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Meet the Hydroschool Team

Lesson Co-ordinators

Adrian Smith
Adrian SmithOwner and Swimming Teacher
Adrian has been a competitive swimmer since age 9 and currently competes in Masters events and swims for the Sussex County team holding numerous county titles. Dad of two Adrian understands the importance of swimming not only for fitness and lifesaving skill but also for fun. "Swimming is such an important part of any bodies life skills"
Amy Curtis
Amy CurtisSt Andrews Teaching Co-ordinator
I'm a mum of 3 young children, I work as a nursery nurse during the day, I've always loved working with children and swimming so decided to combine both. I really enjoy teaching beginners especially the nervous ones, it's such a proud moment to watch a nervous child become water confident!
Sarah Poll
Sarah PollSwimming Lesson Co-ordinator
I am a mum of 3 and fanatical about sport. Worked in sport as a Sports Practitioner for 17 years. I love working within the grassroots of sport and giving the kids an opportunity to learn a life skill..... Kids are so enthusiastic and I'm lucky to incorporate a hobby in to work to teach your lovely kids to swim :)
Wendy Pritchard
Wendy PritchardSwimming Lesson Co-ordinator
I am very pleased to be joining Hydroschool. I have a vast experience in all levels of swimming from Adult and child to Masters. Both in the pool and Open Water. I still train and compete for Sussex. I was British 50m Backstroke champion in 2012 for my age. I am looking forward to helping every child achieve their own personal goals. Swimming teaching is not a job, it is a passion. Every lesson is a pleasure.

Eastbourne Coaches

Claire Bacon
Claire BaconSwimming Teacher
I have enjoyed teaching at hydro school for about 2 years. It is a friendly and fun environment for kids to enjoy learning to swim. In my experience if kids aren't enjoying being in the water they will struggle to learn to swim. I also love the fact that as teachers we can share swimming experiences and skills to always improve our teaching and make are lessons interesting and FUN. Happy swimming Claire xx
Sally Hylands
Sally HylandsSwimming Teacher
I've returned to swimming in recent years having swum for Eastbourne Swimming Club both at Inter Club and County level as a youngster. Now as a Mum and a Nan I'm really enjoying my career as a swimming teacher, it's so rewarding to help children become confident and happy in the water and progress with their swimming. My qualifications include STA Level 2 swim teaching and Parent and Toddler.
Tim Barrie
Tim BarrieSwimming Teacher
I have always been involved in sport and have been teaching swimming for over 20 years. During the day I work on properties, so I really enjoy the variety of teaching children to swim, especially within the great atmosphere that we have at Hydroschool. I get so much satisfaction from seeing the children improve and gain confidence in the water.
Jon Goater
Jon Goater Swimming Teacher
I'm a dad of 2, both of whom swim for Eastbourne Swimming Club. I'm an ASA Level 2 qualified swim teacher and swam competitively as a youngster. I've always been passionate about sport and feel strongly that all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim.
Jack Keeley
Jack KeeleySwimming Teacher
From a very young age I have always loved sport. I have been involved in teaching swimming for the past 7 years firstly as a Teaching Assistant, then gaining my ASA Level 1 followed by my ASA Level 2 in April 2015 teaching lessons throughout. I have swam competitively for my local swimming club and am a qualified National Pool Lifeguard. I am currently studying at the University of Brighton to become a PE teacher and encourage children to enjoy all types of sport as much as I do. Outside of swimming I play badminton at County level, football at Borough level and am a qualified gym instructor too.
Katherine Stephens
Katherine StephensSwimming Teacher
I have been involved in swimming for over 10 years and have been a competitive swimmer for 11 years now. I gained my ASA Level 2 Qualification to Teach aquatics in March 2014 so I have been teaching my own classes for about 19 months. However, before that I was an assistant teacher at my swimming club and local swim school. I am a qualified lifeguard and have completed a CPD in Safeguarding Children.
Debbie Barnes
Debbie BarnesSwimming Teacher
I love teaching swimming especially nervous beginners every little person is on the way to enjoy the water. When I'm not in the water photography is my passion and am lucky enough to now own a special camera. I have 4 grandchildren that I adore.
JosephTeaching Assistant
Hello, I have joined the hydroschool teaching team as a teaching assistant as I enjoy teaching and think that swimming is a really important part of anybodies life. During my spare time I play rugby for Eastbourne Rugby Club and Sussex Rugby Development Programme. Im looking forward to helping the team and the Hydroschool swimmers.
Claire Bryant
Claire BryantSwimming Teacher
I have been a swimmer all my life and I now love giving back my knowledge to the younger generation. I am a qualified level 2 swimming coach so even though I believe in hard work, I also believe that children learn from having fun. I love to teach at all levels and I push all four strokes from a very young age so all natural swimmers have a chance to shine.
Adrian Wright
Adrian WrightSwimming Teacher
I have been a competitive swimmer for 12 years and currently hold multiple Masters county titles and records. I am a qualified ASA Level 2 Teacher, ASA Level 1 Official, and BSc Sports Science graduate. I have taught swimming for over 5 years at Eastbourne Swimming Club. I find the experience of seeing children enjoying their time in the water and developing their swimming hugely rewarding.
LaurenSwimming Teacher
I am a qualified ASA Level 1 Teacher I've been swimming since I was 6 years old and now swim for Hailsham Swimming Club. I've been to County & Regional Finals. I enjoy sharing my skills with all the children I teach at Hydroschool.
BryanySwimming Teacher
I have an ASA Level 1 in teaching aquatics and I am hoping to go on further and gain my Level 2 in the next year.I have been teaching and swimming at Eastbourne Swimming Club for 4 years. I have always loved teaching children to swim because it amazes me how much progress they can make in such a small amount of time.

