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 and it was in his teenage years that he spent hours each day redeveloping his swimming technique. Training paid off and he reached his goals, but 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 a talk in the Experts Theatre at the London Triathlon Plus Show, 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 for his home town club Cheltenham and was part of the squad who won the 2014 British Championships. A regular open water swimmer, his 2017 UK events included the Great London Swim at Royal Victoria docks, the Fix Splash at Hackney as well as the London Dock-2-Dock 10k swim, known in the swimming world as the marathon. In 2018, Andrew completed both the the Bosphorus Swim from Asia to Europe in July, as well as the River Dart 10k in September. Andrew also founded and runs the charity Water4Ethiopia and he has launched the UK’s first volunteer-run charity bottled water brand, winning the 2012 Global Water Innovation Awards Best Humanitarian Initiative.
Andrew finds it particularly rewarding developing water confidence and learn to swim clients as well as those training for a triathlon. Please visit our bookings page to book in your sessions.
Lindsay – at Le Méridien Piccadilly and Marriott County Hall Westminster, London
Lindsay is a former International swimmer and Strathclyde University graduate who has several years 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. Through many hours of training and dedication each week, Lindsay was able to part of Team Scotland’s development squad for a number of years, gaining unrivalled swimming experience. Unfortunately an injury stopped Lindsay from competing further but she thrives on sharing her experiences and coaching ability that she has gained from her sporting background to help engage and inspire others into enjoying swimming.
Lindsay’s BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Physical Activity gave her a greater understanding of the physiology and bio-mechanics of the human body, further knowledge of nutrition and coaching psychology too. Whilst studying for her degree, Lindsay also worked for one of Scotland’s leading swimming providers where she was the most in-demand instructor that the company employed.
Lindsay is a full-time instructor with us, based at our Le Méridien Piccadilly venue. Lindsay really enjoys working with adults of all abilities, from those nervous about entering the water, for clients who are looking to learn to swim for the first time, through to open water swimmers and triathletes looking to tap into Lindsay’s vast swim coaching and technical analysis skills. Lindsay is great at adapting her sessions to the style and speed of each client, to help clients to maximise their potential. Lindsay wants adults to really enjoy their time in the pool and works hard to help inspire adults with their swimming.
Swimming lessons with Lindsay:
Lindsay is available at Le Méridien Piccadilly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12noon until 3pm.
Lindsay is available at Marriott County Hall Westminster Monday and Thursday evenings from 5pm until 10:30pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5pm until 9:15pm.
David – at 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 nearly 4 years and is a vastly experienced instructor.
David originally competed for Romford but quickly progressed onto Hornchurch Swimming Club where 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 and 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 three 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 and he has a very calming and reassuring manner that helps clients to feel at ease with him. David is highly recommended.
David is at Le Méridien Piccadilly each weekday evening from 5pm until 9:15pm. David is also available for afternoon lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12noon until 3pm.
Greta – at Le Méridien Piccadilly, London
Greta is a former national level triathlete and Oxford University graduate who is coaching part-time with Turner Swim whilst working independently as an artist.
Greta has always enjoyed being in the water and started competing for Saxon Crown swimming club in London at the age of 10. Training multiple times per week enabled Greta to reach regional level for swimming between the ages of 10 and 14. In addition to swimming, Greta is a keen runner and cyclist so was quickly attracted to competing in triathlons too. As a teenager Greta competed at national level for triathlons, with her particularly enjoying triathlons that begin in the open water.
Like all of our instructor, Greta has been fully trained in the Turner Swim teaching methods, working from the same programmes and recording progress each session as all of our coaches. Greta has a fantastic manner with clients, is friendly and personable yet is excellent at delivering technical analysis. This means that clients are able to feel relaxed with Greta yet receive detailed coaching that helps adults to progress quickly with their swimming. Greta is an ideal instructor to choose for any of the Turner Swim programmes, from being a patient water phobia and learning to swim instructor through helping clients requiring Triathlon swimming coaching.
London Swimming lessons with Greta:
Greta is based at our Le Méridien Piccadilly venue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday mornings and afternoons.
