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.
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!