ABOUT US

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.

THE TEAM

 

GEMMA 

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 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 Swim England 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. She is an STA Open Water Coach and SLSGB Beach Lifeguard and STA Tutor.  

Gemma is a member of the Institute of Swimming (IOS) and an associate member of the Swimming Teachers Association (STA). 

 

 

MADDIE

 ‘Hi, I’m Maddie and am on the BA(Hons) Fashion Design course at Falmouth University. I'm a Level 2 Swim England Swimming Teacher. ’I have been a swimming teacher for 4 years. Maddie is an ex club and competitive swimmer and competed at National Open Water Championships 2016 and regional championships until 2018. Maddie enjoys teaching all ages and abilities. 

RITCHIE

Swimming was a hobby and sport that I had done since I was seven years old. Having been a club swimmer, I then swam for my school and won awards at the Manchester School Galas I decided to become a swimming teacher after a career in probation work/social work. I also represented Lancashire competing in backstroke.

I have taught swimming as a Level 2 teacher for the last 10 years.

I enjoy teaching children and adults of any ability. I regard swimming as a life skill but also enjoy teaching to competitive levels.

I am also qualified in teaching snorkelling.

SARAH A

I am a level 2 swimming teacher, parent and toddler teacher, open water coach, pool lifeguard, beach lifeguard and mermaid instructor! I also recently retrained as a sports massage therapist. 

 

I enjoy all things water and compete in open water competitions and surf lifesaving events for a local club.

 

I was a police officer for 15 years in Birmingham prior to relocating to Cornwall 4 years ago which most people can’t actually believe now….maybe it’s the bright attire and personality to match I now wear…..must be the Cornish air! 

Sarah is a L2 swimming teacher and pool & Beach lifeguard. 

GWEN

I have been teaching children and adults to swim for 25 years. I am proud to say I love it! I am a qualified Level 2 Swimming Instructor and Level 2 Synchronised Swimming (Artistic swimming) Teacher. I am certified as a National Pool Lifeguard including CPR, First Aid and AED.

 

My love for the water began at a young age. After learning to swim, I was able to progress to competing at Club, County and National age group level.

 

I have always been involved in swimming. I have taught One-One lessons-ages 3+ including Adults, Pre-School, Parent and Baby, Swim England Learn to Swim Stages 1-7, Learn to Swim Stages 8-10 Artistic Swimming, Primary and Senior School lessons as well as Competitive Swim coaching.

 

In addition to teaching swimming and life-saving skills, I have thoroughly enjoyed

coaching Artistic swimming teams and duets to achieve gold at the National Age Groups.

 

In 2010, I pursued a dream of voluntary teaching water safety and swimming to children in South East Asia. This experience was a life changer for me! On returning to the UK, I knew I wanted to live by the sea. I relocated to Falmouth. The strong, friendly community here brings a sense of belonging. It’s wonderful!

 

I believe it is essential that every child learn to swim, especially to be water-safe.

I am passionate in helping your child to achieve full comfort in the water whilst make lessons fun and inspirational in a positive learning environment

REBECCA 

When I am not in the pool I am studying for my BA Hons in English with creative writing.

Being from Cornwall, surrounded by our beautiful ocean, means I have always fostered a great passion for swimming and water sports; I hope to bring this enthusiasm with me within my role of Swimming Teacher at Freestyle! 

Rebecca is a L2 swimming teacher with her SAT safety award. 

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