All our teachers have competitive swimming experience alongside the required qualifications. We feel that having the competitive experience adds intangibles that cannot be taught on any course, this way we can ensure that the correct technique is taught from the very first swimming lesson!
I am a 21 year old student at the University of Edinburgh studying Accounting & Business. I have been a competitive swimmer since I was 7 years old, represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015 and am currently the Scottish National Record Holder in 100m Butterfly.
How did you learn to swim? - Ironically, my mum cannot swim which is largely why she was so keen for me to learn to swim at a young age. I went to swimming lessons as a baby and progressed from there before joining my first swimming club when I was 7 years old.
Why swimming important to you? – Not only is swimming a very important life skill, it is also so much fun. Personally, swimming has opened up so many opportunities for me but even for those who do not want to take it so seriously, it is great to be able to swim on holiday etc.
Fun fact - I am half Scottish and half Chinese.
Fourth year student at University of Edinburgh studying for a Masters in Chemistry. Started my swimming career by joining my local swim team – Elgin ASC – at the age of 7 and retired in 2017 after competing for Edinburgh University Performance team for one year. Attended multiple National competitions for a young age and specialised in 100m and 200m backcrawl.
How did you learn to swim – Learnt to swim at the local swimming pool in Elgin from the age of 3.
Why is swimming important to you? – Swimming has been a huge part of my life from such a young age as I had watched my older brother and sister at competitions for years until I was old enough to compete myself. My best memories are from the side of the pool – whether that be training camps in the sun, laughs with teammates, or getting those best times that I had worked so hard for. Swimming has opened so many doors for me, and I love having the chance to inspire younger people in the hope that this sport will offer them some amazing opportunities in the future too.
Fun Fact – My favourite animal is a cat.
Cara joined Grangemouth ASC at 8 years old progressing to Falkirk's elite swim team FIRST where she swam competitively for over 10 years, Currently studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde
How did you learn to swim? - Participated in swimming lessons in Linlithgow.
Why swimming is important to you? - Swimming has been part of my life for such a long time and I really enjoy the environment and the friendships I have gained from it!
I have been teaching swimming for over 2 years now. I am currently in my third year studying sports business management at the University of Stirling. I am a former swimmer for Bellshill sharks where I swam competitively for 10 years until I moved to Stirling for university. When starting university, I decided it was time for something new so I joined the water polo team and have competed with them ever since!
How did you learn to swim - I learned to swim from a young age at my local swimming lessons in Bellshill.
Why is swimming important to you - Swimming has been a huge part of my life for over 10 years now, it has gave me so many opportunities and I have created lifelong friendships. Swimming is also such an important skill to have and i love being able to open doors for other young swimmers.
Fun fact - My favourite colour is pink!