Bexhill Coaches

ElaineSwimming Teacher - Bexhil
Teaching swimming is my Passion! Watching a pupil progress with my help is one of the greatest pleasures in my life. Being a qualified swimming instructor gives me the chance to pass this enjoyment onto another generation in the pool. I am truly looking forward to teaching with Hydroschool and cannot wait to start this new journey with the swimmers and families.
LaurenSwimming Teacher - Bexhill
I’m Lauren and since being a keen, competitive swimmer in my younger years I have now turned to teaching, advancing to a level 2 swim teacher in 2010. I am passionate that all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim and over my teaching career have enjoyed watching my students progress into competent swimmers.
KatieSwimming Teacher - Bexhill
I've worked as an ASA level 1&2 swimming teacher for 3 years now, with previous years of experience of being a swimmer myself and being a TA for other teachers in the water interacting with the swimmers. I find learning to swim really important for children as I feel it is an necessary life skill they need to know, but should have fun whilst learning which I love to incorporate. I am currently studying PE at University to go on to be a Primary Education teacher, so working with children is something I am definitely passionate about! In my spare time I enjoy working out, with rowing being my main hobby. I compete regularly for Bexhill Rowing Club which I love as its competitive as well as good fun with friends!
YasmineTeaching Assistant - Bexhill
My name is Yasmine, and for the past 2 years I have been working for Silverdale swim school as a teaching assistant. I have been swimming since I was 4 and have a worked up to Seals which I am very proud of. My other interests include photography and reading.
Kate Young
Kate YoungTeaching Assistant - Bexhill
Hi, my name is Kate and I have a passion for participating and teaching swimming. I taught swimming for 2 years and started swimming from the age of 3, working my way up to Seals level. My other interests include playing the piano and clarinet, photography and completing my Silver Duke of Edinburgh award.
BeckyTeaching Assistant- Bexhill
My name is Becky and I have always enjoyed swimming. I learnt to swim at a young age and I am now looking forward to starting work with the children at Hydroschool as a teaching assistant. My other interest is dancing and I enjoy competing in dance festivals and performing in local shows.
AmyTeaching Assistant- Bexhill
I love being in the water and love teaching and seeing the children improve in their swimming. I have been swimming for 11 years now and teaching for 2 of those. In my spare time I like to have new experiences and spend time with my friends.
JamesTeaching Assistant- Bexhill
I had lessons with Silverdale for 6 years and worked my way up into the top group called Seals. I really enjoy working as a swimming teacher assistant in the water. I like to try new experiences and will be taking my level 1 swimming teaching course in February 2016. My aim is to be a fully qualified level 2 swimming teacher in the future. My other interests are playing tennis and cycling.
KevinTeaching Assistant- Bexhill
Swimming is my passion. I started swimming at 4 years old with Silverdale Swim School and progressed to being a very good swimmer. I started working as a teaching assistant when I was 14 and became a fully qualified Level 1 Swimming Teacher in 2014. I love to share my swimming experience with others and to see people improve their swimming ability day by day. In my spare time I enjoy sailing and badminton.