Hi, my name is Denise. I learned to swim at the King Edmund School (KES) while my mum was the council instructor there. I qualified myself in 1985 and worked for various swim schools before taking over lessons at King Edmund in September 1990, soon after my Mum had retired. I am married and have three children who all learned to swim with Kingfishers and all play an active role in the swimschool now. I love my job and get real satisfaction from seeing the children do something for the first time, whether it be the most nervous child getting in the pool without any tears to the more advanced children completing their 5000m badge! My hobbies include swimming (naturally), cycling and running and I try to do one of these activities every day.
Hi, I'm Hazel I have worked for the swim school since 2006. I am married and have three grown-up sons. During the day I work as the administrator for Kingfishers and am usually your first point of contact when you email or phone us. I love teaching swimming and find my job very rewarding.
Hi, my name is Jordan. I have been swimming at Kingfishers for my whole life as I'm Denise's youngest daughter. I qualified as a Level 2 Instructor and now teach at the swim school. I love outdoor adventurous activities and have worked at children's outdoor centres across the country, mostly leading groups of school children.
I am an ASA Adult and Child qualified instructor for the under 3's.
I am also responsible for keeping your children's badge records up to date and making sure they progress onto the right badge and sticker chart.
Hi, I'm Sophie. As Denise's eldest daughter I've also been around a long time! I have worked at the swim school since 2002 when I started helping with the younger classes. Since then, I trained as a Level 1 and 2 instructor before heading off the university to study Primary Education. I have worked in local primary schools as a teacher, but have recently left to run Thursday, Friday and Saturday Kingfishers. I am an ASA Adult and Child qualified Instructor for the under 3's. and I have a young baby myself. I am excited to be offering the new Adult and Child classes at Kingfishers.
We have lots of young helpers who have mostly come through the swim school as pupils before returning to help with the younger children. Some of our helpers go on to train as instructors themselves.
All our teachers hold either the National Pool Lifeguard qualification or the ASA Rescue Test for Teachers. At least one of the teachers working each evening holds a current first aid qualification. A phone is always available on poolside for emergencies.