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Our Team

Founders and Tutors

Alison Bell

Alison has been a Swim England Tutor delivering ASA courses for over 25 years. Alison’s experience as a tutor has resulted in her being an ASA Advanced Practitioner supporting and mentoring trainee tutors through the ASA Tutor Training Programme with Aquability.

Alison has been teaching swimming since 1985 and is the founder of ABC Swim School located at Shooters Hill Sports Centre.  ABC swim school has developed so many competent swimmers over the years and the results her students achieve are a testament of Alison’s abilities and love for swimming. 

Alison was the National Coach for Synchronised swimming for the European Championship 1993 & 1995, World Championships 1994, Goodwill Games 1994 and Commonwealth Games 1994. Her swimmers achieved two silver medals to her credit in Solo and Duet events. Today Alison runs synchronized swimming lessons for fun at ABC swim school and creates routines to display at gala’s.

Alison continues to write and present a wide variety of Continuing Professional Development seminars with the desire now to branch out into helping children and adults with specific needs.

Alison also enjoys creating resources and consultation. Here are a few that Alison has consulted on ‘Make a splash’ (2004 ASA Merchandising), ‘Teach Your Child To Swim’ (2006 Usborne Publishing Ltd) and ‘The Young Swimmer (1997 Dorling Kindersley Ltd London).

Lorna Crust

Lorna is a qualified PE teacher with a BEd Honours Degree, an ASA (Swim England) Tutor delivering ASA courses and CPDS, a SCuk Tutor delivering safeguarding courses and runs her own Swim School Aquakids established 1994.

Lorna swam competitively for Bexley Swim Club and the Metropolitan Police and has represented the Met in Lifesaving competitions.  She is trained as a PE teacher and was privileged to be one of the swim coaches that accompanied the GB Cerebral Palsy Team to the Junior Youth Games in Miami.

Lorna has worked in a variety of schools in Bromley and Kent including Primary, Secondary and Special Schools. She currently teaches at Marjorie McClure Special School, which is one of only 50 Project Ability Schools in the country promoting inclusive activities. Lorna has worked in Special Needs education for over 25 years.

As a legacy of her role as School Sports Co-ordinator she still organises Bromley Primary Swim Galas and other various Borough events, training and initiatives.

Lorna is also a Visiting Lecturer at Greenwich University teaching swimming modules to PGCE and Sports Science students

Lorna's main interest is developing swimming for those with Special Needs, She has worked alongside the Swim England in recent development of resources and is excited about developing resources and workshops in this subject area with Aquability.

She is also passionate about the educative aspects of swimming and linking it into the National Curriculum and again is looking forward to developing resources to share the knowledge.

Bookings Administrator 

Fay Priddy 

"I have been involved in swimming since  2003 when I did my Level 1 course.  I work with Alison at ABC Swim School, and joined the Aquability team in 2015.  I love working for them, dealing with all the bookings for learner courses and crash courses.  I have attended some of Aquability's courses myself and the passion that Alison and Lorna have for what they do is incredible.  I am proud to be a small part of it all."

 

Tutors

Shelley Robinson

Shelley has been involved in swimming for 35 years as a parent, teacher/coach, tutor and Masters (25+) swimmer.   She ran her own swim school and training course centre for more than a decade, and has been tutoring for twenty years, putting her experience as one-time head coach of her swimming club to good use, delivering quality courses in both teaching and coaching.

For many years, Shelley’s focus has also been delivering the ASA National Curriculum Training Programme in Kent and the South East which has empowered school teachers to deliver quality swimming programmes.  Over the last ten years that focus has shifted to Safeguarding and Protecting Children, delivering workshops to both swimming and mixed sport groups and, more recently Time to Listen workshops for Club Welfare Officers in the South East, London and East of England.  She is currently the ASA South East Region Welfare Officer and, in 2013, was awarded a Safeguarding Star by the NSPCC ‘for making a real difference by going the extra mile to safeguard and protect children within sport’.

Along with qualifications and experience in the adult education sector, membership of County/Regional management boards and national Masters Working Group, together with experience as a current competitive pool/open water swimmer - plus taking up triathlons in her sixties - she is well-placed to keep up to date with all aspects of sport - whether competitive or not.

Michelle Hadden


"My journey as a swimming teacher started way back in 1987 as a competitive swimmer, having success at county and national level. My father at that time was a coach for Beckenham swimming club and I desired to become the model of him, helping others to become great swimmers. I have a strong passion for the sport and I feel I need to put back as much as I can to thank the sport and my father for moulding me into the motivated person I am today.

I embarked on all my ASA teachers qualifications as well as Aquafit teacher qualification at Crystal Palace. I would go Swim training for 2 hours in the evenings then go and jump on the courses after my training! All that effort was well worth it though as I then worked for GLL as a swimming teacher and this is where I met Alison Bell with whom I gained my ASA Preliminary Synchronised Swimming qualification under. I met Lorna Crust through a colleague at GLL who mentioned to me that Aquakids where looking for a teacher and the rest is history! I then was highly in demand with other local swim schools, as well as schools, the 'Top Up' swim scheme for the local state schools and then on to mentor on Aquability courses. I also run my own swim school in Sevenoaks and have a team of teachers working for me. When I am not working I enjoy yoga.

My biggest achievements to date include representing GB at the sport of Finswimming at both World and European Championships, becoming Chairperson of the British Finswimming Association and more recently becoming a Swim England Tutor with whom both Alison and Lorna have supported me through the process. I am now part of the Aquability Tutoring Team and look forward to the exciting times ahead with the development of the company."

Lara Whitfield

"Swimming and aquatic based activities have been my passion since the age of 9, competing nationally and internationally in swimming for a period of over 10 years.

Achieving my Level 2 in 1999 and teaching ever since, my motivation for teaching has come from enjoying swimming, wanting to make a difference and giving something back - teaching a “skill for life”.

Alongside teaching I have worked in Leisure for 19 years in various roles including Lifeguard, Duty Manager and Programme Manager.

In recent years I have used my experience and knowledge of working in Leisure to become a tutor through the RLSS and NUCO, delivering course such as NRASTC, NPLQ, EFAW, FAAW & Paediatric EFAW/FAAW.

Becoming a Swim England Tutor for teaching swimming is the next step in my swimming career. I really like the thought of being able to inspire and improve the quality of future swimming teachers by developing them and helping them learn."

Rachael Barnes

"I have been teaching swimming and diving for the last 17 years.  I also hold my ASA Level 2 in swimming and diving, and ASA Parent and Child qualification.

I have held my Lifeguard Qualification since the age of 16 and 8 years ago qualified as an RLSS TA to teach others to become Lifeguards and train swimming teachers in the NRASTC.  

During the last eight years I had the pleasure of meeting lots of people that have wanted to start a career in Leisure industry.  It is definitely satisfying to help them with their journey whether it is the start of their career or it is for their own personnel development. 

I can also tutor the First Aid course as a stand-alone course either the emergency first aid, first aid at work and the paediatrics first aid courses.  I am also qualified to deliver Automated External Defibrillator training.

I have just been accepted on the Swim England Tutor Training Programme, which is so exciting."