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Chelsea Sports Centre

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Chelsea Sports Centre 2 Chelsea Manor Gardens London SW3 5PL

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About this venue

A large spectator gallery and 25m pool with shallow and deep end. The pool and changing rooms have been refurbished in 2013, making this venue bright and well finished.
Changing Rooms

Male and Female Changing Rooms with Showers/Toilets, Lockers £1.

Entrance To Building

Enter through the main doors. Entrance to the poolside is through the changing rooms.
Meeting Point

Please meet your teacher at the exit of the changing rooms.
Viewing Point

Parents please use the viewing gallery upstairs.
Transport

Tube - Closest stations are Sloane Square and South Kensington.

Venue Calendar

Summer Term 2015
Apr 13 – Jul 19
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May Half Term
May 26 – May 29
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Summer Fast Track Week 1
Jul 20 – Jul 24
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Summer Fast Track Week 2
Jul 27 – Jul 31
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The Instructors

Swimming Nature hand-pick and select teachers who have a great understanding of children and people, love swimming and patience in bucket-loads! This will help you or your child to relax and learn in an unpressurised environment, wanting to come back for more each week.

Alexandre
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Calvin
Swimming Instructor
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Deirdre
Swimming Instructor
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Giorgio
Swimming Instructor
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Jorge
Swimming Instructor
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Kasia
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Luis
Swimming Instructor
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Maciej
Swimming Instructor
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Marta
Swimming Instructor
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Noelia
Swimming Instructor
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Oscar Polo
Swimming Instructor
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Sarah
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Thais
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Viviana
Swimming Instructor
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Alexandre
Alexandre Photo Learning to swim under the Swimming Nature programme himself as a child, Alex transitioned to teaching while he attended university. Alex then took post as a site Co-ordinator in Edinburgh before taking on a business support/teaching role in London. Having small class sizes and the support and encouragement of a teacher within the water alongside each student is one of the most valuable aspects of each lesson for Alex. He is able to establish a safe and welcoming environment that allows him to closely assist each student as they develop new skills and correct their technique as quickly and as often as is needed as they progress with each stroke. Likewise this enables him to deliver tailored lessons that focus on each student’s individual requirements, allowing their skills to be continually and confidently developed. Similarly Alexandre places great emphasis on involving the parents in every aspect of their child’s learning experience, allowing them to understand each element of the development process and bring a lifelong love of swimming to the whole family! Alex is a fully qualified swimming teacher and holds the ASA level 2 swimming teaching qualification.
Calvin
Calvin Photo Calvin is a fully qualified Level 2 swimming teacher. He started swimming lessons at the age of five and progressed with a club and starting age-group competitions at County level from the age of 11 years old. Calvin has bags of enthusiasm for swimming and teaching and have over 10 years’ experience in various organisations. We are really pleased he has joined the Swimming Nature team and will benefit our pupils with his enormous experience. He ranks one of his highest sporting achievements to being Southern Counties Champion and also being ranked 6th at 100m breast-stroke in National age groups. Calvin leads a fit and healthy life-style enjoys cycling, climbing and various forms of resistance training too! As a National standard competitive swimmer, Calvin has always been passionate about the sport and has been involved with Club level swimming for many years. This led to him wanting to teach children to swim and to pass on his knowledge. Calvin likes the clear and logical progression that students make with the Swimming Nature programme and that it is keeping with the natural bio-mechanics of the body and allows for efficient translation of the fundamentals of swimming. The best bit though is that both teacher and student can have fun learning and it keeps all students motivated and engaged in learning. We tend to agree with him on that one!
Deirdre
