Andrew is a former Great Britain aquatic team member, having competed in both the Junior European and World Championships as a water polo player. Andrew is Turner Swim’s Founder and Managing Director.
Despite being in the U16 International Squad aged just 13, Andrew struggled immensely with his swimming. In his teenage years he then spent hours each day redeveloping his swimming technique. Training paid off and he reached his goals. However he later realised a lot of his battles could have been avoided had he focused earlier on technique rather than endless lengths of the pool.
After graduating from Manchester University and working on a sales and trading graduate programme at an investment bank, he rekindled his real love, as a full-time swimming instructor. Andrew founded Turner Swim in April 2013.
You can watch Andrew on a Sky TV programme talking about “Why it’s never too late to swim well” if you click here. Andrew has also given talks in the Experts Theatre at the London Triathlon Plus Show. The topic was on “Breathing: Turning your Triathlon swim from being a shortness of breath experience into a calm and enjoyable competitive swim.”
In his spare time Andrew still plays water polo and was part of the squad who won the Cheltenham 2014 British Championship win teaming. A regular open water swimmer, in 2018 and 2019, Andrew completed both the the Bosphorus Swim from Asia to Europe in July, as well as the 2018 River Dart 10k in September. He swam the Dock-to-Dock 5k swim in September 2020. Andrew also founded and runs the charity Water4Ethiopia. He has launched the UK’s first volunteer-run charity bottled water brand, winning the 2012 Global Water Innovation Awards Best Humanitarian Initiative.
Lindsay – at Leonardo St Paul’s and Leonardo London City hotels, London
Swim Coach Lindsay is a former International swimmer and Strathclyde University graduate. Lindsay has a decade of experience teaching and coaching adults swimming.
Lindsay has been a competitive swimmer since the age of just 7, enabling her to train and compete in different parts of the world. In the 50 meters freestyle event, Lindsay ranked 6th in the UK following her British Championship performance. One of Lindsay’s favourite swimming competitions was in the 2008 International Children’s Games in San Francisco, where she was a finalist. Lindsay was able to part of Team Scotland’s development squad for a number of years. Unfortunately an injury stopped Lindsay from competing further. However, she thrives on sharing her experiences and coaching ability that she has gained to help inspire others.
Lindsay’s BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Physical Activity gave her a great understanding of the physiology and bio-mechanics of the human body. Her other modules included nutrition, coaching and psychology too. Whilst studying, Lindsay also worked for one of Scotland’s leading swimming providers where she was the most in-demand instructor.
Swim coach Lindsay’s locations:
Swim Coach Lindsay works full-time with Turner Swim. Based at Leonardo St Paul’s hotel, Leonardo London City hotel and Marriott County Hall Waterloo, she really enjoys working with adults of all abilities. Many adults are nervous about entering the water and she helps clients who are looking to learn to swim for the first time. Open water swimmers and triathletes really benefit from Lindsay’s vast swim coaching and technical analysis skills. Lindsay is great at adapting her sessions to the style and speed of each client. This help clients to maximise their potential. She wants adults to really enjoy their time in the pool and works hard to help inspire adults.
Swimming lessons with Lindsay:
Lindsay is available at Leonardo St Paul’s hotel on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5pm until 9:15pm. She coaches the open water swim sessions near Canary Wharf on a Wednesday evening. Lindsay is available at Leonardo London City on Thursday evenings from 5pm until 9:15pm. She is available at Marriott County Hall hotel from 11am until 9:15pm.
Leanne – at The Dilly and Marriott County Hall hotels, London
Leanne is a former club level swimmer. She is a full-time swimming instructor with Turner Swim at The Dilly and Marriott County Hall hotels, London.
Leanne’s love for the water developed as a toddler at the age of 3 years old and still very much exists today. She has always had a passion for swimming, competing both as a teenager and as an adult. Leanne has also competed in the open water swimming environment. Originally from South Africa, she began teaching in the country before emigrating to the UK and joining Turner Swim.
Leanne loves seeing adult achieving success in the pool, even in the seemingly smallest of ways. She has a real knack for helping people feel at ease, particularly in tense or stressful or situations, such as being in the water for the first time.
