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 our National Pool Lifeguard Qualification or National Rescue award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches. We are members of the Institute of Swimming and 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 swimmers who continue to compete at a Masters level or at an age group triathlon level. 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 

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 over 20 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 (long course) 200m Butterfly (long and short course). More recently she has also started to dabble in open water swimming and was part of a World Record breaking female 2 way cross channel relay team.

Lucy holds her ASA Level 2 Swimming Teachers qualification, her ASA Level 2 Swimming coaches qualification, her Level 2 coaching Open water Certificate, her Level 2 Fitness Instructor (water based exercise), her National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and is a member the Institute of Swimming.



CAROLYN

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 a Swim England tutor, she has her ASA Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics, Level 2  Open Water Coaching Certificate, her ASA Level 1 in Coaching Swimming, her National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches, and is a member of the Institute of Swimming.



LOUISA

Louisa has been swimming competitively for over 10 years, after joining her local club having progressed through swimming lessons from the age of 4. Competing to a high level motivated her to become a coach and inspire young swimmers in the way her coaches had.
 
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 and is current British Masters Champion  in her age group for 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, and 100m freestyle.
 
Louisa holds her ASA Level 1 coaching qualification, her Level 2 swimming teaching qualification and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. She coaches squad 1 and adult improvers at a local club as well as the occasional Masters session.


LLYR

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.

Llŷr has a degree in Sport and business management, he is a British Triathlon Level 2 Coach and holds his STA Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Teaching, his STA Level 2 Safety Award for Teachers, and his National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. He is a member of the STA and the BTF.


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 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 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’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!”