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. Andrew has signed up to swim the Bosphorus from Asia to Europe in July 2018. 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.
Melinda is the current British Finswimming Champion and has been the gold medallist for 2013-2017. Melinda also won a 2014 British Masters swimming event.
Having completed her degree in the faculty of Sport and Health Science, Melinda began working full-time in the swimming and fitness coaching industry. Melinda particularly enjoys working with adults on a one-to-one basis as she enjoys seeing the progress that clients make compared to taking group swimming lessons.
Melinda began swimming at an early age and has really spent her life in and around the swimming pool, with a particular love for finswimming. Melinda is a former finswimming European champion and Junior World Champion.
Melinda is available for our programmes, helping clients with water phobia and learning to swim, through to stroke improvers and those training to find marginal gains as triathletes. With a strong sense of professionalism, an ability to get on with and assist clients of all backgrounds as well as having a real drive to help clients progress well, Melinda is a great instructors to choose. Melinda often spends time doing further reading about specific injuries and illnesses, to be able to further assist adults who are facing greater challenges in reaching their goals.
Melinda is available mostly at our Marriott County Hall venue, being available there on a Monday evening, Tuesday daytime, Wednesday morning and daytime, Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon. Melinda is also at Le Meridien Piccadilly on a Tuesday evening
Lara is a former national level swimmer and gained a full NCAA Division 1 Athletic Scholarship at Fordham University, New York, as a result of her academic and swimming talent.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a Major in Marketing and a Minor in Visual Arts, Lara began a career in marketing in Miami. Born in Derby, Lara returned to the UK to work as an account manager for a global branding and packaging design firm. Lara then helped to launch a brand of premium doughnuts.
In 2017, Lara decided to enter the Breca Buttermere Sprint SwimRun event. The SwimRun events involve running in a short wetsuit through the hills and then swimming in trainers through the lakes. After being a competitive swimmer for 16 years, Lara found that training for the event reignited her passion for the sport. Lara then began to think seriously about changing her career from account management to a more interpersonal role as a swimming coach.
Lara began teaching and coaching swimming when she was at school, so has years of experience behind her, in addition to her full Turner Swim training. Lara encourages strong interaction between clients and herself, helping to maintain a positive and enjoyable environment during the lesson. Lara is an ideal instructor for all of the Turner Swim programmes as she not only encourages adults to learn to swim as an important life skill, but also for long term participation in the sport of swimming. Lara’s competitive edge also helps clients looking to improve their skills for open water and triathlon events to take their swimming to the next level.
Lara’s list of swimming awards feels endless, particularly as she trained for 30 hours a week at her peak, but one of her favourites is holding the 2007/2008 Florida State Record in the 200 yards freestyle relay.
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 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 still trains with Hornchurch masters and he competed in the one mile Great London open water swim at Royal Victoria Docks in 2016. David has longer term ambitions of swimming the English Channel.
David 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 an excellent instructor to choose for all of Turner Swim’s programmes, apart from the advanced open water and triathlon courses. David prefers to swim in swimming pools where as Andrew and Krys both thrive in the outdoor open water environment. David is passionate about swimming and he has a very calming and reassuring manner that helps clients to feel at ease with him. 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 recently taught a client to swim a mile butterfly!
David is available Mondays to Thursdays 12noon until 9:15pm and on Fridays from 12noon until 8pm.
Ollie is a British Triathlon Level 2 qualified coach and has previously qualified for the 70.3 World Age Group Triathlon Championships.
As a teenager, Ollie represented his county at swimming. With a strong work ethic and bags of energy, Ollie quickly realised that he was very much suited to both being a triathlete and coaching triathletes too. Ollie has a decade of swim coaching experience and has taught different fitness classes across London, including working as a Pilates teacher. However, his number one passion is triathlon swimming coaching.
In 2013, Ollie came second in his age group at the 70.3 ironman Wimbleball event and qualified for the world championships. Unfortunately Ollie is now very aware of the balance between training hard as a triathlete and over training, as he injured his knee just 4 weeks before the World Championships and so had to withdraw from the event. Ollie has completed many other triathlon events including the London triathlon, the Galway 70.3, Ironman UK, Ironman Lanzarote, Ironman Nice, and Ironman Cozumel. In addition Ollie has completed 7 standalone marathons including London 3 times and New York.
Ollie really enjoys the freedom and space of open water swimming and open water swimming coaching. Ollie gets great satisfaction in seeing improvements in swimmers that he coaches, whether its swims with a more efficient technique or faster times. Ollie also enjoys introducing those new or nervous about open water swimming to our sport and seeing clients gain enough confidence to enter their first open water swim or triathlon is hugely rewarding. Ollie has a mountain of knowledge about swimming coaching and triathlon events, but equally he has the ability to describe very clearly the techniques that he would like clients to do and why they may be of benefit to their swimming or overall triathlon events.
Ollie is currently providing open water swim coaching with Turner Swim at our Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre venue in Millwall Dock near Canary Wharf. Ollie is with us for both one-to-one and group coaching sessions and is available on a Wednesday and Friday morning from 06:30am to 10:30am.