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THE SWIM GROUP
We are a family driven and fun based swim school, with passionate swimming instructors and Aquatherapists working from two different pools in the area.
Being community driven has helped us form a great swimming base in the Leigh-on-Sea area over the past 20 years.
Founder of Jellytots Swim School and Aquatherapy affiliated to the STA.
Anne qualified as a swimming instructor in 1992 with the ASA, immediately becoming interested in all aspects of water activities. Her passion increased as she achieved qualifications in synchronised swimming and techniques to aid the disabled.
By the end of 1992 she was qualified in all aspects of the discipline and commenced classes at Kingsdown School to rehabilitate people with differing levels of ability and disability. Demand grew and classes were then located at Lancaster School, St. Christopher’s, Glenwood School and Elmbrook School in Basildon. Anne finally built her own swimming pool complex at her home in 2001.
As Anne’s clients benefitted from Aquatherapy she realised that a more progressive form of activity was required. Aqua Aerobics and Aqua Running were added to the programme at Lancaster School.
In 2001 Anne had been practising yoga for sometime, she incorporated Ai Chi to her personal discipline explaining “This form of exercise calmed the mind, alleviated stress and helped to increase mobility in a warm, safe environment.” Classes are held at Lancaster School in a pool temperature of 94 Degrees.
August 2009, Anne qualified as an STA Baby and Pre-School Teacher. So focused by the training, Anne took manuals and lesson plan documents away on her annual holiday. On her return she advertised in the Leigh Times. This was in September and by Christmas the classes had gone from strength to strength.
Anne praises her dedicated team without whom the organising of parents and children would not run so efficiently.
2017 the Spa Experience for Newborns opened, sessions being 15 minutes long in a pool temperature of 97 degrees. A perfect start for a beautiful bonding process of a lifelong skill of having fun in the water.
The New Waves Swim Squad started in February 2017 at Eastwood Academy, seven and a half years after Jellytots took it’s first splash. The Squad has been a natural progression for our little swimmers to progress into more competitive swimming if they choose to. Anne, who comes from a non-competitive background lost interest in swimming at the age of eight because she hated coming last in races! So her dream is to create swimming that is fun for all and she hopes to have synchronised swimming classes in the near future.
Catherine’s family moved from Norfolk when she was five. Already a keen swimmer she became a member of Southend & Leigh Swim Squad (SALS) between the ages of 5 and 12. Swimming competitively until going to University to become a teacher.
Catherine has two sons who have both inherited her love of swimming and competitive nature! The whole family are active members of scouting and play a vital role in the running of the Essex International Jamboree.
Catherine’s excellent teaching skills can be viewed at the New Wave Swim Squad where she teaches alongside Jane. Her enthusiasm is plain to see - “I love teaching at the squad because of the positivity and their keenness to learn, plus their determination to excel drives them to improve each week.”
Hayley joined Jellytots in January 2017 having brought her two children to swimming lessons for the past four years. The innovative teaching styles Hayley saw inspired her to become a teacher and part of the Jellytots team (Jane’s constant nagging also contributed!).
Hayley previously competed in the Essex Southern Counties becoming champion in the 200m Butterfly, leading to competing at national level. Hayley comes from a family of competitive swimmers and wants to bring her enthusiasm and techniques to all the children she teaches.
Katie Pearson learnt to swim at a very young age and her passion for swimming developed which enabled her to join RADS (Rochford & District Swimming Club). By the age of 10, Katie was training 3 times a week and swimming competitively until going to university to take a degree course to become a Primary School Teacher.
Katie taught at Kents Hill Junior School and at St Christopher’s School until becoming a mother herself. Last October she brought her own son Jude to Jellytots at the tender age of 5 weeks old and was so impressed with the classes that she embarked on the Swimming Teachers Association Baby and Pre-School training course.
Katie joined the Jellytots team in September 2017, bringing her own love of swimming and enthusiasm to our youngest swimmers.
Mark is 14 years old and a very active member of RADS. He trains three times a week and competes in several county level leagues, his favourite race being the Individual Medley.
New Wave Squad brought Mark in to be a positive role model for our young swimmers. Mark transfers his knowledge, techniques and love of swimming in a fun and energetic way, our children are always blown away by his demos!
Our students say “We love you Mark!”
Sarah joined the team in April 2018, after watching a class, and loved the clubs approach to teaching. She comes from a swimming and sports back ground.
Sarah competed and trained with Potters Bar Swimming Club (PBSC) from a young age, and trained 6 days a week competing at county level. The club promoted and supported their swimmers to complete their level one ASA qualification to coach the younger swimmers.
Sarah has a degree in sports and exercise science with sports massage, which she hopes to be able to use to help progress the students by using her knowledge of biomechanics of the body and how this relates to each stroke.
Sarah also has her baby and pre-school STA qualifications.