About Me2021-05-06T15:45:08+00:00

My Story

I’m a former competitive swimmer, gaining a swimming scholarship to University in the USA in 1997. As one of 14 internationals alongside 26 Americans I enjoyed my years of collegiate competition. I competed in mostly long-distance events 400m 800m 1500m and 400m IM- achieving a 18.06min/ 1500m. I graduated with a BSc degree in Sports Science.

Since graduating I have qualified as a Scuba Diving Instructor, HSE Commercial Diver and run my own Underwater Photography business – The Underwater Studio. Alongside this I am a Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher, mainly teaching at a private pool in Wilmington with Small Splashes. I run a Mermaid Swimming School, MerKids and I am a Surf Lifesaving GB Coach for Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards.

Qualifications

I am a qualified Open Water Swimming Coach through the Swim Teachers Association (STA), and I am mentored by the utterly brilliant Olympic marathon swimmer Keri-Anne Payne.

In the last 10 years I have competed in Surf Lifesaving National Surf Swim events, triathlons and train regularly in the pool and sea. 

  • BSc Degree – Sports Science

  • Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher

  • Qualified Open Water Swimming Coach

  • Scuba Diving Instructor

  • HSE Commercial Diver

  • Surf Life Saving GB Coach

  • Surf Life Saving GB Surf Lifegaurd

  • STA Baby & Pre School Swim Teacher

  • Monofin/mermaid Instructor with Merkids

  • Under Water Photographer at The Underwater Studio

Blog

Best practice, thought leadership, survival guides & more…

It’s a big part of my job to know a lot about the water; tides, safety, environmental issues, the health benefits of swimming and more. Have a read! I hope you’ll find them informative and motivational.

If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please let me know, I’d love to share the knowledge and thoughts of others.

Into the Blue – Mental Health Benefits of Sea Swimming

Mental Health Benefits of Sea Swimming Let’s just start with the obvious, these times are tough. Some of us in the U.K have been in lockdown for what feels like an eternity, our children are home-schooling, and emotions are wild. We all live in hope that this will be a distant memory soon and life will go back to what we once knew as ‘normal’. So, let’s take a look at what we can do to help our

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