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 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 probationary STA Tutor.
Gemma is a member of the Institute of Swimming (IOS) and an associate member of the Swimming Teachers Association (STA).
Clare is a Swim England Level 2 qualified swim teacher and Level 2 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 at Truro High School and Wednesdays 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 Swim England 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 spends time looking after (or running around after !) his 2 boys when not teaching!
Tim is experienced and confident with pre-school non-swimmers through to the older more able swimmers. Tim teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Chycara.
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!
Yasemin teaches at Truro High School on Saturday and Sunday.
‘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.
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.
I am a STA qualified Swim Instructor, OW coach and Aquaphobia Coach. Having spent much of my childhood in the water, I have always enjoyed the freedom that open water swimming gives you and the opportunity to challenge your limits. So, I decided to take my passion and turn it into a career. I started as a swim instructor in 2019, teaching children in after school clubs and private lessons, before completing my Open Water coaching qualification and starting my own Swim Coaching company, based in Newquay.
For me, being able to swim is one of the most important life skills someone could ever have, especially living in Cornwall. I feel extremely privileged to be in this position, teaching potentially life-saving skills, whilst giving children and adults the confidence and freedom they get from being in the water.
I, myself love being close to nature and spend as much time possible outside, hiking, running, swimming, surfing as well as working on my other small ice cream van business.
My moto is that you are only ever one swim away from a good mood!