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Meet the team

Meet the team

Swimming Teacher Heather 

Hi, I’m Heather

I’ve always been a keen swimmer and have been involved in competitive swimming since the age of nine. I used to train with and swim competitively for Dronfield Dolphins Swimming Club. At the age of 17 I gained my ASA teaching qualification Level 1 and 2, and subsequently became involved in teaching and coaching at all levels and abilities within the swimming club. I’ve been teaching at the Healthy Living Centre and Queen's Park Sports Centre since 2009. My experience as a competitive swimmer has certainly increased my knowledge and understanding of swimming, and has also improved my capability and confidence as a swimming teacher.


 Swimming Teacher Katie

Hi, I’m Katie

I’ve always enjoyed swimming and first became involved in teaching swimming 12 years ago when I joined Chesterfield Swimming Club to improve my own stroke technique. My involvement at the club led to me helping on a voluntary basis with the 'learn to swim' programme, development coaching sessions and in-house galas. I really enjoyed teaching, helping children gain confidence, develop skills and improve their technique in the water and went on to complete my ASA Level 1 and 2 teaching qualifications. During my time at college I continued working for Chesterfield Swimming Club and a swim school in Sheffield before starting work at the Healthy Living Centre in March 2008. I continue to get a huge sense of satisfaction when I see children develop and progress in their swimming.


Swimming Teacher Pete B

Hi, I’m Pete B

My interest in swimming first started when my parents took me swimming as a young child. I took to swimming very quickly and swimming has been a large part of my life ever since. To develop my technique I joined the local swimming and lifesaving club and I also swam competitively for several years in swimming and lifesaving. After school I considered joining the military, but equipped with my ASA Level 1 and 2 swimming qualifications I went to work at Queen's Park Sports Centre as a lifeguard, as well as teaching on their swimming programme. Over the years I have worked for the council I have taught swimming to a wide range of groups, main stream and special need children, rookie lifeguards and also one-to-one.


Swimming Teacher Rachel

Hi, I’m Rachel

I qualified as an ASA Level 2 swimming instructor 24 years ago, and have since added to those qualifications as a special needs and parent and baby teacher. I started working at Chesterfield Borough Council, moved to North East Derbyshire Council where I worked for 21 years before moving back here just over two years ago. I’m also a qualified special needs teacher and parent and baby teacher. I qualified as a Level 2 judge last year and am involved in many swimming galas which I really enjoy. It’s lovely to meet some of the children I have taught swimming now taking part in these swimming galas and see how they’ve progressed.


Swimming Teacher Jess

Hi, I’m Jess 

I’ve enjoyed swimming from an early age and began swimming competitively at 8 and still occasionally represent my club; Rykneld Swimming Club. My highest achievements have been top three positions at the Derbyshire County Championships, a bronze and silver medal at the Midland Championships, as well as placing 8th overall in my age group. I am also a licensed Level 1 and 2 judge with British Swimming and a qualified team manager. I began volunteering in the ‘learn to swim’ classes at my swimming club, as part of my Duke of Edinburgh and I am now an ASA qualified Level 2 teacher. I love the sport and seeing how children grow, develop and progress is incredibly rewarding. I hope every child I teach enjoys all the benefits swimming has to offer. I hope to continue developing my teaching by adding to my experience and knowledge. I also want to broaden my experience by teaching different types of classes such as baby and young children.


Swimming Teacher Graham

Hi, I’m Graham

I’ve been teaching swimming for over 23 years and have both my ASA Level 2 teaching qualifications as well as ASA Level 1 disabilities coaching. I work at both centres as a swimming teacher and a lifeguard. Alongside my swimming qualifications I have also completed an NVQ Level 2 in active leisure operational services and to my great surprise I won a student of the year award. Through my teaching career I have gained great satisfaction seeing kids I have taught in their early stages go on to become club, county or national swimmers. I also find it rewarding seeing children coming into the centre and being able to swim safely and enjoy the water with their friends. I practice what I preach and keep myself fit or try to by swimming on a regular basis.



Hi, I’m Jill

I qualified as an ASA Level 2 swimming teacher in 1998 and have taught swimming ever since. I have a broad range of experience teaching children from 3 to 93 years of age, beginners to advanced and helping people with special needs.  For the last nine years most of my work has been within the schools swimming lessons at Chesterfield Borough Council alongside one-to-one tuition. I’m a busy mum of three young children and when not teaching I grow vegetables on my allotment as well as tend to my 10 chickens. Keeping active is important to me and I also enjoy dancing and gymnastics. 

Last updated on 31 March 2020