Our Teachers

Meet our team

The Finn’s Swim School team are passionate about teaching swimming & safety and have a huge amount of experience between them. We are always developing our team so if you are interested in joining as an assistant or teacher do get in touch.

Having previously been on a competitive swim pathway Adam has been an accomplished swim teacher and coach since 2009, alongside an active career within children’s sports coaching, especially within the Rugby sector. Committed to developing swimmers to their fullest potential, Adam is still in touch with lots of the now young adults he coached from years ago, celebrating their personal bests and meet results. Adam is an all rounder – as Business Manager he is found in the office Monday – Friday but still fits in teaching and developing the team, alongside his coaching commitments with Shoreham Rugby Club.
Anna has been teaching for us for over 18 years now and yet still brings a new magic each term, creating fun and imaginative classes for some of our youngest swimmers. Anna is a special needs teacher by profession and utilises this knowledge within her own classes, also supporting the rest of the team with developing their teaching techniques to help children with additional needs reach their full potential. Anna teaches a range of levels at Woodlands Meed School on Tuesdays.
Anya has been swimming since she was 3 weeks old and she started competing at the age of 8 and loved every bit of it, having competed in the London Aquatic Centre among many other swimming pools across the country! Anya also enjoys open water swimming, athletics, and a good game of rounders. Now that she no longer competes, her focus is on teaching and is very important to her. Having already taught for about a year with a range of ages and abilities, Anya is now looking forward to taking on lessons at Woodlands Meed School on Saturday mornings and encouraging the kids to enjoy swimming as much as she does!
Chris is a dedicated swimming teacher, with a career spanning since 2006, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our swim school. But swimming isn’t the only skill in Chris’s arsenal. He pursued his passion for art by attending the University of the West of England in Bristol, earning a BA (Hons) in Illustration. In 2016, Chris completed a PGCE in secondary art education, leading him to teach Graphic Design and Art in various schools and colleges across the country, including 3 years in the special educational needs / social emotional and mental health sector. Chris is not just a swim teacher; he’s a versatile educator with a unique blend of experiences that enrich his teaching style. Dive into the world of swimming with Chris, on a Sunday at Windlesham, and discover the art of mastering the water!
Holly is a university student studying biology! Having just started in her teaching career, Holly enjoys a whole range of sports. Other sports she loves to play include golf and tennis. Holly has previously worked for over 2 years as a sports coach for children, so it was only natural that she took the leap to become a swim teacher herself. You can find her teaching a range of levels at Woodlands Meed School on Saturday afternoons and working closely with Chris, assisting in his lessons at Windlesham on Sundays!
Jess joined us as a teacher over 7 years ago having been taught by the Floaters founders, and decided to take the leap from swim assistant to teacher. With her background working in nurseries and childcare she is a valuable and knowledgeable member of the team, bringing understanding of key development points & progressive practices and variety to her lessons. Jess has taught a range of levels including Parent & Baby classes right through to our Advanced levels at Hurst. Jess currently teaches at Woodlands Meed School on Mondays and Thursdays, and also helps with our social media and marketing.
Juliet began her teaching career over 12 years ago after falling in love with swimming thanks to her own son’s swimming journey, and now loves nothing more than cheering on her own Performance National Squad Swimmer! Since starting out as a swim teacher Juliet has developed her passion and now not only teaches for Floaters alongside our sister company Water Babies, but is also the academy lead coach for Crawley Swimming Club at K2 Leisure Centre. Juliet continues to further her own development with CPDS in teaching additional needs, land training and open water training, and further qualifications in diving. Juliet teaches at Hurst on Saturday mornings and leads our squad swimmers, alongside supporting and developing the team in her mentor role.
Michelle is a former physiotherapist and having enjoyed the water all her life decided to re-train as a swim teacher on her return to the UK several years ago. Having first fallen in love with baby swimming with our sister company Water Babies, and then mainstream swimming as her own children have grown, Michelle is also a qualified Aqua Yoga teacher and continues to develop her aquatics career with CPDs. She is a passionate and engaging teacher; she has a natural ability to bring out the best in all her swimmers as well as producing fun and progressive lessons. Michelle teaches our Woodlands Meed School lessons on a Friday, also covering at Hurst on a Saturday on occasion.
Nicola’s love of water started from a young age when her family left England to travel the world in a house truck. Her earliest swim memory is watching her brothers swim 60 lengths a day on a campsite in Fiji, when she was just 3 years old, and copying them to completing a very proud 6 lengths! This passion for swimming continued all the way through her young life, up to competing for her local team in Portugal. In 2016, Nicola moved back to the UK to turn her passion into becoming a swim teacher! She has worked closely with multiple swim schools around Sussex as a Senior teacher and coordinator. Nicola’s biggest drive for swimming is creating a safe environment and learning space for all swimmers to enjoy such a vital life skill. Swim with her on Wednesdays at Woodlands Meed and catch her in our office the rest of the week!

Assistants & Helpers

We have a number of assistants and helpers who assist teachers in the water, most of whom have been Floaters pupils previously and love to give back. It is important to us at Floaters to continue to develop the new generation of teachers and we continue to work with our assistants in exploring where their love of water may take them. As part of their development they will on occasion lead activities as part of their development plan – always under the watchful eye of one of the team.





The Office Team

Adam leads the office as Business Manager and is joined by Nicola, Faith, Mel and Vicki. Between the team they have teaching experience themselves and manage the task of juggling class moves and bookings, pool timetables and marketing.