Book in lessons with Leanne for all abilities, from water phobia and learning to swim through to advanced triathlon coaching too.
Swimming lessons with Leanne:
Leanne is available at The Dilly hotel (formerley Le Méridien Piccadilly) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:15am until 3:30pm.
Leanne is available at Marriott County Hall hotel Monday to Friday mornings from 7:30am. She also coaches afternoon sessions at the hotel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Thomas – at Leonardo Tower Bridge London and Crowne Plaza Reading hotels
Thomas is a former International swimmer and Sheffield Hallam University graduate. He is working full-time with Turner Swim at Leonardo London Tower Bridge and at the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel.
Thomas learnt to swim and joined Dorking Swimming Club at a young age. He then progressed further at Nova Centurion Swimming Club where he received training from Bill Furniss, who is now Great Britain’s head coach. He was selected to compete for England in the 2012 Olympic Park International School Games. Whilst also captaining the team, he gained a bronze medal in the 200m backstroke and a gold in the 4 x 200m freestyle team relay. Thomas then spent time at Tampa University Florida under a swim scholarship. Sadly injury sadly put an end to his further swimming aspirations.
As part of Thomas’ degree, he did a placement at British Diving where he ran a project investigating the lifestyles of young divers. As a result, he was able to provide advice aimed at improving young divers performances at competitions.
Thomas enjoys working with clients of all swimming backgrounds, from those with water phobia through to adults training for a triathlon. Friendly, welcoming and with plenty of enthusiasm, his sessions are creative and clients enjoy his informative style. He enjoys inspiring adults into enjoying swimming as much as he has. Thomas is an ideal choice of instructor for all clients and he has impressive reviews.
In the summer months, Thomas is one of Turner Swim’s open water swim coaches. We run sessions specifically for learning and improving open water swimming techniques. These include correctly wearing an open water wetsuit, breathing in cold water, sighting, drafting, turns and race tactics too. Click to watch our open water swim coaching video.
Swimming lessons with Thomas:
Thomas is available at Leonardo Tower Bridge hotel on Tuesdays 6:45am-9:45am, Wednesdays 12noon-4:15pm and 5pm-9:15pm, Fridays 12noon-4:15pm and 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Thomas is available at Crowne Plaza Reading hotel on Tuesdays 5pm-8:15pm and Thursdays 12noon-3pm and 5pm-9:15pm.
Joshua – at Marriott County Hall and The Dilly hotels, London
Joshua is a former county level swimmer and full-time swimming instructor with Turner Swim who is available at Marriott County Hall hotel and at The Dilly hotel in London.
Like the majority of the Turner Swim team, Joshua began swimming at an early age. His first memory of swimming is nervously diving into a pool and feeling a great sense of achievement from doing so. Joshua has competed for a number of clubs including Waltham Forest, Romford Town, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham Swimming Clubs. He was also the joint Captain with his team at Barking and Dagenham. Josh reached national level competitions in the 100m butterfly as well as the same level for open water swimming.
Joshua loves to work with adults who wish to better their live enjoyment in life though swimming. He really enjoys working with adults who have had a previous bad experience in water and helping to turn them into really competent swimmers. Equally though, Joshua enjoys teaching adults who want to be able to swim on holiday or to compete in triathlons, particularly if they feel the challenge may be too great to achieve.
To Joshua, swimming is a way of life, so come and try out a session and see if you enjoy being in the water as much as he does.
Swimming lessons with Joshua:
Joshua is available at Marriott County Hall between Westminster and Waterloo Monday-Thursday afternoons and evenings. He is also at The Dilly hotel at Piccadilly on Sundays and Monday morning.
Connie – at The Dilly Piccadilly and Leonardo St Paul’s hotels, London
Connie is a Geography graduate from the University of Nottingham who has competed at county level for her swimming. When she was travelling in Australia, Connie swam a 10k ocean charity swim from Mudjimba to Mooloolaba along the Sunshine Coast.