Ross – at Le Méridien Piccadilly and Marriott County Hall Westminster, London
Ross is a former UK national swimming level swimmer, county champion and University of East Anglia graduate.
Although Ross graduated with a business degree, his passion for teaching and coaching swimming began before starting at University. Ross’ swimming coaching started at his home swimming club before becoming Head Coach at a local triathlon club. After graduating, Ross has been teaching swimming in Hong Kong and China being based in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chonqing.
Ross’ competitive swimming background began at an early age at White Darts swimming club and progressed to win Kent county championships and represent his county at inter-county meets. Ross also competed at the South East regional competitions held at Crystal Palace and later qualified for the National Championships at Ponds Forge narrowly missing out on a final place.
Ross’ best stroke was breaststroke and as a sprinter achieved a Kent county event best time for 50m and gold in the 100m. He also won county gold medals for 50m butterfly, 100m and 200m individual medley. Ross also enjoyed open water swimming in Hong Kong and would be delighted to share with you his open water experiences abroad.
Ross’ caring nature enables him to really understand what clients are looking for from their time with him. Approachable, understanding and full of personality, Ross is available for all Turner Swim programmes and personal swimming training too. Ross is driven and enjoys helping clients to make the most out of each hour with him so be prepared to be inspired and pushed to new levels each session!
Ross’ Availability:Ross coaches at Marriott County Hall on Mondays 5pm until 9:30pm, Tuesdays 11am until 3pm, Wednesdays 06:30am until 9:30am and Thursdays 6:30am until 3pm.Ross is at Le Meridien Piccadilly on Mondays 12noon until 4pm, Tuesdays 5pm until 8pm, Wednesdays 12noon until 3pm and Sundays 11:30am until 7:30pm.
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:
During the summer months, Toby is available for 35 bookable coaching hours each week across both our Le Méridien Piccadilly and Marriott County Hall London 5-star hotel venues.
At Le Méridien Piccadilly, Toby is available for early morning sessions on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons too.
At Marriott County Hall Toby provides sessions on Wednesday mornings and Sundays too. From 16 September onwards Toby is available just at Marriott County Hall but for 16 bookable sessions per week spread over a Saturday and Sunday.
Michael – at Le Méridien Piccadilly, London
Michael is former county, regional and national level swimmer working on a part-time basis with Turner Swim at our Le Méridien Piccadilly venue.
Michael loved swimming from a young age and feels that his attraction for the sport began as a pure fitness challenge. Michael now really appreciates the psychological benefits of swimming as the sport enables him to switch off and enjoy working out.
Michael, like Turner Swim instructors Toby and Greta, began swimming at Saxon Crown swimming club. Training 7 times a week enabled Michael to reach the London regional championship final in the 100 meters backstroke event. Michael’s favourite event was the 50 meters backstroke and he was a silver medallist in the Kent county championships medley relay team. As part of the English schools swimming association competition, Michael reached the national finals in both the team freestyle and medley relays.
Michael has a good energy vibe, has a great ability to be both personable but to also provide intensive swimming lessons to enable great client progression. Being a keen learner, Michael is constantly developing his swimming teaching and coaching skills futher and he really thrives on taking client feedback on-board.
Michael is currently enjoying studying Dentistry at King’s College London. Having moved to Kent aged 3 from Taiwan, Michael is also able to provide adult swimming lessons in Mandarin.
Outside of swimming, music is an important part of Michael’s life too and he has Grade 8 in both the Guitar and Piano.
Michael is available on Wednesday and Friday evenings as well as Sunday mornings and afternoons at Le Méridien Piccadilly London.
Emma – at Le Méridien Piccadilly, London
Emma is a former county level swimmer working who has recently finished working in Investment Banking to study Economics at LSE. Emma is working part-time at Turner Swim on a Monday evening at our Le Méridien Piccadilly venue.
Lucy – at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Manchester
Lucy is a former national level swimmer who was training as full-time swimmer until earlier in 2019. Lucy is based in our new Manchester venue, at Worsley Park Marriott.