Deirdre Photo Swimming competitively at national level and competing in Leinster Division One and All Ireland Division Two, Deidre subsequently qualified as a swimming teacher alongside her school exams so she could work in her beloved local pool - so great is her enthusiasm for the sport! The friendly, interactive atmosphere the small classes encourage is one of Deidre’s favourite elements of the Swimming Nature lesson style, promoting greater confidence and progression and making the lessons more enjoyable and encompassing for all. Deidre is currently studying Printed Textile Design at the University of East London and enjoys using her creative talents to make the lessons as interesting and engaging as possible! All levels benefit from combining the structured lesson programme with fun, imaginative activities and Deidre is just as enthusiastic when hopping around, learning about the water with the Frogs as developing the techniques and range of strokes with the higher levels.
Giorgio
Giorgio Photo Originally from Italy, Giorgio is a fully qualified (ASA Level 2) and experienced teacher who has worked for Swimming Nature since 2010. Based at our lovely pool in Bayswater he thoroughly enjoys passing on his swimming tips to children and teaching alongside them in the water. Giorgio is an experienced Head Lifeguard who uses his knowledge of safety alongside his stroke development work to ensure a pupil knows the importance of safety in the water. A supremely motivating teacher who has been involved in sport all his life and particularly in; gymnastics, fencing, rowing and rock-climbing.
Jorge
Jorge Photo With over 25 years’ experience of swimming himself and 17 years teaching and coaching in Spain, Canada and Australia, Jorge has bags of experience and enthusiasm for teaching swimming. He started off his own swimming career and took 1st place in Regional competitions several times. His passion for the sport led to him completing a Sports Science Degree and participating in Triathlon competitions too. Jorge has completed the Swimming Nature training course and enjoys helping students to become the best swimmers they can be, by using innovative training techniques that he learnt on the training course. Jorge loves to travel and experience new countries and cultures and has a genuine love of teaching and learning himself.
Kasia
Kasia Photo Learning to swim at a young age and going on to compete from the age of seventeen, Kasia combined her love of the swimming pool with spending time on the running track. Winning the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints over two regional competitions, Kasia then channelled her passion for sport into obtaining a Masters Degree in Physical Education and becoming a P.E teacher. Returning to the swimming pool with a wealth of teaching experience behind her, Kasia manages her classes confidently, patiently and with smiling encouragement. Having a teacher in the pool with a small class is one of the highlights of teaching with Swimming Nature for Kasia, offering a safe and engaging environment and allowing efficient assistance and technique correction as quickly and often as needed. Kasia enjoys teaching all levels and finds no greater reward than in introducing a new swimmer to the water and proceeding to guide them through to becoming a confident and proficient swimmer. It is having the opportunity to encourage in every student a skill and a love of swimming they can maintain for the rest of their lives that makes every lesson so exciting!
Luis
Luis Photo Luis was born in Spain and speaks Italian, English and Spanish! He has been a qualified teacher for 4 years obtaining an ASA Level 1. He also has a Physical Education Swimming Degree specializing in Science and Physical Sports. What you might not know about Luis is that he thoroughly enjoys playing basketball, football and tennis. He thoroughly enjoys Swimming Nature’s small classes and the teaching style of being in the water. He enjoys teaching all groups and levels.
Maciej
Maciej Photo As one of our talented trilingual teachers Maciej speaks English, Polish and German! Maciej began swimming at a young age before moving quickly onto training with a club and subsequently competing nationally for his native Poland. Maciej trained and transitioned into teaching in order to have the opportunity to pass on his passion for swimming to the next generation of athletes and has taught in a variety of high profile swimming clubs before joining Swimming Nature. Having the opportunity in each lesson to pass on his skills and encourage the same confident and enthusiastic relationship with swimming is what makes every day exciting! Not only does Maciej enjoy introducing new swimmers to the water, he finds focusing on stamina building exercises with the higher levels so that each student has the strength to complete the technical exercises correctly and with effortless efficiency very rewarding. Maciej loves lending his wealth of swimming expertise to encourage and challenge the stroke expanding levels from Penguin upwards and is passionate about encouraging graceful and correct movements in all four strokes. Over the past eight years he has taught many thousands of children how to swim the Swimming Nature way and achieve high standards in their swimming.
