At Horsham Swim School , we have a fantastic team of teachers. Linda Hooker,Jackie Reeves 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
  • Baby and Pre-School – Swimming Teachers Association Aquatic Teaching Certificate
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches
  • Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy – (teaching people with disabilities to swim) Foundation Course
  • DBS
  • 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.

 

Linda HookerLinda Hooker

Qualifications:

  • ASA Teacher: Level 2
  • NPLQ (National Pool Life Guard)
  • City Guilds: Level 2 NVQ in Sport Recreation and Allied Occupations;
  • Coaching, Teaching, Instructing Adults and Children (Swimming).
  • First Aid and AED Trained.
  • CRB/DBS checked

 

 

I have been teaching for over 25 years and have been involved with swimming for over 50 years.

From a very young age I have always loved swimming as a sport. When I was younger I competed at Club and National Level. Now in my later years I still compete as a Master at Club, County and National level and recently competed with the GB Team at the European and World Masters Swimming Championships.

I am married to Keith and have two children and one granddaughter, who I absolutely adore.

As I have been involved with the sport for over 50 years I have a lot of knowledge and experience which I now want to pass down. I don’t expect to make Olympians out of all my swimmers, but I’d like every child to be able to swim a short distance that may one day save their life. Having said this, I have seen a few of my pupils excel in the sport and currently have one swimmer on the National Swimming team and another with a Sports Scholarship at Plymouth Leander where she is doing very well.

 

Apart from swimming I enjoy gardening, cooking and socialising.

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 and my 3 sons. I trained as a swimming teacher when Luke was a baby having given up my job as an Air Hostess to become a full time mum and have now been teaching for 15 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.

 

“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.