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 is swimming 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.
Swim coaching with Andrew:
Andrew is currently coaching one-to-one open water swim coaching sessions at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, Canary Wharf at £85.00 per hour session. Click to book.
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 and Leonardo London City hotel, 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm until 9:15pm.
Lindsay is available at Leonardo London City Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5pm until 9:15pm.
Leanne – at Le Méridien Piccadilly and Leonardo St Paul’s Hotels, London
Leanne is a former national level swimmer who gained a Degree in Sports Therapy at the University of Bath. Leanne is vastly experienced working with adults of all swimming and sporting abilities. Available for early morning and daytime lessons at Le Méridien Piccadilly and Leonardo St Paul’s Hotels, London.
Leanne began swimming at a young age and joined Tornadoes of South Dorset Swimming Club where she competed in both swimming and water polo. By the age of 15, she was ranked 3rd in the UK at the Commonwealth Youth Games for 50 metres freestyle. In addition to competing at a national level for swimming, Leanne also represented her county for triathlons.
Leanne’s sporting talents stretch much further than being in and around the swimming pool. As both a netball and volleyball player, she was on the first team at Team Bath and trained with the England squad for each sport. She was on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. She has also spent time working as a personal trainer, so understands how adults new to swimming and exercise feel.
Leanne particularly enjoys working with clients who are goal-oriented. So whether you are looking to learn to swim for your summer holidays, or train towards a triathlon, Leanne is the perfect swimming coach for you. She is enthusiastic, has a friendly demeanour and is naturally patient. Leanne also possesses a strong understanding of the biomechanics of swimming and is fantastic at communicating her feedback to clients. Having coached for over 10 years, Leanne is vastly experienced in her field.
In her spare time, Leanne still competes for Wandsworth Netball Club, where she plays goalkeeper for the club’s first team. She trains twice a week and competes in weekly matches. She is also the club’s strength and conditioning coach.
Swimming lessons with Leanne:
Leanne is available at Le Méridien Piccadilly on Mondays and Thursdays 7am until 2pm. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays Leanne is available 11am until 2pm.
Leanne is available at Leonardo St Paul’s hotel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 06:30am until 9:30am.
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 7:30am-10:30am, Wednesdays 12noon-3pm and 5pm-9:15pm, Fridays 2pm-4pm 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.
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 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 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.
Magda – at Le Méridien Piccadilly, London
Magda is a former national level swimmer and Solvent University Southampton graduate, having gained a Bachelors of Arts in Sports Coaching and Development. She then completed a Masters in Sports and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Westminster.
Magda swam for a club competitively from the age of 8 before taking up Pentathlons. As a national level swimmer, she is vastly experienced and passionate about both swimming as well as nutrition for both swimmers and triathletes. Having known from an early age that she wanted to be a coach, Magda has spent years analysing other coaches to improve her own performances.
During Magda’s time at Westminster University, she enjoyed writing her distinction on “Insufficient diet and how it can impact the performance and menstrual cycle of professional swimmers.” In addition, she worked with Southampton Girls Rugby Club to improve the nutritional education that the rugby players were receiving.
Magda really enjoys teaching and coaching adults swimming. Having been a competitive swimmer for over 10 years, she can not imagine life without swimming. She enjoys working with clients of all abilities and aims to inspire each client into enjoy their time in the pool as much as possible.
Magda is incredibly warm and welcoming, really helping to put clients at ease very quickly. With both her swimming and nutritional background, we strongly recommend Magda for clients who are new to exercising. Equally she can offer triathletes advice on what to eat and drink before and after sessions, as well as on race day. Being available for sessions each weekday morning at Le Méridien Piccadilly, makes swim coach Magda an excellent choice of instructor for those who enjoy starting the day by exercising.
Swimming lessons with Magda:
Magda is available at Le Méridien Piccadilly weekday early mornings, Monday to Friday 06:45am until 09:45am. On Wednesdays she also provides a 10am until 11am session.
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 medalist 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 further 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 at Le Méridien Piccadilly on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5pm until 9:15pm.. Michael is also available on Sundays from 10:30am 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:
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.
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 Thursday evening at our Le Méridien Piccadilly venue.
Like all of our instructors, swimming started at an early age for Emma, giving her the experience and passion to help others. Emma swam for Rushmore Royals swimming club and was training 8 times a week to reach county level. As her drive for swimming increased, Emma really enjoyed being able to push herself in the water.
Emma started being an assistant swimming teacher aged just 13 before becoming a fully qualified Level 2 swimming instructor 5 years ago. Her enjoyment for teaching adult one-to-one swimming lessons is that Emma gains a real sense of reward when clients accomplish their goals and overcome their challenges.
After leaving school, Emma initially turned down the opportunity to head to Exeter University and joined an accountancy firm on their school leavers programme. Investment Banking soon caught Emma’s attention and she took up a role in the middle office for just over two years before deciding to further her studies at the London School of Economics.
Emma is available for all our programmes except triathletes. We recommend taking water phobia, learn to swim or head up breaststroke into front crawl lessons with Emma. Join Emma for a dynamic, interesting and relaxed session where you will quickly feel at ease.
Emma is available for one-to-one adult swimming lessons on Thurssday evenings at Le Meridien Piccadilly from 4pm until 9:15pm.
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.
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 Manchester venue, at Worsley Park Marriott.
Swimming was introduced to Lucy at a young age, in part due to one of her family members having water phobia. Initially Lucy joined Ludlow swimming club for technique before moving onto Shrewsbury in Shropshire. It was at Shrewsbury swimming club that Lucy really began to push on with swimming competitively, becoming a regional swimmer aged 11 and a national level swimmer aged 15.
After finishing school, Lucy took a gap year to train full-time and moved to the City of Manchester Swimming Club. As a full time swimmer, Lucy was training 24 hours a week towards national and international competitions.
Lucy is now a full time student at Manchester Metropolitan University where she is studying Sports Science. This gives Lucy a wealth of knowledge about the human body and mind. Likewise, Lucy has worked with a number of leading swim coaches and this really shows when she is coaching and talking about swimming herself. Available for adults of all abilities, from learning to swim through to advanced triathletes. Lucy is also a Level 2 qualified open water swimming coach and has competed in national level open water swimming competitions.
Lucy’s path into swimming teaching and coaching began in 2012 when she qualified as an ASA poolside helper. Lucy immediately loved being on the other side and enjoys the challenge of helping to change mindset’s when it comes to learning to swim. With 4 years experience as a Level 1 and Level 2 swimming instructor, Lucy has great communication skills, has a friendly and welcoming personality, yet knows how to help clients progress each session.
Lucy is available on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 06:30am until 11am and on Saturday afternoons from 1:30pm until 5:30pm. All Lucy’s sessions are at Worsley Park hotel and country club Manchester.
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.