Marta
Marta Photo Marta is an experienced and very popular teacher who has worked for Swimming Nature since 2008. She is fully qualified ASA Level 2 teacher and has been swimming herself for twenty years. She has a natural love and affinity for teaching children and a great interest in sport. Apart from swimming, Marta also trains in volleyball and cross-country skiing. Marta loves the child-friendly Swimming Nature scheme that includes all the water animals and the courses offered to the teachers providing support in the methodology and mechanics of strokes.
Noelia
Noelia Photo Noelia is a fully qualified STA Level 2 swimming teacher who also holds her National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and has over 11 years’ teaching experience. She loves working with children and adults and is always enthused about her teaching. She was a former water polo player in the European leagues and has won medals in competitive meets. She is passionate about teaching children to live a healthy and active lifestyle, teaching water safety and always combines her topics with fun and games. Teaching swimming is her dream job and has moved from her home in Spain to begin her career with Swimming Nature as it allows her to what she loves best – the Swimming Nature way! When asked what she likes best about the Swimming Nature methodology she said “I think that it is really important for the student to have a real guide to swimming and there is nothing better than the hands on contact with your teacher to explain the movements!” When not in the pool, Noelia likes to play the piano, guitar, practising for triathlons and having a few laughs with friends.
Oscar Polo
Oscar Polo Photo Oscar knew from a young age that he wanted to practice and teach sport and considers his position as a teacher to be a very rewarding one. He takes pride in using his knowledge and experience to encourage each swimmer to enjoy the exciting pool environment, from the hopping Frogs to the speedy Swordfish! With a Sports Science degree under his belt Oscar has the expertise to support his passion for teaching and each swimming experience inspires him to build his knowledge further. The strong emphasis within the company of keeping every teacher up to date with practical training and an understanding of the latest studies and teaching methods is a valuable asset to Oscar and is one of the elements that sets Swimming Nature apart. Likewise it is the diversity of the activities and skills offered and developed within the programme that makes every lesson an exciting and engaging experience for both the swimmer and teacher, aiming to establish and encourage a lifelong love of swimming!
Sarah
Sarah Photo Sarah learned to swim at such an early age she can barely remember, however it must have been an inspiring experience because she continues to spend as much time as she can in and around the pool! Sarah considers her highest level of competitive achievement to be winning a gold medal at an international competition in the United States and loves the opportunity teaching now gives her to support the next generation of swimmers to achieve their own goals. Sarah has built upon her practical experiences and is now a qualified Level Two ASA swimming teacher and a qualified Swimming Nature Mother and Baby instructor. Sarah enjoys a wide range of teaching from introducing new swimmers to the water to stamina building exercises with the higher levels so that each student has the strength to complete the technical exercises correctly. She loves lending her wealth of swimming expertise to encourage and challenge the stroke expanding levels from Penguin upwards and finds it very rewarding to see each student swim increasing distances with smooth, transitioning tumble turns.
Thais
Thais Photo Thais grew up in Brazil so she has had lots of exposure to swimming and started swimming in a swimming club from the age of twelve. She qualified as a Swimming Teacher in London and like all our teachers is a qualified Lifeguard. In Brazil, Thais studied pedagogy which is very much a part of the Swimming Nature method and she took to our teaching programmes like a “duck to water’! She is excellent with children and especially gentle for the introductory levels of Frog, Seal and Crab level. Thais loves using the Swimming Nature method and finds it to be a fully developed programme with clear and definite targets for the pupils and she loves that the children get rewarded with badges for doing well! With a natural love of teaching children and a big smile Thais is bound to have your little one excited about coming to their weekly swimming lessons.
Viviana
Viviana Photo Viviana is a sporty and friendly individual who grew up in Italy. She has been teaching swimming for over 5 years and has obtained a FIN Level 1 and 2 as well as an ASA Level 1. In 2013, she obtained a Degree in Human Movement and Sports Science. She enjoys a range of sports from athletics to volleyball to basketball. She believes Swimming Nature has allowed her to improve her skills and has helped her build a career in the sports field. She enjoys teaching all age-groups and levels. We are delighted to have Viviana in our team!