Sean’s decade of teaching youngsters to take the plunge


Sean Collins is celebrating 10 years of instructing the county’s youngsters to swim.

Sean’s Swim School, which has the use of the two indoor pools at Claremont Senior School in Bodiam, never has more than eight pupils per class which ensures that the teachers are able to give each pupil excellent attention.

“This is one of the main reasons our pupils have developed so quickly,” said Sean.

Sean, 41, from Bexhill, was formally head coach of a local competitive swimming club. There he developed the coaching skills to develop swimmers at all levels, ranging from those learning to swim to competitive swimmers who won a variety of prestigious events and swimming galas.

“I decided to start my own school in February 2005 for a number of reasons. Living by the coast I felt swimming should be a vital life skill for children. Additionally, given the decreasing levels of activity in young people at the moment, our sport does give them a great form of exercise and promotes a healthy lifestyle.”

Sean is a keen swimmer himself, competing in various disciplines and has recently completed a channel swim for charity.

Notably, some of Sean’s previous students, one of which had never swum before joining his lessons, swam alongside him across the English Channel to raise more than £3500 through sponsorship for Hastings-based Charity For Kids.

“I am very proud of some of our swimmers who have gone on to achieve great things on a competitive level,” enthused Sean. “Equally as important is that our lessons are fun and rewarding and it still gives me great pleasure in seeing so many smiling faces emerge from the pool after each lesson.”

The swimming lessons are suitable for parents living in and around the Hastings and Rother boroughs of Kent, and from neighbouring East Sussex areas; Bexhill-On-Sea, Battle, St Leonards-On-Sea, Hastings, Hawkhurst, Westfield, Rye, Guestling and Udimore.

The swim school boasts a total of 550 pupils and is registered with the ASA with the lessons designed to run in accordance with the ASA National plan. The school is also sponsored by Southern Water and provides their ‘Learn to swim’ scheme.

For more information and to book group or private lessons: Tel: 01424 319148

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