At Horsham Swim School , we have a fantastic team of teachers. Maggie ,Jackie and Sharon Sharman between them have over 65 years of teaching experience. We all feel very passionately about swimming and the way it is taught and wish to share our knowledge of this important life skill with your child/children.

Sharon Sharman

Qualifications

  • ASA level 2 swimming teacher
  • Baby and Pre-School – Swimming Teachers Association Aquatic Teaching Certificate
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches
  • First Aid and AED Trained.
  • Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy – (teaching people with disabilities to swim) 
  • CRB/DBS checked
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children

I have been a pre-school swimming teacher for over 5 years. Before that I was a senior manager in the London Fire Brigade for 16 years and loved every minute of it and very proud to have been a part of it. I have run my own business hiring out my two fire engines for children’s parties, hen nights etc. I was also in the Royal Navy Reserves for 6 fantastic world exploring years. I have two lovely teenage girls Amelia and Calista and a noisy dog called Satchmo, oh and a husband – Dave!

 

I love my job because it is rewarding to know you are helping children to be safe in the water – a fantastic life skill to have. My favourite lesson is the first lesson, with nervous but brave parents willing to let me put their precious bundle under the water for the first time, setting them on their wonderful swimming journey.

 

Jackie ReevesJackie Reeves

Qualifications:

  • ASA Teacher: Level 2
  • City Guilds: Level 2 NVQ in Sport Recreation and Allied Occupations;
  • Coaching, Teaching, Instructing Adults and Children (Swimming).
  • First Aid and AED Trained.
  • Teacher Rescue Test
  • Certification: The National Pool Plant Operators Certificate. This is awarded by IQL UK – the awarding body for The Royal Life Saving Society
  • CRB/DBS checked

Hello my name is Jackie Reeves and I live in Horsham with my husband Stuart . I trained as a swimming teacher when my youngest son was a baby having given up my job as an Air Hostess to become a full time mum and have now been teaching for 18 years.

My passion for swimming started from a very young age when I trained every morning before school for Crawley Swimming Club. I went on to compete in galas and competitions for both the club and the county and was Sussex Breaststroke Champion at the age of 10.

We pride ourselves at Horsham Swim School with having the best teachers in the South East of England. Our pre school programme follows a pathway associated with Swim England and our after school lesson follow the Swim England National Teaching Plan. It gives me great pleasure and job satisfaction to teach children this very important life skill  and to see the progression they make under our expert tuition. Our lessons are safe, fun and enjoyable whilst providing the basic fundamentals of each stroke.

I was swimming Course coordinator at K2 leisure Centre in Crawley when it first opened and now myself and the owner Tony Hogben carry out all of the administration and booking s for Horsham Swim School.

“As well as my teaching qualifications I have been fully trained in water treatment and I help to keep the pool at Morriswood crystal clear; I have successfully completed my Pool Plant Room Operators course. It covers everything you need to effectively maintain a Swimming Pool, Spa or Water feature. I learnt about circulation, filtration, disinfection, pH correction and heating of pool water. I also learnt how to maintain water which is safe and pleasant to swim in, how to correctly test pool water and understand how to restore it to ideal conditions. “

 

When I am not in the pool I enjoy gardening, skiing, keeping fit and walking my dog Archie.

 

Hannah Henly

 

 

 

Qualifications:

  • ASA Teacher: Level 2
  • First Aid and AED Trained.
  • Teacher Rescue Test
  • CRB/DBS checked

 

Having swam a lot as a child and enjoyed seeing my son Callum learn to swim, I became a Swim School Administrator for a private swim school covering several sites where I went on to qualify as a Level 2 Swimming Instructor and have never looked back in 9 years of teaching babies through to adults.I love being a part of a persons journey becoming safe and enjoying the water and feel so strongly that everyone should be given a safe and fun environment to learn such an important life skill.