Connie loves seeing the happiness learning to swim can bring to people. When adults first learn to control their breathing a whole new underwater world becomes available to them. She finds it exciting seeing clients explore what their body is capable of and growing in confidence.
Connie is interested in making swimming more accessible and diverse and is currently collaborating with the Black Swimming Association.
Swimming lessons with Connie:
Connie is available at The Dilly hotel on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm.
Connie is available at Leonardo St Paul’s hotel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6:30am-9:30am.
Zita – at The Dilly hotel, London
Zita is a former county level swimmer who is available weekday mornings at The Dilly hotel, at Piccadilly Circus in London.
Zita’s swimming lessons journey began as a baby, joining mother and baby sessions. Her swimming progressed and Zita was swimming competitively from the age of 9. Zita represented Portsmouth Northsea swimming club, Hampshire and then Southampton University swimming clubs. She became a county champion when she won the county championships for the 200m freestyle in 2011.
Zita has really enjoyed taking part in a number of open water swims. These include the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth Cross Solent Swim 2016 to raise awareness for Motor Neurone Disease.
As a student at Imperial College London, Zita is studying for a Biomedical Engineering MSc.
Zita particularly enjoys helping adults to reach their swimming goals, whether that be to learn to swim or to working towards an event. She enjoys focusing on technique, making swimming effortless and fun. With a welcoming smile and a particularly analytical mindset, Zita is a great instructor to work with.
Swimming lessons with Zita:
Zita is available at The Dilly hotel by Piccadilly Circus Mondays to Fridays from 7am-10am.
Sonn – at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, Glasgow
Sonn graduated from the University of Stirling in Sport and Exercise Science and she also has a masters degree from Brunel University in Sport, Health and Exercise Science.
Sonn started swimming as a later child, aged 8 and remembers being the oldest in her class and feeling terrified. Remarkably Sonn then quickly started competitive swimming for City of Glasgow Swim Team where she reached National Level swimming, making finals and placing in the top 10, with my main event being the 200m backstroke and distance freestyle. Sonn then moved onto joining Stirling Swim Team whilst at the University of Stirling. She also represented the University of Stirling in University competitions and made the final for the 200m backstroke in the national BUCS competition.
Sonn enjoys swimming because it is a sport that is an environment completely different to land. She likes the feeling of being immersed in the water and how body movements are different in the water. Furthermore, I love that it is an inclusive sport and anybody at any age can start to learn to swim from babies to adults. The health benefits to swimming also appeal to her as it can improve fitness, cardiovascular system and works nearly every muscle in the body. Sonn swims as regularly as she can and has also enjoyed open water swimming events including the Thames Marathon, Henley-Marlow swim, which was a 14km swim.
Sonn enjoys teaching and coaching swimming because of the progress individuals can make, especially when adults achieve something that they didn’t think they could. She particularly likes working with adults as she believes it is never too late to learn to swim and that swimming should be a sport everyone gets the opportunity to do as it is a life skill.
Sonn is patient and understands that every individual has a different experience with swimming. With her enthusiastic personality expect Sonn to build a stong rapports with you and to then be able to get the best out of your time in the pool. Book a lesson and give Sonn’s lessons a go.
Swimming lessons with Sonn:
Sonn is available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4pm-8pm and Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8am-11am.
Jessica – at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Manchester
Jessica is a social policy Bsc graduate who has always loved being in the pool. Aged 3, Jessica went swimming twice a week. At 6 years old she remembers helping her brother overcome his fear of water and she later taught him to swim 15 meters.
Jessica briefly swam at Salford Swimming Club. These days she always feels more relaxed when in the water and finds it helps her to take a break from day to day life and focus on her mental and physical wellbeing. Jessica swims twice a week and recently had her second child meaning home life has become more exciting. She has recently introduced her baby daughter to the water and is continuing to build up her 5 year old son’s confidence in the pool.
With a real passion to help others, Jessica is often found doing fundraising swim marathons and other events. She feels as though her time is always put to the best use when she is helping adults to gain great progress in the pool. Jessica is also very passionate about helping current swimmers develop the best techniques in order to swim more effectively. When completing her teaching qualification Jessica worked with former olympic swimming Jessica Lloyd to develop her butterfly.
