesaving, and swimming for health and fitness. He has worked with swimmers of all ages in a variety of different settings: local councils, private organisations and well known hotels, which helps give him different perspectives on how to get the best from swimmers.

“I could swim only enough to stop myself drowning for a very short distance when I came to AJ for lessons! I lacked any kind of technique and, only learning to swim at 49, lacked confidence in the water.
 
AJ provided tailored 1-1 lessons which built my confidence and systematically taught me a sound technique. AJ knows his stuff and  provides very friendly encouragement and great technical advice. In less than two months, I’ve gone from total novice to being able to swim a mile. This is very largely due to the excellent, supportive lessons I received.  I can highly recommend AJ and am only sorry I didn’t take lessons sooner!”