In a county surrounded by sea, we believe it is so important for all ages to have an understanding of their own ability and limitations in water. At Freestyle Swim School we aim to overcome barriers to water development, so that swimmers are both confident and competent in the pool and the sea.
All teachers are fully qualified either by the ASA or the STA and hold up-to-date CRB checks and relevant safeguarding certification and lifesaving qualifications. We hold civil, public and employers’ liability insurance of which documentation can be seen upon request. All Freestyle Swim School teachers have had an up-to-date CRB check and there is ALWAYS at least one qualified lifeguard at sessions.
Gemma trained at club level in her youth and swimming has always been a passion of hers. Working around bringing up her three children in Falmouth, her career has always involved teaching. A brainwave one evening of combining her passions/skills led to the opening of the swim school in 2011. Numbers steadily grew and the swim school has gone from strength to strength.
"My passion for teaching others to enjoy the water has not faltered and I continue to wish to provide safe, fun, small group lessons where all benefit.
My experience of working with children and a first class degree in Early Childhood Studies mean my teaching philosophy for young children is underlined by a play-based approach. With older children needing greater stroke acquisition focus, lessons are well planned and structured according to learners’ individual needs, whilst keeping lessons fresh and fun."
Gemma is an ASA Level 2 swimming instructor and holds the National Rescue Test for Swimming Teachers and Coaches. Gemma also holds the STA Baby and Pre-school Level 2 Award and leads the Learn to Swim programme.
Gemma is a member of the Institute of Swimming (IOS) and an associate member of the Swimming Teachers Association (STA).
Clare is a ASA level 2 qualified swim teacher and Level 1 swim coach.
Clare works hard to ensure all clients work to their own level and with their specific aims in mind she plans all sessions accordingly. Her lessons are structured, progressive and you receive feedback as to how you can improve your swimming in your own time to compliment your lessons.
"I get great satisfaction from helping individuals learn to swim and realise their potential aquatic skills while gaining invaluable water confidence and enjoyment."
Clare teaches on Mondays and Fridays at Truro High School and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Chycara. Clare also teaches adults on a 1:1 basis and coaches more advanced swimmers for fitness, to improve technique or for specific events.
Tim is an ASA level 2 instructor and holds the National Rescue Award for swimming teachers. Coming from a background in coaching all types of sport in primary schools, Tim has always been keen to promote the benefits of being active to children and no better place than the pool! He also plays football for a local side and is running the Truro half marathon.
Having worked with all age ranges in the past, Tim is confident with pre-school non-swimmers through to the older more able swimmers. Tim teaches on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at Eden Lodge.
Sarah is an ASA level 2 instructor as well as an ASA Open Water Coach. She holds the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.
Sarah was a Detective in the policeforce for 15 years before relocating to Cornwall in early 2017. Having taught and swam competitively, Sarah decided to follow her dreams and pursue a career in the water.
Sarah’s lessons are structured and disciplined but she also likes to make sure there is always an element of fun and enjoyment. She is keen to incorporate water safety into lessons from an early age.
"I like the children to enjoy their time in the pool and to look forward to coming to my swimming lessons. I also get as excited as the children when swimming goals are reached."
Sarah currently competes in open water swimming events and will look to utilise her open water coaching qualification running some spring/summer sessions for Freestyle Swim School.
My name is Séraphine McCormick, I am a 20 year old student at Falmouth university. I am studying photography in hopes to have a pet photography hobby with my main passion and chosen career path being with swimming. I have the STA Level 2 Award in Swim Teaching. I have also been working as a lifeguard for 3 years.
I have been swimming since before I can remember and competed since I was 7 until my GCSEs! I’ve continued this brilliant sport competing less often than before but still swimming in some events every now and then including some open water events. I have had the great opportunity to work with Gemma and the rest of the team. Everyone is so passionate about this career path and it is such a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone. I’ve always enjoyed being able to pass my skills to others and help teach this vital life skill.
I love being able to create close relationships with each swimmer ensuring they have a great time in my lessons and get as much out of the time as possible. My favourite part of this job is when a swimmer reaches a goal and we all get really excited and motivated to keep going!
I’m Yasemin, an Interior Design student at Falmouth University.
This is now my 7th year teaching swimming and I enjoy it just as much as when I first started!
I’ve been a competitive swimmer since I was 8 years old, but gradually slowed down on training to focus more on school work and have time to teach instead. Currently I am ASA Level 2 Teaching Aquatics and ASA Level 1 Coach qualified.
My top hobby is travelling and seeing new places. On my gap year I did three months volunteering for primary schools in Fiji and Thailand where I taught English & Maths, sang songs, played games and just had the best time!
The aim with all my swimming lessons is to deliver a session where the swimmers are challenged, improve, and enjoy themselves so that they look forward to coming back next week!