Having now had our lovely daughter Rosie, I feel so lucky to have a job that I absolutely love and get to spend so much time with my family as well

Suzi G

 

Suzi Gerety

 

 

 

Hi, my name is Suzi and I am the latest addition to the Morriswood Team at Horsham Swim School, joining in September 2018.  I live in Buxted with my partner who is an athlete so keeps me on my toes! We both have two children each aged 11 and 12 respectively and our household contains gerbils, rats, geckos, a corn snake, a bearded dragon and our latest addition Zippy the Beagle puppy.  So not much time for much else!

Prior to having children I worked as a Recruitment Officer in HR, leaving the corporate world to start a family.  When my daughter was 18 months old I started working at a local private gym as a receptionist.  Little did I know that this gym was going to open doors I never knew existed into the aquatic world.  I began my life as a Swim School Administrator, before being promoted to Swim School Manager and eventually training as a Baby and Toddler Swimming Instructor 6 years ago!   I still work there 2 mornings a week.

I see my teaching as a privilege.  Each week I see and feel the bond that is created by spending time in the water not only parent/baby but also teacher/parent and teacher/baby and parent.   I work closely with mums and babies to ensure that they have the maximum aquatic experience in the 30 minutes I get to spend time with them each week.  I love all aspects of teaching from seeing nervous mums and babies on Day 1 to see the confident 4 year old swimming unaided and playing happily in the water before they leave to go to Primary School.

One of my strengths is working with and helping those families whose children do not enjoy swimming or being in water.  I work with parents to help them settle their children into the aquatic environment, find activities they like and let them take it at their own pace.  This then helps both parent and child change their mindset into a positive aqua sensory experience.

 

Qualifications:

  • STA Baby and Toddler Pre School qualified
  • Baby Massage & Yoga Instructor
  • Life Saving Skills Trained
  • First Aid Trained
  • Advanced DBS /Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Teacher Rescue Test

MagMaggie Grinhamgie Grinham

 

 

 

I have been a Swimming teacher for 20 years although i have been swimming ever since i can remember.

If there was a swimming team i was on it… school, girl guides, sea cadets and club.

I stopped swimming competitively due to a knee injury at the age of 15.

So as well as teaching swimming I am an aqua instructor and aquatic personal trainer and i also train and assess life guards and deliver first aid training.

I also enjoy Kayaking, walking, and reading.

I am married with a blended family of six!

I love teaching AND training and the biggest buzz is seeing someone learn a new skill.

  • ASA Preliminary Teachers Award
  • ASA Teacher: Level 2 non swimmer to Advanced.
  • ASA CPDs in Comp Swimming and Adult and Child
  •  The National Pool Plant Operators Certificate. This is awarded by IQL UK – the awarding body for The Royal Life Saving Society
  • Personal Trainer Level 3 GP Referral
  • National Academy Sports Medicine Youth Exercise Specialist
  • Aerobics, Shallow, Deep, Aqua Natal and Aqua Jog
  •  Royal Life Saving Society lifeguard
  •  Royal Life Saving Society Trainer and Assesser ( I can teacher life guards)
  • First Aid and AED Trained.
  • CRB/DBS checked

Dee Harmer

 

 

 

Hello My name is Dee Harmer.  I am delighted to be a member of the team at Horsham Swimming School

Im from Eastbourne along the Sussex Coast and grew up in and around the sea learning to sail, windsurf and waterski.  I competed in Swimming from a young age and went on to gain a swimming scholarship to University in America when I was 17. I swam long distance freestyle and the 400m Individual medley!!

Graduating from University with a Degree in Sports Science I went on to travel the world and became a scuba diving instructor.

Finally settling back in England in 2006, I set up my own business as a underwater photographer and became a swimming teacher.

I love to teach all ages and am so passionate about children learning to swim. I love the rewards it gives and the challenges it presents.

I run a Surf Lifesaving Group for young children who love the sea and I am also a Mermaid swimming instructor 😉

My husband and I have 3 beautiful children Kai age 14, Koby age 12, Lani age 11 and a beautiful shi-poo called Ted.