Jessica has worked with a wide range of adult clients both in Manchester but also in Spain where she lived in Murcia for a couple of years. So whatever your level of swimming or non-swimming ability, Jessica’s lessons are highly recommended.
Swimming lessons with Jessica:
Jessica is available at Worsley Park Marriott hotel on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 4:45pm-5:45pm and 6pm-9pm.
David – at The Dilly hotel (formerly Le Méridien Piccadilly), London
David is a former county-level swimmer and has worked as a swimming instructor on a full-time basis in the private sector since April 2011. David has been working with Turner Swim for over 4 years and is a vastly experienced instructor.
Originally competing for Romford, David quickly progressed onto Hornchurch Swimming Club. At Hornchurch, he picked up a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle county final and a top five finish in the 200m breaststroke London regional final. As a 16 year old, David qualified for the British nationals in the 100m butterfly finishing with a time of just 58.6 seconds.
David was captain of Hornchurch Swimming Club for 3 years and began his coaching career at the club too. He enhanced his swimming and coaching knowledge by taking part in coaching clinics run by the British head coach. This also involved watching international swimmers demonstrating under the coaches’ guidance. These courses included theory sessions and land based training too.
David is a very experienced instructor and has worked purely with adults at Turner Swim for over four years. As an instructor David enjoys setting clients new challenges and thinking of different ways to get the most from an individual’s skills. Despite David’s high flying swimming achievements, he particularly enjoys teaching our water confidence, learn to swim and head up breaststroke into front crawl programmes, along with our stroke improver course, thriving on the rewards of introducing new clients to swimming with correct techniques. David is passionate about swimming. He has a very calming and reassuring manner that helps clients to feel at ease with him. At Turner Swim, we highly recommended David.
David is at The Dilly hotel (formerly Le Méridien Piccadilly) each weekday evening from 5pm-8pm David is also available for afternoon lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
Toby – at Marriott County Hall Westminster, London
Toby is a former county level swimmer who is currently studying a BSc in Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University.
Toby began swimming at a young age and quickly became a competitive swimmer for London’s Saxon Crown swimming club. Toby trained hard, focused on good quality technique resulting in his efforts being rewarded by being selected for county level swimming events over several years. Whilst studying for his ASA Level 2 swimming teaching qualification, Toby went back to Saxon Crown to volunteer as a coach to gain further experience.
Toby enjoys working with adults of all abilities, particularly helping those learning to swim. Toby also holds the YMCA Level 3 Personal Training Qualification, making him an ideal choice of instructor for adults looking to improve their technique to then use swimming as a good form of fitness, strength and flexibility. Toby is naturally calm, adapts his teaching and coaching styles to meet individual client’s needs and speeds of learning well to help clients gain impressive results. Like all of our instructors, Toby works from the same Turner Swim programmes and records progress each session.
Toby spent time in the air cadets as a sports manager. During this time he successfully coached the squadron swimming team to winning the London wing regional levels competition.
Swimming lessons with Toby:
Toby is available at Marriott County Hall for 16 sessions per week spread on Saturdays from 8am until 5:30pm and Sundays 10:30am until 8pm.
Katie – at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Manchester
Katie is a current Great Britain international swimmer, providing a limited number of private one-to-one adult swimming lessons at Turner Swim Manchester.
Katie learnt to swim aged 3 and by the age of 7 was already competing for the City of Salford swimming club. Since the age of 16, Katie has been training and competing for Stockport Metro swimming club at their High Performance Centre. In 2020, Katie has the Olympic games trials with her main event being the 200m breaststroke.
Katie trains 10 times per week in the pool, with each session being up to 2 and half hours in length. In addition, Katie does 3 gym sessions and extra cardio too. Katie also trains abroad and spent 3 weeks in Florida this Autumn, so please check our up to date online booking system for Katie’s availability to avoid any disappointments.
