Our Team

Name: Rae

Title: Owner


  • Ex-National Breaststroke swimmer – trained at City of Salford Squad and Worsley swimming club
  • Level 1 & 2 Swimming teacher
  • Level 2 Safeguarding trained
  • First Aid trained
  • Also fully qualified as a paediatric A&E nurse

About Me:

I grew up in a family of swimmers and can’t even remember learning how to swim! At the age of 15 I became a national breaststroker and also swam at the England college’s representing Pendleton College.  Once I started working, I gained my NPLQ (Lifeguard) and Level 1 & 2 swimming teaching qualifications which lead me on to work for a variety of companies and council run organisations allowing me to gain experience in both the private and public sectors.  In 2016 I was part way through university completing my Paediatric Nursing degree and, with the help of Julie (our lead teacher) I decided to open my own swim school…AquaStars!

I love teaching children how to swim.  Seeing them progress each week from being beginners in armbands, to finally being able to swim independently learning the skills and techniques that allow them to become confident, competent swimmers and most importantly be safe in the water is so rewarding.

Name: Julie

Title: Lead Teacher


  • Level 1 & 2 Qualified Swimming Teacher
  • Qualified Parent & Child Swimming Teacher
  • Level 1 Synchronised Swimming Teacher
  • Disability Awareness Trained
  • Level 2 Safeguarding Trained
  • Qualified Level 3 School Teaching Assistant

About Me:

I first started teaching swimming at the age of 17.  I gained Teaching qualifications in Swimming Teaching, Life-saving, Synchronised Swimming, Disability and Parent & Child swimming. During my career I have taught my 5 children to swim. 3 have since swam nationally/internationally and my youngest currently swims at national level in Synchronised Swimming.

Personally I enjoy Open Water Swimming, which I have medalled at North-West county level.

My belief is passion for swimming passes to the children/adults I teach and encourages their skills and confidence.

Also, I believe if pupils enjoy their lesson they will continue to swim throughout life whether it be holiday, speed swimming, water polo or synchro, whilst providing a life-saving skill and promoting good health.