Meet the Swimming Teachers at Julie's Swim School
Julie Simonelli ASA Swimming Teacher
Proprietor of Julie's Swim School
I have been involved in swimming for most of my life, having been a club swimmer with Guildford City Swimming Club in my teens. Whilst with the club I gained my first teaching experience assisting with the lessons of the younger swimmers. In recent years I enjoyed being a member of the team from Godalming Masters Swimming Cub who won the Surrey County championship in 2008. In my twenties, when my children were young, I starting teaching part time. In 2002 I had the opportunity to start Julie's swim school with 2 hours of pool time and I am very proud of the swim school I have built along with my team of excellent and experienced teachers. Until recently I was also the Schools Swimming Co-ordinator at Guildford Spectrum.
Carol Brown ASA Swimming Teacher
I spent my early years in Singapore, where it was the custom at the time to throw babies and toddlers in to the deep end of the swimming pool to teach them to swim (not a method I would advocate!) Luckily, my father taught me to swim in a more conventional manner and we spent most afternoons at the local outdoor pool. I continued swimming for pleasure (not being very competitive) and when my sons were young I was persauded to become involved with teaching. I qualified as a teacher in 1997 and since then have taught all ages including parent and baby, children, children with disabilities and adults and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After teaching regularly with Julie since she stated Julie's Swim School now provide cover when needed.
Kathy Conway ASA Swimming Teacher
I learnt to swim at a very young age at Crystal Palace and went on to compete for my secondary school. Swimming became something I always returned to in order to maintain my fitness and I continue to be a regular swimmer. As my children grew older I realised I could have a future career in teaching swimming. Working as a Teaching Assistant already, I knew of the emmense rewards to be found in teaching and took the plunge! I qualified in 2007 and since then have enjoyed working with the team at Julie's Swim school as well as being the swimming teacher responsible for lessons at Worplesdon School, where I currently work as a Teaching Assistant. It continues to give me an amazing feeling, to know that I have been part of teaching a child such an important life skill.
Kate Michael ASA Swimming Teacher
I started teaching for my swimming club in Essex as a volunteer helper when I was 14. I have always enjoyed helping little ones to go from feeling a bit wary of the water to swimming with confidence like little fish! I have been working at Cranmore school since 2006 where I enjoy teaching all abilities from pre-school Ducklings to improvers. I have recently been on maternity leave enjoying time with my little baby, James. Although I am thoroughly enjoying motherhood, I am looking forward to getting back to teaching on a regular basis and will be returning on Wednesday evenings in the new year.
Frances Charman ASA Swimming Teacher
I had my first opportunity to begin teaching when I was asked to become an assistant instructor at the snorkelling club I attended in Dorking. Since then I have taught at Guildford Spectrum, where I also work as a lifeguard. I teach alongside my studies at uni, where I am training to become a primary school teacher. I love the satisfaction working as a teacher brings, it is amazing to watch the children progress from their first steps into the water, to becoming confident swimmers
Rosina Simonelli ASA Assistant Swimming Teacher
I am the youngest of Julie's three daughters and the most recently qualified teacher. I have been helping with lessons since I was very young, as both my elder sisters qualified and worked with mum before me. My Grandmother was also a swimming teacher, so you could say it is a family business. I enjoy teaching the younger swimmers and seeing their enjoyment as they gain in confidence!
Mia Waterer ASA Assistant Swimming Teacher
I was 3 and a half months old when I took my first dip in the pool and have loved to swim ever since. Not only is it a valuable life skill, it is a good way to stay fit. It is great to be part of Julie's Swim School, not only swimming each week in her teenage swim, but also teaching in the water with the younger children where I enjoy making their lessons fun
Laurence Mitchell Pool Helper Fridays
I started swimming at Boxgrove with Julie's mum, who was also a swimming teacher, at the the age of 6. I enjoyed swimming a lot gaining my Gold Challenge badge at the age of 11. I have been helping in the pool with lessons since then and throughout this time have enjoyed other water activities including windsurfing and scuba diving. I really enjoy seeing the children gain confidence and learn new skills. I hope to gain my ASA Level 1 swimming teacher qualification soon.