After her A-levels, Katie took 2 years out to focus on her swimming. In addition to being a full-time athlete, Katie is now in her second year studying Sport and Exercise Science at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Despite Katie’s international swimming successes, she is very down to earth, incredibly friendly and is keen to help adults with their swimming. As a Level 2 qualified swimming instructor, Katie enjoys working with adults of all swimming abilities. So whether you are keen to overcome water phobia, learn to swim or gain breaststroke technique types from the current British Champion, Katie is a fantastic choice of instructor for you.
Kate is usually available for one-to-one adult swimming lessons at Turner Swim Manchester on Mondays and Tuesdays 12noon until 2pm and Fridays 11am until 2pm. As Katie does sometimes train abroad, please check our online booking system for her up to date availability.
Jake is a former county-level swimmer and recent Exercise and Sport Sciences Graduate from the University of Exeter.
Jake started swimming competitively from a young age at Backwell Swimming Club in Bristol. Over the next few years he gained county times and a club record in butterfly and freestyle events. He started coaching aged 14 as a volunteer and gained his Level 2 Teaching and Level 1 Coaching qualifications. After a couple of injuries put a stop to his swim training, coaching became his main focus; he volunteered twice a week to lead training sessions and often gave up Saturdays to coach novice swimmers at competitions. Swimming is still a hobby of Jake’s, but he now prefers a swim in the sea to in the pool.
During his time at the University of Exeter, Jake completed his dissertation entitled “Dyspnea and anxiety during the cold shock response”, giving him a good understanding of the psychological and physiological mechanisms behind a swimmer’s response to cold water. He also completed modules on Strength and Conditioning and Motor Skill Acquisition, amongst others, which have further informed his coaching practices. Additionally, Jake captained the University Karate Club, winning medals at the highly competitive BUCS National Championships in 2019 and 2020. During this time he trained under multiple World Champions, including the current England Squad head coach. Working with and supporting the University competition squad, especially the novice competitors, was hugely rewarding for him and he brings the same supportive attitude to his swim coaching.
Jake enjoys coaching swimmers of all levels and helping others to achieve their goals. He has knowledge of competitive swimming from his own experience and of open-water swimming from swimming with his dad, one of the few people currently to have swum the Bristol Channel. He brings enthusiasm and a supportive attitude to all of his coaching sessions, whether in the evening or first thing in the morning.
Louise is a regular swimmer and former county level golfer having played for Staffordshire County Girls before graduating from the University of Derby with honours in Business Studies.
Louise learnt to swim at around 5 years old and from age 8-13 attended a weekly club style swimming session at Sneyd Swim School in Staffordshire. Louise qualified as a swimming teacher and an indoor climbing instructor in 2018 after searching for a change of career. Having been involved in many sports since childhood, Louise decided that teaching people to swim and climb would be a good fit for her and a way of giving back and helping others. Louise enjoys teaching both children and adults but there’s something extra special about helping adults to overcome many years of fear or setbacks and begin to make progress in basic water skills before moving on to developing full strokes. Louise loves the challenge of teaching adults who think they will never get better, that they are only destined for a quick splash in a holiday pool. To see the progression and happiness in these clients when they learn new skills and progress to full strokes is wonderful!
Louise has participated in many sports throughout her teenage years including Street Dance, Contemporary Dance, Cross Country Running, Netball and Golf. Louise took up golf at the age of 13 and regularly played for the junior and ladies’ team and quickly made a name for herself as someone to watch at her club. Louise became Junior Captain of Wolstanton Golf Club for 2012 and was selected for the county girls’ team when she was 17. Louise has played in many club level and national level singles and doubles events, mostly with her dad, and can proudly say we won a few of these against other talented golfers up and down the country.
Golf took a step back as University progressed, but the sporting interests didn’t stop! Whilst at University Louise joined the Rowing club and competed in local and national events and more recently Louise loves climbing, swimming, surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking!
Louise works part-time with Turner Swim and is based at the Mercure Walton Hall Hotel and Spa in Warwickshire and the Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Louise is available at Warwick from 7-11am on Mondays, 4-7pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and at Hinckley from 4-8pm on Monday and Thursday and 7-10am on Tuesdays.